Narrator: When the young man greeted her father in the Ura's native language, her father flew into a fit of rage, and threw them out. Well you know how it goes. The young man never told her that the Ura's native language is not to be used by foreigners; to do so is a terrible insult. It was then that she decided to escape. The two of them could flee the City together, and go to the Tazal Terminals. They would hide inside a garbage bin until it got ingested by a Scumbag, then let him slosh on out of the City for disposal.
Her plan almost succeeded. But the authorities were already there when that Scumbag sidled up to the City Walls. The young man had sent the authorities a tip. Told them her father was using her to sell secrets to the Tazal Terminals. She and her father were arrested for treason. But her father got a deal: Return to work for the Mancers, and she'd go free.
Before they parted ways for the last time, her father whispered a desperate plea: Hurry home to the den and lock yourself in. She did as she was told. And deep down underground inside that den, she found a journal written in her father's hand. The next day the door to the den turned to ash. The girl came up for air... and she saw the Calamity all around her.