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|“||Death upon the lips. Sound upon the air. Char upon the skin.||”|
Kaladin awakes from his injuries confused by why he's alive following the highstorm. He then comes outside to find the bridgecrew training in his absence. On seeing him awake, the crew is overjoyed and come to Kaladin to celebrate his survival. Teft keeps his distance though, being the only one who knows how he has survived.
The bridgecrew is then called out for a run, and while Kaladin goes to help carry the bridge, he is encouraged to take it easy and bring water on the runs with Lopen.
The scene then changes to Kaladin watching the unfolding battle, which appears to be close between the Parshendi and Sadeas's men. Kaladin converses with Rock and Sigzil over why the Parshendi fight. Throughout their conversation of the battle, Kaladin comes to realize that the bridgecrews are intentionally left exposed so that the Parshendi attack them and not the expensively trained troops.
Following the battle, the crew is sitting around the campfire waiting for Rock to cook the stew. Kaladin is deep in thought considering the futility of trying to save the lives of the members of the bridgecrews when their purpose is to die. He is on the edge of going back to his old despondent self. A conversation with Sigzil reveals that he thinks Kaladin is doing a good thing, but giving the men a false hope, which nonetheless makes their last days fun.