The Linear Guild had decided to set up camp just outside the city as it would be dark soon. After they had finished, Miko cried out. Her uniform had changed color to a dull beige. “blue cape not blue anymore.” said Thog.
“I don’t understand.” said Miko, “I’m doing the right thing aren’t I?” She turned around and saw that Hinjo’s junk had left the harbor. “They’ve finished evacuating the city. Was I supposed to go with them?”
“No,” answered Nale, “You are doing the right thing. You’ll be able to atone for letting the city fall by defeating The Order of the Stick.”
“Yes,” replied Miko, “if I defeat The Order of the Stick, the gods will take me back.”
That night Miko entered Thog’s tent. “blue cape girl?” he queried.
“I’m scared Thog.” said Miko, “It’s been so long since I’ve been scared. I’ve always had the twelve gods, but now they’ve abandoned me. I feel so alone. Could you hold me?” Thog held out his arm and Miko cuddled into his chest as he swung it protectively around her. “thog like holding blue cape girl.” replied Thog, “it feel good, like petting puppy.”
“I really like you, Thog.” said Miko, “You make me feel safe. You make me feel like a person. Like a women, instead of a servant of the twelve gods. I…I want to kiss you, Thog.” She pressed her lips against his. He seemed surprised, but he responded hungrily. They began to undress and Miko knew that for the first time in many years, she was doing something not as her duty to the twelve gods, but for herself, because she wanted to.