Sorry to harp on this. Writing helps me think and I need to think this out. Sure, I can just use Notepad, Word, or something, but writing it as though someone else might read enhances my focus.
Russata has the choice of four doors. She won't enter the Parasam; that's where they've been manipulating her to enter so she's not going to do it. It angers her that she's being set up as a killer and that they're using her to do their work by lying to her and others. So entering the Parasam at this point is out, even though she is also thinking -
But they know me. They know me better than I know myself. They've been ahead of me the entire way. Every action I take, everything that has happened that seems random has turned out to be part of their complicated plans. I don't know what they're up to, or why.
So she wants to go confront them. That's her way but she want's to do it on her terms and in secret because of the killing.
She can't go out the way that she came in. The guards, hearing the shots, are now entering. They'll see her in seconds.
That leaves the two stairwells. She can try to escape by taking either stairwell down but she doesn't know where they lead. The three strangers were in one but she doesn't really know if that's how they arrived. She heard people coming from the other one before. Was that an illusion, or were they really there?
And there were those three strangers. She thought they witnessed what really happened. They can absolve them. But the stone casters seemed to be aware of them. They didn't tell her they would be there, yet it was clear they planned for them because they had the sunglasses that she needed. Without them, she would not have been able to see. Either that or the stone casters were unaware of the light and the three outsiders and so on....
Okay. I know what she's doing now.
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