Christie still has a patch of make up from her little adventure last episode and it’s noticed by one of the Tar servants, Jalina, who nicely agrees to keep it a secret. She has to go to her next job serving the family – having sex with Datak. She decides to repeatedly say his name during sex which he finds off-putting, it’s almost like she thinks he’s an ego-maniac.
We can conclude from this that Jalina is a very observant woman. And he’s much rather chant Stahma’s name which is… very very creepy.
The next morning Datak finds Jalina’s eye-less corpse propping open his door. Wow, they gave her a name and killed her within 10 seconds. He calls in Yewl who explains she was attacked and dumped in a rubbish bin but survived long enough to crawl to Datak’s door. Datak actually feels guilty that he was too drunk to hear her call for help. Datak decides to swear revenge and also adds how devoted he was to her since she had been sworn to the family as a child. Yewl, being Yewl and awesome, isn’t impressed and thinks Datak should be more worried about Nolan suspecting him of murder (Yewl nicely dodges the question of whether she thinks he did it or not).
Yewl also informs Datak there are two kinds of friends in this world: “those who help you hide a dead whore. And me.” When he protests that he can’t do it alone she responds “you’re a professional criminal. I have faith.” She leaves
Yewl always has the best lines.
Alas, we have to leave the supreme awesomeness that is Yewl and go to Irisa who, in between sketching, cuts her arm and has another vision/memory/drug trip. Except she doesn’t see anything interesting so it’s more a reminder that she insta heals and sees things while doing so. She’s joined by Rynn who is worried about Sukar going missing throwing in some Irzu references. Irisa wants no part in that; but Rynn does recognise the guy she’s been sketching
She takes Irisa to see him and introduces an Irathient called Kai who looks exactly like the man from her vision. He’s also a little creeped out by Irisa’s odd staring (Rynn explains Irisa is touched by Irzu. Or mentally ill). While Irisa freaks out the poor Irathient lawyer, Stahma is also in the market, grabbing Nolan to report Jalina’s absence. Nolan has seen Irisa and is distracted – he promises to investigate. But his main worry is that Irisa has done to Jalina what she has done to Bertie – also lots and lots of frustration over Irisa’s very weird secrets.
Irisa doesn’t share.
To the arch where Christie has brought Deirdre and Alak lunch and Alak spots the… gem? Flower? Thing? That Marcado gave Christie. Apparently it’s a Castithan courtship gem, hand crafted on Casti, rare and not for sale (well, Mercado found one). Christie maintains that she bought it and Alak pouts and storms off. Christie feels all guilty for lying and when Deidre tries to spin it (she’s did the costume to try and understand Alak) Christie admits to enjoying the power of it. Deidre is all about reinventing yourself and defining yourself or, as she puts it, someone else does it for you. Deidre gives Christie her story – her mother was a prostitute who sold her when she was 13: she killed the man who bought her and ran, reinvented herself and got a job at the Need Want as “high class.” Now she has a job as a DJ and she hopes to marry a rich husband, like Christie. She says she is her own invention – and anyone can be anything if they want it enough
Datak has found someone to help – Rafe (who is only in it for the weapons Datak promised). As they carry the body, Datak regales him with what a wonderful and special person Jalina was (mixed in with the fact she was a slave). They drop her body for the hellbugs to eat – and while Rafe doesn’t like Datak, since he’s family he offers to help find who killed Jalina. They gather the gang to help with their epic revenge –though the gang makes it clear Datak is dead to them; they’re there for Stahma and Alak. Datak gets huffy but Stahma puts her foot down – this is for Jalina, not rivalry.