Whoo boy, that was a long and harrowing mini-arc. But Leif is finally out of lockdown! We can go back to doing fun, lighthearted posts on Sundays now.
The last panel is a callback to this strip from Homecoming — that is, volume 1, storyline 1. From “the first time Thorn refers to heartswords, and Leif doesn’t even know what he means” to “Leif making a confident declaration what Thorn’s heartsword could and would do.”
(In other character-development news: Katya correctly guesses that, at this point, she can allude to Seditious Hacking Activity in front of Leif and he’ll roll with it.)
(hff hff hff)
Katya: Leif. Go back to sleep. You’re off the roster for today. It’s okay.
I’ll make sure the knights at the gates know you’re safe. Leif, look at me . . .
Katya (signed): The recording from last night was corrupted. Mysteriously, all the video data was lost. A copy was sent to your smartcrystal before the original file was deleted.
It’s encrypted. If you ever need to prove it happened, you can show it to someone. If not, nobody can see it without your permission. Thorn wasn’t in the room. He didn’t see.
Leif: Th — Thanks, Katya.
Leif (signed): I knew it! I knew Thorn couldn’t be watching.
Katya (signed): You did? How?
Leif (signed): Because if he was in the next room . . . he would’ve sliced through the wall.