None of the guards move to stop them as they stride purposely back into Grace’s Palace.
Remi intends to check on her father after meeting with Grace, but there is no need as Malik is already in the throne room with Grace when they arrive.
Upon seeing his daughter, Malik is ecstatic. He embraces her and apologizes for getting her wrapped up in any of this drama. Despite the claims made against Malik, Remi could never push away the love she felt from her father. Instead, Remi is overwhelmed with joy to see Malik alive and safe.
Malik thanks Nightingale, stating that he’ll never forget what they’ve done for him.
Grace looks to Zeke, hands on one hip and annoyed. With Malik already filling her in on their escape and rescue attempt, Grace bluntly asks how it went.
Zeke explains that Padric took Aisling to the capital for proper judgement. He also explains that the Hegemonix was taken by Padric as proof of what has happened in Rhamsted.
Grace shakes with anger over their decision to simply let a murderer go after catching her with a dangerous artifact. Grace adds that Aisling killed their best information broker and she worries about what Balthazar would do if he found out what they’ve been up to in Rhamsted.
Zeke questions what exactly Balthazar would think they’ve been up to in Rhamsted. Grace only reminds Zeke that Balthazar wouldn’t be okay with his own dangerous excursion with the Princess. Rook interjects, explaining that it’s to save Nightingale’s life but Grace doesn’t care. Grace decides to lock them up again, commanding her guards to arrest them and haul them back to the tower. Grace promises that their stay won’t be so comfortable this time and that they’ll be staying until she sorts this mess out with Balthazar.
As the guards move to shackle them, Remi pleads with her father to help her friends.
Malik, refuses to look the other way and not help those who saved his daughter’s life and orders his personal Black Hand guards to help.
There is a tense moment as the personal guards for both Malik and Grace draw weapons on each other.
Grace relents, as she is not willing to go resort to violence in her throne room. The group is escorted out of Grace’s Palace by Malik and the Black Hand.
Malik tells Rook and Nightingale that he always keeps his promises. He adds that he could never repay them enough for saving his daughter.
Before departing, Malik hugs Remi goodbye and reminds her to stop home for her gear before leaving.