After locking Luce in a tower and strapping her to a table—again, not our idea of safe—Miss Sophia reveals her plan to kill Luce, once and for all, and she admits that this time, there is indeed something different.
The secret is that in this lifetime, Luce wasn't baptized—which apparently makes all the difference, because now there is nowhere in the religious cycle for Luce's soul to go.
So if Luce dies, she dies for good.
We're starting to think that Miss Sophia really isn't a nice person.
Luce hopes she can stall Miss Sophia with talking until Daniel, or someone, shows up to save her, so she asks why Miss Sophia wants her dead.
Miss Sophia admits that she just wants Luce eliminated so she can free Daniel. She also wants to tip the balance and stop this endless cycle.
Thankfully, before Miss Sophia can end Luce's life and tip that balance she's talking so much about, someone intervenes, with a beautiful flash of glowing light and a soft hum.
Daniel, Gabbe, and Arriane show up, all with beautiful wings, saving Luce as Miss Sophia flees the scene of the crime.
Turns out, they're all fallen angels.
Daniel also reveals that Miss Sophia was one of the twenty-four elders in Heaven, one of the Zhsmaelim, but now she's on the outs, because trying to kill Luce is grounds for exile.
Daniel assures Luce that the battle is over for now, but that she's not safe there.
Gee, what gave that away?
Having decided that Luce needs to leave Sword & Cross, Daniel sets about arranging for her departure—but not before one last swim at the lake.
So, wait, just to clarify: is no one at this school actually human?