In preparation for the Gathering people get everything prepared.
In the days leading up to the Gathering, everyone becomes very focused. Everyone is thinking about the Gathering.
People began to finish projects and delayed the start of new ones. Kira noticed that in the weaving shed fabrics were folded and stacked, but the looms were not restrung. The noise level subsided….Some people began to wash. (ch 18, p. 167)
Kira does not fully understand the importance of the rituals or her part in them. She has always been somewhat of an outsider, because people in her village do not care for individuals with any kind of damage. Yet Kira finds a way to make herself useful, and is an excellent weaver.
Beginning to wonder if things are what they seem, Kira realizes that there is more to the Gathering and to the Guardians. She and the Singer are slaves, and no one else is free either.