Beka is confused, but hey, the last time she walked into a confusing anomaly it worked out great, and this one looks friendly enough too.
"I was wandering through the East Gardens at sunrise and he was just lying there so I gathered flower petals in my skirt and tossed them over him!"
“I sent him a letter propositioning him. And a locket with my portrait.”
"I can't decide whether that's classy or cheesy."
"I just landed on him and he gave me a flower and liked how I smiled."
"That sounds like a thing he would do!"
“It was a very classy letter,” he assures Kidazi.
"Why did you send him the letter, doesn't he have an ominous reputation?"
If he stretches out juuust right can he be in everyone's lap at once? Let's check!
"Ominous reputations are hot."
He pets Kidazi’s hair, absently. “He has an ominous reputation but he also has the best library in the world.”
Lyrame puts her hand on a patch of skin exposed by his flopping and begins scritching him just under the ribcage.
Yesss. Petting. He raises his arms a little to make his rib cage more accessible and leans up into Jiath's hand.
"You seduced the Emperor for his library?"
That's kind of adorable.
With Jean at Kidazi's head and Lyrame at his midsection Beka only has his legs and does not feel moved to pet them but he gets a couple pats of acknowledgment on the knee.
Awwww. Less absent petting.
“Well. I propositioned him for his library. I tried to seduce him for hugs, but it didn’t actually work.”
These fill him with glee.
"Is hug seduction a real thing?"
“It totally is,” Jiath assures him happily. “Seducing people is a great way to get cuddles.”
"That seems kinda...roundabout, don't you think?"
He nuzzles Jiath's hand again.
"We're kinda cuddling right now and I'm only a little seduced."
"Sekar and I cuddled way before any seducing happened."
"Do I need to step up my game?" Jiath teases Kidazi. (Pet pet.) "It's certainly possible to cuddle people without seducing them, but in my experience seduction is really the quickest way to get cuddles on demand from strangers!"
"Well, most strangers aren't Sekar, so I guess you're not obviously wrong..."
"Serik is different," Jiath agrees. "I have never succeeded in seducing him but he is extremely cuddly."
"I have never attempted to seduce anyone unless you count Sekar, so I defer to your judgment."
"You must be pretty good at it if people stick around to cuddle."
He wouldn't mind Jiath seducing him.
(He wonders what Sekar would do to him for sleeping with someone else without asking.)
"Well. It would hardly do for me to sing my own praises, would it? Maybe I should let you judge for yourself."
Oh no that was fast.
"I mean, if you're okay with touching somebody else's stuff..."
He should stop flirting! This is a terrible idea! Someone might die! What if he makes Sekar sad?