About a year after the newcomers fix Azan he’s hands, Dama announces his death and ascends the throne.
"I think it'll work, though. Eventually."
...Actually what if instead of keeping doing things she flops onto Val and has emotions.
That's allowed but he doesn't know what to do about it. He holds her.
"I didn't think things could ever get this complicated."
"Like, I thought I'd age out of the system and things would suck but I'd know what I was doing in general? And now there's multiple worlds and I'm--in charge of some things when I thought I'd just be living paycheck to paycheck? It's better but it's a lot."
"That makes sense. I think things got bad for you a lot younger than they did for me."
"Yeah. I mean, this isn't bad."
"This is pretty good. It's just... you don't seem prepared for things to be good."
"Is it that obvious."
"Does it have to be obvious for me to see it?"
"Yes. How dare you notice anything about me that isn't what I'm presenting myself as. How dare you have insights and information. For shame."
"I'm... sorry?" He's not sure whether to smile or frown. It shows.
She hugs him tight. "It's okay. I'm sorry."
"You're fine. You're doing fine."
"I don't feel fine."
How about if he just keeps hugging her until she does feel fine.
After a while she's okay enough to get back to work.
After a much longer while she has experiments she doesn't feel guilty about wanting to try.
And Princess Nadi goes looking for Valan.
"Can I ask you something?"
"If Jamie is going to try to give my people powers, I want to go through the process, too."