About a year after the newcomers fix Azan he’s hands, Dama announces his death and ascends the throne.
“I kept going at first because Dama needed me,” he tells Valan quietly once they’re alone. “I was able to keep going after that because she and you and Maki were there and I knew I didn’t have to keep going alone. We’re very lucky to have you.”
"I'm lucky to have you too but is this really what we snuck off alone for?"
No, it isn’t. They snuck off alone so he could kiss Valan for every time he’s wanted to and put it off.
That is a lot of kisses.
Valan sets about finding out if he's also pettable.
He’s very pettable; after a few moments he relaxes and lets Valan be in charge.
...That's not exactly what Valan was hoping for but the petting can continue.
For a bit, and then Dira is going to go back to kissing every inch of him.
That's a little off-putting, actually. "You okay?"
“Just new to this, did I do something wrong?”
"Oh. No, you were just giving me mixed signals for a minute. What should I show you next, or shall we just kiss forever?"
“What generally comes next?”
"There are... options. I don't know how much you know - usually it's a man and a woman but as you can see we're making some modifications, so no matter what we do there's no chance of us having children from it."
"So you know we both have mouths. Hands. Thighs. Lots of body parts. Any of that sound like something you've heard of before?"
“I know how it all works in theory. It just... never seemed like a particularly urgent matter.”
“I was busy!”
"Not once in all the years you were ruling - not even before then?"
“I was busy and it seemed like more stress than it was worth until I met you and then I was even busier.”
"You're a very strange person."
But that's enough questioning Dira's life choices. They have other things to do.
This was definitely worth sticking around for.
”We should do this again sometime.”
"Yeah. We should."
But in the meantime he should probably go find Dama, and Valan should probably go home; it’s getting pretty late.
Yeah, they should.
Is Maki around when he gets home?
He doesn’t look like he’s moved since Valan last saw him.