About a year after the newcomers fix Azan he’s hands, Dama announces his death and ascends the throne.
"...It'd be good if someday we could change that. It's stupid. It's wasteful."
“It’s awful. If I thought we stood a chance now I’d ask Dira to take us back right away.”
"What do we need to be able to do it?"
“A viable alternative. The means to make everyone go along with it. Some way to make sure that it can keep going without us.”
"So in the morning we should talk about alternatives."
“I love you.”
She snuggles up close to him. “I know.”
He holds her. "I love you too."
Val’s warmth feels good and safe. She’ll sleep in his arms for as long as he lets her.
He'll eventually want her to stop lying on his arm but if she never stops cuddling that's fine with him.
He can retrieve his arm but that wakes her up.
Then he'll whisper an explanation and ask her to stay.
“No, I’m going to abandon you just because you moved a little.”
...It is way too late to start kissing her but what if he did anyway.
Eventually he gets tired and wants to get back to sleep.
That is also allowed.
Val wakes up early.
Mica’s already awake by the time he does.
"Morning." Val's not going to move just yet. He could end up waking Jamie and that would be terrible.
“You two have a good night?”
“Not so much. I’m glad you’re awake, I thought I was going to have to wait a lot longer for anyone to talk to.”
Oh no, they're definitely going to disturb Jamie.
"What do you want to talk about?"