Azan wins the war and now Maki has a chance to talk to that slave he liked the look of.
"No. If she wanted me to know where she was she would have told me where she was going. My plans haven't changed."
"...Know that I'll miss you."
"It's an honor."
He tries to follow Azan he's voice.
Azan he finds him and hugs him tightly.
Oh, Azan he likes him personally. Oh, no.
He hugs back.
"I'm glad to have met you."
Well, now he's tempted to offer to stay alive.
Bad idea, though.
"I'm sorry things couldn't have been different."
"No, I'm sorry."
He can't say there's nothing to be sorry for. He could say that Azan he tried, but that's not very reassuring to hear.
"I should have written my aunt and my cousin off as soon as the war started and come here to tell you what I knew then. Would've been fine then."
"Maybe. Maybe not. Sometimes we have to take what we can get."
"Yeah. I appreciate having met you. I'm sure Sesat will be fine eventually, you'll make sure of that."
"I'm doing my best."
He's just going to keep hugging the king for as long as Azan he tolerates that.
Eventually Azan he tentatively pets Valan's head.
"Are you going to let me go or are you just going to drag me home and pet me and feed me your table scraps."
He means it to sound wry but it comes out empty and miserable instead.
Azan he lets go.
"Whichever you'd prefer."
"I'm sure it'd be delightful to stay with you but I'm not actually a stray dog, I just happen to be worth about as much as one now. Maybe less, I don't think you could get me to fetch."
"I'd say you're worth more."
"If you say so. I don't want to argue about it."
"You're welcome to stay but I won't keep you against your will."
"I know. Thank you."
When Azan he is done with him Valan wants to talk with Maki if Maki wants that.