Nilai and Makya Headcanon.
After Reese grants a wish Makya fought tirelessly for, Nilai observes his close friend’s body language and speech towards the Lowell. Makya is even more awkward around the soldier than he previously was, not at all the cool, prissy bookworm he usually is.
Even when Makya begins dating someone else, the actions are easy to note. “You aren’t being fair, pal,” Nilai tells him, seeing the look on Makya’s face as Reese walks off somewhere with Nomi, during a weekend outing. Makya is instantly confused but Nilai has caught him red-handed.“You aren’t being fair to yourself, Reese, me or the poor sap you’re going out with.”
A flustered Makya vehemently denies his friend’s accusations, which only confirms Nilai’s suspicions, as Makya has forbidden himself to lie-and is horrible at it as a result. Very warmly, and with great understanding, the Kirryn tells him there’s nothing wrong with him loving the Lowell, because of how Makya cherishes his friendships. Moved by how Makya would never sever their connection, Nilai trusts his friend’s restraint, and tells him he’d be better off being honest with himself. ‘He probably knows something anyway,’ Nilai says of Reese.
Makya then confesses to Nilai and (very shyly) to Reese, following up the confession with super passionate promises to continue everything as is. Both accept everything warmly and happily.
With that cleared, Makya actually feels worlds better-even about the guy he’s dating.