Shayle’s also A-OK with physical contact, considering she has a “guardians” who dress her, help her bathe, taught her how to maintain proper posture. It’s also a blessing for one to be able to touch their clan-leader in Ayrdune, so it’s almost a reflex to touch a clan member on the head/hand to bless them after talking with them.
Her whole being is also consumed by her goals, so she has no room for romantic or sexual conquests. I don’t think she even has it in her to see a courtship as anything else than a horrible threat to her time reserves and power.
Her half sister Abuya is VERY touchy-feely. She’s incredibly protective and acts like a fussy mother to her (even though there’s barely any difference between their ages). She’s very broody and looks forward to having children of her own and being wed to her long courted lover. Unfortunately, Shayle has little care for her goals as she’s so involved with her own. Being guardian to Shayle is a very time consuming task. Fortunately, Abuya is not one to hold grudges, it would be VERY hard to make her dislike her sister, that said, she is the only one to even attempt to question Shayle’s methods in accomplishing her tasks. Something which is potentially dangerous even for someone so close to Shayle.
Even though Shayle was raised to think of Abuya as lower than her (along with her grandfather saying out-right that Abuya and her Mother were a thread away from being exiled and that Abuya’s existence is a sin in itself) she still has a bond with Abuya like she does with no other. Although she has great difficulty expressing affection, to lose Abuya would cause her great grief. More than anyone else.