on Mor & Az
I’m here to talk about moriel. Not just my feelings or headcanons or whatever, but to put down in writing some responses to arguments that I have seen that have been bothering me. I’ve already made this post about the nature of their relationship - Mor & Az have a comfortable relationship. It’s not dramatic, it’s not crazy, it’s not tumultuous. It’s easy to miss, tbh. Unless you pay attention to how they act, rather than what they say. I have also made a separate post about the way that Mor takes care of Az (and by extension cares for him). I framed this in the context of emotional labor because I wanted to show why people might miss a lot of these hints. Much of that argument is still relevant, and you can find it here.
*I am addressing a few things that
have come across my dash, comments, reblogs, and/or direct messages with
multiple people. This is not an attempt to call anyone out. (And I was asked to
tag @stephaniemac8) And clearly, most of this is under the cut because it ended up over 4k words.
In order to create this post, I pulled together a bunch of evidence from the book; some of it I already had from other metas, some of it I had saved for this purpose. I’m going to focus on how Mor feels about Az because that seems to be the biggest point of contention. A lot of this will implicitly apply to some other common arguments – that they are unhealthy, that they don’t communicate, etc. But the bulk of this is about how Mor feels.
said: please don’t respond to this post with
arguments/issues that I am intentionally not addressing. This includes: how Rhys
or Cassian fit into this, what happened between everyone when they first me re:
The Incident, events that may or may not have happened in the last 500 years
for which we have no evidence, or whether there is a Mor/Az/Cassian love triangle.
Those are all different issues. I am discussing how they/Mor feel based on the
evidence we have, which is all coming from the present timeline. (Clearly they
discuss the past, but I am intentionally not discussing that, for reasons I
have mentioned before in previous posts, namely that time, maturity,
perception, etc. color how they might explain/see it.)
The following are several examples of Mor
showing that she cares for Az – I also
want to note that this is what we see from others’ perspectives (namely Feyre
and Cassian, with some commentary from themselves and Rhys). We never see how
she treats him when it is just the two of them. And we never get a direct
statement of her saying how she
feels. But in this case, actions speak much, much louder than words. One of the
things I realized while writing this was the fact that it is explicitly stated
more than once that Azriel loves Mor – the same explicit statement is not made
in reverse. However, that doesn’t make it not true.
I have these in the order they appear in the book, mostly (as usual, with chapters instead of page numbers bc I’m using my ebook – I don’t want to search my physical copy); most of these quotes are examples of things that Mor does to show how she feels, and are not things that she does with other characters:
“But I quieted my own curiosity as Cassian again shrugged, not even bothering to take note of the silence that seemed to leak from the shadowsinger. Mor saw, though—even if Azriel didn’t bother to acknowledge her concerned stare, the hand that she kept looking at as if she’d touch, but thought better of it.” (chp. 16)
I’ve discussed this before, but we have a clear contrast here between the way that Mor treats Az when he is potentially upset and the way Cassian does. Someone who is in love would not ignore the way that person feels, especially when they are upset. Even if she doesn’t act on it, she is in tune with how he feels and feels that she needs to take care of him in this scene. There are many examples of these two acting differently towards each other than they act towards their other friends. This is a major indicator that they are not just friends. Cassian has no responsibility towards Az other than a friend, and so his ignoring of Azriel is fine – the point is not to demonize him, but to show the difference between how a friend (Cassian) treats Az, and how someone else does (Mor, obviously, and I don’t know how to classify her e.g. lover etc.)