follow the shine
Jaal makes his choice, and finds it easier than he had expected. Jaalmance, pre-relationship (AO3 link to full work, chronicle of a soul adrift)
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Jaal gazed out the back window of the Resistance headquarters in Aya’s capital as he listened to Evfra and the Moshae speaking behind him, tracing the dips and jagged valleys, the breaks in the dense tree canopy where rivers snaked across the ground and cut a pattern into its brilliant azure-green carpet. A study in contrasts—half glittering jungle, teeming with life abundant, a defiant jubilance against the chaos that surrounded them across Heleus, while the other half was molten rock and bristled with fire and fury. A hidden gem of ferocious, chaotic life, protected by death itself.
Havarl might be his tether to everything that made him angara, but Aya held his heart.
And with the Initiative due to arrive any day to establish a permanent embassy of its own, perhaps it held his future as well.
“Are you paying attention, Jaal, or daydreaming—as usual?”
He didn’t look back to see Evfra’s stern disapproval, but shrugged, content to watch a flock of red teffrits burst up and over a distant waterfall, their glittering plumed heads and wings catching the late afternoon sun. “Can I not do both?”
“One can,” the Moshae answered with affection, “but unless you have developed the ability in my long absence, you cannot.”