I’ve always been fascinated with the fact that according to legends big-old-tall-frightening Ban has a son with Elaine. And I wondered, which got me to thinking, which made get ideas; and my friends know, don’t leave me alone to have IDEAS.
So, here’s what I came up with. Elaine, who will smile but is making sure to keep her brother’s influences from her Lancelot. And Ban, who smiles without needing booze to do it. Merlin once asked him, “how many people could you kill, for you son?” Which confused him, as he bluntly stated, “Who wouldn’t I kill, for him?”
Okay, okay, okay listen hear me out. I know a lot of people HC Feysand as Hades and Persephone but it was Azriel and Elain too.
“I saw the painting in my mind: the lovely fawn, blooming spring vibrant behind her. Standing before Death, shadows and terrors lurking over his shoulder.”
Persephone is the goddess of springtime, and Hades the god of the underworld. Now we all know the story of these two, that Hades stole her away. And I know you’re thinking, “Az would never”
But he does.
When the Cauldron steals Elain away, he goes to retrieve her. Along with Feyre. Essentially stealing her back.
Azriel is darkness, an outcast. His brothers hated him, and he clothes himself in shadows.
Elain is brightness, a gentle grower of things. Her gardens rivaling those in Prythian even while she was still mortal.
Throughout the book, Az and Elain had a real connection. He watches over her enough that it was him that discovered that her visions marked her as a seer. Not even Lucien, her mate, could have guessed.