Mor & Az
I know that a lot of people don’t ship these two or even see them as a ship (or didn’t when they first read ACOMAF) and I just… didn’t understand at first? But I think I’m starting to get it.
Mor & Az are not a typical “love at first sight, let’s get over some challenges and have tons of sex and then be together 5ever” kind of couple. They are much more subtle than that, but because of this, they are also much more realistic.
Mor & Az are glances at each other to make sure the other is ok. They are putting each other first, before anyone else. They are deep, steady devotion that lasts over time.
They have the potential for grand gestures (e.g. him saving her from the Autumn Court), but that is not required for them to love each other, or to show each other that they are in love.
They are not public - they are private. They don’t need to show everyone around them how they feel. It’s already apparent in the way they treat each other, look at each other. They don’t need to prove it to anyone else.
They are subtle gestures and daily acts of kindness that add up to a lifetime (or lifetimes, as it were) of caring, which is much more important than a flash in the pan of heat and sex marathons.
This is what a sustained, long-term relationship looks like. This is also why I said that I wouldn’t mind them having children at the end of ACOWAR. They are already familiar and comfortable and still devoted, after all these years.
Whether or not they have consummated their relationship or not is sort-of… beside the point. Because that is only one aspect, and (as Feyre found out with Tamlin), that can’t be the only thing holding a couple together. There is a lot more to relationships than sex, and that’s exactly what Mor & Az have, is all those other parts - a strong, devoted, loving relationship.
And (assuming nothing has happened between them before, which I sorta doubt) neither of them would let the other suffer from fruitless hope for a romantic relationship, given how much they care for each other. Mor wouldn’t let Az suffer if she didn’t reciprocate his feelings, and vice versa. So don’t come around here saying they are just very good friends bc he obviously loves her, and if there was no hope then she would have told him so. Because they hate seeing each other suffer.
BUT… I do think that there is a very good chance they have something going on, or have in the past. But that’s maybe another post.