Later that night, after the ceremony, Sonya found Seta in the newly refurbished Palace gardens. He turned to her, looking upset.
“What’s wrong?” she asked.
“I’ve been talking to people here. The amount of difficulty you’ve been through in the past five years… Why didn’t you allow me to help you? Did you really think the Elders could have stopped me if I thought you needed me?” His face looked pained.
“I didn’t need you, Seta. I needed to do this myself.” For the first time, Sonya realized they were of almost equal height. If they battled now, would she beat him? “I hope you understand.”
“I wish I could forgive you straight away. Did you have any idea how worried I was?”
“You didn’t need to worry about me. I’m not a child anymore.” As if to prove it, Sonya took what she felt was the boldest leap of her life and kissed him.
Afterwards, he held her tightly and they stood in silence as thoughts trickled through their minds. Seta was the first to speak.
“Do you think the Elders knew that this would happen?”
“I suspect they did.” Sonya murmured into his shoulder.