He's back in his old leather costume, unmodified motorcycle helmet. Makes him feel old; he last belonged in it years ago. Cuts his effectiveness in half without the bot doing pathing for him, turning safeties on and off to manage where he might land, calculating angles.
There's a ring on his toe. It's not tracking his location, Dragon said, it'll just alert her if he takes it off or gets within three long hops of Baltimore without telling her in advance that he expects to be in D.C. or something. It's not listening in, just making sure he hasn't amputated the toe or tried to wreck the mechanism.
The air pocket is not within three long hops of Baltimore.
He thinks the ring is actually not listening, actually not tracking. He thinks.
He stands slightly to the right. He goes down.
It's a big, sealed cave, pitch dark. He has a flashlight.
He doesn't need it; the backup lights up like a Christmas tree as soon as he lands.
Sunsets are lovely. Lorica is lovely. Lorica is his wife.
And then her parents go home! And Dragon leaves them be!
Oh gosh. Can they get carried away.
He would really really like to get carried away. With his wife Lorica who is his wife. He's married to her. They're married.
Things are so very figured out.
" - I think," he says the next morning, having been distracted in the moment, "I am asymmetrically married. In the Elf sense, I mean."
"I do not think you are Elf married because it doesn't feel like that is the case and also you might've noticed sooner than me. But I am Elf married." Kiss. "And it's lovely."
"Hmm, like - I have all this new capacity and the thing it is for is appreciating you and I will - I'm still picking them apart - know if you're safe, and know if you're - Tinkering - and maybe also when it'd be better to interrupt you? Less sure about that, might have to try and see - and I think I'd also recognize things you created or invented or wrote."
Kiss!! Getting carried away!
Enamored newlyweds do not take five years off from their lives, though their pace of inventing maybe slows slightly.