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I love this! You strike an excellent balance between the grimness and the over-the-top silliness of canon, and I love seeing these two bonding over a furtive smoke break.
Thank you! The whole canon is pretty ridiculous with how serious it takes itself -- the animated episodes barely scratch the surface of Paya's combat-related PTSD, as hinted at here -- so I'm glad I managed to convey the right balance to make it believable.