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GenerosityTrying to find something for Velanna is infinitely more frustrating than he thought it'd be.
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Typically, when Ajax wants to give someone something small, he fixes a watch or clock for them-- regardless of their objective value when completed, he usually finds the broken pieces for dirt cheap or free, and repair can take all of five minutes if everything's in decent shape. But though Vel had been fascinated by his watch that night, she'd also expressed annoyance, so he'd ruled it out. Anything else he could think to make seemed like too much, so since then he'd kept his eyes open at every stop, searching without trying to look too hard, knowing the best gifts are the ones you stumble upon.
Smekoios is a good place for that, anyway. He minnows through the crowd with ease, unfazed by the slight jostles and polite 'excuse me's. Even in the empire's densely packed open markets, the volume rarely rises above natural conversation, murmurs amplified by the cavern walls that bounce the voices ba