Scene from Tales of the Spirit World: Fall of the Blue Spirit
my Avatar-verse legends project. Part VIII. Of Yǎn-sui and Jiān: Searching can be found here.
"...Yǎn-sui stared at her, impossibly statue-still in the little boat upon the river, ghost-white and night-black against the deepening indigo of sky and water. She had been worried
no! She only pretended to be worried about him! And yet, when he had defied her, been belligerent, then patronizing
instead of bringing him to heel as those of her kind would have, she had practically begged
that he not force her to take that route! She desired to be his friend
and impossible, illogical, insane wish, of course
why should any god behave so improperly?"
Jiān's a fun character to write, especially from the point of view of another character, if they're as worldy-wise as Yǎn-sui. He's having a hell of a time trying to understand how she can be the way she is!