I have so many things to work on but I needed to do this because cuteness controls my life. Inspired by Waffleguppies’ story “Morning After,” Wheatley beak-fiving his hummingbird daemon Imri, being cuddled by Chell’s cat daemon.
Since Waffles didn’t clutter up her lovely story with clunky exposition, an explanation of daemons for those unfamiliar with the universe of His Dark Materials: a daemon is a person’s soul existing outside of their body in the form of an animal. Adult daemons settle into a single form representative of its human’s character. A daemon reflects its human’s personality and is like an ever-present best friend. It’s the gender of the people the human falls in love with. A daemon and its human share emotions and sensations, so two daemons touching is very intimate. For all these reasons, Waffles’ story makes me squeally happy. And oh my god I love the thought of the sort of conversations Wheatley and Imri would have—just a never-ending feedback loop of silliness. Chell and her daemon would mostly communicate through knowing glances.
Shameless NQN influence because you can’t stop me.