Vega was standing with her back to the seas, leaning against the side of the ship and he was in front of her. With her arms around his waist, she touched her nose to his and smiled at him. It was overwhelming and enormous and it had hit her like a physical blow to the chest, his feelings for her. She had never doubted that Arlo loved her, not for a moment, but the depth of what he felt when he looked at her, as he put his arms around her, they were almost more than Vega could deal with. "I was full right up to the brim before," she whispered to him. It was true, of course he now knew the same in reverse. Her feelings for him burned brightly and, as they both experienced this for the first time, it was incredible. "An' now, I can feel that you are too. I.." She kissed him, suddenly and passionately as she felt tears escape her eyes. Not anything like sad, though, simply overwhelmed and amazed and delighted.
"i'm sorry," she said, softly, "for every time I've given you cause to doubt how I'm feelin'." It must have hurt him incredibly, she thought, when she did that. Since the feeling of his blood and hers mixing had caused her to experience a strange heat shooting up her arm, Vega needed to be near him, touching him. She hadn't even started to think about being able to share thoughts or any such thing. So, in the sweltering Saun heat of the early breaks of the morning, they stood together on the deck of the Wanderlust, held in each others arms and awash with emotions. It wasn't a surprise to Vega, yet it was tricky to keep her emotions in check and she was pleased to be spending the time, alone with him. Her cousins' ship the Waking Dreamer was visible across the water from them and they were the only two on deck. Her father and his were sleeping and it was just them.
And, of course, the dog. Zyqat looked up from where he was dozing nearby. He gave a sudden low growl and stood, and that was all the warning they had.
The heat was incredible, right in the middle of Saun and even at this time of night it was unbearably hot - Vega had resorted once again to her short shorts and crop top. As the sudden thunder boomed over their heads, crashing loudly enough that Vega physically jumped, the lightning struck at exactly the same moment and the mainsail was ablaze in a half a trill. That wasn't the most immediate thing, however, as the mast literally exploded and showered them with shards and splinters of wood, some of which were on fire. "Arlo!" At the sight of the fire, terror gripped Vega, but she did what she always did and she used it to fuel her.
"We've got to put this fire out", she looked up and a sudden burst of Rakahi left her as the remnants of the mast and the associated rigging and so on began to fall, still ablaze.