- Ayiana Yorval, before she became joined to the Sevo symbiont, was a regular correspondent of Cadfael's during his time at the academy through the Cadet Cultural Exchange Subspace Friend program.. Little did he know that Fate had a sense of humor and put the two of them together on the same ship, the USS Victory; where they met face to face for the first time.
Peters: I used to hit the 602 every night, drinking beer, doing homework, and constantly checking my padd to see if you had responded to the most recent letter. Talking to you was the most correspondence I got that wasn’t class related. Distant friends seemed closer than anyone else… :: Pause. :: Or I should say, friend. I think you were the only one I had.
:: Ayiana seemed taken aback at Peters’ admittance. ::
Sevo: I...had no idea you looked forward to them so much. Honestly I just saw it as an extracurricular assignment. You know - get to know other cultures and stuff. They really emphasized that on us since most of the students were Trill. Not many aliens with whom to intermingle.
- During their second mission together, Cadfael had noticed how uncomfortable she was during the away mission due to the EVA suit. In the aftermath, he had a ruptured eardrum and she entered a coma. He sat by her side, and even put his favourite watch on her wrist, to let her know he was there.
When she woke up from a coma, she and Cadfael exchanged news of what happened after they returned from the mission. He told her of his promotion to chief followed by his subsequent hearing loss, and she returned his watch. In that same conversation, Cadfael had stated he was in love with her.
- During the following mission, he left for an away team. Just as the Victory was needing its chief engineer, he was getting transferred to the USS Darwin-A and was not able to say good bye to her. When he reported back to the Darwin, he received a letter from her stating that she started to feel something for him, beyond friendship. Finding out through an email was like a blow to the chest, and he hasn't recovered.