Jake tried to calm himself as he was undressed and washed in preparation for the ritual. Swallowing the nausea he thought back to his fellow humans' reactions to his decisions.
"You will try to become one of them, right?" Norm had asked even before Jake had had the chance to say something.
Surprised the marine asked, "How did you know?"
Max and Norm looked at each other, "We'd do the same! It's so cool!"
Joining them Jake laughed as well before remembering the other half of his decision, "Guys, there is something else." Stalling himself he took a deep breath, "I don't know how you will react, so please let me tell you before you possibly try to beat me up, okay?" Receiving confused nods he continued, "Well, you see, Eywa apparently intended me to be with one of them."
Norm couldn't help himself, "Yeah, we already know about Neytiri…"
"No, it wasn't Neytiri." Jake stopped him. Swallowing down the bile he said, "It was Tsu'tey."
Waiting for their reaction he saw confusion turn into realization. When the expected disgust didn't emerge but smiles spread over their faces Jake wondered why.
As his friends saw his confused face the smiled, "What? Did you expect us to hate you? Call you degrading names?" Norm scoffed.
Max laughed, "Seems he did, Norm! We are better than we thought!" With that Max grabbed Norm's hand and tugged him over, kissing him playfully.
Jake's jaw dropped. He had never expected… Hadn't even thought about it! Relieved he laughed as Norm blushed and tried to bat away Max's hands.
So he wasn't alone. Someone was there who understood him, supported him.
His friends, Max and Norm, had his back.
Coming back to the present Jake saw Tsu'tey carry his avatar over to the trees roots. 'It's not just your avatar, Jake. Soon it will be your real body.'
When Tsu'tey lay the avatar down and turned to Jake sitting naked on a rock he smiled encouragingly.
As the Na'vi stepped closer Jake saw a tension in his body that hadn't been there earlier. The hands cradling him gently shook and Jake looked up uncertain. "What is it, Tsu'tey?"
Taking a deep breath and trying to calm himself Tsu'tey looked at the human in his arms, naked but for the mask. "I fear what I will do should I lose you."
Moved by the honesty Jake replied, "You won't lose me. No matter what happens I will always be with you." Raising his hand he stroked the warrior's face before laying it over the male's heart. "If I should join Eywa I will watch over you." Deciding that it was worth the risk Jake ripped of his mask.
Before Tsu'tey could stop him warm wet lips covered his own and were gone too soon again. Looking down he saw Jakesully covering his face with the mask again, beet red.
"Why did you risk your life for a kiss?" Tsu'tey asked irritated.
Biting his lower lip Jake admitted, "In case I don't make it. I don't want to regret never kissing you…"
Now more determined than before Tsu'tey stepped up to Mo'at and lay him down. Before releasing Jake hi whispered in his ear, "I will pray for you, my mate." Kissing him gently on the cheek the warrior stood back, allowing the ritual to start.
After the darkness had claimed him Jake had fallen into light, just like when his consciousness traveled to his avatar. Instead of feeling his body, new or old, he felt peace and warmth.
Looking up he saw Neytiri stand in front of him. "Neytiri," he gasped.
'Yes. I see you finally accepted your destiny and let him inside your heart.'
Shamed at having pushed his feelings for her aside he looked down, refusing to look at her.
'I'm happy you let me go, Jake. Eywa set this path for you because it was your destiny, like it was mine to die and make room for a new generation of Na'vi. You will change many things, Jake."
Confused Jake looked up, "What do you mean? I've done my part…"
Laughter emerged from the light, 'Not at all! You are different from us, carry different…genes, you call them. They will make sure that neither you nor Tsu'tey will be the last to lead the clan.'
"I don't understand…"
'Do not worry, Jakesully. Everything happens for a reason, don't forget this. I will always carry you in my heart, Jake. This is our final farewell.'
Jake reached for her, "Wait!" Her shadow vanished just as a blinding light encircled him.
Coming aware to silence wasn't something Jake had expected. But when he saw Tsu'tey's worried face looking down on him Jake knew it had worked.
Blinking away the cobwebs in his head the newborn Na'vi wrapped his arms around the startled warrior, forcing him down and connecting their lips.
When they finally stopped, Jake and Tsu'tey didn't hear the roaring jubilation. They only had eyes for each other.
Tsu'tey whispered lovingly, "I see you."
Jake smile was ecstatic, "And I finally see you."