Seven Days of Joyeux Part VI: Resolution/leaping the flames
“Leaping the flames is a fertility ritual,” Athos explained. “An ancient form of marriage.”
Porthos brightened at that. “Oh, metaphorical flames. Much better. We can handle metaphorical flames.”
Athos’ comm chimed and he spoke briefly to Treville before stepping along faster, towing Porthos and Aramis both along with him. “The Dead District is on fire,” he reported in a crisp voice. “We need to get there now.”
“Metaphorical fire?” Porthos said hopefully.
But no, not with that look on Athos’ face. “Actual fire,” he said grimly.
This time it was Aramis’ turn to shudder. Fire on a space station was everyone’s worst nightmare.