So Jennie was talking about her Brax/Darkel headcanons last night, and I wanted to add mine to that post. Except it got ridiculously long somehow, because I have finally managed to stitch all of our bits and pieces of shared fanon up with all my own headcanons into one narrative. And it goes a little something like this:
Sometime post-S2, and possibly post-S3, Brax goes to younger!Brax and tells him all about the things Darkel has done/will do, and how it will hurt Gallifrey and Romana, and to keep Darkel off of that path at all costs. Younger!Brax—from here on out just ‘Brax’—who is only about a century older than Darkel and at this moment is not very far out of the Academy—goes to visit bb!Darkel in the hospital like in that one fic of Elli’s, to make her feel better about life after her traumatic Initiation. He subtly keeps track of her as she’s growing up and as he’s settling into his role as ambassador. When she graduates, he sees to it she’s assigned to work for him—cue that one moment with him calling her Darkela the first time she walks in his door and her quietly loving it to bits because she hasn’t been called that in so long. Brax keeps Darkel working in his office for a few decades, long enough for them to develop a rapport and a mutual sense of respect, then sees to it she’s re-assigned to the Office of the Public Defense, to begin working her way up in the justice system.
Brax doesn’t tell Darkel that he’s had her transferred until it’s already a fait accomplit. In fact, he still isn’t the one who tells her—her things are just unceremoniously moved one day to her new office on the other side of the Citadel, and Brax is out of the office when she shows up that morning to find her desk empty and a note informing her of the change. So she goes, and does a good day’s work in her new position, but at the end of that day she storms back and barrels into Brax’s office without knocking and demands to know why he would send her away without even the decency of telling her first. And Brax stands from his desk, and in an infuriatingly calm voice, he says that he no longer wanted her to be working in a position that gave him any kind of direct power over her, because that would have made it terribly inappropriate for him to ask her to marry him.