I know some people will be understandably wary at this point, so, just to be clear: yes, she’s trans; no, that isn’t part of a joke. Sven likes women, she’s a woman, and he would be seeing her through a sparkle filter no matter what.
Guest: The Ceanska students can be good with the grammar, but there’s no poetry in their souls, you know?
Sven: I can imagine.
Guest: You’re so lucky to work here at the embassy, where everyone can speak in a civilized language!
Nasturtium: Excuse me! Did you say you work here?
Sven: That’s right! I run the Cultural Services Division. Can I help you?
Nasturtium: Why, darling, you’re just the man I wanted to see!
Sven: I think you might be just the woman I want to see! . . . Who are you?
sparkle filter, woo!
I’m curious if that hand gesture is sign language for something…
“You are attracted to me.”
I don’t trust any kind of immediate attraction that might be the result of familiar-looking pink sparkles in the background.
Besides, he is a dad, so I’m guessing he has a partner or spouse? Although maybe they have passed away. Or maybe he is in an open relationship, or a polyamorous one (do either of those exist in this universe?).
Open and/or poly relationships are definitely a thing. (You’ll see later on that Birch has three parents.)
Current backstory for Sven is that he was in a bad marriage and is now thankfully divorced. Although since it hasn’t become plot-relevant yet, I reserve the right to have a better idea.