by placing a temp black background i can pull out the parts that need fixing
and as for that 'thing' they have in common. it's food. they both love food that is sweet and or spicy. from jams to peppers, and from cakes to sauces, sweet and spicy is what they found in common and how Nell was finally able to reach Gerrard as a person to a person and not a monster.
once he could see her as a person, Gerrard found that he could see her as a woman not unlike the women he had pursued earlier in his life. the fact that she looked different was no longer a vile thing like human society demanded he think and he could see that she is in fact quite beautiful.
i do see a bit of irony though in the use of food, at least in my experience with the portrayal of Naga