It happened to be very easy to just make Vityai stop. Ridiculously so, actually. All you had to do was send a sharp, cold spike of something he didn't want to hear through him and it'd be all over. Every time Taavi brought up his past conquests, Vityai just got angry, irritated by anything and everything having to do with the sharding idiot. Others could have labelled it as being passive-aggressive and be right on the mark, but if he heard such a thing the absolute horror of that knowledge would irritate him. So when he happened to be messing around, actually fucking enjoying himself with his friend, in a thunderstorm, and Taavi brought them up? Something cold and hard settled in the pit of his stomach and he froze up, mud in his hand, and that was his turn off switch.
Away from the fun, from the thunderstorm, from the mud and the shirts and the cold. He clicked off, ignored the blathering and the discussion of mud and taste. And barrels, he ignored those too, until Taavi touched him. Vityai scowled, dropped his shoulder to get away from Taavi's touch, half-spinning to glower at him.
"Right," he said, shoving the shirt-net-knot at Taavi's chest in retaliation for the touch. "Don't be ambushed by the barrels again, I'm not going to try and help you this time."
Vityai ran his muddy hand through his hair, slicking it back with mud and water before slid away, propelled mostly by his bare feet and the thick mud. The knot in his stomach hardened with each snappish word, anger quelled some with the cold and the knowledge that yes, thunderstorm and maybe if he kept away and quiet or angry, Taavetti would stop being an ass.
He dove for the first leaping figure he saw, knees to the ground and hands gripping the croaking thing, a large hopper with all six legs flailing in the air. Number one! And the knot eased. He looked to Taavi and held up the animal.
Ta-da, see? Everything was fine. There were hoppers.
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