Feb 17, 2020 1:20 AM
this could be a sweet dream, or...
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—water! Water is good!

He grabs the waterskin and drinks as quickly as he can without actually choking on it. He comes close a couple times.

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The water tastes very faintly of salt, and faintly sugary.

The man moves closer to him when he nearly chokes the first time, and stays close thereafter, apparently ready to intervene if he does in fact choke.

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He slows down as his mouth starts to taste less like dust and more like a mouth. By the last few swallows he’s calmed down particularly.

He tries to sit up completely, despite the immediate wave of dizziness.

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The man watches him, looking impressed, but still ready to intervene.

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Wooo. Okay. Definitely a little...sway-y. He’s gonna stick to sitting up and not standing for a little while.

“Uh...thanks. For finding me.”

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--he doesn't seem to know how to respond to that.

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“Do I have to fight you now? I’m gonna be really bad at it.”

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He blinks. "--even if you want to, at least wait until you can stand."

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He pushes himself up and wobbles.

“I mean, I could probably—

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Woop never mind. Falling over.

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The man catches him quickly, and sets him down on the ground, very firmly.

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...doki.

“...I can wait.”

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That gets a nod, as the man sits down beside him again. "What's your name?"

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“Z,” he says, deciding on the spot that the warnings about telling a nomad your true name are probably made-up bullshit. “Yours?”

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"--is that a normal city-folk name? --I'm Tarei."

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He grins and shakes his head.

“Nah. Just mine. Is yours a normal nomad name?”

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"It is," Tarei agrees, smiling at him. "That's really something, though. You chose it?"

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He nods.

“I wanted something that was just my thing. Nobody would’ve given me this one.”

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What face is that? He can’t tell what this expression means.

“...do you ever pick your own names?”

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"Not that I've heard of," he says, shaking his head.

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He nods.

...it’s really hard to stop looking at his eyes.

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"Why were you out there?" Tarei asks.

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“Looking for nomads. Kinda misplaced the road.”

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"Well, you found one," Tarei replies.

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