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03.02.2013 , 03:19 PM |
Prompt: Mirror, Mirror
Universe: Ald the Silly Sith Warrior
Characters: Ald and Malavai Quinn
That’s One Way to Take a Bath
Malavai had convinced him to use the giant tub in the master refresher for a bit of relaxation. He considered turning on the jets when he got in, but he didn’t want to irritate his skin. Then again, maybe it would feel like the rushing rivers of the jungle, a little warmer, perhaps, but maybe. He dipped the tips of his fingers into the water and watched the tiny ripples distort his reflection. For a moment, a very brief moment, his face was as smooth as a human’s. His cheekbone ridges smoothed, the bone spurs jutting from his chin blended into the background, even the bone spurs along his jaw disappeared. A normal human for the briefest of moments.
Of course, the sheer amount of orange and copper in his skin tone was a giveaway that he was not a normal human. He had Sith blood. Sith blood he inherited from a pair of normal looking humans. He wanted to be normal after they left him in the jungle. He had never thought of it before, never considered himself strange. No, the pale beings that claimed he was their child, they were the strange ones. They had no powers and they were scared of him. What parent is scared of their child? Not his parents. There was no way these creatures were his parents. But, while he was with them, he loved them as if they were his parents. And they were. Until they got rid of him, dumped him in the jungle like an unwanted pet. No parent would do that to their child. Their
He turned off the water and stripped to his bare bottom. He raised his leg and dipped a toe into the water. It was hot. Very, very hot. Best to hurry in. Which, of course, was a terrible mistake. He shouted and stood quickly, a rush of water following his swift movement. The shout and resulting splash had a predictable result: Malavai knocked on the door.
“The water was hot,” Ald said to the door.
There was a quiet noise on the other side which sounded suspiciously like a chuckle.
“It’s not funny,” Ald grumped. Slowly, he eased himself back into the water.
“I wasn’t laughing,” Malavai replied, his voice light and still suspiciously filled with laughter.
“I can tell when you find something humorous and when you chuckle it’s hilarious.”
There was that noise again. Definitely a chuckle.
“You jerk,” Ald grumbled.
“I’ll assume you insulted me.”
“I did. You’re a jerk,” Ald said louder.
And now he was laughing. The sound delighted Ald’s ears. It was a very rare thing for Malavai to chuckle let alone laugh. Recently, at least. When they were in private, he was much more willing to open up after a few pokes and prods and outright requests of “Stop being such a stiff bastard.” He always found that request humorous and would laugh to indulge his Lord.
“Stop laughing and come in.”
“I’m not washing your back,” Malavai quipped as he entered the refresher. He immediately went to the closet and grabbed a few towels to clean up the mess Ald had made.
“You’re like a maid.”
Malavai dropped the towels to the floor and used his foot to move them around.
“I am a servant of the Empire.”
The corners of Malavai mouth ticked up. “It’s true. I am duty-bound to serve in any capacity, which includes cleaning up after an overly ambitious Wrath when he burns his bum on hot water in the bath.”
“You’re a jerk.”
Malavai’s laughter echoed softly in the refresher. Ald turned on the jets in an attempt to drown out the laughter. Naturally, the laughter increased in volume.
“Such a jerk,” Ald mumbled as he slipped into the water up to his mouth.
He wasn’t expecting a response from Malavai and he definitely wasn’t expected a splash of water to the face. But there it was, the end result leaving his face dripping and his brain trying to figure out what happened. To his credit, Malavai sat rather calmly on the edge of the large tub, but his smirk gave him away as did the rolled up sleeve of his tunic and his hand in the water.
Ald glared, and, for a brief moment, Malavai thought he had made a terrible error. Then he found himself under water being pummeled by very strong jets of water.
A very grumpy and very wet Malavai surfaced and stared at Ald. “The water is rather hot,” he said blandly.
“You look ridiculous!” Ald giggled. He brushed a lock of wet hair from Malavai’s face. “Next time you want a bath, just ask.” He paused. “And take off your clothes before jumping in.”
Malavai reared back on his haunches and removed his wet tunic. Then he splashed Ald with all his might.
“You’re dead!” Ald laughed.
The water was nothing like the water in the jungle. It was warm, hot even, and relaxing. But those waters in the jungle brought him here, to this point, one way or another. And he wouldn’t give that up for the Galaxy.
This started out a short about Ald thinking on his time in the jungles. It devolved into Quinn participating in a splash fight.
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