Little Moments - Well Played
Pairing & Characters: Sektor/Kuai Liang
Length: 498 Words
Warnings: Being annoying on purpose, Angry kissing, Kissing someone to get them to shut up, Brief mention of an argument between a couple
Prompt: Kisses to shut them up
Note: Requested by @annatextos
If Kuai Liang did not shut up soon, Sektor was going to punch him.
To give the younger man some credit, he did have a reason to be blabbering like this, even if it was a rather dumb one. While it wasn't Kuai's first international job, it was his first mission in America. Currently they were hauled up in a hotel room located in some backwater town in Texas. And to say Kuai Liang had been excited and fascinated about literally everything he saw was an understatement.
"I think I can see a cactus in the distance," Kuai announced, as if that was in any way an interesting thing. I guess he's never seen one before. Didn't make it any more interesting or less annoying. "I read somewhere that Texas has more types of cactus than any other state." A beat of silence, like Kuai was expecting Sektor to join in the conversation. Kuai cupped his hands around his eyes and lent close to the window "I wonder what kind it is. If I got closer, I could probably tell."
Oh my god, will you please be quiet. Sektor rubbed his temples, trying to drown out the other mans voice by concentrating on the mission plan.
"Are we going to go into the desert at any point?" It seemed Kuai was intent on being as frustrating as possible.
"No," Sektor grumbled in return, trying to purposefully make himself sound as pissed as possible.
"Shame, I'd have liked to see it up close." Any hope Sektor had that this would be the end of the conversation was shattered when Kuai suddenly exclaimed "there's a couple having an argument in the apartment across the street."
Good lord, I need to find a way to shut him the fuck up!
"Looks like a bad one," Kuai commentated, peering across at the apartment. "I wonder what it's about."
Sektor stood up from the desk. Kuai barely acknowledged him, just continued his asinine gibbering. Sektor's patience was at it's last thread. He strode over to where the other man stood, grabbed him by the shoulders and twisted until they were face to face. Kuai gave a surprised squeak. Sektor placed both his hands on either side of Kuai's face, leaning in close.
"Shut. The fuck. Up." His voice was a low growl. Kuai opened his mouth to say something, and Sektor was determined that he would not make another sound.
He pulled Kuai to him and pushed their lips together. Hands holding Kuai steady so he could not pull away. He felt Kuai's tongue slip into his mouth, the other man melting into him. Sektor pulled away, observing the satisfied smirk on Kuai's face.
"You've been doing this on purpose," he stated. Kuai laughed, pressing a short kiss to the side of his mouth. "Well played, you little shit."
Maybe Kuai Liang was good at more than being an annoyance.
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Using financial data to glimpse non-economic ideas is always fun: this paper exploits Confederate gold bonds being sold on the Amsterdam market and their sell price to show what odds observers believed the Confederacy had to win the US Civil War (as if they lost those bonds would be worthless). “Turning Points” in war are always a contested subject, and many of them are built up after that fact in the hagiography of a war - so its nice to see that Gettysburg’s reputation at least as a Big Deal was immediately observed:
Some caution of course - the bond market only emerged right before Gettysburg actually happened, and the ‘market price’ for any good normally takes time to figure itself out, so it could be a bit of a coincidence as more sober buyers struck deals at the same time as the battle. Still intriguing to see a 45%+ chance of victory by some analysts for any stretch of the war - with a greater understanding of the material assests of the Union the Confederacy seemed pretty doomed, but that was not how war was seen by many at the time.
Also what cockimaney hare-brained scheme did some Dutch investors have that they were buying bonds at 5% list value after the fall of Richmond?? That is some scam lost to time I am sure (Or more boringly some complexity around terms being due or insurance claims).
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