series: hunter x hunter
characters: meruem; komugi
a/n: for my lovely sy.

He hates the moment when their sweaty fingers change temperature.  At first they present themselves with straightened backs, auras charged with adrenaline – they’re hungry and can only be sated by beating an unbeatable opponent.  The confidence does not last.  Counters slide across the mat and every practised machination drops to the bottom of a river bed.  Meruem notes the whitened knuckles.  The shaking hands, grasping wooden pieces in a desperate search for warmth.  Meruem wins.

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