when tary and lawrence meet in port demali, they’re basically meeting for the first time.
taryon has changed so much since then, and let’s be real: the taryon darrington that lawrence knew was the same taryon darrington that struggled to bring himself to ask a question about someone else, there’s no way tary ever really knew that much about lawrence personally. there was definitely something between them but it was more of a thing of curiosity and intrigue, and a bit more infatuation than love
but when they meet again, a decade or so later, they’re both so different. taryon has grown so much, he’s become so much more mature and comfortable with being him, so much more caring for others. and lawrence has changed too of course. the man’s undergone some pretty drastic life changes since he last saw tary. he’s a bit more weary but he’s adapted, taken up a whole new trade, adjusted to a more rugged lifestyle (tary barely recognizes him beneath the beard, but he could never forget those eyes). both of them are so different from how they remember each other. they’ve missed so much of each other’s lives.
imagine the look of pleasant surprise on lawrence’s face when taryon insists that lawrence share his story first.