He breached surface.
The troll couldn’t help but coughed ruggedly, kneeling his mouth into his palm with the jerk of his head before taking a swell of a breath again, and diving down. Like an anchor, it was best if he just sunk. This time, Karkat sank deeper, even blowing out some of the air retaining in his body to help his limbs sink.
He was far more closer to the coral now, but not close enough to see the mertroll at all. He swam just a tad, before the bumbles from the coral attracted his eyes, and he patted away at the fish bubbling around his face. He had a good five minutes before he had to check in with the boat. His hands dug into the waves to help him come closer. Woah, the coral was bright even beneath the sea.
Despite the persons supposed to snorkel, as in, keeping above the layer of water, Karkat didn’t care for the human’s rules. Might as well get up and personal with the fishes than anything, yes? It’s what he paid for.
He raised his eyebrows a bit, shifting to hide a bit more behind some of the coral. He briefly wondered what the other was trying to do before he started to sink more towards the reef bed again. The mertroll let out a quiet glub, blinking a bit and fins almost flaring up.
He shifted around, trying to move back from the bed a bit more as the other swam closer. It honestly wouldn’t be that hard to spot the red and off-white tail of his with the coral. Even with how bright and distracting it could be. You don’t normally just not see a large fish tail.
He tilted his head as he kept getting closer, getting one of the fins on his tail actually stuck in between two pieces of the rock and letting out a startled yelp. He shifted to move forward again, dislodging the fragile fin as he kept his eyes on the other troll.
He chuckled and sat on the edge of the pool, kicking his shoes and socks off to let his feet dangle in the pool. “Glad it’s comfortable for you. Figure it’d be better than staying on a cold rock the wwhole time.”
He shifted to rest along the edge, arms holding his body up slightly. “It was gettin’ a little cold out there. Even for me, and I’m pretty used to that shit.”
"I really wwouldn’t put it past you." He snickered and carried him into his hive, only setting him down when he reached the indoor pool. "Hope it’s wwarm enough for you."
"You really shouldn’t. I can be an aggressive little shit." He muttered, looking down at the pool and shifting around once he was set down. Once he felt the water he couldn’t help but make a soft purring sound, fins drooping slightly. "It’s pretty perfect, honestly."
"I gathered. Shit- your tail’s a little more slippery than I thought it wwould be…" He let out a slight grunt as he adjusted his hold. "There. At least this wway you wwon’t slip. I hope."
"If I slip I’m going to hit you in the face with my tail." He smiled, obviously joking with his little statement. He wasn’t that flexible honestly, especially if his tail would have slipped before hand.
He laughed a bit and rolled his eyes, scooping him up easily. “Is that wwhat you wwanted? If not you’re gonna havve to deal wwith it.”
He does let out a quiet noise when he was picked up but he laughed, moving his hands to just kinda hold onto him. “Yeah, It’s pretty fine. Excuse me if I’m a bit awkward with this, I’ve never been picked up before.”
Dualscar paused in thought for a moment. “WWhy don’t wwe take this inside? It’s gonna start gettin’ chilly soon, and I havve a nice, heated salt-wwater pool that I had put in. It wwas mostly for me, but I don’t see any reason wwhy you couldn’t use it.”
He nodded his head, shifting to sit up on the rock and waited a few moments in thought. “I uh. You wanna help me? Or are you gonna make me crawl there?” He smiled, snorting a bit.
"Point taken. Then if that’s the case, I’ll leavve you be. It’s probably tiring for you to talk to me for so long." He laughed lightly and stood up to leave.
He tiled his head and blinked a bit. “I uh. Kinda like the idle chatter we have goin’ on though?” He murmured quietly, tail flicking against the water again. “I mean, You don’t gotta stay but.”
"That’s…a little disheartening to hear," he said with a small frown. "You could always at least try to make an effort to be social, yeah?”
He let out a soft ‘ehhhhh’ sound, stretching out his arms as his tail flopped slightly. “I don’t really see the reason to be social though? I mean it’s not like I really have anything planned out that requires me to be.”
"Heh. Not surprising, really. Trolls aren’t vvery social characters in general so it’s no shock that your kind wwould be the same." He paused a moment before adding, "Though going for swweeps without any contact is a pretty damn long time."
"You just kinda get used to it after awhile, Y’know?" He murmured quietly, letting his eyes slip closed for a bit. "Doesn’t really bother me much to not talk anymore."
He nodded understandingly, running a hand through his own hair to keep it from drooping. “Yeah, I get that. I livve mostly on my owwn as wwell. Too complicated to keep up many relationships at the same time, yeah?”
He laughed at that, shifting so his arms were stretched out against the cool rock now. “Too complicated to keep any relationships for me. This is the first time I’ve talked to another troll in sweeps.”