“Stop stabbing the meat.” Hikaru reaches around Pavel and snatches the chopsticks from his hands. “You’re not a Viking and even if you were, you aren’t allowed to do that. It’s gross.”
Pavel doesn’t say anything, though he’s very tempted. He’s tempted to bring up the time Hikaru said he’d let Pavel teach him chess and, within the first three moves, got up and replicated himself some vodka.
“It’s culturally relevant!” he’d said at the time and Pavel let him get away with it because he lets Hikaru get away with everything.
“It’s meat,” Pavel points out, snatching the chopsticks back. “How do you think it even got on my plate? You know, the method used to be stabbing.”
“You’re an idiot,” Hikaru mutters and picks up his own chopsticks, holds them up for Pavel to see. “You hold them like this—not like,” he repositions them so he’s gripping the bases like a set of daggers, “this.”
“There’s nothing wrong with my method, ‘Karu. The meat gets from the bowl to my mouth, doesn’t it?”
Hikaru stares at him.
“Are you sure you’re a boy genius?”
Pavel flings a piece of meat at him.