this is copy-pasted from like. five years ago. i’ll reformat it ONE day … today is not that day

as for how they STAYED friends; credit for that goes to Tanum. Havi is VERY introverted and doesn’t reach out to people, so he doesn’t make friends super easily (nor wants to) – but Tanum is SUPER good at GETTING IN YOUR FACE and forcing friendship to happen; he’s good at figuring out what other people like to talk about, what they don’t like to talk about, talking about THEM (unless they don’t want to), being interested in THEM, etc. he’s a people person. he likes making them happy. it’s cute. (he also loves throwing parties)

anyway Havi is MUCH easier to open up to people when

1) the person is actually interesting
2) THEY are making an effort to talk to HIM

& that’s why they’re friends; even though outwardly / socially they’redrastically different.

to anyone who wasn’t stupid, it was extremely obvious Tanum had a HUGE crush on Havi. Havi knew about this since the beginning, but always chose to ignore it due to not wanting to affect their Super Awesome Friendship + believing that Tanum deserved someone much better than him.

HOWEVER, at some point in their late teens, the two had a bit of a fling … except Havi literally pretended that it never happened because he was too scared to address it. (there was alcohol involved, so obviously he just got … SOOOO DRUNK HE JUST … DIDN’T REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED HAHA … CRAZY … RIGHT)

this happened a few more times (spread across the next ten years) all with the same results. though they were so few and far between, neither of them ever addressed it.

at around ages 18, Havi and Tanum decided to run away together. Havi didn’t want all the responsibility of running his dad’s temple (which was what he was supposed to do) and Tanum couldn’t see himself anywhere other than at his best friend’s side.

so they just … up and left. with no warning or confrontation.

(you’ll soon find this is a running theme with Havi)

Arnam didn’t mind so much because at that point in his life he was dealing with ~*~important Litor council stuff~*~ and didn’t have much time to hang out w/ them anymore. they had already started drifting by the time Havi & Tanum moved on but it’s fine, really, no bad blood. they said their goodbyes & stuff. it’s all good.