Evenings tended to be a period of de-stressing for N'can. After spending all day in a constant state of fretting over just about everything, the bluerider needed what peace he could get. One of the best ways to unwind for him? Gardening. He had a knack for working with plants and taking care of them was simple, at least in his mind. People were inherently complex and thus the odds were that much higher of him doing or saying something to mess up. Plants though? Plants didn't complain, didn't scowl at him, didn't get mad if he was a little late watering them, etc. He would speak to them, sing to them, all while pruning, weeding, fertilizing, and then some. Generally a long, hot bath came next. It did let him relax further but it also was kind of needed, seeing as N'can got dirty while tending to the plants.
That was his plan tonight as well, just as any other night. N'can was actually smiling as he approached his apartment, happy to see how his plants were flourishing. Spending time with them was always the highlight of his day-okay after time with Violath perhaps but Violath was in a category all his own.
What N'can had not planned on, however, was someone already being there when he reached his apartment. That alone had his nerves returning, the smile fading as N'can slowed to a stop. Of course he couldn't get lucky enough to collect his thoughts before he was noticed.
Dark eyes widened, staring at his wingmate and fellow bluerider: Ao'mek. The man was happy and friendly as ever, a fact which actually made N'can all the more nervous. He really
didn't want to ruin Ao'mek's good mood, though in this instance he wasn't sure how to do otherwise. Ao'mek was dressed nicely, had clearly cleaned up, and was ready to go for "drinking and fun" as he put it. N'can? Well...he had just been weeding. On top of whatever grunge he had from the day he now sported dirt smudges, hardly a look that would go over well wherever Ao'mek wanted to go.
Oh shards...and not a look he wanted one of his wingmates seeing either! N'can's face lit up bright red, both from that and the fact he had been...actually...looking Ao'mek over a little. It was impossible to ignore how good the other bluerider looked all dressed up and clean, just as it was impossible to ignore what a mess N'can was.
"I...I-I uh...m'not ready...would only slow you down...ruin it somehow...s-s-sorry. M-maybe take some-one else?" The words were muttered to his feet, N'can having dropped his gaze as soon as he realized how he must look.
The blush only deepened as more thoughts occurred to him. "I mean I c-c-an...need to change...clean...b-b-bu-but if you want to go now...um...pr-probably better off with someone else. N-n-n-n-not that I don't want to or...shells...I just don't want to ruin your night..."