He stood and moved to take her place, nudging her aside.
"This is fruit punch, by the way," he said, nudging the bottle of red water toward her.
It persisted, and she looked down, jumping to see one of several curious cats nudging her leg.
Her mate hesitated then lowered his head, nudging her gently in return in a sign that he wasn't too angry with her.
"He's having a little fun at my expense," said Ermolov softly, nudging with his knee Raevski who was at his side.