Ruby gasped as Quartz suddenly grabbed her by the neck and threw her onto the top of the crate like she weighed nothing. Well to him she probably didn't.
"Don't," he growled warningly.
Ruby remained where she was, rubbing her neck and quietly catching her breath. Quartz looked away, simmering. Behind him the rest of the crew shifted uneasily as the immediate silence deepened uncomfortably. The ambient night life around them seemed to be of a different world, the "normal" world that all of them at least in this moment wished they were part of. The "normal" world was safe. Their immediate future contained more danger than they were used to.
Quartz eventually looked up, his slightly flared wings and lowered tail indicating definite annoyance. "Did you know?" he demanded, his voice low and dangerous.
Ruby frowned. "I knew they hung out," she answered carefully, "I didn't know she'd claimed him."