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    "I think I solved it," Wayne tells him a week or so after the big family dinner, at the next big family dinner that Roland just so happens to also be invited to.

    Roland tells him to sit his fool ass down if he’s going to start up with telling tales, but he also listens--now you wanna run that by me again, chief--and that’s only one of the ways it goes on from there.

     Another goes like this.

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    Wayne and Roland are credited with wrapping up a case that stinks to high heaven. But there's nothing Roland can do. He feels as if he's at his lowest. With justice seeming like a god damn joke and his face aching from a myriad of poor decisions.

    It's then that he meets the last friend he ever thought he could make, along with Tom Purcell not far behind.

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    Roland knows this man, recognizes those hollowed cheeks and sheepdog eyes. The man’s eyes have gone to Wayne first. It’s like the moment after being thrown from a bull, when he hasn’t hit the ground yet, but he can see it hurtling towards him.

    The man shifts his gaze from Wayne to Roland. His mouth opens. Roland can see the jolt of surprise across his face.

    Roland moves fast. “Mr. Purcell, we’re with the Arkansas State Police. I’m Detective West, this is my partner, Detective Hays. We’re here to help find your kids.”

    a.k.a. that one where Tom and Roland met at a gay bar first.

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    “It’s hard work, ain’t it,” Tom commented, flicking a pebble into the long grass.
    “Bein’ your friend, especially when you ain’t willin’ to say that’s what we are? Yeah, it is.”

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    "Would you pray with me again?"
    "Sure."

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    "Thought you said you was thinkin' of having me come down here?"

    "Hell, Tom." Roland shakes his head, stuffing his hands into his pockets, trying to look more casual than he feels. Relaxed, if in posture only. "Suppose it was the spur-of-the-moment sort of thinkin'."

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    Tom's prayer remains unanswered, until one day it is.

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    Tom runs over the familiar lines of prayers and half-remembered imagery from holy cards in his mind until they’re smoothed out as a worry stone. Sometimes it works, gives him a handhold to cling to, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes he thinks of Roland instead.

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    A place to put some fanarts for S3, since I'm not really on any other social media. So far, very heavy on Tom looking miserable.

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    There’s no one left in West Finger. What was it he’d said to Detective West that last day? No one left to feel anything for.

    Tom and Roland met at the wrong time. The right time never comes.

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    Tom wants to move on with his life, but first, he needs to cut one last tie to his old life.

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    Tom’s been drifting westwards for four years and has finally hit a dead end. Roland goes home to Texas. Meanwhile, back on the ranch…

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    Quitting the force to go into business with Wayne Hayes had its advantages for sure, but, Roland reflected as Lucy Purcell laid a hand somewhere in the vicinity of his hip and aimed what could only be described as a leer his way, there was still some definite bullshit involved, too.

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    Roland doesn't generally invite over folks involved in ongoing investigations to his place, but he starts to make a habit of it for Tom.

    (Five times Tom stayed the night at Roland’s place, and one night Roland stayed the night at Tom’s.)

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    Roland West buys him a cola to replace the one that's long since gone flat. "Noticed you're not much of a drinker," he says, while nursing a tumbler of his own. Something dark, the colour of honey, that Tom has yet to see him drink from.

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    Wayne and Roland investigate Will Purcell's disappearance. Everything's routine until Tom starts talking to the lights, Amelia swears there's a local conspiracy and there just might be a monster terrorising West Finger.

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    In the weeks leading up to the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of the Purcell children, neither Tom nor Roland are doing so well.

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    ‘Figured it was somebody’s wife hollerin’ for 'em to come home,’ she says, leading Roland down the darkened stairwell, her heels clacking. ‘This here’s a fella, though. Knew your name. Said it was urgent.’

    Christmas Eve, 1984.

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    "You didn't have to check on me, Lt. West. You done more for me than just about anybody. Pulled me out of that hole five years ago."

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    If his father were still alive, he’d laugh at Roland’s tendency to care too much, especially about people who hadn’t earned it. But Roland had never felt strangers needed to earn kindness.

    “It’ll get the best of you some day,” his daddy’d warned him. And perhaps picking Tom Purcell up at a dingy bar in the middle of the night was the day he’d warned about.

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