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    “What’s this?” Ed says, and tilts the mug towards his eyeline. He’s been doing a good job, so far, of looking everywhere except at Stede.

    “Tea in its natural state,” Stede says. “You don’t have to drink it. I didn’t really ask you here for tea.”

    Ed hunches like a child, but his hair and stubble is grey as a silverfish. He sounds as bitter as the tea when he says, “What did you really ask me here for, then?”

    Or: After Stede comes back to Edward, they both look for forgiveness, and relief.

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    Stede comes back.

    Ed does too. It just takes a little longer.

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    17 Apr 2022

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    It feels natural, enjoying happiness. It’s fresh and new. And very quiet.
    It's a –
    It's a fine thing.

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    That was the very day Stede realized that every time Ed taught him a different way to stay alive, it really meant ‘I love you.’

    But Ed went away to make his fortune and his ship was taken by the Dread Pirate Blackbeard. Now ten years later and on the cusp of his wedding to Princess Mary, Stede discovers himself being kidnapped by a band of pirates who are themselves being pursued by a man in black.

    Or, once you find yourself in a love story, you can't just up and leave.

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    Look, Ed’s seen plenty of mirages before.

    Oh, sure, he’s been strung out on sun and rum loads of times, his perpetually underhydrated tongue too heavy in his own mouth to be real. He’s seen the fizzling edges of so much might-actually-be-there-this-time freaky shit. Woulda offered up his own heart to any number of phantom mermaids hoping to dash him up against their big, scary rocks. Even addled past all reason, though, Ed knows the trick behind gambling away his own heart.

    He doesn’t have one. So, what had there ever been to lose?

    The point is: Ed knows when something looks like it’s there, but isn’t really there. He knows when someone seems to be dripping blood and saltwater on the ship’s floor right in front of him, but then again, it couldn’t be. Nothing (no one) is to be trusted, let alone his own senses.

    Still, he’s gotta hand it to this particular illusion. It’s captured Stede down to every last wisp of golden hair.

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