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    Nicolò looks sheepish. "I killed you yesterday, and you awoke at the same time, the same place. But when I die, I wake at different times, different places. This bolt," he tosses it to Yusuf and it lands in the dirt by his knee, "it killed me yesterday, but I woke up many years from now. I lived several lifetimes in those places before returning here and pulling it from my neck."

     

     

    Nicky's lives and deaths are different. He is unstuck from time - at every death he revives into a different point in his life. Each time he is struck down he wonders, will he awaken to deserts and swords? Will it be gunshots in cities? Joe and Nicky build a fractured life together, falling in love across two different sets of centuries, then patiently waiting for the other to fall in love too. He meets the rest of their little family out of order, but they still build a family around Nicky's involuntary time-traveling.

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    14 Dec 2020

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    Epic and heartfelt

  2. Public Bookmark 76

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    “It was no more than a bad dream. An old dream.”

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    07 Dec 2020

  3. Public Bookmark 32

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    The angels visit them on a sheep farm in rural Iceland, of all places, bubbling wildly out of a pot of mutton stew on the stove. As Joe and Nicky shrink back against the old plaster walls of the shepherd’s house, feathers and eyes and moonbeams coalescing from their dinner’s steam, it’s hailing outside. Many years later, Nicky will recall the sound of ice breaking on the roof, November weather, sheep huddled under the eaves. Joe, when asked, will think past the kaleidoscopic air, rippling up to the ceiling vent like the world’s smallest oasis, to the bulb of garlic on the counter, and how it began to flower. A dead thing, opening itself into two slim green shoots, purple flowers bristling.

    Joe and Nicky are given a gift.

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    06 Dec 2020

  4. Public Bookmark 96

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    Joe stares for a long moment, mouth open, stomach somewhere on the floor. "Oh, fuck, you're a priest."

    He's seen Fleabag, okay, he knows how this goes.

     

    Or: Coffee Shop / Priest AU (with a twist).

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    21 Nov 2020

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    “What are you doing?” he mouthed into Nicky’s thigh.

    “Watching you sleep.”

    “What else are you doing?”

    “Rewriting King Lear,” Nicky said. His voice was plagued with distraction. Joe pulled himself up enough to see the page; Act II ran red with slashed words. His lover’s eyes were the color of the sky just before a tornado touched down.

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    31 Oct 2020

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    In which Nicky's at seminary because he likes to argue, not because he's becoming a priest, and Joe has missed this essential fact and can't figure out why this future-priest-slash-bartender is flirting with him.

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    30 Oct 2020

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    “Nicolo would never risk the fates of children over his own.”

    “And look where that got him!” Andy roars, her throat burning with a desperate rage that has nothing to do with the pills, and right there, in that precise moment, she watches, devastated, as the words carve ruin into Joe’s grief-stricken face.

    She hears the tiny intake of Booker’s breath, sees the even tinier lift of his shoulders towards his ears.

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    An Old Guard, incomplete, and how they find each other again.

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    22 Oct 2020

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    Prince Yusuf and his sister Nile are Givers. With a touch, they can bring a dead body back to life. The boy without a name is a Reaper. He only has to touch a living body to end that life. Neither Givers nor Reapers can die by normal means, but that doesn't mean they cannot feel pain.

    The boy without a name is sent to kill Yusuf, but nothing can kill a Giver. He's captured and imprisoned in a gilded cage meant to keep him safe and confined as the war wages on. Nile is meant to be his guard and guide as Yusuf returns to fight at the front lines. But soon, the boy learns that there is a far deadlier plot a foot amongst Yusuf and Nile's people than him. And he must decide if his loyalty is to the homeland that turned him into a monster, or to Yusuf and Nile who have only ever called him 'friend.'

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    13 Oct 2020

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    Nicolò di Genova was killed on one of the endless mornings of The Crusades, struck down by a scimitar. He woke again later that evening.

    Yusuf al-Kaysani bled out hours later from wounds left by a sword. He woke again that next morning.

    A person often meets his destiny on the road he chose to avoid it.

    Alternatively, Nicky and Joe's second meeting was over 900 years too late. And neither one knows the other is immortal, or that they've already met.

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    06 Oct 2020

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    Nile dreams of a man drowning, over and over and over.

    And- between every other curveball thrown her way in the last 72 hours- Nile realizes she has to draw the line somewhere between passively accepting it and doing something about it.

    (aka The Nicky is the one in the iron maiden au that won't stop haunting me - Updates on Tuesdays)

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    04 Oct 2020

  11. Public Bookmark 55

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    Nile comes up with an idea to help Nicky win the baklava challenge.

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    03 Oct 2020

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    Nicky feels like he’s the only true human being in the room; he’s the only one shifting with discomfort and wrinkling his nose and feeling so sick at watching what’s going on. “Hey,” he says to the scientists, “Can’t you knock him out while you do that?”

    “Why should we? We don’t have the budget for sedatives or pain killers.” One of the scientists says blandly, and that makes Nicky feel like he’s been shoved over an abyss. There should be empathy, or professional courtesy, or common decency, but there’s just a blank look of slight annoyance.

    Instead of killing the doctor like he really wants to, Nicky pulls his silenced handgun from a pocket and shoots the victim in the head. “They’re immortal and I don’t get off on watching people writhe in pain. Even if drugs aren’t in the budget you can bet bullets are."

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    02 Oct 2020

  13. Public Bookmark 38

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    Joe’s words rung in Andy’s head, tugging at the center of her like a weight she hadn’t known she carried: "I will never understand why grief drives people to become agents of the thing that hurt them…"

    She reached up and gripped the pendant around her neck, feeling the grooves of the pattern that she’d memorized so many thousands of years ago.

    She tossed Nile the keys and muttered something about the address to the Provence safehouse. They could stop by Goussainville on the way. Nile must’ve seen whatever was in her face, because she just nodded, her eyes flicking to her wound for a split second as they all slid into their seats.

    Andy tracked the young woman’s gaze as she took stock of them, and wondered what she saw. Andy had let the mask of indifference fall off her face, owning the pain in her side and the exhaustion in every muscle. She must look like shit, but Nile wasn’t judging her at all.

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    02 Oct 2020

  14. Rec 77

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    And, well. It’s not that they don’t fight one another.

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    01 Oct 2020

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    Nicky and Joe fencing - just perfect.

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    The Old Guard characters as dragonriders at some point in classic Pernese history (after everybody's forgotten they came from Earth, before the Second Long Interval.) Loving deconstruction of the implications behind Weyr culture. #we're in your weyrs making them queer

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    30 Sep 2020

  16. Rec 71

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    The al-Kaysani Papers, a collection of hand-written poetry in mostly Classical Arabic and drawings associated with the same person, but carbon-dating to at least five different centuries, were first discovered after a cave collapse after an. . .

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    Academics’ Hot Takes on who REALLY wrote the al-Kaysani poems.

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    30 Sep 2020

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    “This might be very forward,” Joe says, once he’s arrived at Nicky’s side. “And I don't mean to intrude, but… are you all by yourself?”

    Nicky makes it a point to look at the empty seats all around him, not exactly dismissive, but a definite challenge. Yes, obviously. Why do you care?

    “What gives you that idea?”

    “Well,” Joe says, undeterred. “Among other things, the fact that I can just… do this,” and then he’s sliding into the spot right next to Nicky, easy as anything.


    In which two perfect strangers meet at a bar.

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    28 Sep 2020

  18. Rec 44

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    “Ask me what you want to ask, Nile,” Nicky said. “It’s all right.”

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    25 Sep 2020

  19. Rec 37

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    Nile threw up her hands. “You guys are all ‘love of my life’ this and ‘best beloved’ that, and now what, you want me to be extra-clear on how much of a giant war criminal your husband was?”

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    25 Sep 2020

  20. Public Bookmark 13

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    Aziraphale is a connoisseur of old things, especially older wines. He teaches classes and confirms frauds where he must to keep customers out of his bookshop.

    Crowley, on the other hand, is a fraud of the highest degree. In that he devoutly loves parting rich fools who don't know the difference between a 2012 box wine and an 1893 pinot and their money with quite a bit of forged old wine.

    A story told non-linearly in snippets and snapshots of the lives of two men.

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    30 Aug 2020

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