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  1. Rec 21

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    Nicky sets the clock on his bench, and murmurs soft explanations to it about the repairs. It’s a never-ending wonder to him to consider the love stored in wood and plaster, oil paint and clay, lodged in the curlicues of fine metalwork and the too-deep residue of furniture polish. He gently removes the shards of broken glass from the frame, unscrews the clock face and walks it over to Nile’s bench, and spends a time simply touching each wonderful detail of the casing as if to reassure the wood of his good intentions.

    “I’m almost jealous,” Joe says softly, and Nicky looks up to see him standing on the other side of the bench, the shoulders of his jacket splattered with raindrops. He’s smiling fondly, hands stuffed in the pockets of his jeans.

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    17 Apr 2021

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    “Andy,” Nile whispers, delight hanging from each syllable. “Andy, we’re gonna go to space.”

    (A small series of scenes wherein The Old Guard joins Starfleet.)

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    17 Apr 2021

  3. Rec 78

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    Shivering, Nicky draws in tighter on himself. The room they’re being held in is small, but it’s drafty. The vents keep letting in more bursts of air, and they took Nicky on his evening run. He’s wearing shorts and a T-shirt, and the sweat has long-since become cold and clammy against his skin. He has no real concept of how long they’ve been in here, but he knows it’s been at least three hours. That makes it past midnight. There are goosebumps on his knees.

    To his left, Joe shifts. 

    Nicky starts. 

    “It’s okay,” Joe says, voice hushed. It’s an improvement over the first hour, when he wouldn’t stop calling for help even though there was clearly no one listening. “We’ll be warmer closer together.”

    Romance novel blurb: Kidnapped together, sons of rival business moguls Joe al-Kaysani and Nicky di Genova find common ground...and maybe more.

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    16 Apr 2021

  4. Rec 89

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    Towards the bottom of the list, a short title stood out: “GOD.” Curious, Nile skimmed the description: By drawing on sources from antiquity to the present day, from philosophy to poetry, from mysticism to neuroscience, from Eastern philosophers to their Western counterparts, this seminar explores what we talk about when we talk about God. [Thursdays, 2-5pm, Prof. Y. al-Kaysani & Prof. N. di Genova. Max. enrollment: 10 students.]

    “I’m kind of intrigued by this one here that’s just called ‘God,’” she said tentatively.

    Professor Scythia’s eyebrows shot up. “Oh? Why that one?”

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    OR, college senior Nile takes a very unusual seminar, made even stranger by the fact that the two professors teaching it seem to utterly despise each other.

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    12 Apr 2021

  5. Rec 15

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    “I know what day it is, boss,” I said, and at once, Nightingale averted my eyes and I saw his lips turn white – as if he was desperately trying to hold back a scream from a sudden flare of pain. “But I don’t think that’s the way to deal with it.”

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    02 Apr 2021

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