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    Not long after London, Andy tells her that time stretches out for them, that she'll end up marking it differently.

    Nile doesn't really understand it, and lets it slide to the back of her thoughts as she begins to get used to her new life. She wakes up one day and Joe passes over an envelope to her from the sheath of junk mail scooped up in his hands, “From Copley.”

    The freelancer is true to his word and sends a copy of the letter delivered to her family reporting that Nile Freeman was killed in action. She carries it with her for a few weeks, tucked in her jacket pocket, until it feels a little lighter as they circle back around to Andy’s cave. She puts it in a plastic tupperware box and leaves it beside the Rodin statue and a trunk full of old swords.

    She dithers a few times later that night, and then buys herself a burner phone, walking back to the hotel slowly while counting off the time difference on her fingers.

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    05 Nov 2022

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    They have just made it through the syllabus and started on actual instruction when, with twenty-five minutes left, the fire alarm goes off. 

    “Probably a drill,” says Mercedes. 

    “Not on the first day,” Vidal counters. “Some clown pulled the alarm.” 

    “Or some clown set a fire,” Mercedes says, cheerfully. 

    Nile sighs before she can stop herself. “I wasn’t planning on dying today, and I’d rather not,” she mutters in English. 

    Isidra snorts, packing away her things. “You millennials and your gallows humor.” 

    Nile lets herself laugh at that, but not as long as she’d like to. 

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    04 Nov 2022

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    “My oath,” Andy says, uncapping the bottle.

    Nile sits up straighter, hands on her knees. Whatever this is, much like the mine, it goes back a long way.

    “Upon my final death, I bequeath Andronika to Nile Freeman, to donate to whichsoever institution--”

    “The Art Institute of Chicago.”

    “To the Art Institute of Chicago,” Andy echoes, “so that my breasts may be culturally appreciated in perpetuity.”

    She tips the bottle and lets out three drops. As they fall to the stone floor, Joe and Nicky rap their knuckles on the nearest pieces of metal: the other lantern for Nicky, the oxidized helmet for Joe. One rap for each drop. In another time, they might have struck their swords on shields.

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    04 Nov 2022

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    A group is hired to kidnap Joe.

    It doesn't turn out how they expected.

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    (based on the "you don't have him, he has you" meme.)

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    03 Nov 2022

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    The war is over, the Sith are gone, and there is now Anakin Skywalker's secret marriage to deal with. While love is a wonderful thing, some truths are hard to face, and letting go is the destiny of all Jedi.

    Or: the Council and Anakin clash. It doesn't go as terribly as it could have.

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    21 Sep 2022