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    Twenty years after the Mighty Nein scatter to the winds, Caleb accepts a teaching position at the academy, and Jester, still wandering, goes to check out his new digs. Jester has seen the city more recently than she’s seen Caleb. She finds she isn’t satisfied with that at all.

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    02 Sep 2021

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    "If you feel that need to dominate—to be in charge, to win—then this is actually a pretty safe way of dealing with that," Dirk says, looking you in the eyes. It doesn't sound like a general, impersonal 'you' at all. "You get what you want and so does your partner. It's not a lot like the bullshit you see in the media."

    "But I sh—it's not right to want that," you say, and by now your nerves are thrumming with an echo of the same panic you felt in Cronus's apartment.

    Dirk shrugs. "You can spend your whole life trying to make yourself normal, whatever the fuck that actually means, or you can accept how you're different and start looking for ways to be happy."

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    21 Jul 2021

  3. Public Bookmark 58

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    “We do this on my schedule. If you’re not available when I am, tough luck. You’re welcome to fail your test.”

    Devi sneers. “You passed, didn’t you? So clearly they’ll give a license to anyone.”

    Ben hums. “That brings us to condition number two: no snide comments about my driving. If my skills are good enough to co-opt, you’re not allowed to mock them.”

    “Anything else?” she asks through gritted teeth.

    “One last thing.” He takes a step closer to her, and she finds herself fixed under the weight of his stare, pulse leaping. “My agreeing to this does not mean we’re friends again.”

    For one painful second, the grip Ben Gross somehow managed to get on her heart earlier that year exerts itself, squeezing tight. And then she’s rolling her shoulders back and giving him a wolfish grin. “Oh, Gross. We were barely friends in the first place”

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    16 Jul 2021

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    “My true love will have hair the color of yellow apples,” and Jack Zimmermann will take a bite from the forbidden fruit, juice running down his chin. “My true love will be exactly five feet and six-and-a-half inches tall,” and he will chew a leaf from a tree of that same height. “My true love will be as sweet as sugar and sharp as lemon,” and he will drink half a glass of Great-Aunt Cathy’s lemonade, waiting until the last dregs of sugar hit his tongue. “And if a single one of these things is not to be, then let it be known—my true love shall not be he.”

    (He knows in his bones that this spell won’t ever come true. After all, his true love isn't real, and if he’s not real, then the curse can’t take him. That’s the whole point.)

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    Or, a Practical Magic AU. Wherein Jack Zimmermann must deal with family curses, hockey legacies, accidental manslaughter, Kent Parson’s obstinate death wish, and a snarky Southern kitchen warlock who won’t mind his own damn business.

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    13 Jun 2021

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    Maybe it’s stupid of Kent to ask if he wants to hang out. It’s not like they’re really that close anymore.

    But he still has to ask. He really can’t help himself.

    Except then Jack says, Sure, sounds like fun. I have a friend with me, too. I’ve wanted to introduce you two properly.

    Kent texts back, "properly" ??

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    21 Mar 2021