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    Humans used to be good at the old ways.

    They used to know how to bait the trap, to spin a web of words and lies that would ensnare even the most wily. Humans used to be able to twist deceptions around knots of iron and turn them into weapons of power.

    They forgot a long, long time ago.

    A boy unwittingly makes a deal with one of the fae, severing his ties to humanity. However, he finds that the fae world is far more strange and complex than he ever could have imagined.

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    24 Sep 2021

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    Humans used to be good at the old ways.

    They used to know how to bait the trap, to spin a web of words and lies that would ensnare even the most wily. Humans used to be able to twist deceptions around knots of iron and turn them into weapons of power.

    They forgot a long, long time ago.

    A boy unwittingly makes a deal with one of the fae, severing his ties to humanity. However, he finds that the fae world is far more strange and complex than he ever could have imagined.

     

    "THE AUTHOR WROTE "release the dogs of war" AS WELL"

     

    "It’ll be okay, Hazard whispers.

    Deku takes a deep, fortifying breath.

    Even if it didn’t work, He tells himself, It’s not like anything has changed. I still live at UA, I’m still one of the top informants for several different Hero Agencies across Tokyo.

    (He’s terrified that it didn’t work, that he’ll never be able to talk with the other students, to laugh and make jokes with them like he’s always wanted to. He never goes into the main living area because it feels too awkward, like he’s an unwanted voyeur in their lives.

    It’s not his fault. It doesn’t stop him from isolating himself in his room whenever he can.)

    Then he steps inside.

    The elevator is excruciatingly slow as it takes him up to the common area. Even Hazard is quiet, apparently just as nervous as he is.

    The doors open. Deku steps out into the common area, and he immediately knows that everything is differently, because—

    A dozen pairs of wide, shocked eyes immediately land on him."

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    Kakashi was born without a soulmate, but maybe he doesn't need one to feel like he belongs somewhere.

    Or, the one where Kakashi thinks the only thing worse than being stuck with a Genin team is being stuck with a Genin team of soulmates. But Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke have long since learned the value of clinging on to what little they've managed to prevent the world from taking away, and they've decided that Team Seven is theirs. Sensei included.

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    15 Sep 2021

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    cute!!

     

    Kakashi was born without a soulmate, but maybe he doesn't need one to feel like he belongs somewhere.

    Or, the one where Kakashi thinks the only thing worse than being stuck with a Genin team is being stuck with a Genin team of soulmates. But Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke have long since learned the value of clinging on to what little they've managed to prevent the world from taking away, and they've decided that Team Seven is theirs. Sensei included.

     

    Good morning, Kakashi-sensei!" He chirps, and it feels like a threat.

    Kakashi looks from one to the other and wonders if it's too late to run, possibly straight out of Konoha.

    (Spoiler alert: it is far too late.)

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    “I didn’t want the bleach to get on my skin.”

    “You can’t get any paler, Snow White.”

    “Snow White? That’s not a mean thing to call someone, you’re getting soft.”

    “Licked Candy Cane sounded too suggestive.”

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    14 Sep 2021

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    “I didn’t want the bleach to get on my skin.”

    “You can’t get any paler, Snow White.”

    “Snow White? That’s not a mean thing to call someone, you’re getting soft.”

    “Licked Candy Cane sounded too suggestive.”

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    Sokka thinks fortune-telling is bullshit, until Aunt Wu tells him he's going to marry the Firelord. Then he knows fortune-telling is bullshit.

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    02 Sep 2021

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    "Sokka thinks fortune-telling is bullshit, until Aunt Wu tells him he's going to marry the Firelord. Then he knows fortune-telling is bullshit."

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    Azula loves her brother the most. For him, a little bit of murder is nothing.

    (Or, the Azula murders Ozai AU)

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    30 Aug 2021

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    Azula loves her brother the most. For him, a little bit of murder is nothing.

     

    Azula doesn’t go to see Zuko after he is taken away by the doctors. For all that her uncle is a coward and a weakling, she is able to trust that he won’t let Zuko out of his sight. Instead, she plots.

    It’s almost depressingly easy. Ozai trusts her too much. To him, she is a simple eleven-year-old girl—a prodigy, yes, but ever his loyal daughter. He thinks he is the only one in her eyes. Azula has spent her whole life making sure of that.

    She goes to Mai first and requests a knife. Nothing fancy and something easily discarded, but still powerful. Mai doesn’t ask questions and once Azula tells her it’s for Zuko, she is quick to get it to her.

    Then, there is the method. There are passages in the palace that no one knows about. Azula would know nothing about them, too, if it weren’t for Zuko’s unrelenting curiosity. She remembers being four and Zuzu asked her, “Wanna see something cool, Lala?” with a big, eager smile and when she nodded, he dragged her to a corner of the palace she didn’t often find herself in. He showed her a tunnel and they crawled through it for ten minutes before they emerged out into the garden.

    That wasn’t the last time he would do it, and years later, she’s confident she is only second to him in navigating these passages. It’s how she’s able to get to Ozai’s chambers undetected. It’s how no one knows a thing until twelve hours later, when an unfortunate maid finds the Fire Lord dead, sprawled across his floor and blood pooling around him.

    There is only Iroh to witness her as she finally appears at Zuko’s bedside. He doesn’t say a word, though she doesn’t miss how his eyes catch onto the blood splashed onto her clothes. She ignores him, heading straight to Zuko and running her fingers gently through his hair. The bandage is an eyesore. If only she could have drawn out Ozai’s death.

    “You’re safe now, Zuzu,” Azula coos quietly. “I took care of it.”

    The silence is deafening, but she has never felt more content.

    (The betrayal in her father's eyes was glorious.)

     

    “Azula?” Zuko says.

    “Yes, brother?” Azula says absently. She looks up and scowls as she sees him standing. “Get back in bed, you idiot!” She ushers him back into bed, ignoring his huffs. If he trips and dies because of his newly damaged eyesight, all of her efforts would have been wasted.

    “Come on, it’s fine,” he insists. “I have to get used to this eventually.”

    “Get used to it later. You’re still not well yet.” She shook her head and placed her hands on her hips. “Now what were you saying?”

    “Oh, right. Um.” He fidgets with his fingers. She waits silently but impatiently. “Do you know anything about what happened to Father? How he died?”

    Ah. She knew this would come eventually. Another reason why Ozai had to go: Zuko was too loyal to him.

    “No. I don’t know anything,” Azula lies.

    “Oh.” His eyes cast downwards to his lap.

    She can’t quite bring herself to feel guilty as she wraps her arms around him and feigns grief. All her lies are for his own good, after all.