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  1. Rec 6

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    The page is tucked into the gilded frame of the auxiliary wardrobe’s mirror. Its edges are crinkled, streaked with the comet-tail smudges of greasepaint and the oil from his own fingers. It’s been folded and unfolded enough that the lines through it are rubbed smooth and thin and well-worn from memorisation. Despite this, great care is taken of it, and every time Ed unfolds it he does it with gentle, uniform precision.

    Ed traces his thumb over the rough inked swirl of Stede’s hair, imagines the soft spun-gold curls between his fingers shining better than any treasure he’s looted by far. Stede shone like that, always, a sight better than the filthy lifestyle he decided to pursue. It’s probably better that he left, even if the aching tatters of Ed’s heart beg otherwise.

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    15 Aug 2022

  2. Rec *

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    Stede needs help; the Revenge unfortunately runs into a man Stede had an affair with prior to his pirate days. Stede decides the best way to give him a polite brush-off is to pretend he and Ed are together. Fake relationship to getting together, with smut, passive aggression and a few feelings thrown in for extra fun.

    Set in the ephemeral co-captions time period.

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    Ed supposes he’s handsome, if you like boring white dudes. He’s tall, slim-built, short dark wavy hair and an at-best medium quality jaw line. Dressed like a prick, he’s wearing all the fancy sort of stuff Stede wears but he’s not pulling it off, in Ed’s opinion. Not enough bright colours, wearing all that silky lacey posh shit but in beige and browns like a coward. Yeah, he’s a coward; Ed’s decided. He guesses maybe his shoulders are okay, if you like skinny guys. Can kinda see why Stede fancied him. If there weren’t a lot of other options around. And if he squints.

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    14 Aug 2022

  3. Rec 75

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    “Why don’t you leave that lit?” Ed asks, leaning back against the couch-thing—chaise, Stede has told him patiently at least a dozen times.

    Stede freezes, still bent over the circle of candles on the table. The air smells of lilacs. “You’re the one who says they’re a fire hazard.”

    “I’m willing to risk it for the way the light looks on your skin. I want to see you tonight.”

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  4. Rec 58

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    Ed propositions fully frilled-up Stede at the Republic of Pirates. Stede is more than along for the ride.

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    14 Aug 2022

  5. Rec 83

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    “Gotta warn ya, mate,” Ed said in that same unusually-bright-given-the-circumstances tone from earlier, “rooms at these kinds of places are usually too small to fit two beds. We’ll probably have to share.” Ed punctuated the warning by whistling a few sing-songy notes as they arrived at their room and he fit the iron key into the lock.

    “I see,” Stede said, feeling that thrill again. Likely from the authenticity of sleeping in close quarters, like a real pirate. Really thrilling stuff, that. “I suppose we could get a second room, if–”

    “NO,” Ed interrupted loudly, startling them both. He cleared his throat and began again at a more location-appropriate volume. “No, the innkeeper said this was the only room left–” he turned the lock– “so we’ll have to make do with whatever’s here.”

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    A subversion of the Only One Bed Trope, and a love letter to OFMD fanfic everywhere.

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    11 Aug 2022