midnightnevercomes



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    “Can I help you find something?” Nicky hears, not bothering to look up.

    “I’d like to pick up something for my Nonna,” he replies.

    “You must be Nicolò! I recognize your voice.”

    Nicky looks up, and the most gorgeous man he has ever seen in person is smiling widely at him from behind the counter, causing deep dimples to show through the scruff of his tightly cropped beard. He has freckles dotting his sharp cheekbones and his nose, his eyes are the glossiest, shining brown, his hair is a riot of stunning dark, tight curls, and all Nicky can do is stare at him and think OH.

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    On the first day of his summer break, Nicky gets a dreaded phone call about his beloved Nonna: she’s taken a fall in her favorite bakery in Malta and broken her hip. Nicky takes a sabbatical from his job as a professor and heads to Valletta to help with her recovery. He goes to the bakery to thank the owner, Joe, for helping his Nonna and finds himself instantly drawn to the man. The feeling is mutual, but both of them agree that since Nicky will only be in town for six months, it would be best if they kept things casual. After all, neither of them wants to get their heart broken when Nicky goes back home to Genoa.

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    15 Nov 2021

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    "Hey," Joe says. "You okay?"

    "Sure. Yeah." Nicky nods, his gaze is a little distant at first, but then he focuses on Joe. "Just surprised, that's all. Hell, it wouldn't be a wedding without some drama, right?" His grin is very 'Nicky,' but it doesn't quite reach his eyes. "Sadly, this drama probably won't involve blowjobs in a parking lot. Which isn't to say we can't do that for fun." He looks around the room, seeming to notice for the first time where Joe is sitting. He's trying so hard to sweep this all under the rug. "You know, the last time you were in that chair—"

    "Nicky." Joe squeezes his shoulder. By now, he recognizes deflection in Nicky's tone, in his eyes. "Now we ask," he says and watches the false cheer drop from Nicky's face. "So I'm asking. Are you okay?"

    For a long time, Nicky stares at the wall just past Joe's shoulder. He's still looking at it when Joe slides onto the bed next to him and takes his hand. There's no rush; he can wait.

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    10 Nov 2021

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    Joe and Nicky meet in collage and fall instantly in love.
    What follows is a life that, while not always perfect, is always full of love. Life may through them curveballs from time to time but they face them the same way they face everything- together.

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    30 Oct 2021

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    [From:] Journal of Medieval Studies (jms.eds@jms.com)
    [Subject:] Ad-hoc note from the editor

    I have noticed an uncommon level of animosity in your responses to your reviewers (or rather, one reviewer in particular). I am writing to ask if you would please do your best to keep your interactions civil. In fairness, I have also sent a similar request to the reviewer you seem to have this friction with. I trust you will both try and remain more professional in the future.

    Again, thank you for submitting your work to this journal.

    Sincerely,
    James Copley, PhD
    Editor-in-Chief
    Journal of Medieval Studies


    An (accidental) academic epistolary romance as (inadvertently) documented via a (theoretically) rigorously blinded peer review process.[citation needed]

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    29 Oct 2021

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    It’s pure luck Joe is already wearing his hat on backward when Nicky comes over after his second practice of the day, face-planting into Joe’s bed and complaining about locker room showers and his dorm’s lack of A/C. Well, he’s pretty muffled, but Joe thinks that’s what Nicky's saying. He stops staring at the open spread of his journal with one in-progress poem (highly scribbled on and over) and a doodle of Nile that’s turning into a pretty good portrait accidentally, since he’s using it to avoid the poem. Gently taking Nicky’s sneakers off for him is more productive, not to mention what it says about how grumpy he is. He never wears shoes in the house.

    If he wasn’t wearing the hat already he might have forgotten about the bet as soon as Nicky turns over and makes grabby hands at him.

    (tldr; 5 times frat boy Joe keeps his hat on during sex with Nicky & 1 time they leave it outside, with art by ghostcup!)

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    28 Oct 2021