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  1. Public Bookmark 50

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    Joe's daughter Saar loves her ballet classes, and looks forward to them every week. Joe looks forward to them because it means he gets to see Nicky, Saar's kind and ridiculously attractive instructor. All of this comes second to the impending chaos of the ballet school's production of Swan Lake: there's costumes to fit, scenery to paint, kids to supervise...

    (Later chapters will be explicit, tags incoming)

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    18 Apr 2021

  2. Public Bookmark 72

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    Nicky hadn't meant to fall asleep in his office. He also hadn't meant to catch someone in the act of stealing from the museum where he works.
    And he really, really hadn't meant to help the thief.
    Sometimes, though, the unexpected happens.
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    or, indiana jones-inspired au in which nicky looks at a gang of literal art thieves and thinks "they seem cool i'll join them". shenanigans ensue.
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    inspired by luminarai's amazing art, found here: https://luminarai.tumblr.com/post/632775054627913728/okay-but-like-joe-being-a-reverse-indiana-jones

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    18 Apr 2021

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    “You have a lovely mole,” Yusuf said. Nicolò didn’t catch his last word. He looked at Yusuf questioningly.

    Yusuf tapped on his mole gently as he rinsed his blade. “Mole,” he repeated in Arabic.

    “Mole,” said Nicolò in Zeneize. Then he tried to imitate the Arabic word.

    Yusuf smiled at his effort. His dimples were showing. They had been mostly hidden by his beard, it felt like a discovery every time Nicolò saw them.

    Nicolò didn’t know what possessed him when he reached out to touch that spot and said, “Dimple.” in Zeneize.

    “Dimple,” repeated Yusuf and of course he did perfect the first time. He said the word back in Arabic. Nicolò tried to repeat it. By the way Yusuf smiled, it looked like he did a passable job.

    Then it’s all over too quickly. Yusuf scooped some water and rinsed Nicolò’s face, then used his own shirt to dab it. “All done,” he said.

    Then their eyes locked and something else, something that in hindsight felt inevitable, shifted.

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    Or Love and Lust in Paradise, in which Joe and Nicky reminiscing a few firsts, including a journey across the desert, dying in each other’s arms, and the inevitable changes between them.

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    16 Mar 2021

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    “Today I met a boy who escaped al-Quds,” Yusuf says, and Nicolò stares back at him this time. His clean face is solemn, his pale eyes almost sad, and Yusuf wishes he could see some anger in them. Anything but this. “They killed his whole family.”

    “When you say them,” Nicolò blinks, and there is a twitch in his strong jaw. “You mean me. My people.”

    Yusuf feels he has been running his whole life.

    He ran from his duties as the family’s heir when he refused to marry the woman chosen by his parents. Yusuf eventually made a new home in Jerusalem, and he thought he was done running. Then the Franks laid their siege and Yusuf was killed and brought back to life too many times. Before he realised, he was on the run again. Only this time, he is not alone.

    Or; a road trip around the Mediterranean in which Yusuf struggles with his new life, searches for the women in his dreams and learns how to open his heart. Also, there is only one bed.

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    10 Mar 2021

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    “Nicolo prays. He asks God, every day, five times a day, for answers. He begs God to show him the truth. In the rare times he’s on his lonesome, Nicolo extends his arms to Heaven and asks God to strike him down forever, if he should not love Yusuf. Every time he does, within two days, Nicolo dies, and Yusuf waits for him while he comes back. Yusuf’s eyes get wet, like they do every time he’s relieved Nicolo lives again, and his calloused hands take one of Nicolo’s, and all Nicolo can think about is how much he wants to kiss Yusuf. He’s never kissed anyone before.

    Nicolo can face Death fearlessly, and fight despite wounds that would kill a normal man, but when it comes to kissing the man he’s spent just over a decade loving wholeheartedly, he feels a coward.”

    Or, two men of God travel and fall in love every day for nine hundred years.

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    07 Mar 2021