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  1. Public Bookmark 95

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    There are three things everybody knows about their favourite history teacher:
    One – get him on the right tangent and he’ll forget about assigning homework;
    Two – nobody’s correctly guessed what his sordid past was yet; and
    Three – he is recently widowed.

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    19 Mar 2021

  2. Public Bookmark 55

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    “She was his slave. He bought her and released her from the service,” Yusuf says. “I’m not sure how to feel about that.”

    “They seem very happy now,” Nicolo says. “Who are we to say what is or is not a good start?”

    Yusuf chuckles. “Good point.”

    “What would you do if you were him and I were her?”

    Yusuf turns to him, mouth agape.

    “Indulge me, ya shamsi ?” He smiles. “Spin me a story?”

    Wallahi, Nicolò doesn’t often call him such, but when he does, like the exceptional marksman he is, it’s always fatal for Yusuf.

    “What would a merchant of Maghreb do to this pale slave from Genoa, prisoner of war, an invader?”

    Yusuf clears his throat, slinging his arm around Nicolò and pressing him into his side, as if it can shield Nicolò from the yawning pit of guilt he sometimes likes to wallow in. It’s a futile effort, all he can do is wade in and hold Nicolò, keeping him afloat instead of drowning.

    “I would notice his strange eyes and his awfully big nose."

    “And then?”

    “Then I would haggle with the fiend who captured you. I’d swindle you off his chains.”
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    Or in which the (soon-to-be) oldest men on earth ponder and celebrate.

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    15 Feb 2021

  3. Public Bookmark 50

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    It's the 1982 World Cup, and tensions get fraught as Italy and France both make it to the semi-finals. A snide comment from a disappointed Booker sends Nicky off on a quest to create Italy's answer to the baguette: based on true events, believe it or not.

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    15 Feb 2021

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    Between her sons, Yusuf had been the fighter. He had been her bright star as a child, racing through the house, excited about everything he learned. He’d learned swordplay like it was a science; learned science like it was poetry; learned poetry like it was breathing. Ibrahim had been her steady pair of hands, hiding behind his brother when strangers knocked on the door, handing her spices while she cooked, always the voice of reason to back up his brother’s verses.

    He leaves an empty, carved-out space in their home, and in his place, Yusuf has brought home a ghost.

    OR: Yusuf's mother meets Nicky.

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    13 Feb 2021

  5. Public Bookmark 34

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    "So we're definitely gonna blow up the Death Star, right?" Nile says, an unholy gleam in her eyes.

    A mission goes awry when Nicky gets trapped aboard an enemy space station; Joe handles it about as well as might be expected, all things considered. So, not so great.

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    13 Feb 2021