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    Grandmother ruled Gir Niajra, and always had.

    Jummai felt certain this was so, mostly because it was impossible to imagine otherwise: anyone, anyone at all, seated so comfortably on that great golden throne except Grandmother? Anyone who could look or speak with such authority, to whom so many great and worthy people bowed down? No—only Grandmother. It had always been Grandmother, and it always would be.

    Then Grandmother died; and there was a war.

    (Or: Jummai is a princess without a throne—but she has no intention of leaving to others what is rightfully hers. She needs a wife with an army, and gets one; but her wife seems impervious to her tactical charm, she keeps making mistakes, and her cousin still wants her dead.)

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    24 Nov 2019

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    richie and eddie put themselves back together, one long-distance phone call at a time.

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    24 Oct 2019

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    I'm so young, I'm so goddamn young

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    14 Oct 2019

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    “It sucked to tell people,” Richie said suddenly, tapping a finger on his glass. He was avoiding eye contact again. “Like - it just really fucking sucked. I’m old. I’m like middle-aged. You’re this old and you just start telling people you're gay, they think, ‘Jesus! That dude’s got issues.’ Because they’re right, and you do.”

    “It must have come as a real shock to our friends,” Eddie said, staring. “That you have issues.”

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    11 Oct 2019

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    Eddie feels hot all over like a volcano, a real one, like the pictures of Hawaii forming in Stan’s National Geographic, molten rock spilling up from under the earth and freezing as it hits the ocean. Steam still rising.

    Two boys in a hammock, then and now.

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    10 Oct 2019