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and time stopped for fireflies

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In a dark alley in Brockton Bay, a boy is alone in the rain.

The boy is dressed in white, and for him, time will stop, but it will not go faster.

In a dark alley in Brockton Bay, Clockblocker is waiting for her.

He can be himself with her. He doesn’t have to be the hero, the joker, the knight. He doesn’t have to be happy all the time.

He can be himself, and so can she.

She doesn’t have to be strong, scary, fighting. She can let herself be vulnerable.

They can just be quiet together.

Fireflies start dancing around him, and Clockblocker smiles.

Skitter is there.

 

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“No. No. NO. NO.”

Carlos is welcomed in the Wards headquarters by the sound of Dennis repeating ‘no’ with increasing horror.

“What’s going on?” he asks to no one in particular.

“He read a snippet pairing him with Skitter,” answers Nate from the couch.

Carlos suppresses a wince.

Skitter is scary.