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  1. Public Bookmark 92

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    His plans are derailed when he sees Nicky heading into the fitness suite, already wrapping his knuckles as he walks. The stretch of his shoulders is obscene in his compression shirt. Joe tries to ignore the sense memory of all that skin and strength under his hands. 

    The gentle way Nicky handled him still rankles at Joe, still sticks out in his mind like a thorn, and there’s no better way to show him that he doesn’t need it than to give him a proper demonstration.

    Joe tries to understand his relationship with Nicky.

    A mission gets in the way.

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    22 Jul 2021

  2. Public Bookmark 73

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    "Nicky is making himself a coffee, bleary-eyed from a fitful sleep, and trying to recall if Joe is drinking it this decade, and if he is then does he take it with sugar?, and he’s also thinking about The Odyssey, which is sitting in amongst a pile of books in the next room.

    He’s thinking about a question written in the margins, scrawled in Booker’s handwriting: how long does it take for a man to return from war? Does he ever return, can he ever return, what does it mean to return home, when home is not home and he is no longer the same man?"

     

    After Merrick, Nicky's right shoulder starts hurting, and it doesn't stop.

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    11 Jul 2021

  3. Public Bookmark 80

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    “I think it would be better if we slept separately tonight,” Nicky says.

    The words are soft and quiet, as if Nicky almost doesn’t dare to speak them. He’s still standing in the hallway when Joe turns around to stare at him, worrying his lip. His eyes are fixed on the floor as if his mind is off somewhere far away, somewhere Joe can’t follow.

    After Merrick's lab, Nicky is not okay.

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    18 Jun 2021

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    “Nicolo would never risk the fates of children over his own.”

    “And look where that got him!” Andy roars, her throat burning with a desperate rage that has nothing to do with the pills, and right there, in that precise moment, she watches, devastated, as the words carve ruin into Joe’s grief-stricken face.

    She hears the tiny intake of Booker’s breath, sees the even tinier lift of his shoulders towards his ears.

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    An Old Guard, incomplete, and how they find each other again.

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    12 Jun 2021

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    Nicolò di Genova was killed on one of the endless mornings of The Crusades, struck down by a scimitar. He woke again later that evening.

    Yusuf al-Kaysani bled out hours later from wounds left by a sword. He woke again that next morning.

    A person often meets his destiny on the road he chose to avoid it.

    Alternatively, Nicky and Joe's second meeting was over 900 years too late. And neither one knows the other is immortal, or that they've already met.

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    03 Jun 2021