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    Unseen of the others, I noticed an intense glance between Henry and Camilla across the table. The light from the ceiling made Camilla’s hair shine like gold. Her gray eyes rested calmly on Henry. When I looked at him quickly, I saw a strange glow in his eyes, and I suddenly knew: he had seen Camilla in this state. He had brought her there. I swallowed.

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    Francis finds every excuse to stop by the Macaulay's apartment; always hoping he'll catch his favorite twin alone with lowered inhibitions. This morning he just happens to get that lucky.

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    Everybody is having dinner at the twins' place. Camilla has period cramps and is trying to hide it. Richard notices and makes the others notice, too. Mild hurt/comfort (as well as a short lecture from Henry about periods during Ancient times) ensues.

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    The sun had wandered a bit, drawing it’s golden fingers on the old, shimmering floor now. The roses from roomservice she collected in a glass on the nightstand were witnesses of their lovemaking, and she didn’t know if she could ever get herself to throw them away.

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    Camilla slid between us. Only moments before, the three of us had been entangled in a warm, pleasant and promising embrace. Now we sat rigid and upright, eyes wide open and clothes askew, and stared at Bunny like at Charon himself.

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    Sometimes, I couldn’t suppress the thought that we two alone would manage to get out of the whole story relatively undamaged as we moved on fairly quickly after the unfortunate incidents. We didn’t dwell on it, we rarely even talked about it in that first time of blissful erotic explorations. Of course, there was the occasional nightmare both of us had to endure. But it sure helped to not be alone when waking up from one of those.

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    “Hello,” Francis replied evenly, meeting his eyes, and I wondered if he still held any bitterness against his old lover or if Charles did the same. Depending on the way you look at it, it was a moment of soap opera-like significance, Francis and his two greatest loves confronting each other at his wedding, and although I was reasonably sure that only Charles knew what happened in my dorm room between Francis and myself that night, I was also sure that Charles knew I was aware of his and Francis’s shared history. A secret history, as are all the histories of boys loving boys, concealed behind closed doors and dark rooms and lies we tell ourselves. How strangely connected were we all, clinging to each other’s history: Henry and Bunny and Camilla, Charles and Francis and me.

    An alternate ending to The Secret History.

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    During the search for Bunny, the Corcorans come to Hampden and invite Francis to dinner at their hotel. Returning home early in the morning, he finds Richard asleep on his couch.
    Richard wakes up and sees Francis eating maraschino cherries from a jar.
    (The first paragraphs are from the novel, until "I am going to have a bath now".)

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    “Oh shit,” he wailed, rolling his head back, the heels of his hands pressed to his temples. “Shit. This is it, Richard.”

    “Shut up.”

    “It’s over. We’ve had it. We’re going to jail.”

    “Shut up.” I said again. His panic, oddly, had sobered me. “We’ve just got to figure out what to do.”

    “Look,” said Francis. “Let’s just go. If we leave now we can be in Montreal by dark. Nobody will ever find us.”

    “You’re not making any sense.”

    “We’ll stay in Montreal a couple of days. Sell the car. Then take the bus to, I don’t know, Saskatchewan or something. We’ll go to the weirdest place we can find.”

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    Two days after their first interrupted attempt, Francis and Richard give kissing each other another try

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    “Alright, Francis?” said Charles, as taken aback by his appearance as I was.

    Francis blinked at us, then, the realisation dawning on him, swallowed in dismay.

    “Oh blast, the picnic,” he muttered, then cleared his throat into his fist. “I’m so sorry, Charles, I might need a raincheck.”

    There was a silence, followed by Charles raising a suspicious eyebrow.

    “It’s not raining.”

    (or, the one where Francis falls ill... and Charles thinks he’s heard it all before.)

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    Camilla buries them under stone arches of the Tartars.

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    Remember the dog Charles and Richard brought home from the greyhound track in Pownal?

    For the short time it was with them, the twins loved it and it followed Camilla everywhere. In this story, she remembers those days as well as the funeral they held for it. And, of course, this was only the first of several deaths, and it was the only funeral Camilla remembers feeling sad at.

    (I was in the mood for Camilla's PoV and for painful reflections, I guess.)

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    “Ξέρει. ξέρει όλα,” I choked, unable to form the thought in English. He knows. He knows all.

    “Not now,” she whispered, Julian’s footsteps approaching on her words. Her tone was low, soothing and coarse, and yet it was not a tender thing. Nothing about her ever was. “Not yet.”

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    Richard drives a nervous Francis to his first appointment at the dentist.

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    Julian introduces them to the idea of the bacchanalia.

    Henry is intrigued.

    Francis thinks back to this day years later and wonders whether he should have recognized Henry's intense fascination, drawn certain conclusions from it, behaved differently, changed things...

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    I fumbled against the sideboard, hands gripped over the edges. My heart was racing- what if the others come back, what if someone needs a glass of water? Then Henry’s mouth was at my zipper, two fingers loosening my belt, and God, I thought, I gasped into the silence. Who cares?

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    I exhaled, a strange, wild relief bubbling through my chest at this small victory. The fabric of the air buzzed and shimmered, gauzy wet on my skin.

    Yes, it seemed to say. This way.

    Francis, Charles and Camilla row out onto the lake in summer.

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    I love her a great deal, Camilla, in some ways more than anyone. The others know about me, of course they do, but there’s always a certain degree of pretence, the greatest lie being that I’m wholly comfortable with it myself. I love her because she shares that too. I love her because she enjoys it. I love her because she isn’t paradise. And I love her because she’s beautiful.

    The scene where Francis and Camilla wait on the footbridge, and the one that follows after.

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    Surely, he can't be-

     

    “No?” He said. A bemused red eyebrow was raised.

     

    Surely, he was.

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