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    Illness is as it always is; striking the weak and causing panic. And yet, despite Thomas being the one to go most frequently into the village proper, it is James that becomes sick. And he isn’t exactly the most cooperative of patients.

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    The kitchen is empty, although the delicate china teapot - the blue floral pattern faded, but it was a gift from a neighbour and had put a smile on Thomas’ tired face - on the table is warm, still. Pouring himself a cup James sips at the tea, tepid but fragrant, as he pads through the cottage and out onto the veranda, where Thomas sits upon a worn wooden bench, a purring ginger tabby on his lap. “I see you’ve replaced me.”

    Thomas hums, scratching the cat’s neck absently. The smile that alights on his lips as he looks at James, bare foot and clad in naught but a nightshirt, is one filled with such emotion that it causes James’ heart to swell. “Darling, nothing and no-one can replace you.”

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    “Far as I can tell, Maple Bay is some kind of nexus for paranormal activity.” Robert says, apropos of nothing. He slides a glass tumbler across the coffee table toward you, the amber liquid sloshing over the rim and catching there, sticky droplets that you suck off of your fingers.

    The taste of it stings the back of your throat. You cough weakly, grimacing. “So… like a Hellmouth?”

    Mary, slouched in a leather-upholstered chair with her feet bare and toes wriggling in a soft, shag rug, snorts loudly and tips back the rest of her glass of house red with gusto. “This isn’t an episode of Buffy, nerd. Life isn’t a TV show.”

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    Days turn to weeks, to months, to years, and the grey streak in Thomas’ hair has amassed the entirety of his once-blond head. Your back aches after long, your knees clicking and creaking when you rise, and when you retire to bed it is to the warmth of Thomas’ arms and the evidence of his love; his lips soft and pliable against your own, even now.

    But there is something missing, your heart tells you. There is a void where there should be another, a lacuna that begs to be filled.

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    “Dogs are tactile,” Low-Key muses with a huff of delight. “And you, sweet pup, are just begging for it. Poor bastard. When was the last time you had a little attention, hm?”

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    “There was nothing wrong with it in the first place,” Credence criticises baldly, watching Graves methodically take their nest apart piece by piece. Every tack and pin, blanket and cushion is taken away - by hand, even, as if the idea of using magic to (de)construct such a necessity is beyond Graves - and then carefully scrutinised for imperfections.

    (...)

    “If it was perfect one of Scamander’s Occamies wouldn’t have claimed it for its own,” Graves replies tersely, pointedly picking up a half-eaten grub from within a cocoon of sheets and raising a perfect eyebrow.

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    She breathes. In, and then out. James cannot speak for the sheer joy and disbelief on his weathered face, caught up in Thomas’ jubilant embrace. They laugh, and they cry, and the sight of it brings tears to Miranda’s eyes, her heart a thudding drum in her chest.

    (Is this a dream? If so, it is a beautiful one.

    Please don't let it end.)

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    A bath is a luxury not oft afforded. To sink down into the warm water is sinful, even, when the sense-memory of long weeks at sea lingers like the scent of rain after a storm.

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    It is a wonderful thing, to be within four sturdy walls and know of safety and stability. A wonderful thing indeed, James muses, to press his ear to Thomas’ chest and hear the steady beat of his heart.

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    “You didn’t have this before,” Thomas inquires, fingers passing over James’ ear with trembling gentleness. Once, many years ago, those hands had known only the softness of a gentleman’s life, but now they are rough and calloused, tracing the flesh-warmed metal pierced through the lobe. “It suits you.”

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    “Is it what you dreamed of?” She asks, and though her face is blank as slate Frank can feel her amusement at his rapture, the kind of cruel enjoyment a child takes in pouring scalding water into an ant nest simply to watch them scatter in terror. Her hand is slick with blood as she draws it over his face, anointing him, before slipping her cold fingers into his mouth. “Such pleasures as you’ve never known...”

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    “It’s not good enough.”

    Graves - sweat-damp and rumpled, the knees of his exquisitely tailored pants smeared with dust - scowls at the half-hearted structure that he’s been working on for most of the day.

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    Not once has Credence entered a heat at the same time as Graves, not for the twelve months since Credence discovered him vulnerable and in need. Not once.

    Until now.

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    It’s the scent that leads Credence to him.

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    Control, Credence,” Graves enunciates slowly, “of which you have none. I’m all too aware of how that must make you feel, my boy, and so I have come up with a way in which you can take back that control.”

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    Days, weeks, months... time is inconsequential. It slips between his fingers like water, trickling away until only the stale taste signifies its passage, a metallic tang to the nourishing liquid that Graves tries his best to ration.

    This is an oubliette, and Graves is here to be forgotten.

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    Now, calm, Miranda counts each finger and toe. “You will not want for anything, sweetling. If you asked for the very stars themselves your fathers would reach up and pluck them from the sky to gift to you. Give them but a single smile, and they, I, will give you the entire world in return.”

    Such promises are easy to make when in the presence of perfection.

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    “Your thoughts are loud.” Thomas drags his lips over the shell of James’ ear, sleep-soft and utterly free in his declaration of self. His hands, smooth and unmarked, slip under the worn cotton shirt to palm James’ chest, rubbing back and forth over the swell of his heart. “You need your rest, darling.”

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    “You make this so hard.” Billy squeezes, oh-so-gentle, practically massaging the stiff muscles under his questing palm. Those hands undoubtedly know what they’re doing as they move, tracing the curve of Flint’s spine, supine, feeling out each bump and ridge. “It doesn’t have to be. Let go, and the rope will catch you. I’ll catch you. All I need are your words.”

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    Cupping his face with one hand Miranda shuffles forward, unwittingly - or, perhaps not - pressing the roundness of her bosom to his chest. The needle rests against the soft flesh of his ear lobe; a promise. “Yes, I suppose it will make you look rather mighty, with gold hanging from your ear.”

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    Wherein Flint acquires an earring, and everything is always about Thomas.

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