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    Last night, Alex slept in the Dante bedroom, staring at the blue ceiling and trying not to have a panic attack. Finally, she fell into a restless sleep, dreaming of Darlington’s hellish voice yelling, "Murder!" and hearing it reverberate through the halls of Black Elm. When she slowly woke, it was with the corrupted memory of his body curled behind hers and one clawed hand digging into her breast, drawing blood.
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    It starts with a trip to hell to rescue Darlington, who is traumatized and transformed by his months in the realm of the dead. As tensions rise between the houses on campus, with a suspicious interim dean calling the shots, Alex and Darlington have to try to keep everything from crumbling down around them. On top of it all, or perhaps underlying it, new tensions rise between the two of them: tensions that could burn them alive if not resolved.

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    Her heart nearly stopped when she saw the figure standing in the entry way. "Darlington,” she breathed.
    “I– um– sorry. I didn’t expect anyone to be here.” The lighting in the hall was dim, but Alex swore she could make out a blush on his pale cheeks. As she stared longer, she noticed the dark circles under his eyes and his messy hair.
    A part of Alex wanted to scream at him, ask him why he had stopped being her mentor, but that would mean admitting she cared about him. Which she didn’t.

     

     


    Darlington and Alex are alone at Il Bastone, with much needing to be said between them.

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    Lethe were weakened with the death of Dean Sandow and the absence of Darlington, and all the societies of the Veil knew it. The nervous whispers about Alex’s part in the disappearance of Belbalm weren’t enough to counter that, at least not for much longer. They needed Darlington back; not just because they owed it to him, but because without him, Lethe would fall apart. And Alex wasn’t going to let that happen on her watch.

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    Monsters are not born. They are handcrafted, molded by the universe’s unforgiving hands, and thrown back into the world with teeth and an emptiness in place of a stomach.

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    All Darlington wants is Alex.

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    Alex Stern returns to Yale for her second year determined to get Darlington back from whatever hell he’s been sucked into. As if that weren't enough, a new threat to the Houses of the Veil seems to be arising that might tear everything apart, leaving Alex caught in the middle.

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    Now, with Alex and Darlington back from Beyond the Veil, Pamela wished she was the odd person in the room. That her Shepherds were fine and only she stood out.
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    Speculation on what happens after the events of The Ninth House.

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    Sinister happenings never go away amidst the rituals in Yale's secret societies -- and Alex finds herself yet again involved in attempting to solve a murder.

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    On the brink of expulsion for exposing the Harvard Final Clubs as more than just elite fraternities, Mark Zuckerberg is offered a second chance to save his own skin (and maybe win back his best friend in the process).

    However, taking on a position in Lethe House, the organization responsible for monitoring the occult activities of the Final Clubs isn't exactly a walk in the park. Least of all when his mentor hates his guts, the club members have a vendetta, and Eduardo won't even talk to him.

    But Mark isn't the only member of Lethe that excels at breaking the rules, and he soon finds that everyone has secrets they'd rather stay hidden.

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    "Darlington?" Alex squints into the darkness, eyes and mind blurry with sleep. "Come back to bed."

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    “I assure you I’m fine, Stern.”

    “Bullshit.” Alex didn’t doubt that Darlington would assure her he was fine if he had a knife buried in his chest, right up until the moment he bled out. He was infuriatingly noble like that.

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    “Hey, Stern.” His voice sounded incredibly level for what was happening. “Is it just me, or is this not especially appropriate behavior for a Virgil and his Dante?”

    A detailed reimagining of the Manuscript morning-after, and all that might ensue over the following week.

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    It’s July, and Alex and Darlington are the only ones in the house, rattling around Il Bastone like marbles in a jar.

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    This is an expanded version of Chapter 10. This might be a one off, or the beginning of a Darlingstern collection.

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    Alex tries a spell.

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    Alex had always known that she would enter Hell alone.

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    “Do you even need a Virgil anymore?”

    She snorted. “You’re the one who’s actually read Dante’s Inferno, you tell me. Plus, I figured we were more like Eurydice and Orpheus, now.”

    “I mean, did you die? I didn’t die.”

    “We’ve both died. More than once.”

    “Yeah, but not while coming out of Hell.” He sipped his tea again. “We’re not Eurydice and Orpheus.”

    She crossed her arms over her chest, the ink of her tattoos rippling. For a moment, he couldn’t look away and she was Mab again, cloaked in black and sparkling with the stars in the sky. The amount of times he’d seen that vision over the months meant it was etched onto the backs of his eyelids. Given enough time and resources, he could paint a thousand portraits of Alex as Mab and still not get her out of his system. Not that he wanted to, but…

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    Darlinton's first year at Yale: being Dante isn't what he expected.

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    Darlington is back, but Alex is worried because he seems different. Revelations are had.

    The look on his face reminds her of something, but she can’t quite make it out in the eddy of her memory. Alex wonders if he’s even working on trying to get Black Elm back. Before, he’d spent barely the required time with her, showing her the ropes and then leaving her to figure them out. Testing her finding her wanting. Now he settles near her like a cat, not demanding attention, but seeming to enjoy her company.

    All she can read in his face is interest.

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    Sometimes, Alex and Dawes are just two Yale students meeting in a shitty student-run cafe, and they don't need murder to bring them together.

     

    Or, the coffee shop au nobody asked for but we all need.

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