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    What if the events in Castle Blackspire had gone slightly differently? How much ripple effect does one choice have?

    The first of what's planned as a five-part series. Canon up until almost the very end of "Will You Play With Me?" Then, increasingly, not. Centered around a developing Q/E relationship and character development, with an AU version of S4's greater crises rumbling in the background.

     
    *No, the title has nothing to do with "Wicked."

     

    10/6/19: I added a prologue, then decided it still needs work and took it down again, at least for the time being. Sorry for any confusion.

    10/28/19 Added prologue as separate entry in the series instead. (Didn't love what tacking it on as an earlier chapter here did to the formatting).

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    This was Eliot's mind, but Quentin was welcome here.

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    The Great Cock had said a lot of things, most of them unfortunately relevant, a few of them less so. Among the latter had been his comments on Quentin: Eliot’s “brother of the heart.” Two parts of a whole. Etc. Standard quest language, Eliot had thought.

    As it turned out, not quite so standard.

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    Chapter 1: Things That You Can't Say Tomorrow Day
    (Sometime late season 3 everyone goes out to a karaoke bar. Quentin has some feelings)
    Chapter 2: Spilling Drinks On My Settee
    (Eliot has alcohol... and feelings)
    Chapter 3: The Cusp of Trying To Kiss you
    (More scenes from the night before)
    Chapter 4: Aces Up Your Sleeve
    (Quentin goes to play with a monster)
    Chapter 5: Is Your Heart Still Open
    (An ending of sorts)

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    Quentin takes care of Eliot, a cat, and finally himself.

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    The summary of this story contains spoilers through 04x13 and is therefore stashed at the top of the beginning author's notes until 2019.05.18.

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    Eliot fails at keeping things boxed up. Over and over again.

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    “You want this, but you - don’t want it? It’s very confusing,” the Monster says. It has Quentin pressed up against a maple tree in the park, one long leg between Quentin’s, a broad hand running along the lines of his face. Quentin doesn’t answer - not that he could, because the Monster is pressing a thumb between his lips, pushing against his teeth.

    or: Eliot is dead. Quentin is helpful.

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    A re-working of the scene from "The Secret Sea" where Quentin has to make the flower grow.

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    “Now you’re back, and you’re being such a miserable prick that, frankly, there are days when I think the monster was easier to live with—”

    “Same,” Quentin muttered. Then he shrunk back in his seat as Margo whirled on him.

    “You won’t get off lightly either, Q,” she hissed. “You’re not any easier to live with than he is right now. Neither one of you is dealing with your trauma—or your ill-fated love affair—and I won’t take it anymore.”

    She took a deep breath and drew her shoulders back, lifting her chin. “This is it. By royal decree. Get out of here and deal with your shit before I deal with it for you.”

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    Quentin and Eliot go home to meet their family.

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    Quentin uses art therapy and memories of their fifty years together to cope with the loss of Eliot, the fight to save him, and the aftermath.

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    Following the events of 4x05, in which Quentin and Eliot separately try to keep moving forward. (and, ultimately, reunite)

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    Q contemplates the quest for the seven keys. Did it change them or was it pointless?

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    And he was an idiot, because like any of that should have fucking mattered by that point, because it sure as hell didn’t matter to his seventy year old self.

    It all seemed like petty bullshit to that version of him, like time wasted running down the clock in the fourth quarter on stupid technicalities and penalty kicks, but he had hesitated and it had been enough to scare Eliot’s vulnerability all the way back under the bed and it would be another twenty fucking years before he’d manage to coax it back out again.

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    In which Alice never came to save Quentin, and Quentin died in 4x05.

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    Julia and Quentin talk

    “Q, talk to me.” Julia said, but how could he? How could he possibly explain what was going on in his head?
    “I just want to get Eliot back.” He said, but his voice gave away more than he wanted it to. He could see from Julia’s face that she had figured it out. She placed a hand gently on his shoulder.
    “You and Eliot…?” She asked. A small, broken laugh escaped him.
    “There is no me and Eliot.” He said.

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    Happiness hits Eliot Waugh like a bullet in the back.

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    Quentin and Eliot during the important moments, and the moments in between.

    Or,

    A kiss, a fight, a goodbye, and a hello

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    ... as the shrike to your sharp and glorious thorn.

    When Eliot’s trapped in his head, he spends a lot of time thinking. He thinks about a lot of things.

    The one thing he absolutely does not think about is the mosaic.

    Eliot knew, of course, that he was attracted to Quentin. He'd told Margo all about how goddamn pretty he was after even just their first meeting (and then been sold out the second she finally saw him, the traitor), had - if he’s being honest, and here in his mind there’s not much else to be - probably been half in love with Quentin since the coronation.

    (He doesn’t think about the coronation).

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    Quentin meets Eliot. Everything that happens after is meant to be, except when it isn't. The universe keeps them apart, except when it doesn't. Quentin falls in love with Eliot, slowly and all-at-once.

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    Everyone's run a bit ragged after this whole Monster business. Quentin catches a cold, and Eliot takes care of him. Some friends visit to raise Quentin's spirits.

     

    Back in Fillory, not in the grand halls of Castle Whitespire, but their little cottage (perfect, wasn’t it, even with the all the draughts and the leaky roof?), he had known and loved Quentin, had and held him in sickness and in health, for fifty years. So Eliot knows that Q only snores when he’s coming down with something. That he dislikes tea with honey, but will drink it when Eliot looks at him, eyes wide with just the right amount of reproach. That he will eat the soup Eliot makes him even when he’s too congested to taste anything and has no appetite. That feverish and unwell, he will wake in the middle of the night to read or to sketch a mosaic pattern that came to him in a dream.

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