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    Sequel to Trust the Guard
    Nicky and Joe pulled Quynh up from the deep. Andy and Booker found Nile in the desert. Now it's time for introductions and explanations.
    And after that they still have to deal with Copley.

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    They are blessed in love: Nicoló knows this.

    It's just -

    Nicoló could go home now, pack a bag and set out in search of adventure, leaving Yusuf to entertain a new romance for a decade or two. Yusuf could spend years making love to someone else on the blankets he’s piled on their shared bed, he could write sonnets about some brown-eyed love. He could taste pomegranates from another man's lips and dream up curly-haired, dark-skinned babes. He could speak nothing but his native tongue for years and share morning prayers with someone of the same faith.

    And yet, time would pass, and Nicoló would return, and Yusuf would rage and curse his name, and then he’d take Nicoló back anyway. What else was he to do? Yusuf loved love, and the universe was cruel enough to give him only one imperishable choice.

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    The facts of the matter are this:
    1. Yusuf is an unmated Omega,
    2. Yusuf is in love with Nicolò,
    and, unfortunately for Yusuf,
    3. Nicolò is not attracted to Omegas.

    So when Yusuf mentions that being unmated is an inconvenience, he truly never expects the conversation to spiral to Nicolò offering him a mating mark out of friendship. No one is that good hearted!

    ...except, apparently, for Nicolò.

    Perhaps it's a terrible mistake, to accept the offer and have just a taste of what Yusuf wants most in the world. Perhaps Yusuf is going to break his own heart in the process.

    ...still. If Nicolò is willing to offer Yusuf almost everything Yusuf has ever dreamed of, what is Yusuf going to do, say no?

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    Andy, newly mortal, had given up long ago, knowing that there was no point in risking it.

     

    Death by alcohol poisoning would be a little embarrassing after all.

     

    Booker seemed to still be going strong through, but Nile wasn’t entirely sure he was actually participating in the game or just drinking because he could.

     

    Eventually, around two in the morning, Joe decided that he’d spent too much time away from Nicky’s arms and headed up to bed, leaving Andy asleep in her chair and Nile and Booker drunk.

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    The omega’s movements are slow and careful, and Joe takes his fill at the sight of his mate’s silhouette, marvelling at the new soft curves of Nicky’s hips, his plump ass and thicker thighs. He breathes in awe as Nicky takes one step closer, uncaring of his wet skin as he presses his naked body against Joe’s clothed one, arms around his shoulders, sealing their lips with a kiss.

    Joe comes back from running errands and finds his pregnant omega in the bathtub.

    ---

    A missing scene of Wistful is the rain.

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    When Joe meets Nicky, it's love at first sight--at least until it becomes abundantly clear that Nicky hates him, for no reason at all. For lack of any better ideas, Joe decides to be the bigger man, suck it up, and just be polite when their social circle forces them to interact.

    Of course, that would be easier if Nicky's daemon wasn't literally the sweetest, warmest, kindest, most wonderful daemon in the world.

    How, exactly, does an asshole like Nicky wind up with a daemon like that?

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    Nicky learns what a love bite is and is facinated. It drives Joe insane and leads to some (sort of) vanilla morning sex.

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    Yusuf can suddenly see it unspooling before him, the life they could have together. Nicolò will be working as a guard at the castle, they can get to know each other for so many days to come. He knows his parents would never begrudge him whoever he loves. And Yusuf can see himself falling in love with Nicolò so clearly, so easily, it almost feels inevitable. Fated. 

    Nicolò, who already seems to know Yusuf so well. Who doesn’t see him as just a title and crown, but a person. Yusuf feels alight with the potential of it all. 

    He hesitates for a moment, then slings his arms over Nicolò’s sturdy shoulders, knocking their foreheads together. Nicolò’s hands immediately come up to fit around his lower back, steady and sure. 

    “I don’t feel so lonely now.” Yusuf breathes.

    Nicolò grins, pleased and crooked and perfect. 

     

    Or: Yusuf is a prince. Nicolò is a soldier visiting his Court. They spend a perfect few days together— it just means something different to each of them, that’s all. 

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    Nicolò’s path has always been clear. As the third son he would become a monk and dedicate his life to the service of God. Nicolò has come to accept that, but when a mysterious stranger is washed up on shore and placed into his care, Nicolò has to fight with the temptation of everything he never knew he could want: companionship, friendship and maybe even more.

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    Nicolo is 8 when the generational war that's older than he can comprehend comes to an end and his hand is given to the prince of the nation that had been their oldest enemies. Yusuf is 11 when he first sees the small, quiet boy with a face that seemed to be made of stone. Both of them know that from the moment the treaty is signed their lives are tied together for decades to come.

    Nicolo is 27 when his father falls ill and his brother begins to unravel the treaty, Yusuf is 30 and scrambling to find a way to keep Nicolo by his side without revealing their secret elopement years before they were supposed to be married. When war tears them apart it's a scramble to find their way back to each other.

    Part of The Old Guard Reverse Big Bang 2022 with art by wrenaspun feeding my penchant for fantasy AUs.
    Betared by Emrys (oswinarty)

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    Nicky is an old school Extractor: he believes he’s doing some good, helping his clients live without the infamous metaphorical rose-tinted glasses. They come to him cautious: 'It’s too good to be true', the self-aware ones say, 'I know I am not seeing their flaws because I’m desperate to settle down'. Others say: 'I enter relationships with too many expectations. I can’t keep believing in the perfect romance.'

    They all say: 'Help me recognise True Love.'

    True romantics, the worst kind, don’t understand he doesn’t fight Love. Hell, he believes in Love. He just thinks it’s nothing like the romance books say, a string of grand gestures and syrupy sweet words. Any relationship that ends after his appointment was destined to self-destruct. Anyone who doesn’t understand that is, frankly, an idiot wasting his time.

    Enter Yusuf Al-Kaysani, Incurable Romantic. His worst enemy, his first and most frequent client, his one true failure. Bane of his existence, one of his best friends, the reason he’ll have white hair by 35. He has never wanted to punch anyone that bad—You get the idea.

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    The formidable Queen Andromache sends the most cunning warrior in her Guard, Yusuf Al Kaysani, on a mission of utmost discretion - to collect and keep safe a pious monk from the Genovan monastery. They could not be more different but as they find common ground on the long and arduous journey, a friendship begins to blossom into something more. But Nicolo possesses a powerful secret that could destroy them both.

    ***********

    Nicolò suddenly becomes very aware of Yusuf’s hands on him, his gentle application of the balm, the warmth of his touch and the way his skin seems to light up underneath it. Yusuf’s hand lingers on Nicky’s shoulder, his thumb stroking his nape, and despite the pain in his back, it makes him shiver with want. He inhales a ragged breath alerting Yusuf, too, that his hand is still on Nicky’s bare skin.

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    Nicky’s smiling at him, radiant, mouth red. His blush extends all the way to his chest.
    “Come home with me,” Joe says, and his heart swells as Nicky replies, utterly sincere,
    “Of course.”

    The aftermath of a first kiss, two years in the making. Missing scene from a family that flies together.

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    While the team are assisting with the humanitarian crisis in the Central Asia, Joe and Nicky are abducted on a deserted road. Joe is brutally executed and left in the desert. No one has seen Nicky since. With no leads, no other witnesses and barely a place to start, Joe quickly unravels and Andy calls Isabella. The search begins...

    ***

    He is unceremoniously dumped on the ground and Nicky lifts his head to see Joe almost upon them, unmasking one of the men and shoving him to the ground. Joe fights to reach Nicky with only his bare hands. But, unlike Joe, the men who hold him are armed and he feels like his stomach is pulled through his throat as the unmasked man shoots Joe several times in the chest. One misses the mark and hits him horribly in the throat but one definitely embeds in his beloved’s heart. As he is picked up again, Nicky wails like a wounded animal as he watches the love of his life crumple to the ground.

    The last thing he sees before the butt of a rifle hits him in the temple and the trunk of the Mercedes’ shuts over his head is Joe’s body being dragged away from the road.

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    Joe and Nicky get invited to a party and meet Agatha Christie, and the Doctor's there, with his latest companion.

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    "Nicky loves to indulge in the little things; in moments like this. [...] They are where he is truly happy still, even after all these years."

    What it says on the tin.

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    “You look rather gloomy for a man on their wedding day, my friend.”

    Yusuf does not turn around at the sound of Sébastien’s voice, but he allows his shoulders to relax for what feels like the first time in months. He hasn’t had a single moment for himself since he set foot on this cursed island, and today... today he’s supposed to marry a complete stranger in order to finally put an end to a senseless war started by angry old men when Yusuf was but a baby at his mother’s breast.

    “I am pleased that all parties have agreed to the treaty, of course,” Yusuf says, his voice so purposely solemn that Sébastien cracks a lopsided smile and bumps playfully against his shoulder. “I just wish there was another way.”

    The death of King Ibrahim al-Kaysani and his eldest son and heir put an end to the decades-old conflict between the kingdoms of Mahdia and Genoa.

    Mahdia was victorious but barely, and to secure that tenuous peace, the kingdoms of the Long Sea came together to marry King Ibrahim’s remaining living son and Regent, Yusuf, to a member of Genoa’s royal family.

    The only problem is: there were no daughters available.

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    Monoline artwork of Joe and Nicky sharing a moment as if alone, as if not bound.

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    “You're really a star,” Andy feels the need to say, to ask, just to see if the words taste real.

    “I am. Nicky wouldn’t believe me at first.”

    Nicky blushes furiously, but he’s quick to say: “Of course I didn’t. It thought it was a terrible pick-up line.”

    Then, to Andy’s horror, Yusuf joins Nicky to quote: “Baby, I think I fell from the sky just to meet you.”

    Andy, who lost her brain to mouth filter after she quit acting, exclaims: “Oh my god, that is disgusting.”

    Nicky hides his face behind his hands, but Yusuf appears delighted by her comment. He laughs. The room is suddenly brighter, the air cleaner, the temperature rises by a few degrees. Andy, who hates space travels, thinks she can smell the ozone of space. Yusuf stops laughing, and the world tilts back to its normal axis, only now everything seems duller. The effect is so jarring, Andy doesn’t even know what to say.

    “Well, even if it was terrible, it worked.” Yusuf has the gall to wink

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    “Twenty minutes, she said?” Nicky asks once they are outside.

    Joe nods absentmindedly as he scans the street for any potential threats. Andy doesn’t think Noriko would follow them here, but Joe won’t be taking any chances. He still remembers watching Nicky slowly coming back to him on the dirty floor of an unmarked van, and he isn’t keen on repeating the experience anytime soon.

    The memory alone jostles Joe’s composure and his hands tingle at the absence of Nicky’s skin. Joe blinks as he notices Nicky has stopped in a nook between a street lamp and a wall covered in posters and graffiti. The yellowish light casts warm tones all over his sharp features, and Joe is walking towards Nicky as if pulled by an invisible string.

    After helping to rescue Booker from Noriko’s hands, Joe and Nicky go in search of food to feed their recently-reunited family. As they wait for the pizzas, they take some time for themselves.

    A missing scene of Force Multiplied.

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