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    What was a story but a sum of its parts? A beginning and ending, middle plot and the feelings it evoked in the process? The feelings of satisfaction, grief, or catharsis that came after? What was a story if not something that beside the feelings it gave the reader, something that could be left behind when it was over?

    A Guest for Mr. Spider was not a story.

    - Jonathan Sims has just started his second year of university, Gerard Keay has just attempted to sneak off for what may be the final time.

    The Web Tightens, Things Fall Into Place.

    Language:
    English
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    6,153
    Chapters:
    4/80
    Comments:
    12
    Kudos:
    46
    Bookmarks:
    10
    Hits:
    386
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    Suddenly free of Mary, Gerard Keay figures out his new normal. Most of that includes falling asleep together on the couch after movie nights with Michael.

    “So, rough night?” Gerry asks again, sliding down next to Michael and lighting his own cigarette.

    They sit there shoulder to shoulder for a few minutes before Michael leans in and rests his head on Gerry’s shoulder and sighs. Gerard takes the opportunity to fix Michael’s hair. “Wanna talk about it?” He smooths down his wild hair and what he can some behind his ears so it'll stop falling into his eyes and covering up his face.

    Michael takes another drag, “I don’t know. What are you doing here anyway? I mean- n-not that I don’t want you here, it’s just that it’s kinda freezing out here and all.”

    “It’s okay,” Gerry reaches back into his coat, “I was going to burn this.”

    Michael raises an eyebrow, “Burning books Gerard? You do know I’m basically a librarian.”

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    16,943
    Chapters:
    5/?
    Comments:
    44
    Kudos:
    33
    Bookmarks:
    3
    Hits:
    288
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    Instead of retiring to open a book shop, Gerry ends up working at a flower shop run by American lesbians in London. This leads to a brush with the Distortion, who just wants to buy some lilies, the Magnus Institute finding out he’s still alive, and... well, a normal life was never really in the cards for the likes of Gerard Keay, was it?

    Oh, and those lesbians who run the flower shop? There’s more to them than meets the eye.

    (No knowledge of Maniac Mansion required; I take lots of liberties to slot it into TMA’s universe.)

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    64,324
    Chapters:
    27/?
    Comments:
    535
    Kudos:
    523
    Bookmarks:
    66
    Hits:
    7821
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    Fix-it fic in which Michael and Gerry get a second chance at living: a story about things getting slowly better, finding people, having hope, and, maybe, saving the world.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    17,989
    Chapters:
    9/?
    Comments:
    55
    Kudos:
    88
    Bookmarks:
    14
    Hits:
    989
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    Two men, stuffed full of trauma and looking for answers in all the wrong places.
    It's a Gerry/Mike Crew enemies to lovers, bby!

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    18,730
    Chapters:
    3/3
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    28
    Kudos:
    51
    Bookmarks:
    4
    Hits:
    438
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    Gerry was good at his job. He kept it simple. No strings, no distractions.

    The Distortion taking a special interest in him? That was one major distraction.

     

    (In which Gerry tries to mind his own business and be a reluctant hero but monsters sometimes get in the way unexpectedly.)

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    12,149
    Chapters:
    7/13
    Comments:
    32
    Kudos:
    127
    Bookmarks:
    23
    Hits:
    1000
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    Martin was raised in blood and ink, his mother's hands stained with secrets. His brother taught him of the monsters who lived between the pages of mother's books, but Gerry could never protect him from them all.

    Perhaps it is karma then, that Martin destroyed their mother's page, only for Gertrude to trap Gerry in his own.

    AU where Martin doesn't work for the Institute, and never told his boyfriend that he is Mary Keay's youngest son.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    9,076
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    4
    Kudos:
    71
    Bookmarks:
    13
    Hits:
    333
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    There was a voice in the Institute hallways. Strange, with an uneven cadence, but gentle. Gerry tried not to listen to it. The words it spoke were kind and lighthearted and for all his pretense of nonattachment, his chest ached. But he couldn’t help hearing, and it was soothing, and it came as a relief when he was waiting, worried and afraid, outside Gertrude Robinson’s door. He counted himself lucky that he didn’t know who the voice belonged to.
    And then, of course, he did.

    In which there is pining, a brief encounter with the Buried, and roughly more or less what the title says.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    10,814
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    13
    Kudos:
    47
    Bookmarks:
    7
    Hits:
    262
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    They always seem to meet again in the Institute.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    40,787
    Chapters:
    15/15
    Comments:
    127
    Kudos:
    142
    Bookmarks:
    23
    Hits:
    1640
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    Gerard meets an invisible child.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    22,756
    Chapters:
    7/7
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    58
    Kudos:
    223
    Bookmarks:
    39
    Hits:
    1864
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    On a freezing Feburary night, the last person Gerry Keay expects to help him is Elias Bouchard.

    Day six of Gerry Week.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    5,510
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    2
    Kudos:
    38
    Bookmarks:
    5
    Hits:
    185
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    Gerry steps out of the hospital doors, his body a mess of aches and pains and stark white bandages, to see a man who is not his mother sat atop the short wall outside the hospital doors.

    “Jon?”

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    2,111
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    16
    Kudos:
    153
    Bookmarks:
    14
    Hits:
    499
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    Gerard Keay doesn't trust easily, he's been burned too many times. Yet he trusts Adelard Dekker.

    (Or; Gerry can have a decent parental figure, as a treat.)

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    1,103
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    4
    Kudos:
    24
    Bookmarks:
    1
    Hits:
    106
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    A story about trust and ink.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    2,373
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    18
    Kudos:
    58
    Bookmarks:
    8
    Hits:
    248
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    Gerry is working through some stuff.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    2,495
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    8
    Kudos:
    20
    Bookmarks:
    1
    Hits:
    188
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    Gerry's seen word processors built for impossible, overwhelming, and nauseating languages; chat bots that nearly perfectly mimic loved ones; meditation programs that completely shut off all real-world sensory inputs--name it, he’s destroyed it, save for one.

    This, though, this--this thing he’s staring at now, in the middle of a perfectly reasonable, if unsettlingly empty rendering of old-world Siberia, it’s weird, and not in a standard Leitner way. It doesn’t fit this wide, overwhelming, barren landscape. It doesn’t fit anything. It’s all disconnected pixels and glitching particle effects, somehow surrounding him and converging into a form at the same time.

    (Gerry's a decker. Michael's a glitch that haunts corrupted programs.)

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    3,782
    Chapters:
    3/?
    Comments:
    14
    Kudos:
    43
    Bookmarks:
    5
    Hits:
    309
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    The seats were still empty, but he was there, on the stage. Gerry instantly recognised him, blond curls in a low ponytail, as it was on every picture Gerry had seen, round face, a mask of concentration as Gerry approached. He seemed to be tuning his violin, long fingers adjusting strings until the frown between his pale brows was gone. Michael Shelley.

    He looked...sweeter than Gerry had imagined.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    28,897
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    16
    Kudos:
    41
    Bookmarks:
    4
    Hits:
    302
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    “And… this?” In a stride, Michael was nearly pressed against him, warm enough to be a relief in the cold of the drafty room. His fingers were playing with Gerry’s cravat, long and elegant, tracing the knot with almost practiced precision.
    For all Gerry’s stillness, he tilted his chin up just a fraction, and when he met Michael’s eyes the boy was smirking. “Are you … trying to seduce me?” asked Gerry.

    in which Gerry is sweetly divested of his money and his clothes, but not like that.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    13,621
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    22
    Kudos:
    67
    Bookmarks:
    10
    Hits:
    316
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    Micheal has been looking for it's bookburner for what seems like years, it can't really tell. One day it finds him but something has changed. Can Gerry and Micheal find a way to bring Gerry back? can Gerry help the archives stop Jonah Magnus? Will I only post a chapter and then disappear? Stay tuned Folks!

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    2,071
    Chapters:
    2/?
    Comments:
    4
    Kudos:
    35
    Bookmarks:
    3
    Hits:
    256
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    Mum is not nice or kind or gentle, and Gerry sits hunched in his window, runs his fingers across the faded ink of those four, insignificant, earth-shaking letters, and he decides that he will be.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    4,504
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    4
    Kudos:
    40
    Bookmarks:
    11
    Hits:
    247

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