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    London, at the end of the 1950s. The BBC's news flagship, THE HOUR, and its staff go through political crises as well as very personal rough patches. When one day, the Head of News, Randall Brown, fails to turn up for duty, producer Bel Rowley and newsreader Hector Madden set out to find him. In the process, they meet a stranger whose resemblance to the missing man cannot be a coincidence. Together, they decide to solve the mystery of their friend's disappearance. At the centre of the adventure; a blue telephone police box.

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    Running away to the next war zone, wasn't one of his brightest ideas, but the only one Randall Brown could live with. Unable to deal with the past, nor the future, he found a home just two miles away from the front line. And just when he was about to get lost in the rabbit hole of war, drinks and miserable thoughts, the one person he thought he never sees again showed at his door step. Bel Rowley didn't come to stay, but given herself and home a promise, she certainly wouldn't leave without him. Her actions will have consequences for them all. // set after S2 // War conflict

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    The journalist Christopher Douglas has retired to his hometown of Lochfern, Scotland, after his life and career suffered a painful setback.
    A story about how complicated love can be.

    "Patience protects me from insults, as warm clothes protect me from cold. When it gets colder, I put on more clothes. When these bastards abuse me, I become more patient."
    - Leonardo Da Vinci

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    // Content warning: Like the story that inspired it, this story deals with grief, and loss, and suicide, as well as suicidal thoughts.

    This is the conversation that takes place in Randall's office after the events of "Little Boxes". Randall needs to tell Lix what he has seen... Lix needs to talk as well...

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    This is a response to StrangeSeaWolf's Tweet here and this picture - https://twitter.com/StrangeSeaWolf/status/1585301496119558144

    During the thick fog of January 1952, Randall is forced to get the Tube to work and stops to help a stranger, but the encounter rakes up many ghosts from his past.

    As always, however, Lix is there.

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    Randall needs Lix's help. Who else would he go to for assistance in a matter such as this one? She's quick to run off with him and help in any way she can. They're the dynamic duo, after all. Shenanigans will ensue, of course.

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    He looked gobsmacked at the revelation. 

    “There we go,” continued Lix playfully. “There’s an expression I haven’t seen on your face for ages. I’ve really managed to pull the rug out from beneath your feet, haven’t I? Your dear cousin is perfectly fine. And we’ve driven all the way here for nothing.”

    He fell back to lie on the mattress, huffing at himself. “I’m an idiot.”

    She shifted, swiveling slightly to glance his way. “Yes, you are, Randall. But an endearing one.”

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    So let me take you down to the dancing floor
    You can walk out on the crowd
    Let us waltz away what′s left of the living years
    In celebration of the love
    It′s all glitz and sparkle down on the dancing floor
    We can turn our lives around
    Just leave behind that wretch that you have been
    With the fool that I'd become

     

    Runrig, "The Dancing Floor"

     

    Lix and Randall have settled into an everyday routine at The Hour. Together in their working lives, but separated in their grief and their loneliness.
    Until things change.

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    Lix says something that she will later come to regret. Randall's mind will completely change about some things.

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    He paused, pulling a face at that. It was a tick of his, a telltale sign of impending doom and angry tears. She knew him so fucking well. She could plan his next move. 

    He turned to leave after a moment, a shaky hand on the doorknob.

    “Yes,” she growled. “Go back to your office and lick your wounds. Go. Just leave me alone.”

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    Short scenes about Randall and Lix spending a holiday together.

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    Randall must go home to his siblings for a long weekend, and Lix insists upon joining him. It does not go as planned.

    "When I awaken and I'm reborn, my body aches and my soul is torn; I search the void for any clue, and I feel ashamed for what I put you through." -- 'Mama Werewolf' by Brandi Carlile.

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    You might wonder why I write a book review on AO3 instead of a review site. Bear with me, I’ve got… reasons.

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    There's a letter waiting for Lix one evening when she returns from a meeting with a group of contacts, all for a current story. What she reads in it will just about stop her heart.

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    He pulled back slightly, a hand sliding up to cup the back of her head. 

    “Say something, Randall,” urged Lix impatiently.

    He shook his head, swallowing thickly. “I said all of it in that letter. I’m out of words. You shocked the hell out of me just now. My heart’s yours, no matter where I go. You were with me in Normandy, you were with me in Berlin, you were with me in Paris, and now you’re here as well. It doesn't matter where I am.”

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    Randall and Lix go to a funeral for an old compatriot from the Spanish Civil War. Old friends are around. Times are tough.

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    “Look at me for a moment, darling.”

    Randall shifted and his head tilted to catch Lix’s eye inquisitively. He was sat at the bar, post-funeral exhaustion evident on his features. He looked ragged and worn. He sighed softly, an eyebrow rising. “Why?”

    She reached out to bravely brush her hand over his on the counter, pulling his fingers away from the glass of scotch he had yet to touch. Her fingers were warm as they wound around the back of his hand, soaking in the tenderness of the moment and offering whatever strength she could. For a moment, he stilled and his Adam’s apple bobbed treacherously.

    “Don’t,” said Lix softly. “I know that all of this is a lot but it isn’t worth your sobriety.”

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    Sometimes, once in a while, Bel feels compelled to speak her mind. On this subject, she knows that she needs to. Really, it's all because she cares. It comes from a good place.

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    After her little speech, she rose to leave. 

    Randall sat there, wondering what on earth had prompted this outburst and confession from her. She’d even used a quotation of poetry as her ammunition. It was so very much like her, so determined, confident, and hopeful. But on the same hand, perhaps it wasn’t. She was so outspoken, honest, and raw. Nevertheless, she had obviously had it with them. She very rarely ever felt brave enough to speak up on the subject of relationships with her colleagues. Determination had prompted her to do all of this.

    “I’m sorry, Miss Rowley,” said Randall, just before she could leave. “I’ll try.”

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    Несколько эпизодов из отношений Фредди и Ликс и одна случайная оговорка.

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    In the fallout of Freddie's beating, Randall tries to pick up the pieces for the team's sake. He helps to find Miss Delaine a new place of residence to stay for the time being. Raphael Cilenti is still on loose. He and Lix have barely spoken as well. They really need to do that, don't they? But, the show must go on. The Hour needs to be stronger now more than ever.

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    Randall stepped outside into the cool morning, humming a thoughtful noise, something quiet and ominous, beneath his breath and wrapping his coat tighter around himself. There was so much to do, so much that needed to be done. This was the first step, however, and he had to remind himself of the facts so as to not be overwhelmed. 

    He’d done his level best, since a few days prior, not to think about what had taken place between he and Lix in his office. His breakdown, her arms around him afterward. How strong she had been while he’d crumbled to pieces before her very eyes. All of it. 

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    There's a New Year's Eve party at the office. Bel convinces Randall to join the group for once.

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    “What on earth are you doing, Randall?” asked Lix with an incredulous laugh.

    He huffed. “I would have thought that was fairly obvious,” he told her, a hand slipping around her waist to draw her in closer. She went without qualm, surprising him yet again.

    “This isn’t you.” Her arm slipped around his neck. “You aren’t like this.”

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    Randall and Lix have a conversation that's been needed for quite a while. For once, she started it.

    (Author's note is very important.)

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    “He was there for you,” she continued, “when you’d been shot in the shoulder. I was thankful for it.”

    He glanced her way, shocked at her sudden need to dredge up the past. It wasn’t like her. 

    “I remember vividly. We were out in the field. It was miles away from any town or hospital. The ride to a base, for medical attention, was one of the most painful things I’ve ever gone through. All potholes and gravel roads, shots being fired around us. I wasn’t sure that we’d ever make it back. Bad karma, he’d said, because you and I had fought the night before. El que la hace, la paga.”

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    Lix has something for Randall. It's the letters and photographs (exchanged between the family that took their daughter and herself) that she promised him. Together, they go through them.

    (This takes place post-episode 6.)

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    “I’m alright,” Randall eventually replied. “Thank you, for yesterday. For not… leaving when I asked you to.”

    She reached out to lay a hand over his own, patting his long fingers and offering reassurance and strength all at once. “I know you, Randall. I’ve always known what you need.” As she drew away, even as she released his fingers, she found she immediately missed his warmth.

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    Lix has gone missing. Randall goes out to find her. Something has happened and he needs to make sure she's alright.

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    “What happened?” 

    His question roused her from the quiet moment she’d been lost in. She shook her head, beginning to speak. Suddenly, she paused. Her face screwed up and contorted in a way that warned him of impending tears. She fought them, somehow keeping them at bay. 

    “I was outside, literally with a hand on the door. I had just gotten to Lime Grove and some men stopped me. They decided to rough me up, I suppose. Jesus, it felt like something out of a mob film you’d see at the cinema. I’m tired, Randall. Please tell me you weren’t out searching for me.”

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