BewareOfFlyingMonkeys



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    Harry doesn’t want to waste his time investigating illegal dragonhide trading, whether it involves a fetish club in Knockturn Alley or visiting a remote island in Wales. Why the bloody hell does Malfoy always have to be up to something?

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    12 Oct 2017

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    In a world where magic is as commonplace as electricity, HYDRA worships a god who craves order through death. They used His blood to create fierce Soldiers then enslaved them by chaining their souls.

    The man who was James Barnes is the last Soldier, the rest having been put down after succumbing to the call of the Blood. One night, out of control after a mission, the increasingly unstable Soldier runs into Steve Rogers. Instead of being turned into a red smear on the ground, Steve successfully talks him down. HYDRA decides to keep him. The Soldier's the last one they've got; if Steve can keep him calm he's going to do it whether he likes it or not.

    Like fractious racehorses have companion goats, they hand Steve off to the Soldier as a kind of pet. But studies have shown pets can ease depression, despair and loneliness, lead to an increased sense of safety and well-being, and provide a source of protection and unconditional love. HYDRA really should have reviewed the literature before they decided to give Steve to the Soldier. Especially since, once Steve Rogers is involved, protectiveness can get slightly out of hand.

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    05 Oct 2017

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    No one really knew exactly how soulmates worked. Some people had them, some people didn't, and you only knew which you were if you happened to look up one day and realise your soul was reaching out for someone who was reaching back for you. Except sometimes, not often but sometimes, it went wrong and you'd look up and find your soul reaching out for someone who couldn't feel you at all. And you just had to live with that, your soul reaching out for them forever.

    If you were lucky, the other person would be nice about it. Steve was lucky, for a given value of lucky; Bucky was a good person. But if he'd been truly lucky, the universe wouldn't have screwed him over in the first place.

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    04 Oct 2017

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    "Remind me again why we're doing this?" Sam asked, feet up on the dash of the Quinjet. 

    "Because some girl made doe-eyes at Steve and asked for help and he can't say no to that," Bucky replied from the rear of the Quinjet. He hadn't been fast enough to call shotgun and he'd only just stopped sulking about it. Sam hadn't yet noticed the tiny balls of paper littering his hair.

    Steve rolled his eyes. "No, because she made a good point and she had a lot of well-researched evidence to back it up." 

    "Well-researched evidence based on a bunch of internet news stories about weird crimes, which clearly leads to someone summoning a demon who's going to destroy the world," Bucky said. "I love you, Steve, but you're so gullible." 

    When a PhD student accidentally uncovers a plot to summon a demon and destroy the world, Captain America is the only one she can get to listen to her. Steve, Sam and Bucky will fly half-way around the globe to investigate, but can they get there in time to stop the ritual and save the world?

    (All signs point to yes as an answer to at least one of those questions.)

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    04 Oct 2017

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    The three basic things you need for a valid contract are: offer and acceptance, intention to be bound, and valuable consideration. These rules apply whether you're selling a house, a car...or a soul.

    Steve was a law student. He didn't need to take Latin, but he'd gotten the strange notion into his head that it'd give him a deeper understanding of the law. One mistranslated assignment later and he'd accidentally offered to sell his soul to a demon named Bucky. Steve had no intention of selling his soul, but Bucky kept showing up and offering him different kinds of valuable consideration: fame, wealth, success, the usual things you'd expect in this sort of situation.

    Steve didn't want any of it.

    The only problem was, Steve was starting to want something from Bucky...but it had nothing to do with valuable consideration and everything to do with Bucky.

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