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  1. Rec *

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    Zishu's mind has been trained to this sort of work: to take in every meaningless detail and produce from that the truth. To assess danger and opportunity alike. Of course, this is a misuse of his talents. Kexing shouldn't concern him. He should be nothing to Zishu: just another foolish boy to mold into a useful weapon, or else to discard. But then, Zishu has seen what's really inside him, the pitiless tiger who lives in his guts. And he might be the only one who has. Kexing let the other boys off with bruises, didn't he?

    He is Zishu's, somehow. As much as anything has ever been.

     

    [AU timeline in which teenage runaway Wen Kexing meets career assassin Zhou Zishu and upends both their lives.]

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    01 Jul 2021

  2. Rec 37

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    "As he finished bandaging Tan’s hand, Bun looked at it in wonder. He had seen that hand threaten and inflict violence more than once — splitting flesh, cracking bone, holding up a gun — but that violence had never been directed at him. Not for real, anyway. No, Tan’s hand had only ever touched him lovingly, carefully; it had dug into the dirt and planted flowers for him.

    Sometimes, though, Tan’s hand slid into his hair and tugged; slipped over the skin of his back and gripped; curled around his arm or his thigh and clenched. Never enough to hurt, but enough to make Bun feel wanted in the most exhilarating way."

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    22 Jun 2021

  3. Public Bookmark 13

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    Soon Joe has his back pressed to the cold wall of the atrium of Lykon and Nicky’s building. He thinks briefly that a neighbour could see them, but they’re not doing anything scandalous, despite what the thrill that Nicky’s kisses send under his skin might suggest. It’s a reminder of the afternoon they spent together, the reason why they’re late, so, so late…

    “Nicky,” Joe says, his hands feel the warm skin of Nicky’s back, his shoulders. “We’re so late, Nicky.”

    “Sorry, sorry,” Nicky says, his smile not sorry, his eyes soft. “We weren’t the only ones invited, I’m sure we can sneak in and no one will notice.”

    “First we have to get there.”

    “Carry me? It’s your fault I’m exhausted.”

    Happy, fucked-out Nicky is… surprisingly cheeky.

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    26 Mar 2021

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    Loki Prince of Asgard has always known the day would come when he would be crowned King. If there is any benefit to inheriting the throne, it’s gaining access to knowledge that the All-Father has kept hidden for the good of the realm.

    But one must always be careful, for the truth comes at a price. There are secrets in the house of Odin. Terrible and dark, alluded to the prince only through legends and dreams. It so happens that one such secret lies hidden deep beneath Asgard’s dungeons. And what Loki discovers down there will unravel his entire world, changing his life. Forever.

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    05 Mar 2021

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    Joe comes shuffling back into the room, heavy footsteps that mean he’s either tired, or not really trying, or both. Familiar as breathing. Nicky’d recognize him anywhere, walking among a million of strangers.

    In which some people are laying low for a while, in more ways than one.

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    11 Feb 2021