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    Essek watches, transfixed by the tiefling, as he takes his hand to his lips for a brief kiss across his knuckles, the sharp talons kept away in an easy motion.

    “I don’t think I’ve ever met a drow properly before,” he says, relinquishing his hand and bowing with a flourish, “It’s a pleasure, Mr. Essek. I’m Molly, but I’m sure you’ve gathered that.”

    “The pleasure is all mine,” Essek replies, falling back on his manners even if he’s sure he looks bewildered. Most people from this side of the Ashkeeper Peaks don’t smile like that at the prospect of meeting someone from his folk.

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    In which Mollymauk comes back to his body, minus a few memories, at the Blooming Grove. Essek is intrigued. Caleb is glad.

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    06 Oct 2021

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    It’s ridiculous, the way it makes his cheeks heat and the tips of his ears burn. How his heart beats a little faster inside his chest even after Essek is gone. One would think it would be the baring of skin that would make one flush, yet here Caleb is, squirming instead at the thought of its absence.

    (In the Dynasty, status is shown by how many layers of clothing one wears. Naturally, Caleb develops a thing about that when it comes to Essek.)

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    24 Sep 2021

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    Sequel to Forgotten. A/U from mid season 9. Castiel is human and wounded, and Dean and Sam need to get his grace back - and his wings. Things do not go as intended and Cas faces a difficult road.

    Long case fic with strong emphasis on Team Free Will friendship/family bonds. Will get serious and angsty and lonely. ALERT: There will be two versions of this fic, Destiel and platonic. This version (Flight) is the Destiel version. Slow build and mostly pre-Destiel. The platonic version will be called Broken and will be posted later.

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    16 Sep 2021

  4. Public Bookmark 85

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    A decade after fleeing the Empire, Shadowhand Caleb of Den Thelyss has positioned himself within the centre of Kryn Dynasty politics as trusted advisor to the Bright Queen, due to his pursuit of the lost Beacon that awoke him from madness so many years ago. However, his recovery mission is cut short by a ragtag group of adventurers arriving in the Queen's Court, led by a familiar drow and bearing the very Beacon that he's spent his new life searching for.

    OR: A role-reversal AU with Caleb as Shadowhand and Essek as an adventuring wizard whose past threatens his every move.

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    16 Sep 2021

  5. Public Bookmark 53

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    Five times Caleb cast one of Essek's spells, and one time Essek cast one of Caleb's.

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    14 Sep 2021

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    Cas is sick and Dean finds a journal that Cas kept about his time alone as a human.

    This fic is a retelling of first half of S9 from Cas's POV (via Cas's journal). Lots of Cas angst/loneliness and a correspondingly equal volume of Dean guilt. Sick fic, hurt/comfort, journal fic, and a Christmas fic too.

    NO SLASH but the entire thing features a strong Cas/Dean friendship.

    Destiel readers: This entire fic can be read as pre-Destiel (or not, as you prefer), and if you would like to read it that way, I also wrote an optional, explicit, Destiel epilogue chapter just for you guys. :)

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    14 Sep 2021

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    Essek Thelyss has a brother.
    Unfortunately, Caleb doesn't know that.

    OR: 5 times Caleb encountered Verin Thelyss, and one time he did not.

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    13 Sep 2021

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    In which Essek is so bad at cooking that he accidentally summons a demon: Caleb.

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    09 Sep 2021

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    When there's nothing left to lose Jack confesses why he's been treating Daniel badly. Fighting his demons and repairing their friendship is a long process.

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    08 Sep 2021

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    The time loop gives Jack a consequence-free opportunity to ask some questions.

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    07 Sep 2021

  11. Public Bookmark 44

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    Caleb asked, “Are you in there, friend? Did the Wild Magic do something?” Stupid question. Of course it did.

    It was stupid to ask Essek to come here in the first place, to fight an enemy with an anti magic cone in the Wild Magic of Aeor. Caleb might have pointed that out, if they had any allies who weren’t wizards, or if he wasn’t so selfish. They’d put one of their greatest allies, one of their only allies, in horrible danger and now, now…

    “You’re from the Empire,” a quiet voice said, a much smaller head poking through the layers of white fur. The Undercommon accent was a bit thicker than usual, and Essek’s carefully cropped, coiffed hair was now long and mussed up, brushing his shoulders in soft white waves. There was also the fact that this Essek was only just about four feet tall, barely even that, and appeared to be maybe about eight or nine, or perhaps more like thirty if Caleb took into account elf maturity levels.

    He also didn’t seem to have any memory of where they were or why they were here.

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    26 Aug 2021

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    “'I have some good news for you.'

    Had the words come from anyone else they would have sounded fewer warning bells, but any time that Deirta Thelyss spoke happily to her eldest son it meant that he was about to experience something truly awful."

    In which Caleb clears debts, Essek learns the meaning of family, and aristocrats get what they deserve.

    This is the requested full Concubine AU version of "Conflict of Interest" where the wizards stay in Rosohna, because your author keeps their promises.

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    24 Aug 2021

  13. Public Bookmark 47

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    Fortunately for Essek, he has many years practice at remaining impassive. Unfortunately for Essek, his judgement is entirely incorrect.

    It is not a figure from the Dynasty that stands before him, but rather one from the Empire. A hunched figure in a worn overcoat, hands clutching his side and head bowed- a head of fiery hair that Essek has seen reflected in every flame since they had sat together on that ship.

     
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    Essek receives an unexpected visitor at the outpost.

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    19 Aug 2021

  14. Public Bookmark 63

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    “Caleb,” he whispers, voice breaking. “I have been caught. I am so sorry.” He swallows hard around the lump in his throat. The blade at his back is almost superfluous; he’s losing blood too fast to survive anyway, and he can feel his mind fogging over. “If you find my body, take me to the Blooming Grove. Please.” Essek closes his eyes. “I love you.”

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    16 Aug 2021

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    Your brother is dead.

    Verin stares at the words on the page, almost uncomprehending. He cannot, for a moment, believe they are real, yet in equal measure also cannot imagine that his mother would lie about such a thing.

    Your brother is dead, he reads again, He was lost in the wilds of Eiselcross. If your duties allow it, return home for his cremation in three days time.

    (In which Verin refuses to believe Essek's death is as simple as the Dynasty wants to make it seem, and it takes meeting the Mighty Nein in person to get the answers he seeks.)

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    12 Aug 2021

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    This is a great honor, Essek reminds himself, trying not to recoil as fingers run through his hair, working through the tangles. A braid is made of three strands, symbolizing the inextricable bond between the soul, the den, and the Luxon. A recognition of an achievement by the drow who bears it. With each braid, the soul is bound ever closer to its den and to the Luxon.

    It is a lesson Essek learned long ago, but one he is never permitted to forget.

    [Or: the story of why the Shadowhand wears his hair cropped short.]

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    05 Aug 2021

  17. Public Bookmark 58

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    Caleb and Essek's research trip to Aeor is going swimmingly - until it's not. Stuck in a region of the city where magic doesn't seem to work at all and surrounded by numerous dangers, things are liable to get worse before they get better...

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    03 Aug 2021

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    There had been rumours about his and Caleb's sordid love affair since long before it was technically true. Essek was simply... playing into them a little, to help his defection go a little more smoothly. Rosohna would gossip about it for a few months, and then the rumour mill would move on, as it always does.

    (it doesn't).

    Or: how Essek and Caleb accidentally inspired (at least) a few dozen smut novels.

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    23 Jul 2021

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    Caleb had caught Essek's attention immediately.
    And ever since, this strange little neglected attraction has been bothering him. He initiates a mutually beneficial arrangement upon realizing that Caleb's interests match his own surprisingly well. A purely physical, transactional deal.

    That would be fine, if it were not for the dangerous implications and weaknesses.

    Or for those many in-betweens when Essek is far too interested in what's beyond the boundaries of their agreement...

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    22 Jul 2021

  20. Public Bookmark 58

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    The Dynasty sentences Essek for his crimes, but totally misjudges the Mighty Nein by making the assumption that the heroes of the Dynasty who stopped the war would never forgive the one who started it. Hence, the Mighty Nein receive a fancy invite to Essek's execution, and have to think fast to save their friend.

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    13 Jul 2021

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