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    The Guardian Oath was more than a promise to protect children.

    It was a marriage oath.

    The marriage may have been strained lately, with none the wiser for it, but the past weekend and a new husband were just the thing to bring all the problems to light.

    Too bad said 'new husband' has no idea he just got married.

    Now, with spiritual politics, threats to the children, and an oblivious husband to woo, the Guardians have their hands full like never before.

    "Happily Ever After" wasn't supposed to be this hard.

    (Or, the one where the Guardians are married and everyone forgot to tell Jack.)

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    20 Jan 2021

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    Tony's having a hard time remembering how he crossed the distance from the grassy knoll to Peter, and he can't really recollect how his hands ended up on either side of the kid's face. Before he knows it, he's gripping the kid's shoulders just as tightly as Rhodey had gripped his own, his hands trembling. "Pete, kid, c'mon. Say something. If you don't say something I'm gonna seriously lose it here. Don't fucking do this."

    A pair of headphones rattle around Pete's neck. Tony's shaking him.

    Maybe he'll come to, like a half-drowned puppy you pull out of the gutter.

    Then just as suddenly he's not shaking him, because Quill is prying his hands back from the kid protectively, and Strange's palm is pushing Tony's shoulder to put some distance between him and the boy. Everyone knows Peter is a special case, for him. A special mission set aside to complete. He promised May. He promised Peter. He held him while he disintegrated. He washed him down a sink and apologized in multitudes. Someone seethes, "What do you mean, he didn't come back? What do you mean?" and he recognizes it belatedly as his own voice.

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    Everyone comes back, when the snap is undone. Or, well — almost everyone.

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    14 Nov 2019

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    The problem with being the Guardian of Wonder was that Wonder was not Awe. That feeling of surprise and admiration was certainly part of Wonder, but so was the unstoppable desire to know things. To learn, to explore, to understand.

    North did not understand. And that unrest, that constant wondering kept him awake this night.

    If Jack was the only one Manny had brought back and abandoned.

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    24 Mar 2019

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    Virgil has met his soulmates, and he's certain they're better off without him. But the soulmate bond is more than fate - it's a chemical dependency, and in order to leave, Virgil must first make it through withdrawal.

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    05 Mar 2019

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    Prince discovers that the other sides have never had dreams before and decides that he must remedy that. One miscommunication, several poor attempts at flirting, and a boatload of self-loathing later, three of the sides find themselves in a relationship—and Anxiety is not one of those sides. He would only cause nightmares, after all. (It takes a sword fight, an argument with Anxiety’s self-loathing personified, and a sobfest to convince him that this is not the case.)

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    04 Feb 2019