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    “Are we friends now?” Joe asks. Nicky reaches up to pat Joe on the back, shifting his weight through his hips so he’s got enough power to push Joe into the water. When Joe comes up, spluttering, hair hanging lank across his face, he stares at Nicky, who looks back at him with a lopsided smile.

    “Now we’re friends.”

     

    Ten years, two best friends, one couch that seems to have its own agenda. Friends-to-lovers with all the trimmings.

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    22 Nov 2020

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    Just above his eyeline, in dark purple Sharpie, is an addition so recent the ink is still a little wet.

    For a good time, call Nicky. Ask him about eating sushi with a fork.
     
    Underneath it is a phone number.

    Joe isn’t sure how long he stands there, staring at the words, before he says, out loud, “Is... is that a euphemism?”

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    08 Nov 2020

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    Four times Joe distracted Nicky, and one time Nicky returned the favor.

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    02 Nov 2020

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    In which Nicky's at seminary because he likes to argue, not because he's becoming a priest, and Joe has missed this essential fact and can't figure out why this future-priest-slash-bartender is flirting with him.

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    01 Nov 2020

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    Yusuf snorts, as if to say it’s mutual. But the Italian struggles to sit upright, wincing and swearing, and – Yusuf cannot pretend he does not want to know, not when a creature will always seek out its like, its matched half as the Greek philosopher Plato wrote, and there is nobody else in the world, to the best of his knowledge, like the two of them. He says, “What’s your name?”

    There’s a very long pause. He can hear the other man deciding whether to lie. But there is no purpose to it, except for bitterness, and the answer is uttered cold and shortly. “Nicolò.”

    (Or: The inevitable backstory.)

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    31 Oct 2020