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    So. Here are the facts as you see them.

    Fact number one: Giulia is going to be on the train for Genova in two days. She's going back home--because Genova is her home, apparently, and you're still grappling with the idea that there are places outside your island and Portorosso, BIG ones, they keep telling you, all over the globe--where she'll spend the next nine or so months going to school.

    Fact number two: You and Luca now own your very own Vespa. It's not road-ready yet, and it might not be for a while, which is fine actually because it turns out now that the Paguros aren't going to send Luca away to the bottom of the ocean, you're going to have to whittle them down into giving him permission to run away with you.

    Fact number three: That's not even really a plan that makes sense, if you think about it for more than a few minutes at a time.

    Fact number four: You haven't forgotten that Luca doesn't actually want to run away with you anymore. He's just pretending he never said it.

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    01 Sep 2021

  2. Public Bookmark 43

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    "I thought I heard scuffling," Massimo says at last, "Is everything alright?"

    "Sí, Papá!" Giulia says, with a charming smile.

    Massimo raises an eyebrow at her, then turns to Alberto, who blatantly avoids his gaze.

    "Alberto?" 

    "Sí." 

    "Hmm."

    Luca is having an internal crisis remembering the last time he lied to his own parents and everything that happened because of it. It takes every fiber in his body not to blurt out the truth. He has to clamp his hands down over his mouth, and doesn't look at Massimo, either, when the large man's eyes skip over to him.

    "Alright," Massimo says, "If you're certain."

      

    / The first summer back is the hardest. Why is that?

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    29 Aug 2021

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    ...And then there’s the moment when you know you know it, and you can’t keep it in any longer.

    (In which Alberto Scorfano finds a family, learns how to live again, and falls for a boy many miles away. Now all he needs to do is realise it.)

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    28 Aug 2021

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    What if Ercole's harpoon didn't miss?

    Instead of Alberto vanishing safely into the sea and returning to his island, Ercole's harpoon hits him. While Alberto tries to get away, Luca struggles to help his friend while keeping his sea monster identity a secret. After all, a reward for two captured sea monsters is better than one.

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    26 Aug 2021

  5. Public Bookmark 86

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    There are many things Alberto doesn’t expect.

    He doesn't expect the adoption.

    He doesn’t expect to end up with a Papá or a sister.

    He doesn’t expect the acceptance. The love. The family or the home.

    After years in a tower on an island, he never expected much for himself. But there he is; in his own home, with his own family, with a new name. Loved.

    “Luca, have you met my brother? His name is Alberto! Alberto Marcovaldo!”

    Luca sniffled, eyes trimmed green and blue as he took Alberto’s hand and held it in reminiscence of their old greeting, “Hello, Alberto Marcovaldo. It’s nice to meet you. Again.”

    He didn’t expect it, but he holds it close, hoping desperately that it’s here to stay.
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    Alberto never expected his father to return, either.

    With all the unexpectedness, perhaps he should have expected the worst.

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    25 Aug 2021