After the events of Baltimore, the FBI convinces Nathaniel to join the Witness Protection Program at least until the rest of his father’s people have been arrested or found.
He puts Neil Josten to rest along with the memories of the Foxes. Locks the box containing the last year of his life up and tucks it back behind the thousands of other things he’s hidden from himself over the years. Another life left behind, another name and another story tucked away.
His father is dead, he’s going to tear everything he left behind apart. He’s won, hasn’t he? Done what his mother had always deemed impossible. He’s outlived the monster and he’s as free as he’ll ever be now.
Eyes shut on a hospital bed in the city he hates, Nathaniel is swallowed by his sorrow and his shoulders shake with a pain he will never be allowed to let go of.
AKA - the one where Neil hides.
- Part 1 of The Books of Baltimore
Bookmarked by Yuenne
20 May 2022
Neil exhales as he slides into his seat at the back of the room, with its persistent scent of whiteboard marker that catches at the back of his throat. He feels the familiar rush of affection for his neighbour. His nearest classmate, who never speaks to him, or spares him more than the most cursory glance.
Neil thinks he might be a little in love.
It’s his fourth month of high school in Columbia, and it’s hell.
Nathan catches up with Neil in Millport. In the aftermath, Neil goes to high school in Columbia and things go a little differently.
Bookmarked by Yuenne
18 May 2022
“Do you go around calling everyone Andrew sleeps with a rapist? Is your opinion of him so fucking low that you don’t think he could make that decision for himself? That you think he would ever, ever, let that happen to him again?” Neil continued furiously, voice low and as threatening as all of these boys had heard it.
Aaron and Neil fight after Aaron walks in on Andreil. Katelyn and Aaron talk. Andrew and Aaron talk. Aaron and Neil talk. A lot of talking goes on. In this fic. And then Neil’s pov of being walked in on and how Andrew and Neil deal with it.
Andrew has finally managed to steal Neil away from the Nest, but Riko wants Neil back, and he'll stop at nothing to get his revenge. They're not out of the woods yet.
- Part 3 of Out of the Ashes