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    After a few weeks spent on sea shores, sun-soaked and idle, Nile returns from a morning hike with newfound resolve.

    She wants to go to university.

    It isn’t necessarily surprising, but it leaves Andy slightly shaken. She’d assumed they’d go back to business as usual, Copley a reliable intel source. She had started organising all the required safehouses, identity papers and currencies. She’d never accounted for any change of plans other than this, the mission Andy thought would be shared with Nile, now.

    But then she recalls Nile saying, “you’re going to spend it with us, Andy,” and she wasn’t referring to their mission, ultimately. She was referring to her life.

    Andy had never thought of herself as selfish, but this is a reminder that against her centuries of experiences, Nile only has a couple decades.

    And so maybe what Andy needs is to not call the shots, but instead let Nile go first and choose their next path forward.

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    01 Mar 2021

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    After the end of his five year marriage, Joe finds himself depressed and unable to write or paint. It takes Andy bursting into his room and shoving a ticket for “Gay and Away”, a singles tour through Tuscany.

    Joe doesn't mean to buy the 300 year old villa, but he's here and heartbroken, and maybe the house will help.

    The guy helping him with the renovation, Nicolo, sure doesn't hurt.

    (An Under the Tuscan Sun AU)

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    25 Feb 2021

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    An involuntary shudder runs down Nicky’s spine. He’d been doing so well. So well. The problem, of course, is that Nicky, like all people, has weaknesses, and articulate confidence is one of them. Perhaps that accounts for what he says next.

    “Prove it.”

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    25 Feb 2021

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    Prompt fill for this prompt at The Old Guard Kink Meme:

    Joe falls in love easily and it's brought him a lot more disappointment than happiness. The people he falls for might be nice in the beginning, but once the honeymoon period is over it seems like they always find something to criticize. So after a string of relationships that always seem to end with his partners being critical of things that make Joe who he is, Joe comes into his 30s convinced he'll never settle down happily.

    Then he meets Nicky, who seems to be genuinely nice and always says the nicest things about Joe's art. Joe has gotten his heart broken too many times to be willing to give this a chance, but over the course of many months and Nicky proving him wrong time and time again, Joe slowly starts to think his love life might not be a lost cause after all.

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    22 Feb 2021

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    Nile liked to think she was getting to grips with reading the others. She knew when Andy was feeling playful by the way she looked from the corners of her eyes for any mischief she could cause. She knew when Joe was rambling to fill the silence and when he actually wanted to talk, and she could tell when Nicky was happy with company and when he wasn’t. She learned when to give Joe and Nicky a bit of privacy very very quickly. 

    Sometimes though, they still utterly mystified her. Case in point: something was definitely going on with Joe and Nicky. Not their usual something. Something new.

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    03 Feb 2021