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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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    27 Feb 2021

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    “She was his slave. He bought her and released her from the service,” Yusuf says. “I’m not sure how to feel about that.”

    “They seem very happy now,” Nicolo says. “Who are we to say what is or is not a good start?”

    Yusuf chuckles. “Good point.”

    “What would you do if you were him and I were her?”

    Yusuf turns to him, mouth agape.

    “Indulge me, ya shamsi ?” He smiles. “Spin me a story?”

    Wallahi, Nicolò doesn’t often call him such, but when he does, like the exceptional marksman he is, it’s always fatal for Yusuf.

    “What would a merchant of Maghreb do to this pale slave from Genoa, prisoner of war, an invader?”

    Yusuf clears his throat, slinging his arm around Nicolò and pressing him into his side, as if it can shield Nicolò from the yawning pit of guilt he sometimes likes to wallow in. It’s a futile effort, all he can do is wade in and hold Nicolò, keeping him afloat instead of drowning.

    “I would notice his strange eyes and his awfully big nose."

    “And then?”

    “Then I would haggle with the fiend who captured you. I’d swindle you off his chains.”
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    Or in which the (soon-to-be) oldest men on earth ponder and celebrate.

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    26 Feb 2021

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    Finally, nearing the bottom of the notifications, Joe spots a new commenter. He gets a handful of new followers most days, but they usually either lurk or have been commenting for ages already. This guy isn’t a new follower, and Joe hasn’t seen him comment before. A quick glance at his profile shows that he is following Joe, and has been for a while - he likes almost everything Joe posts. He’s never said anything before, though.

    This guy, @dj_nova, has commented, Excuse me, is that a quote from Inferno? below Joe’s deadlift video.

    “Yes!” Joe cries out, sitting up in bed.

    OR: The one where Instagram fitness and lifestyle thirst trap Joe Al-Kaysani has a problem in that he becomes incredibly tongue-tied around a very cute barista at his favorite café even though he really wants to discuss medieval poetry with him.

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    24 Feb 2021

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    Esca comes down with something; Marcus has to take charge

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    22 Feb 2021

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    Where Nicky finds himself back in the 12th century, and tries his best not to fuck up the timeline.

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    20 Feb 2021