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Charles



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    If he had to name the place where the story of Max and Charles began, if there was a moment that divided them into Before and After, there would be a few candidates.

    But there was only one correct answer. He would never forget the name.

    The place is called Val d’Argenton. Stories are still being written there.

    Charles likes to tell the story of the incident - turn by turn, infused with poetic drama, detailing every single emotion: frustration, anger, pure spite. Every time he tells it, his smile grows along with the laughter in his eyes, even as his words recount a tale of opposing emotions.

    “I never want to go back to Val d’Argenton,” Charles once confessed.

    “We’ll never go back there,” he promised, and Charles knew what he meant.

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    21 Sep 2021

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    Sitting alone, earbuds in and a book in hand; Max never seems to stop reading. Daniel had never noticed until they’d been teammates. Everywhere they went, Max had a book. Biographies and nonfiction, but also the Brontë sisters (which Daniel teased him about for a week and even threatened to tell the press) and Neil Gaiman and Toni Morrison. A little bit of everything. But most of all, one book. A tattered lime green paperback (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), with the blandest cover Daniel has ever seen, a cover he sees all too often. At least, he used to see it often. Daniel is sure that Max is still a reader, but he isn’t around to see it. And for some reason, that hurts.

    But they aren’t teammates anymore, just two drivers a million miles apart. Max is competing for wins, for titles and glory and the spotlight, for champagne to spray. And Daniel doesn’t even know what he’s competing for anymore.

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    It's been a while since Daniel and Max have been friends, and Daniel has a girlfriend, a career. But he can't stop watching Max read, one book in particular, and when he at last, after years of wondering, picks it up to read, it's easy to find Max - and himself - in the story

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    19 Sep 2021

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    “I know for a fact that you don’t fuck all your teammates, Sebastian.”

     

    Fair enough. He’s set himself up for that one.

     

    “No. I don’t,” Sebastian confirms with a smirk he knows will probably scratch Charles’ fragile ego. But it feels more like a concession than a checkmate, and he should’ve known better than to think Charles would gracefully admit defeat.

     

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    Sebastian has some unfinished business at Maranello.

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    23 Aug 2021

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    “I think he’s the most beautiful goddamn man in this room,” slips out Max's treacherous mouth, when really all he’d wanted to say was ‘Charles is good-looking. In a totally heterosexual way. From the perspective of someone who looks at him with heterosexual eyes and sees a slightly feral Ferrari-colored blob. Heterosexually.’

    “Oh yeah? In this room?”

    “He’s the most beautiful goddamn man in all rooms.”

    This is how he discovers his brain-to-mouth filter is shot to absolute hell when he’s under stress, fucking fantastic.

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    Or, A view into Charles and Max, in the style of The Office. Featuring a large number of baked goods.

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    17 Aug 2021

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    He pulls back reluctantly and misses the warm mouth almost immediately. Stars, he was doomed.

    “I want this too,” he tells Charles.

    “I don’t believe you.”

    He can be so infuriating sometimes, so contrarian. Some day, he might actually make Max lose his mind.

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    05 Jul 2021

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