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  1. Public Bookmark 70

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    Dear Felix,

    It will not surprise you by now, but once again, I am thinking of you.

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    While waiting in Dimitri’s chambers, Felix stumbles upon a box full of letters.

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    19 Jul 2021

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    That is not how the stories go. Not for men like me.

  2. Public Bookmark 12

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    "I was thinking of Greece and his myths," she says.

    "Oh?" he asks, distinctly disinterested. "And am I correct in assuming there's a particular figure of which I remind you?"

    (In the late 1600s, Austria retrieves Hungary from the Ottoman Empire. Not exactly a Hades/Persephone AU, but...inspired by it, you might say.)

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    26 Mar 2021

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    she wonders where the soft, pudgy boy she used to beat up in long-passed summers has gone to—if perhaps he, too, is dead these days.

  3. Public Bookmark 96

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    There had been no warning of the blockage of the path— perhaps the thick foliage of the forest had dulled the noise, but this was a swelling giant. Some sound should have leaked through the leaves. More magic, Nie Mingjue scoffed.

    There was a clearly visible path on the other side of the water— Baxia trembled on his back, eager to be used. But something told Nie Mingjue to stay out of the air; a whisper on the edge of his mind that he had long ago learned to pay attention to.

    A dragon would have the advantage in the sky, even in a situation like this, Nie Mingjue thought. He paced the sandy riverbank, looking for a way to cross. The water rushed past in a rage of white, foaming intensity that he had no desire to experience firsthand— he knew how to swim, but swimming in that would be a death sentence.

    “All this for a plant,” he muttered, annoyed.

    Of course there's a magical garden on a barren mountain, and of course the plant he'd been sent to collect is being guarded by a dragon, and of course the dragon's master is the most beautiful man Nie Mingjue has ever seen... wait, what?
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    13 Feb 2021

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    He wanted to say, I miss you; he wanted to say, please come visit; he wanted to say, I’ve forgotten how you taste—Nie Mingjue said none of it and burned the crumpled parchment instead.

    With the distance came clarity—and worry, and concern.

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    “A-Sang,” Lan Huan greets, and Mingjue turns to look at him. Lan Huan smiles reassuringly, then inclines his head towards the newcomer. “This is Mingjue.”

    A-Sang hesitates, then inhales sharply before smiling at Mingjue. It’s a nice smile, and something in Mingjue tells him, you’re safe here, with them, and he smiles back.

    “It is a pleasure to meet you,” Mingjue says seriously, because Mother would be upset with him if he wasn’t polite. “My little brother is called A-Sang too.”

    What if instead of dying, Nie Mingjue regressed in age from the qi deviation?
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    05 Feb 2021

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    You set me up with a serial killer!” Nie Mingjue hisses as soon as he hears it pick up. His grip on the phone is so tight that it creaks. "You set me up with someone who yells at the valet and does not tip the waiter. If I get murdered and dismembered tonight - and I could, A-sang, do you hear me? I could, because their family is probably not above murdering and dismembering and his father is still baying for my blood - I will come back as a fierce ghost and spend the rest of my miserable afterlife haunting you!”

    The silence after his tirade lasts long enough that Nie Mingjue rips the phone away from his ear to frown at it. Was his brother ignoring him?

    “HUIASA - ”

    “Hello?” a voice says over the phone, and it is most assuredly not his brother’s.

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    05 Feb 2021

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    “I heard Wen Xu screaming about feeding you and your department to his pet tigers, Captain Luo Qingyang,” Nie Mingjue tells his old friend. “You look suspiciously happy for someone under threat of being mauled and eaten.”

    “Awesome. I love cats,” Luo Qingyang says without missing a beat, and Nie Mingjue snorts.

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