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    Tony was pretty sure that the small human left on his doorstep was just a (really fucking frightening) attempt at extortion, and mostly just wanted child protective services to show up yesterday. Then an extended trip to Afghanistan puts life, the universe and everything into perspective, and somehow, miraculously, Tony might be closer to happy than he's been in his life. He's even willing to accept the enormous pieces of the puzzle he's obviously missing. He should've learnt long ago that what you don't know will always come back to bite you in the ass.

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    17 Nov 2018

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    Once upon a time, an angel with the unlikely name of Pepper came to the circus, and took Clint away.

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    16 Nov 2018

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    Susanna knows the arm is gone the moment she hits the ground. The leg, too, she's certain, but she's wrong about that; she'll walk with a hitch in her giddy-up for the rest of her life, but she'll keep it, what parts of it don't get buried in Xieng Khouang with the rest of her. Sometimes, when kids ask and she doesn't feel like explaining the thing about the bombs, the thing about how she's a crazy person, least to everybody back home, she'll tell them it was a shark took her arm, and that chunk out of her hip. It does look like a bite, really. The bomb done bit.

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    16 Nov 2018

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    Even if recovery was linear, there still wouldn't be a map.

    Who could have drawn it?

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    15 Nov 2018

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    Natalia is stacking blocks very carefully when the adults come into the room. None of them look at her, because they're all looking at her father. He's wearing combat gear, and the hair on the left side of his head is slicked back with blood. He smells like smoke and something unnameable, sweet and dark and a little sickly in her nose.

    Father is saying, “Don't be ridiculous. The only thing children are good at is disobeying.”

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