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  1. Public Bookmark 42

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    "Haven't you ever considered that the problem with all of your past relationships was that they were with women?"

    And just like that, Nicky's turbulent mind goes entirely, perfectly blank. 

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    16 Nov 2021

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  2. Public Bookmark 60

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    Joe doesn’t believe in ghosts. That is a certainty he’s lived with for most of his life.

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    Wherein Joe moves into an apartment that is definitely not haunted at all ever in any way.

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    31 Oct 2021

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    In which Joe doesn't believe in ghosts until he does, because the one haunting his apartment won't stop flirting with him.

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    21 Oct 2021

  4. Public Bookmark 16

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    After London—and Paris, and Istanbul, and Hanoi—the group finally catches some rest. Joe talks a lot. It hurts, but it's good, like drawing poison from a wound.

    Or: Joe talks about the movie's events with Booker, and then he talks about that talk with Nicky.

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    14 Jul 2021

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    “Nicolo prays. He asks God, every day, five times a day, for answers. He begs God to show him the truth. In the rare times he’s on his lonesome, Nicolo extends his arms to Heaven and asks God to strike him down forever, if he should not love Yusuf. Every time he does, within two days, Nicolo dies, and Yusuf waits for him while he comes back. Yusuf’s eyes get wet, like they do every time he’s relieved Nicolo lives again, and his calloused hands take one of Nicolo’s, and all Nicolo can think about is how much he wants to kiss Yusuf. He’s never kissed anyone before.

    Nicolo can face Death fearlessly, and fight despite wounds that would kill a normal man, but when it comes to kissing the man he’s spent just over a decade loving wholeheartedly, he feels a coward.”

    Or, two men of God travel and fall in love every day for nine hundred years.

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    29 May 2021

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  6. Public Bookmark 54

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    Everyone waits for the day when their goose will come. The arrival of your goose means it is time to meet your soulmate. Under normal circumstances, you follow your goose, and it leads you to your soulmate. Your soulmate goose sticks around long enough to make sure you two get the picture, and then its job is done.

    As Yusuf al-Kaysani died beneath the walls of al-Quds, he just assumed he would never meet his soulmate, or he never had one at all. And then, as he lay dying, Yusuf al-Kaysani hears an unexpected sound:

    Honk! Honk!

    Or, Enemies to Lovers slow run, wherein Nicolo and Yusuf are followed around for twenty years by a soulmate goose who isn't leaving until the two of them admit they're soulmates.

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    29 May 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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    20 May 2021

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  8. Public Bookmark 71

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    Joe needs to finish this portfolio if he wants something to propose to the showcase. And he does. He really does. But someone just sat at his table because the coffee shop is so busy, and their profile is gorgeous, and yep, he’s definitely trashed the outline again because this man is definitely going to be a part of it.

    “Is there something on my face?” he hears, and Joe pauses.

    Shit.

    Joe breathes out so heavily that his glasses fog up, and he looks up to find the man giving him a hint of a smile, tilting his head slightly to the side.

    “You’re staring,” the man states and honestly, yeah, Joe is.

    “I’m not.” Idiot.

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    or joe is an artist, and he falls in love. and nicky is along for the ride.

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    13 May 2021

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  9. Public Bookmark 28

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    Joe'd shrugged, yawned, tucked his arms back behind his head, warm and comfy, a little high on the sleep-deprivation and the confidence that came with being faced with a cute, shy boy to flirt with. "S'okay. I'll trade you a pop tart for a cup of coffee." He shook the box he'd been hoarding in his room, jerked his chin towards the screen. "There's a horror movie marathon on. You like Scream?"

    Nicky had smiled at him, asked him how he took his coffee, and that was that. 

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    12 May 2021

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    Yusuf's head cocks to the side. "Is that it?" He asks, sliding one gentle finger under Nicolò's chin.

    Nicolò's breath stutters on an exhale.

    When Yusuf kisses him, his hands are clammy and clumsy, grasping for Yusuf. His mouth is unsure, open to whatever Yusuf wants from him. And his heart, his heart pounds and pounds and pounds.

    OR: Nicky never really gets over having a crush on Joe, no matter how long they're together.

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    11 May 2021

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  11. Public Bookmark 52

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    "I always thought that would be nice. The fantasies of children, hmm?”

    He says it as though the idea of him ever going to Malta is as far-fetched and ridiculous as other kids’ plans to grow up and become dinosaurs or superheroes, and the thought makes Joe feel unaccountably sad.

    “Maybe when you get the ransom money,” Joe says. His brow wrinkles, like he’s not sure if Joe means the comment as a sincere ‘maybe one day’ or a sarcastic call-back to what he said yesterday about how no one but the bosses was going to see any of that money, and Joe’s honestly not sure himself, caught uncomfortably between the instinct to like this man and the more logical inclination to remain wary if not outright hostile towards all of his captors.
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    A not-quite-modern AU in which Nicky isn't a crusader but is mixed up with a different set of people who do very bad things for not very good reasons, and Joe isn't defending Jerusalem but does end up in a different sort of trouble far from home, and a lot is different but some things never change.

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    07 May 2021

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    “Nicolò,” Yusuf said, his voice turning hard. “You have not washed in weeks. If you do not get into the water right now, I will kill you, then I will throw your corpse in the lake and wash it myself.”

    …or, five times Yusuf convinced Nicolò to join him, and one time he didn’t have to.

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    30 Apr 2021

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    Towards the bottom of the list, a short title stood out: “GOD.” Curious, Nile skimmed the description: By drawing on sources from antiquity to the present day, from philosophy to poetry, from mysticism to neuroscience, from Eastern philosophers to their Western counterparts, this seminar explores what we talk about when we talk about God. [Thursdays, 2-5pm, Prof. Y. al-Kaysani & Prof. N. di Genova. Max. enrollment: 10 students.]

    “I’m kind of intrigued by this one here that’s just called ‘God,’” she said tentatively.

    Professor Scythia’s eyebrows shot up. “Oh? Why that one?”

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    OR, college senior Nile takes a very unusual seminar, made even stranger by the fact that the two professors teaching it seem to utterly despise each other.

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    15 Apr 2021

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  14. Public Bookmark 31

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    How Nicky asks out professional cuddler Joe, followed by unrepentant slice-of-life fluff.

    “So soft.” – all your Discord faves

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    14 Apr 2021

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    03 Apr 2021

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  16. Public Bookmark 35

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    According to some people, the easiest way to a man's heart is through the stomach. Others would say that far more important to that, is their pets liking you. If only Joe and Nicky could agree on that one.

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    03 Apr 2021

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  17. Public Bookmark 67

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    Otherwise known as:

    Five Times Joe Died Because He Was Distracted By Nicky’s Ass (And One Time It Was Nicky’s Fault)


    “He walked off a cliff,” Andy said matter of factly.

    “He what?” Nile demanded.

    “He walked off a cliff, right into the sea,” Andy explained. “It took us hours to fish him out."

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    02 Apr 2021

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  18. Public Bookmark 72

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    Joe loves Nicky, and Nicky loves Joe.

    Unfortunately, Nicky's allergies do not love Joe's cat.

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    28 Mar 2021

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    Nicky is a self-sacrificing idiot, Joe is obliviously happy and Lune just wants all the pets and doesn't understand allergies. Angst warning for hospital rushes and big insecurities, but they get better and the boys get engaged

  19. Public Bookmark 26

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    Rank and file lines of soldiers, all in the same gray brown uniforms, their faces digitally blurred march past the camera. She can't hear the news caster, and doesn't read the subtitles. The details aren't really important to her right now. She doesn't have the space to think about the context.

    All Nile sees really, is the familiar outline of desert mountains behind the parade of soldiers.

    They're still the same. She doesn't know why she thought they'd look different.

     

    Nile struggles with her past. Nicky helps. There's also some cliff-diving.

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    14 Mar 2021

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    Remeber to practise reckless optimism. Nile going through guilt and the nature of war.

  20. Public Bookmark 50

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    Inspired by this Tumblr post:
    “Joe has absolutely asked, “Hey, babe, can you hold this for me,” and, when Nicky agreed and extended his hand, given him his hand to hold.
    In fact, he has pulled this move multiple times and Nicky falls for it every time. Joe keeps doing it because Nicky’s face just lights up when he realizes Joe’s given him his hand. Nicky goes about the rest of his day, even hours later, with this glow about him that makes Joe’s heart melt.”
    (source: https://silly-old-guard-aus.tumblr.com/post/634485438042800128/okay-im-not-sure-if-someone-else-has-said-this)

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    12 Mar 2021

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