It starts with an almost illegibly-scrawled message on the back of a cheap photographic reproduction of Falmouth Beach, and a single line that, like everything else in Andrew Minyard's life, he will never forget.
Or: five times that Andrew gets postcards from Neil and one time that he doesn’t, set against the backdrop of six different beaches.
Bookmarked by Katie_mountain_98
13 May 2021
An alternate ending to Brother of Mine
This will make you cry. I'm serious. Everything is the same up until the hospital. If you haven't read Brother of Mine, this will not make sense!
An AU where Mary never got Nathaniel out. Instead, he became too invaluable of an asset to be killed off or 'gifted' to Tetsuji. Instead, he's raised with Ichirou and Jean as a part of Ichirou's inner circle.
He'd always had a knack for languages and lying and all the 'messy stuff' came easily enough when your father is called the Butcher of Baltimore. So Nathaniel became the Wraith. He was untraceable, unknowable, infalliable; a criminal fairytale.
When Kevin Day leaves the Nest, there's no better person to send.
"Who the hell are you?" Andrew demanded.
He wasn't anyone, not really; not anymore. He hadn't really been anyone in years now. There'd been a time. Once. But there were entire lifetimes between who he could have been and what he'd become. He could taste it sometimes; blackberries and sand stinging his tongue like the iron branded on his shoulder.
It was easier to pretend he'd never been anyone at all.
"I'm nothing," he answered. the ghost of a smile pulled at his lips; sharp and cruel. "A wraith." The Wraith, he didn't say, but the shadows ran through Adnrew's eyes and he wondered if Andrew had heard it anyways.