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    The shadow made her an offer: stay in the castle with him, and the regiment would survive the harsh winter that had trapped them all in the ice-sheeted valley below. 
    Alina paused. When the monster spoke, he seemed to gather himself together a bit more, pulling a simulacrum of a man out of the smoky gloom so subtly that it almost seemed like a trick of the light—shadows playing on shadows.
    “How do I know you’ll keep your word?”
    It was dizzying to look at the monster, especially as the wind whipped her lantern flame and cast flickering shadows throughout the room; he—Alina was fairly sure it was a he—seemed to be made of darkness itself, a shifting mass of smoke that coalesced rather than dissipated. 
    “I have no reason to lie,” he said, his voice crackling like flames in a hearth. 
    Alina furrowed her brow. “You have plenty of reasons to lie. What could you possibly want from me?”
    She must have been mad from hunger, because she swore the monster looked flustered, inasmuch as featureless smoke could look like anything.

     

     

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    A Darklina smoke monster Beauty and the Beast AU.

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    14 May 2021

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    For obvious reasons, it's not widely known that the queen prefers the company of the General of the Second Army for her heats.

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    09 May 2021

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    This confusion, this hesitance, these questions, they’re all as natural as the light within her that calls to its like without. Just like the light, it is clear to her all at once that the only way forward is to lean in, to embrace and not shrink away.
     

    In which Alina hears what Baghra has to say and makes a different choice.

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    09 May 2021

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    In which Aleksander is (mostly) what he pretended to be, and Alina learns about power.

    In this world, they get to be equals.

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    09 May 2021

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    Billy's used to being afraid of his father, and he knows he's not the only one scared. But it's one thing to know your stepmother gets smacked around every once in a while and another thing completely to find her body on the bathroom floor.

    He's a mess, Max is even more of a mess, and Joyce Byers is a queen among mothers, she really is.

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    24 Apr 2021