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    “Have you considered the possibility that Neil has chosen you, but believes you have not chosen him?” Renee says. "Have you ever explicitly told him what you want?”

    “Neil knows what I want,” Andrew snaps. This is not Andrew’s fault.

    “How do you know?”

    Because Neil always knows. He is as fluent in Andrew’s micro-expressions as he is in German and French. He knows which head tilts mean “go on” and which ones mean “shut up.” Without ever asking, he learned what it meant to see Andrew wearing double layers of long sleeves, or taking multiple showers in a day, and learned to hand Andrew the car keys.

    That has always been the most terrifying thing about Neil — his patience to wait, watch, listen, learn. The prospect that if Neil were given enough time, there would be no part of Andrew that was just Andrew’s anymore.

    “He has to know,” Andrew says.

    “Does he?” Renee says. “Have you ever known Neil to assume that he is wanted?”

    Five times Neil tells someone that he and Andrew aren’t dating, and one time Andrew uses his words to set the record straight.
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    05 Jul 2021

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    The third time Nicky asks him about it, he says, “I am already dating someone.”

    This is a lie.

    Nicky’s face unfurls like a clearing sky, eyes widening and jaw dropping. “You don’t say! Who is it?”

    Andrew’s mind flies in a thousand different ways, grasping for an answer, a diversion, another lie. Out of the corner of his eye, he glimpses Neil walking out of the locker room, hair damp and bag slung over his shoulder.

    “Neil,” Andrew tells Nicky, and Nicky gawps, shocked and famished for more information.

    “I am dating Neil,” Andrew says.

    (or: in which Andrew and Neil - due to purely rational, strategical, and beneficial reasons - convince everybody that they are dating)

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    03 Jul 2021

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    Neil hurriedly pulls out his sketchbook and crosses the street. “Excuse me,” he says in fluid German, waving his hand to catch the short blonde's attention. He’s soundly ignored right up until he’s next to the man’s table. “Hi, sorry to bother you,” he smiles politely, “But I was wondering if I could sketch your portrait?”

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    01 Jul 2021

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    Alexei isn't a manipulative person by nature, but he's observant, and he has a generous heart. At some point between being Bitty's friend and being his shoulder to lean on, Alexei found himself setting the pieces up to fall his way, and waiting for something that might never come. And then there was Kent Parson, who somehow happened in the middle of it all.

    A story where patience and steadfast kindness leads to a happy ending (except for one Jack Zimmermann).

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    05 Jun 2021

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    He brusquely pulled his breeches up. “Why do you always do that?”

    “Do what?”

    “Look away from me.”

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    28 Jan 2021