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    Geralt's eyes fixed on him. They were glittering and dark, pupils dilated despite the bright sunlight; they seemed to stand out from his face, which was even paler than usual, bar the hectic red flush high on his cheekbones.

    If it had been any other person, Jaskier would have known what to assume, but... "Are you sick?"

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    03 Apr 2020

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    Three days after the incident with the djinn, Jaskier mistakes a sex potion for water. The Witcher informs him he needs skin-to-skin contact for the next seven hours, or he could die--and Geralt is the only warm body for miles.

    Jaskier is terrified that, under the spell, he'll betray himself. That he'll tell Geralt how badly he wants him even when he's not hopped up on sex magic. But what he doesn't realize is Geralt harbors a dark desire of his own. Desire he can never fulfill, no matter how Jaskier now begs for it.

    "I will not destroy the one pure thing destiny has sent me: your trust."

    (An exploration of personal convictions and consent under dire circumstances. I have been told this is not your average Fuck-or-Die.)

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    25 Mar 2020

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    “I learn stuff about you to enrich my songs, thanks very much.”

    Geralt starts. “Like what?”

    Jaskier strums a chord. “Plenty of things. You always ask the contractor if they want the head or not instead of just showing up with it, because you don’t want to shock people. You eat normal amounts of food when eating in public, instead of your usual awe-inducing giant amount. You sleep more when you’re hurt, but that’s the only way I’d ever know. You’re a bit weird about your potions and you count them a lot.” He glances up and grins. “Shall I continue?”

    A handful of contracts go sideways. Recovering is easier with Jaskier there.

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    12 Mar 2020

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    Jaskier's student doesn’t see him when she skids into the tavern. Her friends are already present, drinking merrily, and she slaps their table so hard their tankards rattle.

    “Have you heard?" She flashes a gossiper's secretive grin. "The White Wolf’s gone mad.”

    After Geralt sends Jaskier away, Jaskier returns to Oxenfurt and builds a good (albeit unfulfilling) life there. He's fine—moving on, truly—until gut-wrenching rumors start to circulate that the White Wolf's lost his his mind. Jaskier's a bard. A truth-teller. He can't just let the rumors go unsubstantiated.

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    12 Mar 2020

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    When he was a child, there was a time—about a year, maybe a little less—where Jaskier lived near a river that led deep into the forest. 

    He'd been warned from it, of course. His nanny at the time had spoken of evil things that lured unfortunate souls into their grasps, that used song and voice to snare little boys like him and eat them. Don't follow the water, Julian, she'd said, or you'll be eaten, too

    Jaskier hadn't believed her. 

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    11 Mar 2020