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  1. Public Bookmark 7

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    Arthur grabbed John by the face on either side, locking blue eyes with the wild brown ones staring back at him. Brown was a generous color to call them at the moment. John Marston’s eyes were the darkest pits of black Arthur had ever seen. They were blown large and dark and wild, spit beginning to pool at the corners of his mouth.

    “You wanna tell me why you’re acting like a wild beast?” Arthur spat out. He held his composure, years of being the intimidator dripping from him. He was the bad cop, the one whose malice and hatred had to drip from his every move to make it clear he wasn’t fucking around.

    Black eyes didn’t even seem to respond to Arthur, not moving from his face with a hunger he couldn’t understand. Not knowing what he wanted from Morgan, but unwilling to try to find the strength in his still recovering body to overpower Arthur again.

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    04 Mar 2020

  2. Public Bookmark 13

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    27 Feb 2020

  3. Public Bookmark *

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    John should’ve left already.

    He willed himself to go. Get up, get moving. Would be so easy to gather his feet under him. Hell, there was a horse grazing in eyeshot, one of many they’d shot the Pinkerton off the back of. No Old Boy, but still. He could ride down to Copperhead Landing, no fuss. Gather Abigail, Jack, get the hell out of New Hanover.

    He couldn’t leave Arthur. The thought settled in his stomach like a weight, tethering him to the ground below him.

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    John forces Arthur to keep on living. Even acts of love come with consequences.

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    18 Feb 2020

  4. Public Bookmark 18

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    It's one of John's bad days where he longs to do something reckless to get rid of the strain inside of him. Only this time, Arthur doesn't let him, finding a better solution instead.

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    07 Feb 2020

  5. Public Bookmark 14

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    The bigger man crowded him against the wall, seizing him by the collar, “Anyone see you?”

    “No! No one saw me, I promise! It was just some chickens from that house up on the hill. The hill behind the church. I ripped up one corner of the wire, made it look like a fox got in. I didn’t leave no sign, no footprints. Nothin’! Honest!” At the withering glare that was leveled at him, John shrunk against the wall. Looking afraid. Not necessarily afraid of Arthur. But afraid of disappointing him.

    Afraid of Arthur being afraid of him.

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    10 Dec 2019

  6. Public Bookmark 16

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    After a shootout leaves Arthur shot through the thigh, he and John are forced to lie low in an abandoned cabin. Being forced into the same vicinity never ends well.

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    19 Nov 2019

  7. Public Bookmark 12

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    “Don’t mention it. Being wary ain’t the same as being rude.” The stranger held out a hand. “John Marston.”

    “Arthur Morgan,” Arthur said, looking John curiously over as they shook hands. John was older than he was, probably in his late twenties, judging from the dark scruff that he wore over his jaw. Two great scars bisected his face, healed badly. He wore a dark grey hat with a snakeskin band and a black vest over a discoloured white shirt, a blue bandana that had seen better days around his scarred throat. He was also armed to the teeth. Arthur counted a repeater, two rifles, and a bow hung against John’s saddlebags. “Jesus,” Arthur said. “You angling to start a war or what?”

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    10 Nov 2019

  8. Public Bookmark 57

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    A wholesome series in which Arthur Morgan and John Marston are living safely together, and very much in love, on their own homestead. Growing their own crops, breeding horses, and making their own way. No explanation as to how or why, they just are.

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    26 Sep 2019

  9. Public Bookmark 16

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    An unexpected rider visits John's home, and a relationship begins to reform in unexpected ways, well at least unexpected for someone.

    Spoiler Warning - so I haven't finished the entire game. Just expect this to be spoilerish for the whole thing and avoid if you don't want to know things.

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    20 Sep 2019

  10. Public Bookmark *

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    Arthur Morgan followed his own advice and left the gang when he had a child (the canonical Eliza and Isaac), taking up as a bounty hunter. Along the way he picked up a young John Marston, who thus never runs with Dutch. Despite leaving, Arthur never truly left his connections behind him, and when Dutch asked for help, he always answered. In 1899, during the event of the game, this arrangement might eventually force Arthur to choose to whom he truly owes his loyalty.

    John sneered. "You think I'd protect Dutch Van der Linde? Believe me, if I knew where he was, I'd tell you. Hell, I'd go get him myself. He's worth 10 large right now."

    Milton sneered right back. "I am not a fool, Mister Marston, kindly do not treat me as one. You would do nothing without Arthur Morgan's say-so, and that will be what puts you on the gallows right beside him."

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    15 Aug 2019

  11. Public Bookmark 14

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    “Did you — well, did you want to at all?”

    A few weeks before, Charles would have never asked that sort of question. Of anyone, really. Now, though… There was something about sweating everyday, about being stranded in flat country with friends he thought long gone. It had loosened his tongue, loosened the knot in his chest a bit as well.

    John shook his head in response, mouth curling up at one side.

    “I always use that excuse because I always mean it.” He scratched at his neck. “Except now I ain’t so sure I’ve got a wife.”

    Charles expected John to look sad at that, but that half-smile, boyish and teasing, didn’t drop.

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    Set in the epilogue, centered around John and Charles' relationship. Enjoy!

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    04 Aug 2019

  12. Public Bookmark 39

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    “Ain’t pretty,” Arthur warned as Charles loped down to the border between Montana and Yellowstone Park.

    “When is it ever?” Chief Ranger Charles Smith came to a slow stop beside Arthur. They were both clad in the grey and olive green uniform of a park ranger, the same pale cream hat. Badges and patches marked Charles as the chief and Arthur as a law enforcement ranger. A year in and the uniform still felt surreal on Arthur’s shoulders. It was the best job he’d ever had.

    “It’s her,” Arthur said quietly.

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    19 Jun 2019

  13. Public Bookmark 11

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    In 1907, John and Charles reminisce about the past and find that they have a lot more in common than they thought.

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    09 Jun 2019

  14. Public Bookmark 7

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    “You ain’t like those menfolk out there,” Bonnie starts, flicks her eyes to the stables where her ranchers were busy cleaning up for the day. “They don’t trust a woman farther than they can throw her, least of all a woman in charge.”

    John makes a nose in his throat.

    “I’ve met some spirited women over the years,” he says then. And turns back to her with that same, intense kind of gaze. “Ain’t none quite like you, Miss MacFarlane.”

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    22 May 2019

  15. Public Bookmark 10

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    Arthur knows he's supposed to be the reasonable one. He knows he should've stopped John and Javier from ever setting foot into one of Saint Denis' famous opium houses.

    And yet here he is, surrounded by the white flower smoke, seeing John and Javier drift off into a world of hazy bliss and craving a different kind of pleasure than the one the opium brings.

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    21 May 2019

  16. Public Bookmark 78

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    It isn’t deliberate.

    Not that first night, at least.

    He just can’t sleep sometimes. Drifting off is easy, but then John wakes up screaming, clutching at a rope that hasn’t been wrapped around his throat in years— clawing at his neck, gasping like he’s suffocating. He still remembers what dying felt like; the trembling, fragile intimacy of it.

    Still remembers the loud crack of Arthur’s gun. Arthur’s calloused hands on his face as he coaxed John up out of the mud, eyes so bright they hurt to look at, shhh, you’re all right now, boy. I gotchu.

    Arthur wasn’t lying. He had him then, and he has him now, and every single day in between. Dutch looks out for them all, but in a fight it’s always Arthur standing at John’s back. Arthur’s bullets taking down the men in John’s way. Arthur’s hand on his shoulder when he’s shaking with adrenaline, easy, now, easy.

    It is never easy, but it’s easier, with him there.

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    17 May 2019

  17. Public Bookmark 13

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    John Marston had known hunger all his life, one way or another - for family, for acceptance, for love. None of it came close to the ever-growing hunger that had no other name but Arthur.

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    17 May 2019

  18. Public Bookmark 21

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    “You said,” John starts, determinedly stubborn despite the nerves making his voice shake, “You said I could pull you off again, if I- if I stopped being so annoying, is what you said.”

    Arthur snorts. “So? You ain’t stopped yet.”

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    01 May 2019

  19. Public Bookmark 9

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    1893 - John and Arthur celebrate a successful job in a nowhere saloon.

    1896 - John and Arthur talk about John's family out alone on the trail.

    Or - the first and last time John and Arthur get together. Goes with the rest of the Intervals series, but context is not 100% needed. And, in case it isn't obvious, I hate going in any sort of chronological order. Chapter 1 is set before "Seconds." Chapter 2 will be set after.

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    14 Apr 2019

  20. Public Bookmark 16

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    Arthur and John meet up away from camp.

    This is set sometime before canon, probably around 1893-4. This is a prequel to my first story, Thirds. You don't necessarily have to read that one first, but I think it adds helpful context to it.

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    14 Apr 2019

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