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  1. Public Bookmark 86

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    “Joe didn’t lie back in that lab,” Booker tells him gently. “I am selfish. I am a liar. But beyond everything else, Nicky, I’m a coward.”

    “Really,” says Nicky, looking unimpressed.

    [Booker tries to save his family from Quynh. He's rather good at it, if not a little dramatic about the entire process. In the meantime, he learns a little more about himself, his family, and the definitions of bravery, forgiveness and love.]

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    12 Aug 2020

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    Booker had imagined his penance very differently. He’d been planning seventy or so solid years getting drunk in Paris, wallowing in his own guilt – nothing new there, he’d been doing that for two hundred years already – and then taking the final thirty to get his shit together enough to be…something, when he met the others again. Less detestable, maybe.

    Quynh had put paid to that notion, and he’d been hungover, unshaven and miserable when he’d seen them again.

    Unfairly, Joe has shaved since Booker had last seen him. To throw people off their trail, to keep anyone from recognizing him, to keep Merrick’s people from recognizing him, and Booker swallows that down miserably with the rest of his shame. The torment of Joe looking like that, younger and sharper and more furious with Booker than ever, is nothing Booker doesn’t deserve.

    Nicky still hasn’t even spoken to him.

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    12 Aug 2020

  3. Public Bookmark 69

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    The first package reaches him two weeks into his exile. Two weeks is nothing. Two weeks is a blip on the radar of Booker’s existence. Two weeks is a long time to be drunk.

    The address on the package is printed out – no marks to indicate the sender – and there’s no postage stamp, just a sticker with a bar code from the post office. It could be explosives, Booker’s experience warns him, but it’s not as if it really matters. He loosens the glue holding the package open and reaches inside.

    It’s a fucking FC Internazionale Milano jersey.

    OR: While Booker is trying to atone for what he did, Joe and Nicky are trying to atone for what they didn't do. It takes a while for them to sort out all their crossed signals.

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    09 Aug 2020

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    Nile realises she may have missed An Important Date, so follows up with Andy with some more questions about immortal biology.

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    30 Jul 2020

  5. Public Bookmark 7

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    Booker drinks and drinks and drinks until the bottle is empty and he doesn’t remember why he was drinking in the first place, and then he pours himself another and drinks some more.

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    27 Jul 2020