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    They're grieving people Nile doesn't know, hurt from a betrayal she doesn't feel, and in the meantime she's trying to figure how she fits into a life of immortality.

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    “Do you ever worry about your soul?” Nile asks Nicky, seven months after she joins the team.

    "Ah," Nicky says. "Well, I've already been absolved by the Pope.”

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    29 Aug 2020

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    Professor Jones is definitely the hottest faculty member any of them have ever seen.
    He is, in a word, a snack.

    But the Italian who just interrupted his art history lecture just might give him a run for his money.

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    29 Aug 2020

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    “Speaking of keeping up,” Andy muses. “We need to start training you.”

    Training, Nile discovers, involves what Andy calls ‘retrieval missions’ and what Nile calls ‘capture the flag’.

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    “What are you thinking?” Joe asked.

    He wrapped a hand around Joe’s wrist. “Do you remember the parable of Theseus’ ship?”

    “Is that the one about the planks?”

    “Yes. It’s been asked how many of those planks must be replaced until it is no longer the same ship. That is what I’m thinking.”

    Joe tightened his grip, as if he were trying to hold Nicky together with nothing but his hands and sheer stubbornness. “I see this has left you in a philosophical mood.”

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    29 Aug 2020

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    And last but not least: Prof. al-Kaysani got married last week! And while he has explicitly asked for no fuss to be made, we have organised a small gift and a card that you are all welcome to sign. It will be on my desk until September 7th.

    Best,

    Dr. Quynh Pham
    Course Leader BA (Hons) Curating

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    Nile’s eyes are stuck on the word ‘married’. Her mouth drops open, toast falling into her lap without her noticing.

    Married. 

    “The fuck?”

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    29 Aug 2020

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    A group is hired to kidnap Joe.

    It doesn't turn out how they expected.

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    (based on the "you don't have him, he has you" meme.)

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  8. Public Bookmark 83

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    Not long after London, Andy tells her that time stretches out for them, that she'll end up marking it differently.

    Nile doesn't really understand it, and lets it slide to the back of her thoughts as she begins to get used to her new life. She wakes up one day and Joe passes over an envelope to her from the sheath of junk mail scooped up in his hands, “From Copley.”

    The freelancer is true to his word and sends a copy of the letter delivered to her family reporting that Nile Freeman was killed in action. She carries it with her for a few weeks, tucked in her jacket pocket, until it feels a little lighter as they circle back around to Andy’s cave. She puts it in a plastic tupperware box and leaves it beside the Rodin statue and a trunk full of old swords.

    She dithers a few times later that night, and then buys herself a burner phone, walking back to the hotel slowly while counting off the time difference on her fingers.

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    29 Aug 2020

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    Joseph and Nicolo linger near the door a moment longer, Joseph leaning in to steal a kiss, quick and sweet and a promise of more when they can snatch some privacy. Then he draws back, taking Nico’s hand.

    “Come on,” he says, intertwining their fingers. “Come sit down and have something to eat.”

    Or: Five times the Old Guard fed each other.
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    29 Aug 2020

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    “What is this?” he asked, and the Old Guy sighed and said heavily:

    “That’s the Immortals.”

    Don frowned. “Well, if they are immortal, they shouldn’t be causing a lot of work, now, should they?”

    The Old Guy laughed hollowly. “Just wait a few years,” he said, and pulled the door shut behind him. “You’ll see.”

     

    (In which Joe loses his head and Nicky is no one’s fucking Scheherazade)

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    The novelty has worn off, of course, but it’s not the novelty that keeps anybody coming back, anyway. Novelty never sustains anything.

    In which some people are still laying low in Athens, but now some of them are trying to flirt.
    (This is a loose sequel to "An eagle's old age, a sparrow's youth" but it's pretty self-explanatory.)

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    29 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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    29 Aug 2020

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    “My oath,” Andy says, uncapping the bottle.

    Nile sits up straighter, hands on her knees. Whatever this is, much like the mine, it goes back a long way.

    “Upon my final death, I bequeath Andronika to Nile Freeman, to donate to whichsoever institution--”

    “The Art Institute of Chicago.”

    “To the Art Institute of Chicago,” Andy echoes, “so that my breasts may be culturally appreciated in perpetuity.”

    She tips the bottle and lets out three drops. As they fall to the stone floor, Joe and Nicky rap their knuckles on the nearest pieces of metal: the other lantern for Nicky, the oxidized helmet for Joe. One rap for each drop. In another time, they might have struck their swords on shields.

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    29 Aug 2020

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    “None of us have any evidence of the ways we have died,” Nicky continues. “But you remember the fall, don’t you? You remember the first time you died, the way your blood spilled out as your throat was slashed. I remember the first time I died, when the love of my life drew his sword across my neck as I drove mine into his chest and we both fell to the sand.”

    Joe hums at that, a small smile curling his lips as he leans into Nicky’s side, and the fond look on Nicky’s face makes Nile’s chest ache a little. “Your body forgets, but your mind remembers them," Nicky says softly. "Sometimes, your mind just remembers."

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    29 Aug 2020

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    Yusuf translates medical texts for Niccolò from Greek and Persian into Arabic, and Niccolò spots the substratum of the ideas of the classical authors that he had once believed the basis of his own civilisation that he would go to the sword to defend, translated and passed down and sewn into a no longer foreign script. There are words Yusuf does not know how to translate. They will never, ever know all of the words. The prospect is thrilling.
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    It takes Niccolò lifetimes to learn Arabic.

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    29 Aug 2020

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    The last thing Teyfuq Mustafayev expects, as he puts the coffee on and slices bread and cheese for his still-sleeping wife Ayshe on a morning still with the promise of the Hot Season that will soon crackle his farm dry, is an American girl with a crumpled pile of hyrvina bills in her hands that he knows at a glance are worth more than his son Murat earns at his engineer’s job in Sevastopol, perfect Moscovite Russian in her mouth, and death in her eyes.

    OR: The years pass, Nile speaks Russian, and they do their best to honour the the rites of Andy's people.

    (My "sunflowers" snippet + 2k more of content)

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    29 Aug 2020

  17. Public Bookmark 51

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    The last thing Teyfuq Mustafayev expects, as he puts the coffee on and slices bread and cheese for his still-sleeping wife Ayshe on a morning still with the promise of the Hot Season that will soon crackle his farm dry, is an American girl with a crumpled pile of hyrvina bills in her hands that he knows at a glance are worth more than his son Murat earns at his engineer’s job in Sevastopol, perfect Moscovite Russian in her mouth, and death in her eyes.

    OR: The years pass, Nile speaks Russian, and they do their best to honour the the rites of Andy's people.

    (My "sunflowers" snippet + 2k more of content)

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    29 Aug 2020

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    Nicky is sympathetic towards Quynh, he really is. Until, that is, she ties Joe up and throws him off a boat into the harbor. Then, he's just angry.

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    “I don’t get it.” Nile still sits like soldiers do, knees wide for range of motion, ready to rock up onto the balls of her feet. Camo pants or chain mail, they all teach the same tricks. “She’s young. She could live — fifty more years, easy. I don’t —”

    She stops.

    Joe waits a minute, in case she wants to continue. Then he offers, “You’re talking about retirement.”

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    “There is no perspective,” she hisses. “I see clearer than I ever have before. Clearer than you would if you stood where I am. What exactly would you be doing if it was Nicolo in that coffin?”

    There is no good way to answer. Andromache already knows what Yusuf will say. They are similar in the way that they love. They make spectacles of it. Declarations in murder and in diction.

    I would burn down the world for him. Just as we did Jerusalem. I would gladly raze it all to the ground if only I could pick him up out of the ashes. And then we’d be kings. Answering to no one but each other, and for the first time in our eternity be left to love in peace.
     

    (Or Yusuf and Nicolo find Andromache after England and face the aftermath.)

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