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    The plan goes thusly: he will find the busiest inn in all of Cairo, and he will ask for a room, and when they inevitably only have one bed to spare, he will shrug and say it can’t be helped, and then he will have Nicolò all to himself, within four safe walls. He will say, “Nicolò, you are the stars that light up my night sky,” or perhaps, “Nicolò, finding you has been like finding safe haven to one lost at sea”, and most crucially, “Nicolò, may I please kiss you?”

    The plan does not work.

    (In which Joe cannot catch a break or get a goshdarn single room at Ye Olde Holiday Inne)

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    07 Mar 2021

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    “And it didn’t bother you that the guard thought you were -- that we were -- ?” Nicolò asks, for what is definitely the fourth time, as they bed down, hopefully hidden from view by the reeds and trees of the Nile delta.

    Yusuf sighs, rolling onto his back. “Do I mind that he thought I would be foolish enough to abandon all reason and take up with one of the men who helped sack Al-Quds? Yes, a little. Not enough to stop from using it as a perfectly serviceable escape route.”

    “No,” Nicolò says, “I mean, that you would prefer the company of other men at all.”

    Yusuf blinks, bemused. He hadn’t even thought of that. “As a rule, I try not to be insulted by accusations that are true,” he says drily.

    OR: Five times they were faking it and two times it was real.

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    04 Mar 2021

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    Based on this prompt over on The Old Guard Kink Meme: "Everyone is a little surprised when king Yusuf takes Nicolo, a seemingly unremarkable man of modest origins, as his concubine... Turns out Nicolo has a good head for military strategy/is actually the head of Yusuf’s spy network/etc. The boytoy lounging around in silks sipping expensive wine while the Royal Council debates important state matters is just that - an act. Only Yusuf’s innermost circle is aware that in private they never so much as touch. Nicolo takes his job very seriously and Yusuf respects him as the talented professional and valuable advisor he is. That they have a secret raging crush on each other is also something only Yusuf’s innermost circle is aware of, and they despair at it everyday."

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    03 Mar 2021

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    The beautiful man drops his hands from Joe’s face instantly, and his skin feels colder without his touch.

    “I’m Nicky,” Nicky says woodenly. “I’m...I’m your familiar.”

    “I have a familiar?”

     

     

    (The last thing Joe remembers is getting drunk with his best friend Booker in a bar after a fight with his terrible boyfriend, Keane. But he wakes up in a hospital, with a gorgeous man at his bedside, telling him impossible things. Things like how he's Joe's familiar. Things like how they're married.)

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    02 Mar 2021

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    The first thing Nicolò thought about Yusuf al-Kaysani, when they shook hands in front of three cameras, eight crew, and two members of his father’s PR team, was that he had an impressive amount of self-control.

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    23 Feb 2021