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    Dream of the Endless gets more than he bargained for in the Burgess' basement. Hob Gadling is just trying to live his comfortable domestic life. Neither of them are prepared for what comes after the glass shatters.

    Updates Fridays.

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    When his dear stranger returns after over a hundred years, Hob assumes they will return to their regular routine. Instead, the visits become frequent, more casual, and slowly his friend he now knows is Dream of the Endless opens up to him. He tasks Hob Gadling with an impossible mission: teach Morpheus what it is to be human, how to grow and heal as a human, or else the cracks in The Dreaming may never fully close.

    But humanity is complicated. Healing is nonlinear, with many wounds and little sutures, and to grow sometimes means derooting the past. As their connection grows from something centurial and casual to a reccurring pull towards one another, bordering on love, Hob helps Morpheus expose the horrific underbelly of his biggest mistakes and most painful betrayals, happiest days and darkest nights, in order to allow himself the room for something new to blossom in place of the pain.

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    Dream finally feels comfortable enough to tell Hob about his accident, show him his scars, and let Hob touch them. He doesn't expect it to turn into a spiritual experience. But it does.

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    Hob focused on the other leg for a while longer. The scars on it were just as jarring as on the other side. He trailed his lips over them, and Dream waited. He didn’t want to disturb, because he wanted Hob to know his scars. He wanted Hob to see them, see him, see Dream as he was, and in the reflection in Hob’s beautiful eyes, perhaps Dream could see himself too.

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    The grimoire Burgess uses to trap Dream contains a more sinister secret, something that will strip power and essence from the Endless. Dream's sibling must bear witness to his suffering but are unable to help by the old laws and the magic of his prison. As he loses bits of himself, Dream finds it harder and harder to pull himself back together again. His only hope? The human he scorned in 1889.

    Hob is having terrible dreams all seemingly centering around his Stranger and the need to find him. Except he has no place to start and the journey may change him forever.

    Or a retelling of season one episodes 1-5, where both Roderick and Alex Burgess are worse, Dream loses and finds Hope, and Hob saves Dream from the cellar and more, and the Endless ship Dreamling.

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    Morpheus lets what happened at the gala undermine his recovery despite his best efforts, Hob tries to help despite having his own issues to work through. Can they make it through Morpheus's press tour and book release without damaging the fragile relationship they've been building?

     

    -An AU where they met on the university campus, Hob got more than he bargained for by being nice to a stranger, and Morpheus is doing his best-

    Picks up shortly after 'On Broken Wings'

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    It's been two weeks since Hob Gadling has seen his stranger, and has been longing to see him once more.

    When Dream shows up unannounced in his apartment, Hob had plans to watch a play at the theatre, so he invites Dream along and unfortunately, they watch a certain unexpected Greek Tragedy.

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    “Do not touch me, Desire.”

    The gentle older brother that had once adored them so so much, hissed at them, flinching as though their touch burned like acid.

    “What? But— but you desire it!”

    “No. I don’t.” Dream wrenched himself out of Desire’s embrace.

    “Don’t try to hide your desires from me, Sweet Dream. You want hugs and touch, and comfort, and I’m offering it to you!”

    “I don’t desire it from you. I don’t want you to touch me. I don’t want you to approach me. I don’t want you to even talk to me, lest the stars lose sanity again.”

    "Sweet Dream, I–"

    Dream strode away, letting his blades fade into shadows. "Do not call me Sweet Dream. You and your twin have eviscerated any sweetness I had in my heart for you."

    "Dream, wait, please."

    The sheer amount of desperation in their voice caused Dream to stop, if only for half a moment.

    "We– I didn't mean for our games to– to go that far. I just wanted you–"

    "They did."

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    “How is your realm doing?”

    “It is… flourishing. Mostly repaired or improved. Should not take much longer before the realm itself is fully repaired. Then I will have to recreate the arcana that were lost to the Waking.”

    “Sounds exhausting.”

    “It is.” Dream snuggled into Hob even more, “But I have a beautiful lover to spend time with after.”

    Hob chuckled, rubbing a thumb along Dream’s cheekbone. “Always, pet.”

    Dream looked up at Hob, eyes filled with reverence. And stars. There were stars in his eyes. Like very literal stars. Shining little pinpricks of light. Stars. Stars.

    "Woah."

    "Hm?" Dream nuzzled into Hob's hand, confused why his ministrations had stopped.

    "Your eyes, they– they're stars. Like a night sky. Before the industrial revolution."

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    “Selfish,” Dream repeated darkly, the word lethally dripping off his sinful lips. His large palm compressed the small of her back, constricting her closer until she felt his hot breath fanning her skin.

    “Yes,” she exhaled, her heart hammering, blood racing, heat unfailingly falling.

    “Even if possessing you is what I want to be selfish about?” His dangerous words were like a salacious caress, coaxing the unbridled storm in her veins to unfurl.

    Her voice was so small. “Yes.”

    His striking eyes stared into her.

    “I am not any man. I am unlike anyone you have ever met. You should be frightened of me.”

    Temptation flared wildly within her, her arousal pooling like melting wax kissing a violent flame. The electricity cracked in the air as she boldly whispered, “Should I be?"

    “Yes,” his sultry tone was rich like dark velvet. “Are you?”

    “No.”

    His thumb and pointer finger gently grasped her chin, tilting her face upwards as he scanned her blushing complexion. Her breath deserted her. His thumb skimmed right under her lower lip, unhurriedly stroking her skin twice over. The corner of his mouth quirked upwards as he huskily admired her daring answer. "That's my girl."

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    The sense-memory of the glass is the first to come back, after his time spent drifting through the sea of the unconscious. It is nearly enough to make him long for the buzzing numbness, the hypersensitivity that had initially flooded through his metaphysical skin when he first found his freedom. Now, he stands on the beach and stares at his attempts to craft a dream that has become a nightmare, all the while remembering the cold, the still-smoothness, the absence of grit or texture.

    Dream hadn't meant to crash Hob's movie night in his search for warmth, but in retrospect, it is good that he did.

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    The Dreaming is full of very sad, very traumatized people, most of whom take issue with the word "traumatized" and some of whom take issue with the word "people." Matthew thinks he might be the only one having fun.

    In which Matthew navigates his new role, tries to keep his home/god/boss from coming apart at the seams, and referees the most annoying office romance of all time.

    Can be read as a stand-alone.

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    "Why," Cori drawls, lazy, but interested. He tips his head to the side and rests his temple on the glass. "You going to hit me?"

    Hob shrugs as the rage slowly sous vides his brain. All his good sense floating in a hot vacuum of fury until he's cooked through. "Maybe."

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    As Dream and Hob's relationship deepens, they find different solutions to have sex while handling Dream's trauma of being seen naked.

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    Dream, falling out of the sea of dreams exhausted in Hob's flat, learns to rest in Hob's arms. Title from "Fix You" by Coldplay.

    Dreamling Bingo square A2: Sleep Deprivation

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    He opens his mouth. Closes it. His thoughts are a rubber band stretched beyond their limit, about to snap back. The clock is too loud. Dream's own mind is too loud. He is tired and the past millennia catch up with him like a ton of bricks. Has he ever been this tired? Has he always been tired? Has he always been this afraid?

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    Loving the King of Dreams has never been simple in all the millennia it has been Lucienne's reality. In the wake of a great shift, things are liable to become much more complicated.

    In which Lucienne picks a fight, throws a party, and gets everything she wants, in that order.

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    “You hope to see more of your universe through my eyes, you mean,” he says with a raised eyebrow, lips twitching.


    When Dream shows him the starshine in his eyes, Hob flexes his love for astronomy.

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    “I’m coming… I’m coming… When t-the walls… I’ll be there,” her gaze suddenly snapped up to meet Dream’s with perfect clarity. “I promised you I’d never let The Dreaming fall.”
    Morpheus stroked a thumb over one heaving cheekbone. “You did.”
    The focus faded, replaced instead by unshed tears. “Did you always mean to leave me?” She whispered.

    Lucienne alone kept The Dreaming afloat for a century. That kind of loyalty is a double-edged sword, and when it threatens to destroy her, the realm is once again at risk of falling.

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    “Dream,” Slips from her lips unbidden, barely a whisper.

    She sees him open his mouth and shape her name, but the sound does not even list upon the air and his face falls. Despair feels the moment he plunges once more into her domain, sudden and all-consuming enough to almost bring her to her knees with the force of it.

    Desire’s arm around her waist holds her up and they wipe away her tears with gentle fingers. Their face is thunderous as they step into the light where Dream can see them – and their brother flinches before he can master the reaction.

    Or

    Despair and Desire find that lording over Dream's capture doesn't quite go to plan

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    Kids like this don't make themselves.

    He narrows his eyes and looks at the man, who could probably have him disappeared a dozen ways with nothing but a text, and weighs his options. He can feel Morpheus still shaking and decides - fuck it - and chooses violence. "You can call me Hob, Tim, and all you need to know is your son calls me Daddy, too."

    It was supposed to be a joke listing. Bring a line cook parolee covered in body art in active recovery as your plus one to a family dys-function as revenge, haha, very funny. Only the posh stranger who reaches out to take Hob up on the ludicrous offer turns out to be wound so tight over his upcoming New Year's Eve dinner that Hob decides to make himself everyone's fucking problem. Dream's family won't know what hit them.

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    This time, Dream’s imprisonment takes more from him. Upon escaping, he finds himself unable to move on. He is tired, even after regaining his tools and power, and cannot understand why he’s unable to shake off the effects of his time imprisoned.

    After Death suggests finding Hob Gadling, he finds The New Inn but does not walk inside. The idea of seeing the cruelty he has suffered first hand reflected in Hob is too terrible for him to bear, and so he returns to The Dreaming.

    After some prompting, though, he begins to visit Hob’s dreams. Somehow, he finds a safe space there in the company of his friend.

    ———

    [in which: Dream is miserable, everybody is worried about him, and Hob’s fairly sure his Stranger has been visiting his dreams but has no proof to back that up.]

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