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    Ed is an engineer aboard the Revenge, an interplanetary research vessel on a multi-year mission to study Jupiter's moon Europa. An accident requires that Ed awaken from cryostasis over six months early, and finds his only companion to be Stede, the ship's onboard AI. They develop an unconventional friendship, but is it possible to have more?

    This is classic mutual pining with a sci-fi twist, inspired by all of my favorite stories about the nature of personhood.
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    “You–” Ed was struggling to parse what Stede was saying. “You’re playing your version of this song for me, right now? Like, in real time?”

    “Yes, Edward, that’s correct,” said Stede softly.

    Ed’s brain momentarily seized up. He supposed it made sense that Stede was capable of learning a set of rules to do something like arrange and play a piece of music. There was something unnerving about this song, though. It felt, well–it felt organic . Reactive. Almost collaborative in a way. Ed was lost in the push and pull of it, until the last notes softly petered out.

    “So, what did you think?” asked Stede. It sounded nervous again. Why the hell would someone program an anxiety response into a bot?

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    14 Nov 2022

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    The downside to being stuck on a desert island is that Stede's not awfully good at adapting. The upside is that he and Ed can finally have some peace and quiet– that is, if Ed ever wakes up from the gunshot wound in his stomach.

    Stranded in the middle of who-knows-where, Stede learns the art of reflection and how to embrace the man who looks back.

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    04 Nov 2022

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    “Are you sure you’re not married?” Stede swallows.

    Something is tickling the back of his mind, a memory or dawning realisation or the hangover exasperated by the flashing lights of Las Vegas spilling onto the dishevelled bed. Stede pulls at his left glove, alarm coiling in his gut.

    Ed snorts in amusement. “Yeah I’m sure. I think I’d remember if I got hitched.”

    “Would you?” Stede says shakily.

    He holds his hand between them. Around his ring finger is a band matching Ed’s exactly. Brand new, without a single scratch on it, golden and lovely.

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    10 Oct 2022

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    “Yeah,” Ed agrees, leaning in, breathing deep. “Yeah, you’re good. You’re fine.”

    “Mm,” is Stede’s smiling response, and then between one moment and the next Ed is being kissed again. His shaking hands are in Stede’s hair, gripping at his ear, the side of his neck, trying to hold on to the shape of him while Ed himself feels like he’s falling apart. Heat and tongues and the slick, indecent slide of them take over. Breaths funneling into one another.

    Against Ed’s gasping mouth, Stede murmurs, “My dear. You’re shaking,” before sucking in Ed’s bottom lip.

    Groaning, Ed doesn’t try to fight it—the tide of panic, of love, of fear that lingers. He hadn’t expected that part, to be honest. All his life and Ed had shown fear the middle finger every time it came knocking. He’s had to, hasn’t he? But then wham, love stomps him to the ground, sets up a home inside his chest, and Ed hasn’t known peace since.

    Stede’s fingers trying their damnedest to wiggle under his leather, squeezing at Ed’s ass sure as shit isn’t helping keep him sane.

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    17 Sep 2022

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    Upon returning, Stede had hopped up on deck nimbly, looking happy as a fucking clam—or maybe an oyster, more appropriately, because the moment he’d gotten Ed alone, he’d produced nothing other than a string of fucking pearls.

    Pearls.

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    16 Sep 2022

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