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    “Look - I don’t usually do this, but I am the food critic for The Anchor, and it’s imperative that I -”
    “Oh, a food critic! Well that changes things.”
    “Does it?”
    “Sure. What was that name again?”
    “Stede Bonnet. Food Critic, Stede Bonnet.”
    “Right. Well, fuck off, Food Critic Stede Bonnet. Blackbeard’s Bar and Grill is all booked up.”

    The manager at the new restaurant Stede is trying to review is being kind of a dick. A certain member of the waitstaff, however, takes a bit of a liking to him.

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    09 May 2022

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    “What the hell’s happened to you?” Stede demands. It’s his voice, in his body, and he almost seems living, and it’s— It has to be the last thing Ed ever sees. He has to die with him burned on the insides of his eyelids.

    Stede’s eyes are tracking over him, rising up to meet his eyes, locking with him. It feels so real. He can’t help the hysterical laugh that comes up and out of him, impossibly grateful for this last delusion.

    Without hesitating, he lurches forward, grabbing Stede and yanking him into his arms. Stede makes a confused noise of protest, briefly, but it fades instantly and his arms come up, too, wrapping around Ed without hesitation. He doesn’t smell the same; instead, he’s all salt and sweat and sun, baked into his skin. Ed buries his face in his hair, fingers clawing at the impossibly real feel of him, the hallucination made solid in his arms.

    “Thank fuck,” Ed says into his hair, voice breaking. “I didn’t want to die without seeing you one last time.”

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    09 May 2022

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    “The fuck?” Ed manages, instantly getting his foot stuck in a nearby bucket.

    “Sh-shh!” Stede pushes two fingers against his lips to shut him up.

    Ed goes still and a bit cross-eyed, staring down at the hand on his mouth. Stede moves it away, with a mouthed “sorry!” focusing intently on the sounds outside the shed instead.

    In the alley, hurried steps and shouting voices rush past; they catch fragments of: “Where the fuck did they go then?” or “Keep looking!” and even “The short one looks like a bloody birthday cake, how do you lose that—”

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    21 Apr 2022

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    Stede comes back.

    Ed does too. It just takes a little longer.

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    10 Apr 2022

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    "Hey." Ed reaches across because it's the only thing that feels right. He grasps Stede's wrist and smoothes the pad of his thumb across his knuckles. Stede stops fiddling with his ring and looks up at him, wide-eyed. "This isn't Captain shit. This is God shit. Are you God?"

    The room is blank with silence.

    Gently, Ed repeats, "Are you God, Stede?"

    Stede's voice is thin and high when he answers, "I'm not God."

    "And is God here, in this room?"

    Comically, Stede looks around like he might find God perched on the edge of his desk, or pulling books from his shelves to examine the spines.

    "He's not," Stede concedes.

    "That's right, mate. Stupid bugger doesn't associate himself with pirates."

     

    Or: The Revenge has been becalmed for six days. Ed has bigger things to worry about, like sharks and being in love.

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