Caught in the Balance

CaughtInTheBalance

Episode 11.

CW: Male Violence, Alcohol, Knives.

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Arriving at the hideout precisely at the same time as the bailiffs and the law-men, as if kismet itself had timed it, Issané counts the men – amused by their number. Ha! Look at these dickheads. What a coincidence. Okay! One two three, four five six. She exhales, gleeful. Ahaa! They should’ve sent more. Here we go!

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Episode 12.

CW: Alcohol, Knives.

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The disruption in the background continued, and still with a hand on his knife, Tristin's vigilance improves ever more at her advance. Kicking a stool out of her way, wiping her own blood from her mouth and wincing at it, she stretched slightly as her inevitable bruising started to ache.

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Episode 13.

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Axel sits in the dark, head in his hands. Every now and then, he snuffles back tears, mind murmuring, a low voice, pleading with the boy in front of him. Wake up. It'd been hours since he’d last moved – Jed and Reed long gone from the bedside – and his thoughts were a jumble. A mantra repeated inside, like a chant to a star that had long since burned out.

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Episode 14.

CW: Drug Use, Alcohol.

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The dawn's first sun rays filter through the window, waking Kayn from the most beautiful dream he’d ever been in. He lay still, savouring the moments in the greyscale before waking, a favourite part of the day.

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Episode 15.

CW: Alcohol.

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Kayn wasn’t shocked by the request. He knew what he was asking of him. They all wanted Sal back, but the places he looked were more dangerous than most. It would be hard not to go out again. To just stop looking. Jed’s heart would break, the final confirmation that even if she wasn't, she might as well be dead.

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Episode 16.

CW: Mention of Violence, Alcohol, Knives.

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Message received, loud and clear, Jed closed his eyes for a beat longer than usual, and when he opened them he was leering widely at the pair, nodding his agreement, delighted, yet a bittersweet grief pricks at him. He inhales, keeping the sob out of it, accepting their decision, clutching at his heart for them.

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Episode 17.

CW: Drug use, Alcohol.

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Grinning as he blew the last of his smoke into the mist surrounding them, in the dim half-light, Axel can at last make out Kayn’s approach in the lane – leading with him two of the butchest mares he’d ever seen.

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Episode 18.

CW: Smut Mention, Alcohol.

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“Okay, so let me ask you this, then.” Kayn was blackening his nails, intent on them. “What if I hadn't liked you back?”

“Oh now, that is a question and a half. Always worth being able to answer. What if you'd said no to me?” Axel twisted a coil in the mirror, shaping it over his brow just so.

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Episode 19.

CW: Smut Mention, Alcohol.

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Overlooking the cliff drop on the opposite side of the hill to the camp, leant back against a tree and wrapped in furs together, drinking hot mead and poring over the star-bright sky, Issané and Tristin sit, while he rests his chin on her head, just as wrapped up in her company.

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Episode 20.

CW: Male Violence, Knives.

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Frost twinkles on branches, a fine glitter picked out by the light from the fire in camp, as Issané walked back through the trees, weaving her way back to it. Frozen mud and slush seeped into the core of her bones.

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