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this side of mortality (part three)

It was a truth of war that they never mentioned along with so many others for fear that voicing it aloud would make it real. They knew death like the back of their hands but putting it to words gave it power and allowed fear to settle over their hearts. 9,259 more words

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this side of mortality (part two)

Tatiana had never been a coward. She’d gone plunging in to treat soldiers in the war when she was only sixteen years old. She helped with amputations. 9,297 more words

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this side of mortality (part one)

Their eyes were locked on each other, and both of their expressions softened simultaneously. His uniform and armor were stripped away, and so was her professional air. 10,898 more words

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keep your heart close to the ground (part three)

They’ve been parents and spouses and soldiers and nurses and lovers and fighters and now they have little left. They’ve been so many people in just forty-five years that it’s easy to forget who they are now.  9,662 more words

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keep your heart close to the ground (part two)

The plan is formulating in her mind faster than she can stop it, and maybe it’s putting herself and him, and everything else that she’s worked for at risk, but she won’t let them torture a boy who’s her age, who’s barely old enough to even be in the war, without doing something about it. 7,069 more words

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keep your heart close to the ground (part one)

The war will strip much from him, but he won’t let it strip his identity. It’s the one thing that no one can take – not the British, not the French, not even the Germans. 6,715 more words

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