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Arrow Fic: Haven’t I Locked Up My Failure, Wouldn’t I Be Last to See

post-5x03. Because they’re both in the bunker and they’re both going through it.

Title from “8 (circle)” by Bon Iver, because this album is still ruling my life.

Haven’t I Locked Up My Failure, Wouldn’t I Be Last to See (AO3)

He stands in the garage, stock still like a statue, for what might be hours. Lyla must sneak herself out at some point. She can’t kick the old ARGUS habits, tending to appear from thin air more often than she knocks. It’s OK. It works for them. He doesn’t see her as much as he should, though, and it seems it’s always for something like this.

Oliver’s mind is racing, turning this latest impossible objective over and over in his brain, looking for an entry point. Breaking into a military prison is high risk, even for him, and he doesn’t really have much of idea on where to start. The only thing he knows for certain is that there’s no choice but to try. John would do the same for him. He has, in fact, several times over.

He’s weighing whether or not to call Felicity right away, to get her brain working as his fumbles through a fog of emotions – the most dominant being some kind of furious, loyal vengeance – but then he walks out to the central hub of the bunker, and there she is. She’s standing in front of her computers, staring up at one of the screens, looking as shell-shocked as he feels.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TAYLOR SWIFT’S ‘1989’! 10 AMAZING NUMBERS

From inescapable singles to a massive tour, check out the numbers behind the biggest album of the past 365 days.

1989, Taylor Swift’s blockbuster fifth studio album, was released exactly one year ago today (Oct. 27), and that T-Swift reign just won’t let up. The pop superstar is still touring behind the album, still collecting smash singles from her sound shakeup and still effectively ruling the music universe from a commercial standpoint.

Just how massive of a year has Taylor Swift’s 1989 enjoyed? Check out these 10 amazing statistics.

1- 3 No. 1 Singles: Shake It Off,” “Blank Space” and “Bad Blood” have all topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with “Blank Space” maintaining the longest lead with seven weeks on top, respectively. Prior to 1989, Taylor had only earned one No. 1 single (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”); now, she’s got four of them.

2- 5 Top 10 Singles: In addition to those aforementioned smashes, “Style” peaked at No. 6 and “Wildest Dreams” has made it to No. 5 — and the latter is still rising on the chart.

3- 1.287 Million Copies Sold in One Week: Yep, that’s the number 1989 started with upon its first sales frame last year, constituting Taylor’s third million-plus debut and biggest sales week ever. This year’s biggest sales week — achieved by Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late — moved less than half of that number (495,000 copies).

4- 5.4 Million Copies Sold To Date: 1989 had already outsold 2010’s Speak Now and 2012’s Red four-and-a-half months after its release. 2008’s Fearless, which has sold over 6.9 million copies per Nielsen Music, is still her biggest-selling record, though.

5- 52 Weeks In The Top 10: Consider that for a second: Taylor Swift’s 1989 has never left the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, in its entire time on the album chart! The album slips three spots No. 9 this week.

6- 71 Tour Dates (So Far): The 1989 world tour has rocked dozens of arenas and stadiums, and will likely top out as one of (if not the) biggest-selling live run of the year. There are two more dates in the U.S., then Taylor wraps things up in Asia and Australia.

7- 3,410,837,000 Official YouTube Views For Five Music Videos: 3.4 billion views, rounded to the nearest thousandth. The official clips for “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off” both have over 1 billion views each; prior to 1989, Taylor Swift videos couldn’t even muster half of that number (“You Belong With Me” is the current non-1989 leader with 499 million).

8- 1 Ryan Adams Covers Album Inspired: The alt-rock singer-songwriter then inspired Father John Misty to cover the Ryan Adams cover, as the Velvet Underground. Time remains a flat circle.

9- 4 MTV Video Awards: The star-studded clip for “Bad Blood” bestowed Taylor with her first VMA for video of the year, and also earned best collaboration (thanks to a Kendrick Lamar remix); the “Blank Space” video also took home two trophies.

10- 3 Grammy Nominations (So Far): 1989 was not eligible for the 2015 Grammys, but “Shake It Off” was nominated for record of the year, song of the year and best pop solo performance. Expect a very strong showing from the album at the 2016 ceremony.