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YOI Fan Rec Friday

Thank you for all your recs this week! Since I will be away for two weeks after June 17th, please send in ALL your recs (the more the better haha!) so I can pre-make them before I leave :) Thank you!!

Rec’d by anonymous:
The Last Dancer by StarryKnight94, Teen, 18k (WIP)
In which Victor is the chosen one, a dancer gifted with the powers of the Ice Goddess to protect her people at any cost. Amid the rising threat of the Fire God, Yuuri wants nothing more than to protect him. But when Yuuri awakens to a great power himself and goes to meet his idol, will Victor welcome his support or does a hidden darkness lurk behind that beautiful facade?

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Dissonance by Mats, Explicit, 32k (WIP)
Yuuri takes it for granted that Viktor will always meet him where he is. So when his coach and lifelong idol suddenly plants a very public kiss on him at the Cup of China, Yuuri takes it as a signal that his and Viktor’s relationship is about to undergo a major (and welcomed) change. But he may be wrong, and that might change everything, too.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Dark Angel of Mine by vanialex81, Teen, 40k (WIP)
When Yuuri’s heavenly light manages to catch the attention of the demon lord Viktor, Yuuri will learn that the demon will stop at nothing to claim him. Something that starts as desire turns into an emotion that Viktor had not foreseen. To what lengthens will he go to have the angel?

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Rec’d by anonymous:
why am i still here? by OedipusOctopus, Teen, 22k (WIP)
Yuuri finds himself in his fifth year at university, dreading taking a freshman level math course. He imagines his Russian TA to be a curmudgeonly hardass, only to find he’s a total hottie! Yuuri isn’t suave, attractive, or exceptional in any way, but somehow Victor takes a liking to him.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Between Periods by caitwritesstuff, Mature, 9k (WIP)
Yuuri is a history teacher out of a job due to recent cut backs. It just so happens that Phichit works at a school that’s needs a new history teacher. In walks Victor Nikiforov, the undeniably beautiful yet eccentric literature teacher from across the hall with a bit of an obsession with Russian lit and a certain adorable history teacher.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
What Lies Beneath Our Feet by HQ_Wingster, Gen, 19k (WIP)
At the YoI Farm, all animals are given the happiness that they deserve. When ex-battery chicken, Yuuri, comes to the farm one day after being set free, he relearns what it means to be a happy animal with a life ahead of him.

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Rec’d by @stevietomybuck :
winners in a losing game by xylophones, Teen, 19k
Don’t believe the rumors, international popstar Viktor Nikiforov is totally not using his new album as an excuse to flirt with the cute dancer that stole his heart last year.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
To Boldly Go by xylophones, Teen, 29k
A year in the life of badass science officer Yuuri Katsuki, Captain Viktor “Team Mom” Nikiforov, and simultaneously the best crew and worst crew in Starfleet history.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Snow & Ashes by natiwati, Mature, 5.4k (WIP)
They stand in silence, and Yuuri isn’t brave enough to ask him for his name, strike up any form of conversation. They gaze at the moon above together, two waves pulled by its astounding gravity. And when he finally gleans the courage to part his lips and suck in a breath to inquire, the man steps on his cigarette, extinguishing it, and leaves. Yuuri takes another drag, pretending not to feel so disappointed.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
High-Flying, Adored by terra_incognita, Gen, 26k
Being a superhero is hard. It’s even harder when you’re desperately in love with the most famous figure skater in the world, who never seems to notice you. Of course it doesn’t help that he’s a superhero too–and he’s head over heels for your alter-ego.

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Rec’d by @blusocket :
marker in the sand by faelicy, Teen, 10k
Victor has always been with Yuuri. No one understands the consequences better than Yuuri himself.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
On (Online and Offline) Love by AlexWSpark, Mature, 32k
In which Yuuri and Victor are gamers, head over heels for each other, and hoping to one day come face-to-face. Of course, when two whipped, adorable fluff-balls are involved, shenanigans ensue…

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Law Firm of Katsuki, Nikiforov & Chulanont by nerdlife4eva, Not Rated, 12k (WIP)
Yuuri, Victor, and Phichit are long-time friends who decide to form their own law firm. The trio has found remarkably success, despite the constant bickering between Yuuri and Victor. When the sexual tension between these two best friends erupts, bringing them crashing together in a drunken one-night stand, the fate of their new firm becomes uncertain.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
let’s go steal an ice rink by FullmetalChords, Mature, 28k (WIP)
That one AU where Yuuri is a grifter, Victor is a criminal mastermind, and somehow they end up saving the world together. Also featuring catburglar Yuri, hitter Otabek, and hacker Phichit.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Setting Sun by LittleLostStar, Explicit, 66k (WIP)
Just before he skates at the Hot Springs On Ice, Yuuri receives a photo of his drunken GPF banquet antics; consumed with humiliation over a night he can’t remember, he loses the competition. Victor goes back to Russia with Yurio, and Yakov comes to train Yuuri in Japan. One night, frustrated and miserable, Yuuri posts some personally relevant song lyrics on Instagram—and wakes up the next morning to find that Victor has posted lyrics that seem to be a reply.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Only You by quesadiaz, Teen, 59k (WIP)
In the year 2021, Victor Nikiforov, retired professional figure skater and Number One Husband, steps into a taxi to make his way home from the grocery store, arm full of vegetables and fruits to bring home to his beautiful husband and loyal old dog. A sharp sound and a blur of color is the only warning before Victor wakes up in the year 2016, sitting in a first class seat on an ascending airplane headed for Fukuoka, Japan.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Katsudon for Gold by cROAissant (RoamingShadow), Gen, 4.5k
Somewhere along the road, “I might never like you” morphed into “I would die for this child”, and Yuri Plisetsky would be six feet under before Victor fucking Nikiforov would lay his thirsty hands on his precious student.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Void by copperwings, Teen, 14k
When Yuuri is discovered to be Void and his home town turns against him, he escapes into the world of figure skating. On the ice he can play the role of anyone and not be restricted by what he actually is, but off the ice it’s a constant battle of trying to hide his true nature from the world.

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Rec’d by @mmeishi :
Wound Up by Temptalia, Explicit, 24k (WIP)
Victor Nikiforov, face of popular idol group Agape, is at the top of his career, but a low point in his life. His reckless and sometimes self-destructive tendencies cause endless worry for his fellow group members: Yurio, Chris, and Otabek. When the time comes to go in a sexy new direction for the group’s image, Yuuri Katsuki lands an audition and knocks Victor off of his feet. However, Victor has a strange feeling he’s met Yuuri somewhere before.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Ah, deceit. by Nikiforlove, Gen, 11k (WIP)
Viktor is the head of the Russian Mafia, charming, sleek and confident. He’s a very hasty man, and he prefers fieldwork over office work, and Yakov’s pissed. Surprise, surprise! Yakov signed a contract with the JP Mafia without Viktor’s consent, to get him a consigliere who would maybe, make up for what Viktor lacks. Oh boy, Viktor is pissed, he’s fuming. Damn, all he wanted was to go on a date with that bespectacled cutie he met the other day at the cafe.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
A Tale Carved on Ice by Adora, Teen, 2.6k
A bittersweet tale about the magic we lost and the one we found again.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Bottle Me Your Smile by Ncj700, Not Rated, 35k (WIP)
In a tiny village on the edge of the kingdom, Yuuri Katsuki – common as mud Pharmakeia owner – embarks on a goal to achieve a childhood goal. With the help of the world’s greatest magical, and a missing potion ingridient, he will achieve it.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
The Stars Incline Us, They Do Not Bind Us by AuraJenkins, Gen, 4.4k
Yuuri has always known that he was different, he was fairly sure that being born with the ability to see everyone’s red strings of fate, tying soulmates together, wasn’t normal. Stranger than this is the realisation that his string extends past the sky.


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UPDMélanie Tran (French actress) | Sophie Wu  (British actress) |  Maï Anh Le (French actress) | Sonoya Mizuno (British actress) | Eleanor Matsuura (British actress) | Haruka Abe (British actress) | Jing Lusi (British actress) Jessica Henwick  (British actress) | Christina Chong  (British actress) | Yangzom Brauen (Swiss actress) | Chipo Chung  (British actress) | Mylène Jampanoï (French actress) | Naomi Christie (British actress)

rEmEmBeR cHaZ wOLCOTT?
BC I DO
IF YOU DON’T
THEN HERE

Chaz Shiggy Bop Wolcott is a 29 year old man who has been dancing ever since he could walk! HOW COOL IS THAT?? He did his first show when he was around the age area of really young, and he went to do regional shows more into his adult life! He did so many regional shows, like 42nd Street, Meet me in St Louis, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and my personal favorite role of his, Legally Blonde! And so many more!
(Note- One of the regional productions of Cats he did, in which he played Pouncival and the understudy for Misto, was directed by none other than Jacob Brent! The Misto in the movie! Ahhhh!)

At some point after his graduation(really short time, I wanna say a day but that’s probably wrong), he was called and asked to audition for the national tour of CATS! THAT’S SO AMAAAAAZZZINNGGGG. And thus, he got his first touring experience as Mistoffelees in the first national tour of Cats! So exciting!

Some regional shows and dance classes later, a little show that some of you might know called NEWSIES!!!!!!! started on Broadway! With Jeremy Jordan! And Kara Lindsay! And Ryan Steele! Omg!

Chaz saw the show and LOOOOOOVED it! He even took his mom to see it once because he’s an A+ son like that.
Everyone he knew was texting him and saying he’d be perfect for it! Which he was!
So he auditioned! Sadly, it was not meant to be. But he kept trying!
And trying.
And trying.
And trying.
:(
7-8 Newsies auditions later, he got a call that would change his life forever. He got in as Buttons in the FIRST NATIONAL TOUR! Nobody could be more proud of him.

And thus, a new(sie) chapter of his life began!

There’s a saying that says that a cast is like your family, and the cast of the tour of Newsies was no exception! For over a year they toured together, and people did leave the tour, and people did join! But no matter what happened, they still remained a family, even if one wasn’t there anymore.

And as so many do, he stagedoored after almost every show to meet his fans! There’s a good bunch of broadway people that don’t do this, so it was amazing when he treated every single fan with love and respect, and didn’t treat them like he was above them or like they weren’t worth his time. Which every single fansie appreciates more than words can say. And it didn’t just stop at the stagedoor! Social media as well! He’d respond to fansies through Instagram and Twitter all the time, and even help them through their personal problems. Which is something that he doesn’t have to do, yet he does anyway. And I think that’s amazing.

But it wasn’t all fun and games. In June of 2016, something happened to his leg/foot in the middle of the show, so he had to call out, because every dancer must know their limit, and his was reached.

He took 3 months off, which was a sad experience for every fansie who wanted to meet him.
And honestly, for every dancer who loves what they do and couldn’t imagine life without dance, I can’t imagine it was a pleasant experience for him either.
(But he went to a Tony Awards party thing, was on the Tyler Mount vlog, went to a gay pride parade, and saw many shows, so hE’s aLrIgHt). And he still kept in touch with his fans on social media, so that was cool.

3 months later, he finished his physical therapy and was finally cleared to go back to the tour! Yay!

A little more than a week before his first show back, I had a friend who offered me an extra ticket she had to the show, so of course I had to take her up on the offer!

The ticket ended up being for his first show back, which made me more happy than words could say.

Without going into details about literally everything, he was astounding in it. Truly amazing. You wouldn’t even think he was injured in the first place. I screamed during his broom solo. Sue me.

I surprised him at the stagedoor cause he’s my guy and I love him. Not gonna go into details, but he was kind enough to take me backstage(which made me feel bad cause there were at least 100 more people at the stagedoor), which was an experience I’ll never forget.

Sooooo, he was back up and running on the tour again!

It was also announced that this amazing show would be filmed live and put in movie theaters across the globe, which only made everybody sob in delight. My friends and I were terrified because Chaz never actually said online that he would be in it, but I was lucky enough to confirm with him that he indeed would.

But, all good things must come to an end.
October 2nd of 2016, the tour ended.
All tears and tissues aside, Newsies on Tour was something that nobody will ever, ever forget. Which brings us back to…
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened! The cast and show had brought so much hope to fans everywhere, and nobody can thank them enough for that.

But Chaz’s career most certainly didn’t die. He became a member of the Broadway Collective, a company that travels across the US and gives jazz, tap, and vocal lessons to aspiring actors and actresses everywhere. I was lucky enough to be able to take a dance class from him, so I mean this when I say this, if you ever get the chance to take a dance class from him, please do. You’ll have the time of your life.

And there’s definitely more chances to do so! Ever since he finished the collective, he has been teaching non-stop at the Broadway Dance Center, which is $20 a class(Not bad at all!), and he has his own classes called Jazz with Chaz that he has scattered through the week! And that’s only $5!!! Amazing, right?

My favorite thing about his classes is that he still makes it an amazing experience even if you don’t see yourself as an amazing dancer. He finds a way to make it fun and energetic, without you having to be crazy flexible or know how to do a million tricks, which is something I think a lot of people can appreciate. I know I can. You always come out of his class feeling like you just did something amazing, which you did, even if you didn’t tilt your leg over your head. You feel like you did something amazing because you had //fun//. Each one of his classes gives you such an energetic high that you can’t keep a smile off your face, because of how supportive he is and how obvious it is that he wants you to succeed. And to me, having someone teach your class who doesn’t pick favorites and looks at you with a smile worth a thousand words when you even just do a single pirouette, is the best kind of support a dancer can have.

And to end this, Chaz is an amazing individual, and if you’re ever in any situation where you can meet him, take a class from him, or even just see him in a show, I can guarantee you that it’ll be something you’ll never regret or forget. He’s done so much for so many people, and treats everyone he meets with love and kindness, and that’s something everyone needs more of nowadays.

I never know how to end these things so

Love, Hannah 💙

what i say: IM SCREAMING

what i mean: i want an f(x) comeback. i love f(x). f(x) doesn’t deserve this. talent doesn’t deserve this. i miss seeing their happy faces together. i miss them dancing and bickering as a group. amber could probably write and produce stuff for herself and f(x) that could last them their entire career at this point. she also has a fidget spinner. luna’s probably posing with shampoo bottles in some forest right now instead of blessing us with vocals that make her one of the top kpop vocalists. vic is stuck on some never ending red carpet in china serving looks when she could be with her kids and still serving looks. krystal’s off promoting Bride of The Water God when she could be promoting as the princess we know her to be on stage. i’m also tired of lurking on their SNS for every little interaction they may have. i miss talent. i miss f(x)

So @badacts and I came up with this ridiculous spy au and idk lads here’s a preview of the fic for it I’m working on, hopefully it’ll keep you warm whilst I’m crying over finals (cw: graphic depictions of violence - stay safe kids!) 

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Agent #10-03-18: Josten, Neil Abram.

Aliases: Nathaniel Abram Wesninski, Michael Hatford, Stefan Bernard, Alex Vidakovic, Chris Rey (see attached notes for further)

Status: ACTIVE DUTY

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Overwatch characters with D&D classes, subclasses from basic player's handbook, races, subraces , and alignments:

I will use a few commonly used custom races like half elemental and warforged as well as a few common custom classes like gunslinger and artificer.

Also I will try to only use human occasionally if nothing else really fits. And I’ll try to include a short description of why I picked the race/if they’re half elf detailing how the choose you’re own ability increase is assigned.

Anyway hope you enjoy.
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OFFENSE:

Genji:
Nuetral good
Warforged (I know he’s a cyborg but most of him is robotic so I’m counting him as warforged)
Way of shadow monk/Assassin rogue

McCree:
Chaotic good
Half elf (for bonus CHA and points into probably STR and DEX)
Gunslinger

Soldier 76:
Chaotic good
Half elemental (because he’s biologically enhanced. Not sure which subrace he’d be though.)
Champion fighter

Sombra:
Chaotic neutral
Half elf (bonus CHA with points into DEX and INT)
arcane trickster rogue

Pharah:
Lawful good
air half elemental (for pretty obvious reasons)
draconic bloodline sorcerer (with multiple feats put into armor and weapon proficiency gains)


Reaper:
Chaotic evil
Fire half elemental (to partially explain his abilities colors and because he was part of the same program as soldier 76)
eldritch knight fighter

Tracer:
Chaotic good
Half elf (for bonus CHA and points into DEX and WIS)
Conjuration wizard
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DEFENCE:

Torbjörn:
Chaotic good
Mountain dwarf (yeah you knew this was coming)
Artificer (with feats into weapon and armor proficiencies)

Widowmaker:
Lawful evil
High elf (intelligence and DEX boost would make sense for her)
Hunter ranger

Hanzo:
Neutral
Half elemental (again I don’t know what subrace air? Fire? Water? Earth is the only one I think I can rule out.)
Beast master ranger

Bastion:
Neutral/Chaotic good
Warforged (no explanation necessary)
Battle master fighter with one or two levels into druid

Junkrat:
Chaotic evil
Fire half elemental (because he’s always on fire and never hurt by it)
Evocation wizard/Fiend warlock

Mei:
Neutral good (I’m going by their in lore personalities not in game play styles)
Stout halfling (I know she’s much taller than halfling height but otherwise I think it fits)
Circle of the land arctic circle druid
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TANK:

Reinhardt:
Lawful good
Goliath (he’s enormous and the STR and CON increases make sense for him)
Oath of vengeance paladin

Zarya:
Lawful neutral
Goliath (same reasons as Reinhardt)
Oath of vengeance paladin

Orisa:
Lawful good
Warforged (again no need to explain why)
War domain eldritch knight fighter (with a heavy focus on abjuration rather than evocation)

D.va
Neutral good
Half elf (CHA increase because she is able to have a very successful streaming career with points into DEX and INT/WIS the DEX is necessary for fast reaction time and INT/WIS for in game skill)
Maybe a specialized artificer with a shield guardian made into a mech? I honestly don’t know

Roadhog:
Chaotic evil
Orc (maybe half orc, I’m not sure)
Berserker barbarian

Winston:
Lawful good
Bugbear (closest thing to gorilla we’ve got)
Abjuration wizard maybe?
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SUPPORT:

Ana:
Chaotic good
Human (nothing else I could think of really fits)
Hunter ranger

Mercy:
Lawful good
High elf (seems like an ok fit with the plus to INT)
Life domain cleric

Lucio:
Chaotic good
Human (again nothing else I could think of fits that well)
Valor bard

Zenyatta:
Lawful good
Warforged (sorry I know all the omnics are warforged but robots are still robots in D&D)
Open palm monk

Symmetra:
Lawful neutral
High elf (falls into high elf arrogance and INT increase)
Artificer

It’s the fact that the best player in that first-round Penguins series was in fact Evgeni Malkin. My man very quietly put together a 2-9-11 line in five goddamn games. The media will not cover this.

Even in the game the Penguins lost, he had two assists. He had 0-3-3 in the series clincher, just humiliating the opposition while Crosby ate the only tough competition the Blue Jackets could put over the boards. This freakin’ guy!

He now has 140 career playoff points in 129 games. That’s almost incomprehensible. It puts him fourth among active players, only four behind Crosby for second, and nine back of Hossa for second. Probably tough to run down Jagr’s current record of 201, but come on.

This guy has absolutely shredded defenders in the playoffs his entire career. Few talk about this.

If he were Canadian or American, he’d be one of the top 100 players of all time before you could say, “Jonathan Toews.”

Steve Trevor + Backstory

As a follow-up to my musings about Steve’s childhood (to recap: Indiana boy born in 1882 to a military father and suffragette mother who grew up with a bunch of older sisters), here’s some more conjecture about Steve’s backstory.

The evidence base I’m using for these imaginings come from:
1. Steve is a male feminist fantasy, so no fuckboi traits allowed
2. Steve is good at soldiering; “sir” comes very naturally to him
3. You can do something or you can do nothing, and Steve’s already tried nothing
4. Pine’s description of the character: “rogue-ish,” “cynical,” “realist,” “worldly,” “charming”
5. History and stuff

Education (1900-1905): Steve is a smart cookie, so I can see him doing well in school and taking classes at Butler University, at his mother’s insistence that he learn a few things about the world before the army fills his head with nonsense. At around 19, Steve would enroll in West Point, the United States Military Academy. It’ll be the first time he’s lived outside the Midwest — and the first time he’s seen the ocean. His, “Why wouldn’t I know how to sail?” comment makes me think he got teased at some point in his life for not knowing his way around the water. He probably played football and got really into the Army-Navy rivalry. Hazing was a big issue at this time, with the older classmen wanting to teach the “plebes” a lesson. Integrating southern and black cadets was also an issue.

Abridged Military Career (1905-1910): After graduation, Steve would begin phase one of his military career. At this point in history, the US is caught between isolationism and imperialism, sending soldiers to the Philippines, Nicaragua, Mexico, etc. The last conflicts of the Indian Wars were also continuing. No glory, no honor. Steve grows disillusioned with the military. His father, though privately upset by imperialism, is nonetheless deeply disappointed when Steve takes a honorable discharge and announces his intention of seeing the world without a gun in his hand.

Rogue Explorer (1910-1915): Let’s say it’s around 1910 when Steve sets off to see the world. He uses his natural charm, his smarts, and his military understanding of supply and trade routes to become a smuggler — but only to fund his travels and fun. Steve is a ladies man because he genuinely loves women. He falls for them on a regular basis and knows his mercurial nature well enough that he only pursues women who know what they’re about and can teach him a thing or twenty. He isn’t a heartbreaker; he’s spot of fun to be remembered fondly.

Steve meets Chief first and the two from a strong bond (one that acknowledges the heavy cultural baggage they left the US with). Steve meets Sameer next, probably because Sameer needs that face of Steve’s to pull off a con. The two begin to work together and bring Chief into their group. They meet up, go off on their own, meet back up — they see the world alone and together. Charlie they meet just as WWI is kicking off. He’s a soldier in the British military, and their contact for sneaking in their smuggled goods. At first, the war is good for business. It’s the “do nothing” approach. Steve tells himself that smuggling goods is helping the boys on the front lines, he’s doing a service. Besides, the US is neutral. Why shouldn’t he be? Charlie re-joins the war effort first. Then Sameer offers his services to British Intelligence. Chief stays neutral, and they all understand. Steve, who can’t stand the horrors anymore, returns to the US.

Soldier-Pilot-Spy (1915-1918): Piloting was just in its infancy when Steve begins his soldiering life again, but he takes to it like a duck to water. The US won’t officially join the war until 1917, but years before they’re offering pilot training and recruiting all the officers they can find in anticipation. That picture of Steve was probably taken in early 1917. After proving himself a competent pilot and a capable officer, British Intelligence would come knocking at his door on Sameer’s recommendation. As a white man and an officer, Steve would get an office in London, a personal secretary, and a place at the table with the brass. His father might indirectly find out his son is now a spy not a soldier and have some thoughts about that ignoble line of work.

But Steve is good at it. He speaks enough languages (at least French and German) to be useful, and his natural charm makes him a valuable operative. He proves more than effective as a honeytrap. (see: scene with Dr. Poison). Spying is an ideal blend of his rogue-soldier dichotomy. While he’s proud of his success and emphatically does not want to suffer, he harbors a deep guilt that other men — better men — are bleeding and starving and dying in the trenches. He grows cynical and numb executing his duty. The armistice and the notebook recall him to life, giving him a mission that he can believe in. Diana, of course, awakens his idealism even further.