growing up, some kids did drugs. others smoked. some drank too much. i did fandoms and i swear i was higher than any of them could ever be.

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“kill me before i become one of those cannibal monsters! kill me! i trusted you with the note! no one else. now do it!” thomas tried to pull his hand away, but newt was too strong. “i can’t, newt, i can’t.” “make amends! repent for what you did!” the words tore out of him, his whole body trembling. then his voice dropped to an urgent, harsh whisper. “kill me, you shuck coward. prove you can do the right thing. put me out of my misery.” the words horrified thomas. “newt, maybe we can—” “shut up! just shut up! i trusted you! now do it!” “i can’t.” “do it!” “i can’t!” how could newt ask him to do something like this? how could he possibly kill one of his b e s t friends? “kill me or I’ll kill you. kill me! do it!” “newt…” “do it before i become one of them!” “i…” “KILL ME!” and then newt’s eyes cleared, as if he’d gained one last trembling gasp of sanity, and his voice softened. “please, tommy. please.” with his heart falling into a black abyss, thomas pulled the trigger.

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“so none of you have ever had girlfriends?” you asked, looking at the three attractive men in front of you.

Newt answered first with a small shake of the head, “no.”