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    I will choose her happiness over mine everytime
    #1
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    Alternatively titled: So you have the same taste in men as your sister (and your brother but that’s another issue)

    The staircase in the Fisk house wasn’t long enough by half to give Xena time to collect her thoughts between leaving her Papa and reaching her bedroom door. Even if she had had time to compose, draft, edit a whole speech, no doubt it would have died in her throat the moment she came face to face with her sister.

    Unusually, Xena knocked, but didn’t wait for a response before opening the door and shutting it firmly behind her. She didn’t meet Zelda’s eyes as she crossed the short distance to her bed, lying down and training her gaze firmly on the ceiling.

    “I know.” She said simply, not sure how else to voice the chaos the past few days had unlocked.
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    After she finished reading the letters, Zelda had mostly just lay on her bed and stared at the ceiling, mentally drafting a letter for Mr. Jameshill. Would Xena ever come home? She couldn't think about that too hard because it made her start crying again, and then finally she had heard her sister's voice coming from downstairs, and then she worried about what would happen when her sister came in.

    She didn't move when Xena came in, just watched her sister out of the corner of her eye.

    "I didn't know it was him," Zelda said morosely, "He told me he was Australian."
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    Xena made a slight snort. “Of course he did.” Australian. The thought of Lou trying to do an Australian accent was almost laughable- he had never been a good actor because he’d been awful at lying. Or at least, she had thought he had been. She didn’t know what to make of him anymore, really. On the one hand, she could still remember his smell and the warmth and shape of him as he held her crying. On the other, could Zelda have so easily replaced her in that?

    “He never mentioned you to me.” She admitted. “But he came to find you first, long before he sought me out. I don’t know what to make of it.”
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    Zelda snort-laughed, the bitter sound startled out of her. "We met on accident," she said, "He was the man at the casino." She had liked him instantly, because he was clever and good-looking and adventurous, and he had just... played her, she supposed.

    "In his letter - he said he talked to me because he wanted to hear about you." 

    She had never mattered at all.
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    ”And the market?” Xena added. That was what their father had said. Lou had been lying to her sister, seeing her in casinos- and all supposedly to find her?

    “What-” Xena chewed over the words. “What happened with him, Zelda?”
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    "I walked up to him," Zelda said, "He saved my life. When the roof collapsed. And a few more times after that. Those aren't the only times I saw him though."

    She had fallen for him desperately, had momentarily believed he wanted to marry her, had been utterly invested in the idea of kissing him. All for Xena. 

    Zelda grabbed a throw pillow and put it over her face.
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    More than he had seen her, Xena thought. She didn’t know if she ought to be bitter or angry or pitying or sad- she was finally seeing the appeal of drinking and powdering herself into a hole like Miss Allegri, because addressing emotions was hard and they were British.

    “I was younger than you when I fell in love with him, you know.” She said. No wonder Zelda had fallen for him too. She knew how disarming Lou could be, even unintentionally. And if it had been intentional, then her sister would have stood no chance.

    “Do you love him?” Xena asked, quietly.
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    Zelda pressed the throw pillow further into her face and closed her eyes. This was embarrassing. She would have been embarrassed even if the man in question wasn't Xena's Jameshill; had scrupulously avoided talking about Mr. Williams for this exact reason.

    But her cheeks were hot with upset and shame, and Charlie Williams had never been real, had never liked her that way. She started crying again, into the pillow.

    "I don't know," Zelda said, her voice betraying her upset, "I don't know."
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    #9
    Her instinct was to comfort her sister, but she knew that there was nothing that would really, genuinely help. She had been offered every type of comfort going when Lou had ‘died’, and none of it had made the following six years any easier to deal with. Now Lou was worse off than if he had been dead, and she wasn’t the only heartbroken one.

    “I can’t believe he’d do that.” She said in a small voice. She had, of course, thought that there might have been someone else when she’d first found out Lou had spent six years alive, but she’d never imagined it would be her own sister, not Zelda.

    “Even if he didn’t know- why would he put you in danger like that?” He must have known Xena had been kidnapped because of the suspicion Lou was still alive- the risk he had taken with her sister had been immense.
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    "He didn't know you were kidnapped," Zelda said, "He didn't know anything about you."

    And it had been so refreshing. Zelda was always compared to Xena, always, her whole life, by everyone. Their siblings, their parents, everyone. Xena was the favorite of both parents, and Zelda was just - Zelda. She was too much. She thought that she had finally met someone who didn't know any other Fisks, someone who liked her for her, and the entire time it had been about Xena.

    "Oh, Xena," Zelda said, "I thought he loved me."
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