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Relationship: Joe | Yusuf Al-Kaysani/Nicky | Nicolò di Genova
Fluff, Humor, Vampire Nicky | Nicolò di Genova, Witch Joe | Yusuf Al-Kaysani, Alternate Universe - Magic, Alternate Universe - Vampire, Alternate Universe - Supernatural Elements, Slow Burn, Getting Together, Romance, Cuddling & Snuggling, Magic, Age Regression/De-Aging, baby joe | yusuf al-kaysani, For a minute, Flirting, Familiars, Witches, Explicit Sexual Content, Teasing, Romantic Comedy, Hijinks & Shenanigans
Nicky thinks that as a vampire, he’s earned the right to brood in solitude for a decade or two. Andy disagrees so vehemently that he finds himself forcibly dragged from his safe haven and placed under the charge of one Yusuf Al-Kaysani, a terribly cheerful witch running a horribly busy apothecary in central London. Dreadfully, he expects Nicky not only to earn his keep, but to contribute in the capacity of customer service. What a calamity.
What’s unclear is whether Andy’s intention was to lift Nicky’s spirits, to torture him, or to try her hand at matchmaking.
Andy in her huge thrift coat is the CUTEST THING I HAVE SEEN!! I love how you draw all the immortals too!!
Aaahhh, thank you so much!!! I love the giant coat that she’s wearing in one of the scenes in Goussainville :D
Thanks also to everybody else who pointed out the big coat in their tags…I see you and I love you 👀💖
You know how The Old Guard’s old immortals’ wardrobe tends to look really worn and somewhat…vintage at times? Ofc they simply might have had it for a while but… what if they go to thriftstores bc they are less likely to get tracked down there AND bc they might find something they remember from earlier days? :>
And meanwhile, Nile is looking fabulous af
ok but what im wondering is like. why did they give nicky the sideburns and more importantly is it bc they saw pics of luca when he was younger with those very same sideburns like fjdsklqdkfgh y’all have been sharing pics of luca when he was youngr but !!!!!! that’s literally just nicky but small !!!!!
LOOK AT THAT !!!!
Joe/Nicky oneshot | 8040 words | explicit
If someone else were to enter their room and switch on the lamp they would be able to gather clues as to how he and Joe spend their nights. The hand-knotted afghan rug by the balcony door is askew, and a pair of empty whiskey tumblers sit on the coffee table glittering in the light. The bed is unmade, a discarded tie looped lazily around one of the slats in the headboard, and a chair is pulled out haphazardly from the heavy wooden desk in the corner. The desk itself is littered with drawing paper and charcoal pencils and crescent moon shapes scratches into its surface. The space smells like them, like Joe, like men and sex and sleepless nights. Nicky can almost feel the phantom sting of carpet burn on his knees.
i keep imagining some of nicky’s behaviour in the script as nicky from brooklyn and it makes me laugh so much. “you want to try some joy?” when he offers up a spoon of some meal he’s cooking… getting weirdly passionate about different cooking fats… earnestly explaining spices to joe at truly inappropriate times…
sjfhdgkl oh anon you have no idea, when the script dropped and we were all reading it shini & bird said the exact same thing like scriptnicky IS nfrb……….. we manifested that…. we read the vibes, if you will
by the 21st century, most of the guard don’t play chess very often. there are many reasons for this but the primary one is that nicky is obscenely and nightmarishly good at chess. this man has been playing chess for nine centuries and it shows. joe will occasionally play with him if given incentive, but joe prefers games that make him laugh and honestly he’s never gotten over the way that the rules changed between shatranj and chess. shatranj games used to be huge social gatherings where people would heckle the players and spout off diss poetry at each other, and quite frankly modern chess isn’t as fun. there’s nothing quite like the way that a crowd would lose their minds when a shatranj player would claim a piece using a fil and joe firmly stands by that (this is actually a reoccurring argument between joe and nicky bcus nicky thinks chess is better than shatranj). andy only ever learned to play chess to woo women and no offense to nicky but he isn’t her target demographic. during the late medieval period they played chess together so she could practice but after that fell out of fashion, she more or less gave up on it. booker lasted quite a while playing chess with nicky, but booker tends to prefer games with incomplete information more so while he likes chess he’d rather play something else. by the end, whenever nicky asked him to play chess booker would be like “let’s play piquet instead?” and nicky (who never turns down any opportunity to play cards) is like hell yeah let’s go, and chess if forgotten. nicky very rarely got to play chess because he can’t exactly go out and play in chess tournaments even though he secretly really wants to get grandmaster status. which he obviously can’t do because it would draw to much attention to himself. anyway, queue the launch of online chess websites (i.e. chess.com which was launched in 2007). knowing how much nicky liked chess but also not really wanting to play chess with him, booker sets nicky up with an account and shows him how to use it. online chess is basically the only thing that nicky uses the internet for. after booker is exiled, he makes an account on chess.com so he can play chess with nicky and it’s like this small connection back to his family. nicky obviously has no idea about that, but when booker ends up rejoining them, he and nicky start playing chess together again :)
They were dancing when the rains came.
Which was to say—they missed it. They missed the ending of the universe, however small it may have been. And then, when they were sweaty and tired and Nile was clinging onto Booker in the sort of way that meant it was definitely bedtime, when they emerged from the darkened club with the music still pounding through their veins, the world was wet with rain.
frankly i dont have many thoughts that havent been said by other people so i’m just using this to post the screenshots of things that Got To Me—i will say that i thought these stories were so… chaotic sorta ? like a bit all over the place..?
sick and twisted how much this affects me like perhaps im crying perhaps i am
andy top 10 women you’d ask “have you eaten baby”
IM INCONSOLABLE. INCONSOLABLE I TELL YOU IM LITERALLY FEELING UNFORGIVABLE EMOTIONS AND SOMEONE’S GOTTA PAY FOR THIS WTF. foodaslove, andy letting someone close to her, andy letting MORTALS close to her—that’s something i think we all know i want more of, i WANT to see stories about the mortals who have made their lives worth it, even though their own lives were only temporary because… for me that’s where tog’s heart is, in the value of things that don’t last forever, in the admittance that temporary things hold just as much value, if not more, than forever-things
joe needing to take breaks to appreciate life & the beauty of the world around him, to remind himself everything they do is worth it… listen i know theres been a lot of very valid criticism of joe’s treatment in the comics in a sorta meta sense and i agree with everything that’s been said but i’m glad this characterisation exists for him because.. yeah <3 like yeah <3
marwan needs to rock this hair and beard combo for Any Other Night - he’ll have everyone swooning 😍
oh i knowwww this is such a look for him
do you have baby nicky takes? all i see for him as a baby is that he was one of those silent, expressionless, stare at everyone for long periods of time until they awkwardly laugh and decline the offer to hold him babies
when he was a very small baby, he was one of those ones who are always looking at the world, staring at everyone, wide-eyed and curious. He was the kind of baby that other people would smile and wave at the market bc he looked so confused and serious and but then when he smiled back at you it was the CUTEST little smile ever!! Toddler Nicolo was the kind of kid that collected cool rocks and then solemnly took your hand and introduced you to all the rocks individually and told you about their personalities and you had to listen like it was the most important thing in the world because it WAS. when he got excited about something he started explaining it so fast it was almost unintelligible because he is just SO fucking stoked he had a hard time getting words out. absolutely the kid who, if born now, would be hyperfixated on dinosaurs and would make it absolutely everyone’s business.
a young scholar resting / how yusuf al kaysani came to need reading glasses for eternity by staying up late studying by lamplight as a youth
[id: a drawing of yusuf al kaysani. he is resting his head on his right arm, asleep over a low cluttered table, bathed in warm morning light. he is wearing a lightly coloured jebba with turquoise blue stripes and silver-grey trim over a light tunic, a silver ring on his right hand, and he has a tasbih (prayer beads) of deeply coloured baltic amber beads with a red tassle around his left hand. there is a qalam (reed pen) underneath his right wrist, his right hand is resting on a small calico cat which he is petting in his sleep. the cat is curled into the crook of his outstretched left arm. his left hand rests on top of a leather bound book. the cover is embossed with a stylised date palm, it is based on 10th century kairounese book. next to yusuf’s left forearm there is a machmoum (a small bunch of fragrant fell jasmine blossoms) tied with red string and an extinguished bronze oil lamp, the lamp is based on a 10-11th century ifriqiyan design. on the table below yusuf there are sheets of paper marked with pawprints in light brown ink, you can see that one of the calico cat’s paws is stained brown. on one sheet there is a doodle of a finely kitted out horse with a rider, based on the decoration of a 10-11th century plate from sabra al-mansuriyya / kairouan. on another sheet there is an incomplete copy of surah ibrahim ayat 7 in maghribi script, it says “and (remember also) when your lord proclaimed: "if you are thankful (for my favors), i will most certainly give you more; but if you are ungrateful…”. in the upper right corner there is a draft illustration of an interlacing design, based on wood carving in the 9th century great mosque at sfax. on a smaller piece of parchment there is a doodle of man in the ifriqiyan style playing a pipe, based on a 10-11th century bas-relief marble carving from a building in mahdiya. below this is a carved stone inkwell with five wells, based on a 9th century inkwell from djerba. there are four qalams with different coloured inks dried on each tip next to a metal qalamdan (pen storage container) decorated with iranian style interlacing. there is a small tabby cat at yusuf’s right side, sitting on a kilim rug with a geometric pattern based on red and blue squares. both cats are looking up towards the source of the light. end id]
this detail is quite lost in the picture but i thought they deserved some love. this is actually a nod to horse boy yusuf and his future bond with andy, the og horse girl. a really cool horse! but i absolutely lost it when i sketched it out and realised that the rider’s face which i hadn’t been playing attention to looked like this. local horse boy yusuf al kaysani falls asleep dreaming of magnificent steeds and men with huge eyes and huge noses. see also: the massive frying pan hands on the pipe player
Booker and Joe bonding by going to the movies to make fun of the outrageous stunts in action films. Booker and Nicky bond by sorting through receipts, phone notes, drunken scribbles on napkins, and working out how much money they owe each other. Booker owes Nicky €753, but Nicky is in debt in five different currencies that are no longer legal tender.
i LOVE this SO MUCH i love the BONDING i also think nile tries to introduce them to venmo and it DOES NOT TAKE OFF
Had a dream last night where I was directing a film where marwan kenzari played a very intense slightly insane kitchen confidential kind of chef and it was so much fun I had to share it with someone
genuinely obsessed w my new status as the person who others want to tell their dreams to like yes this is exactly who i want to be… thank u so much… 🔮😴💫