August 6th, 2017: After having met Rayzel Bennett at the Park Ave. fest in Rochester, New York, Arkady discovers Xanthe’s existence and sends them a request on Facebook. As Xanthe has long established a coping method of surrounding themselves with distant admirers, this was unremarkable.
November 17th, 2017: Xanthe sends Arkady ‘Happy birthday, my dapper friend!’ in reference to their similar aesthetic.
February of 2018: Upon beginning to read the Six of Crows duology, Arkady reaches out to Xanthe, knowing that they had finished the series recently and had loved it. They both begin talking excitedly about the characters and the series.
March of 2018: Xanthe and Arkady speak regularly now, flirting with Sherlock and Moriarty gifs. Xanthe hires Arkady as their ‘arch-nemesis.’
April 27th, 2018: Xanthe, aching for company on a hard traumaversary, calls Arkady. They talk for ten hours that day, relating an astonishing amount. Xanthe realises they have fallen for Arkady and pens a letter to confess their love and ask him if they can “break reality together.”
May 6th, 2018: Arkady receives the letter and calls Xanthe, saying, ‘I would be honoured to break reality with you.’
June of 2018: Xanthe and Arkady’s fiance, Ash, meet in real life when Ash takes an unexpected vacation in Savannah. They get along swimmingly and revel in their tag-team ability to help raise Arkady’s confidence and love him the way he deserves.
November 2nd, 2018: Arkady arrives by train from Rochester, New York, to Savannah, Georgia. Xanthe and Arkady meet for the first time. Xanthe shows him around Savannah and they spend the weekend celebrating Xanthe’s birthday and bar-hopping.
November 5th, 2018: Xanthe has what would be their best birthday ever. Arkady takes credit for an enormous amount of fog that coats downtown Savannah that night, knowing that this is Xanthe’s favourite weather. Xanthe gains the ability to cry, if only out of happiness.
November 8th, 2018: Under the