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Aspen's just turned 18 here

He knew Aden would not approve. Astra would tell him all the horrible links to cancers he could be exposing himself to.

Aspen did not care. He walked in, design in hand, brokered the deal, and set a date. That day came, and Aspen showed up on time, stripped to his waist, and lounged on the table with his back exposed to the air for the needle.

Two artists, working one on each side, at his insistence, began the intricate lines, pausing to wipe and review with the special light frequently. Only perfection mattered. The pain was sensational until the nerves adjusted, leading to a slight disappointment for the young man receiving his first ink.

When he left, close to dawn, for the design had been made to cover most of his back, he listened to the care instructions, so he could tell Astra. She would care for his back, and in a few months, he'd find that little club with its relaxed dress code to show off his ink.

Aden might not approve, but Aspen was certain Aden would love the image of his wings under a blacklight.

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