Notes: Double Blind was something of an unexpected hit (not unlike Survivors' Guilt back in the day, come to think of it). Therefore, by polling and popular request, it's becoming the prologue to this slightly longer piece. I've decided to maintain present tense with the follow-up, even though that's always risky; drawing back a step into past might ruin the immediacy. Let me know if it was the wrong choice. Oh—and for U.S. readers who might be unfamilar with the parlance, sharps are needles, in a pretty specific sense (believe me, I had no idea what the hell that word meant when I first moved over here four years ago). Armed with that, I'm sure you'll get it from the context. Otherwise, this is pretty unashamed cocoa-and-book!porn. Enjoy.
Summary: Surreptitiousness has its merits, but it'll only go so far.