26
Aug

If I Look in Your Eyes (I’ll Want You to Hold Me)

by green papaya

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Holly took one last look at herself in the mirror and groaned in despair. She was giving up. There was no point in doing this. 

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26
Aug

Careful the Spell You Cast

by Wakahisa Rei (若久零)

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I press middle C on my keyboard and try not to wince at the sudden sound. It’s stupid that I’m flinching at this, but I’d expected something else. An explosion, maybe. It’s not as if I played this keyboard a couple thousand times for over a decade.

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26
Aug

Combination Lock

by shukyou (主教)
illustrated by beili

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Eli was just about to give up on the evening when the cops arrived.

A collective groan rose through the patronage as the lights in the bar snapped full up and a little joke of an air raid siren began to wail from over the bar. Eli glanced down at his watch before he remembered that he wasn’t wearing one tonight — or much of anything else, for that matter. He shifted his wig a little more securely into place, though he didn’t think it helped the illusion much, not at this hour, not after this many beers. Shit, why hadn’t he tried a little harder tonight? Maybe he could have passed as someone’s little sister, tagging along for a night on the town!

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26
Aug

Ever a Surprise

by 織工 (Okō)

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Stephanie pulled at the strap of her borrowed black velvet halter-top, then pulled the waist of it back down to meet her skirt’s waistband and looked around the courtyard, trying not to bite her lip so she wouldn’t smear her lipstick. Her long bright-red hair was piled on top of her head in some kind of fancy curled up-do, and she couldn’t help the urge to tear it all down and put it back in a braid. 

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26
Aug

One at a time

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三)

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On the morning of his twenty-seventh birthday, Owen’s alarm woke him, as per usual, with the “Ride of the Valkyries” at three-thirty a.m.

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26
Aug

The Shards of His Shiny Illusions

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑)

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Jack’s phone pinged as he received a message. 

Did you buy your ticket?

It was from a potential friend, Parkson. He and Jack had met on the message boards for the upcoming comic convention. By happy coincidence, they were both looking for someone to go with, they were both huge fans of the anime Galaxy Roar, and they were both gay. 

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23
Jun

The Weight of What We Owe

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written and illustrated by Iron Eater

In the depths of the sky lies the garden of the gods, and all around the garden there is a belt of lights and towers, and all throughout these celestial marches there is me.

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23
Jun

Her Lover’s Salt

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by Himawari (ヒマワリ)

Subra-82 research expedition, Archaeological Division, Room 423Ж

2547-16-33

Dear Losna,

Your data packet arrived today. Thank you for sending all of the footage of the anniversary party: dadiji-dadaji look well, and still in love after all these years. The packet uncompressed and decrypted beautifully at this end, as you predicted. Thank you, too, for talking me into switching to bogeo17. You’re right, it transmitted much faster over the solar system relay than my old algorithm did, even though ’tis the season for salt dust storms, and you know how bad those are for signal quality. Some day, maybe, we’ll have enough satellites that it won’t be such a problem, but we aren’t there yet.

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23
Jun

By the Light of Day

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by Ana Miruko (婀汝 美琉子)

The walk from the doors of the throne room to the dais had never seemed intimidating before, but now the polished floor seemed to stretch out before her like an expanse of desert – uncrossable and without a refuge in sight. The guards at her elbows gave her no quarter as they continued forward, their grip all but keeping her upright. She wouldn’t give them the satisfaction of dragging her, of letting go of that last vestige of her dignity. This was not the moment for rebellion.

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23
Jun

Cheat Codes

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by Arson

No matter how useless the final results might be, watching the loom at work never got old.

Chel loaded her latest design into the feed and emitted the chemical signature that was keyed to her allotted time to use the loom. This late in the year, she didn’t have very much time left.

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23
Jun

𒀭

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by shukyou (主教)
illustrated by beili

She drew herself to her full height when she saw me, setting her chin at a regal angle, announcing without words what she thought about herself and where she stood — or at least, what she wanted everyone to think she thought. “Well met,” she said, drawing the back of her hand hastily across her heat-warmed cheeks, rendered pink by sunlight. She took three sharp, shallow breaths, then squared her shoulders again. “I am come for audience with the Great Queen Ereškigala, ruler of the worlds below and mistress of souls.”

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23
Jun

A Star to Sail By

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by Salem Fitzgerald

East Indies, 1750

The ship was wrecked in a storm. To tell the whole story would be pointless, unless it was to a listener who knew the craft and her crew and cargo and had a vested interest in every detail. Alfie had no such listener; he was lucky to have his life. He knew not how many of the other hands had survived. Perhaps he was the only one. Certainly he was the only one presently washing up on this sandy beach somewhere in the East Indies. He’d been carried here on a few planks of the wreckage, and as soon as he had gained land, he acted in the traditional fashion of all castaways and swooned in the sand.

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23
Jun

a kept woman, happily

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by A.S. Mara
illustrated by by dollydari

The package came to her in a long, large portable tank, roughly the size of a double-sided refrigerator. It was carried entirely by eight hoverbots to support its weight, and supervised by one tall, bulky courier, who fumbled with their electronic notepad and squinted at the print on the screen.

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29
Apr

A Fine Distraction

by Okō

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Dieter watched the crowd flow around him in the largest ballroom in the German Embassy.  There were too few exits, too many people, and too many potentially un-vetted catering staff. But after nearly a decade spent among the ambassadorial elites in London, none of that was supposed to be Dieter’s problem any longer. The invitees who circulated in the room held champagne flutes in soft hands and sparkled with jewelry and custom cufflinks. They were striking, and many of them were young and beautiful, and all of them were convinced the world was theirs for the taking.

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