23
Dec

Fun by the Tree

by seanstartrunning

23
Dec

His heart must be ash where his body lies burned

by shukyou (主教)

See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.

Now

Marron Fletcher clutched his hunting rifle in his left hand, pointing toward the edges of his estate with his right. “That’s where it was seen?” he asked.

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22
Dec

Xenolith Cache

written and illustrated by Iron Eater

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Riaag wasn’t certain what sort of person you’d have to be to try and restrain a potentially dangerous stranger with shitty, half-rotten rope, but that was certainly the sort of person who was overseeing his escort. Having ripped a great many things apart in his time—his deed name of Bough-Breaker had become increasingly apt over the years—he had little doubt he could have shredded his bonds with barely any effort; as the current step of his grand plan required him to get inside unfamiliar territory without raising the hue and cry of every single warrior encamped there, he instead opted to keep his mouth shut and his head down. For as big a man as he was, Riaag had a lot of experience with being inconspicuous. It gave him plenty of time to think.

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22
Dec

Feeders

Renaissance Makoto J (ルネサンス・真・J)

See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.

Hazel looked up at the sign hanging above the door: East St. Louis Pets. Back again, he thought and looked down at the box in his hands with accusation as if the box’s inhabitants had X-ray vision and reason to apologize. 

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22
Dec

Backroads

by NTH

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i. under waiting stars

As the night drew on and on, Miklós observed all kinds of people in town who stopped by the bar to drink something: Jan, the mailman, who ordered a beer and laughed a bit with Lara, the daughter of the owner; a group of former classmates of his older brother, who took a seat behind one of the four tables and drank to some achievement he didn’t catch; Mrs. Pahor, the tailor, who asked for some wine but never paid.

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22
Dec

Dress Code

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三)

See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.

“Have you seen that bullshit?” Moira demanded, appearing around Russell’s cubicle wall like a highly caffeinated Valkyrie swooping in, venti coffee cup in hand, to bless or condemn the living.

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28
Oct

The Tunnel

by Domashita Romero (地下ロメロ)

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Finn’s phone lit up with a call, which was unusual enough, but even stranger still was that it wasn’t immediately identified as his best friend Scam Likely, who called him several times a week. It was an unknown number, still, though. He let it buzz in his hand, where it had interrupted his very important Sunday morning social media hell scroll, for just a few seconds. Maybe he’d entered a sweepstakes and forgotten. Maybe it was a poll and he’d get to say something enjoyably stupid. He swiped to answer and brought it up to his ear. 

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27
Oct

Static on the Radio

by Hiwaru Kibi (火悪 木美)

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“Jesus,” said Meg. “Hop in before you catch your death out there.”

Despite being absolutely soaked with rain, the young woman hesitated. Meg supposed she couldn’t blame her — there were a lot of weirdos out tonight, and weirdos in cars especially. But Meg wasn’t a weirdo. She was a divorced mother of three with a station wagon. She had carseats in the back, for heaven’s sake.

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27
Oct

Thaw

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三)

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Peter shut the front door behind the furnace guy and let his forehead rest briefly against the wooden panel. Then he pushed himself upright to shiver over to the couch and dive again into the warm refuge under the duvet. He rolled his head back and stared at the ceiling. “Blah. I’m officially tired of adulting.”

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27
Oct

In Ossa Venenum

written and illustrated by Iron Eater

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Mr. Ward,

I regret not corresponding sooner than this, & request your forgiveness in this matter, as my relocation to my new quarters involved a great deal of unexpected elements, delays, &tc., but I wish to firstly ease any concerns you might have for my constitution by including copies of my meal records for the period of time between when I left for the other side of town & when I penned this letter. These are enclosed within the smaller envelope. I anticipate another meal to-day in the evening after the students’ sundown lessons have concluded. It will be dutifully enclosed with my next missive.

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27
Oct

All the Ways We Reform

By Ana Miruko (婀汝 美琉子)

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I don’t remember the first time I was born.

I don’t suppose that’s so strange, but for the fact that I remember the second time I was born with much more clarity.

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27
Oct

Instinct

by shukyou (主教)

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Graham kept one eye on the watch in his hand and the other on the cage. The nautical charts were pinned to the wall behind him, but by this point, he could have recited them by heart. His breath was so shallow it barely moved his chest as he watched the second hand dance its jerky round in a five-step pattern, four ticks and then a number. This was the last step, the one that would prove them fools or gods, but nothing in-between.

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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

See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.

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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