27
Apr

A Knight of Enchantment

by Hiwaru Kibi (火悪 木美)   Staring down from atop the great height of her dapple-grey horse, the one-eyed knight was formidable indeed. “Halt, brigands!” Mia glanced from Sefir at her right to Kalshinai at her left, then back to the knight. “Excuse me, brigands?” Mia echoed, confused. Admittedly, the lady knight has missing half […]

26
Apr

Novice

by shukyou (主教) Of course Aryun was balls-deep in him, pinning Gino’s hands to the mattress above his head, when Yuliya walked in. It wasn’t how he’d wanted her to find out. Gino wasn’t sure how he’d wanted the high priest’s daughter to find out, exactly, if at all, but he knew it wasn’t this: […]

26
Apr

Scraps of Kindness

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑) Laurence had just settled into a seat at the counter, when the bartender asked, setting a gin and tonic in front of him, “No students tonight, professor?” Ken was stone-faced, but his lips were pressed to hide his smirk. Laurence couldn’t shrug off the usual wisecrack, which came out whenever […]

26
Apr

Pebbles Are Traditional

written and illustrated by Renaissance Makoto J. (ルネサンス・真・J) Kouki figured he was young and smitten, and therefore allowed to get drunk and sneak into his potential boyfriend’s room. Douglas would maybe be happy to see him, and they could hash out what they were to each other. It would be great. He ducked behind a […]

26
Apr

Celestial Mechanics

by Iwatani Meiko (岩谷 明衣子) It was only a few months ago that Lavinia had picked up an apprentice, and then, not entirely by choice. She had built her Seclusium to be deliberately forbidding (a black obsidian spire), remote (atop a mountain range), and difficult to ascend (full of traps). She had been secure here […]

26
Apr

So How Did

by Phun Saa (พรรษา) Probably, Sean would reflect later on, after it had turned into a whole thing, if he hadn’t whiffed so badly the very first time then he wouldn’t have had to compensate and it never would’ve become a thing at all.  Maybe.  He knew at least some of his faults, and he […]

26
Apr

Shore Leave

by Kimyō Tabibito (奇妙 旅人) and Tobias Stout illustrated by beili Lieutenant Treng is about to prove correct several stereotypes about soldiers, which are as follows: One: It’s frowned upon to sleep with fellow grunts on a starship, so by the time leave rolls around they’re absolutely desperate for anything besides their own hand. Two: […]

26
Apr

Activity Report

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) “You’re in a good mood today,” Lew said from his couch, as Russell hummed at the kitchen pass-through counter, bopping in place a little as he stirred his coffee. “Yeah, I guess I am.” Russell rinsed his spoon and set it in the drainboard. “I went out last night. It […]

26
Apr

Contact Zones

by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) → I first see Shelly at the local high school track, on New Year’s day, though I won’t learn her name for ages. She’s built sturdy as a tank but looks like Bambi as she eases up off the bleachers, wobbling on her spotless pastel pink skates. She hears me skate […]

26
Apr

Cultural Contact

by juou no zan (女王のザン) With a newly freed-up schedule, Osett decided he might as well track down General Ordoni. He dropped his paperwork off in his office and made his way to the courtyard where Ordoni and some of the other generals sparred and sometimes ate. He was in luck; Ordoni was there. Growing […]

26
Apr

With Thee In Spirit

by Iron Eater When Clark got into the urban exploration hobby, he’d expected to be the only thing haunting the condemned manor house out past the edge of town. Worst case scenario, he figured, was that he’d have to evade squatters or some weirdos making meth, and his cautious daytime sweeps with a drone-mounted camera […]

29
Feb

Glory in your own Ecstasies

by Kimyō Tabibito (奇妙 旅人) and Tobias Stout   All Tamish temples, no matter how humble, have at least one room resplendent with lush places to sit, devotional art to contemplate, scripture and holy poetry to meditate upon, and an altar to each of the Four Gods. These altars are scattered with candles and incense […]

29
Feb

The Payoff

by Himawari (ヒマワリ)   Construct type: Suraksha (Unit name: Suraksha) Individual log 2623-05-12-00-24-51:27 I was inventorying my drone kits when Meethi took me aside in the shipnet with what it tagged as important updates on crew relations. I made some sort of face, because I was tired of social interactions after two-and-a-half weeks of herding […]

29
Feb

Polyeleos

by Shirozubon Saruko illustrated by Iron Eater Ilya was shaken awake by a rough hand, and blinked up at a candle’s glow in the dark. It lit the sharp planes of Brother Yuri’s strong, square face, now wide-eyed and drum-tight with fear and alarm. “Brother Ilya, please help us,” Yuri said as soon as he […]

29
Feb

All parts there made one prisoner

by Sparklebeard   Colin was in the middle of straightening up his living quarters for the third time, nervously placing and re-placing the throw pillows on his small sofa, when his tablet chimed to signal an incoming call. He nearly dropped the tablet in his haste to grab it from the table, and took a […]