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

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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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