23
Sep

World’s Finest

by Takiguchi Aiko (滝口アイコ)
illustrated by calintz

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/93799.html)

The first thing Keith Manning had taught him was the workings of the Lair’s database.”You’re the one who wanted to be useful to me,” he had said when Elias had complained. “Utilizing your existing skills, that’s useful.” It had taken months of system administration before Keith finally relented and began schooling him in field work. Even then, Elias’ first martial arts lesson had been breath control.

“Breath is the foundation of life,” Keith’s arms had been loosely folded, hands buried in his gi. “You can’t throw a punch if you can’t breathe through it. There are myriad uses besides. If you’re undercover or being interrogated, for example. It helps you regain your rational mind in times of panic. Control is important in all things.”

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24
Dec

This Year’s Prom King

by shukyou (主教)
illustrated by calintz

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/66670.html)

Treat it like it’s a movie. Opening scene, some rich kid’s house, parents gone for the weekend, low light, booze and joints, inmates running the asylum. Credits in some trendy font roll while guitars rock out some overplayed pop hit. Zoom in on the kids, who have by this point all sprawled over the furniture in various states of fashionable disarray. Keep zooming until you get to the guy slouched in the middle of the nice beige loveseat, knees spread a mile wide, joint poised between two fingers, the one who’s telling the joke that everyone’s laughing at, the one responsible for no fewer than six of the beer cans that’ll be gracing the recyclables bin come tomorrow.

That’s me. I’m telling the story; I get the establishing shot.

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24
Dec

I’ve Got My Love

by Roselia Grimm
illustrated by calintz

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/66094.html)

illustrated by calintz

Dov woke up with a warm body on either side of him. He lay still for a second, hoping against hope that he was having a particularly vivid dream. But no, there was light shining behind his closed eyes and he could feel, very distinctly, the cold air around him. The climate control was broken; probably citywide since he didn’t hear any alerts beeping. One of the bodies next to him moved on top of him. There was a sound like someone beginning a very long and involved kiss over his chest with someone else. He said, without opening his eyes, “What did I tell you two about this.”

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16
Oct

You Drive Me Crazy

by Shinju Yuri (真珠百合)
illustrated by calintz

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/62003.html)

illustrated by calintz

The first person Walter had ever fallen in love with had attracted his attention by hitting him over the head with her wax-headed doll, and bursting into tears when he started bleeding. The resemblance was sometimes striking, he thought, looking over at Frederick. He wondered what type of little girl Frederick had fallen in love with. Not someone like Walter’s first love. If Frederick had been hit over the head with a doll, he would have hit her back harder, and then they would have clung together in angry tears. Walter chuckled.

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15
Feb

What Doesn’t Kill You

by Shinju Yuri (真珠百合)
illustrated by calintz

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/40939.html)

When Hyun-woo rose up from his seat and said, “I should go back; Sung-min’s mother is visiting”, he silenced the entire room.

“….Lee Sung-min’s mother?” said Eun-jae finally.

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15
Feb

Valence

by Kagamino Kage (鏡乃 影)
illustrated by calintz

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/41353.html)

illustrated by calintz

“The fourth one in a week!”

“What d’you suppose’ll happen if this one turns it down too?”

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21
Dec

Loving You More

by Shinju Yuri (真珠百合)
illustrated by calintz

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/34867.html)

“The sun is shining,” said Walter. “It’s a beautiful day outside.”

“Please die,” said a lump in the middle of the bed. The lump had curled all of the blankets around itself and as Walter watched, attempted to tuck itself more tightly together.

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28
Sep

Take a Picture

by Shinju Yuri (真珠百合)
illustrated by calintz

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/28113.html)

The author offers her apologies and notes that this makes at least as much sense as half the doujinshi she’s read.

Richard Mapleton did shoots with ball-jointed dolls, by preference; he said the dolls pretty much expressed everything he wanted to say about the state of current fashion and design. The dolls sat and posed with realistic backdrops or huge, dew-covered lilies or peonies or roses. Their knowing blank eyes stared at you from the photos, as if a little amused and sad. They used to say that he never wanted to work with a human model unless they were as perfect as the dolls.

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7
Jul

Care And Feeding

by Shinju Yuri (真珠百合)
illustrated by calintz

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/20488.html)

(as always thank you to everybody who ever listened to me whine on LJ and then told me what I was doing wrong, and also to Sakkit, zee partner in crime. ♥)

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14
Feb

Your Cover’s Blown

by Shinju Yuri (真珠百合)
illustrated by calintz

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/10498.html)

He’d never fallen in love before but he’d always thought it would be like the feeling when you slotted something into place and knew, even before you turned on the steam and watched the gears begin to move, that everything was where it was supposed to be. Even before the gears began to move smoothly, faster and faster, until everything was a steady contented hum. He’d heard that it was something like a chemical reaction, though. If it was, that was all right, because he was used to them. The trick was to make big, gloriously horrible balls-ups of the thing and remember to duck if it blew. And do it over and over again until you got it right.

There was a slender young man on the opposite side of the room, cool and elegant-looking in the clothes that made Walter feel like a giraffe. He moved like well-oiled machinery, all smooth motion stopping precisely when lack of motion was required. Walter was trying not to stare at him but he wanted to take him apart to see what made him tick.

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31
Oct

Emerald Tiger

by Shinju Yuri (真珠百合)
illustrated by calintz

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/4740.html)

When his master died, Jin Hyun-Woo set off to take on the world. He had Queenslayer, his master’s sword and he was going to find the bastards that killed his master. No matter how long it took or what happened.

Three years later all he had to show for himself were a scar on his back, a weird panther thing that stole most of his bed despite everybody assuring him it was an astral projection and not a real panther at all, and the most annoying man on the face of the earth as his partner. It wasn’t what he had thought he was getting into.

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