Out of this World

by juou no zan (女王のザン)

illustrated by Z. Zacht-Zoet


There were perfectly good reasons why Colby was staring at the alien across the club. It wasn’t like ce was xeno or anything–not that there was anything wrong with that, what consenting adult sapients did together was their own business–but ce absolutely could not stop staring. Ce’d never seen an alien in real life before, and ce hardly knew anything about zhenegas. For instance, ce hadn’t known their bright blue mouths actually glowed in low light. Ce hadn’t realized what a difference an extra joint in each limb would make to their flexibility, even just while dancing. Ce had perfectly good reasons to stare that had nothing to do with wanting to find out what kind of genitals a zhenega had, or this zhenega had, at least. Though maybe not perfectly good reasons to stare for quite so long, because it was rude and the zhenega had noticed cer, made eye contact, and was making its way through the crowd to cer.

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How to Get Into the Krixin Resort

by juou no zan (女王のザン)

“Oh shit,” Rirdan said. “The Krixin Resort is opening to the public for a week next month.”

Devere leaned into the room from the galley. “Shit, really?” he asked. The Krixin Resort was always filled with rich idiots, which would be reason enough to hit it, but Devere’s old partner, M’ŋary, had a key to a physical safe in the Member Resources office, which Devere had managed to get a hold of before abandoning their old ship.

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by Iron Eater
illustrated by Someone Else and juou no zan (女王のザン)

“So why are you making such a big fuss about going to this thing, Pete? It’s just airy-fairy people bopping around in tights for a few hours with a piss break in the middle. You’d be better off just hitting the Redbox out front and using the money you didn’t spend on tickets to get a weekend’s worth of takeout.”

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by juou no zan (女王のザン)


Suicide Prevention

written and illustrated by juou no zan (女王のザン)

Joshua stepped up onto the ledge and took a deep breath. The air was warm and grassy with the promise of summer. The campus looked pretty from up here, where you couldn’t make out the litter and the gum stains. The sun was getting ready to set, but it was late enough in the year that it would take almost two hours to finish. Distantly, there were shouts and screams and laughter from people happy to be free for the summer. He looked down. It seemed high enough. “Well,” he said. “Goodbye cruel world, I guess.”

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The Virgin Incubus

by juou no zan (女王のザン)

When Cody was growing up, he thought his parents’ decision to move to the middle of nowhere to raise him was a good one. They sidestepped all the problems of a nosy school system by homeschooling him. They avoided crowded places because there was nowhere they went that ever got crowded. There weren’t any kids his age, or even close to his age, nearby, so they didn’t have to worry about friends finding out. They had phones, and tv, and internet, and had family over, or neighbors who were older, and Cody was friends with them. He never felt especially lonely. Kids who lived in the city didn’t get to explore wilderness, or help with farms, or go places with no trace that other kids had been there before.

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The Prince’s Plaything

by juou no zan (女王のザン)

He’d actually always thought it was a myth, one of those stories people whispered about the royals because they were royals and you made shit up about them. But he sure did have a summons from the prince. The prince! What did the prince need with a candlemaker? The steward bought all the candles for the castle. It wasn’t like the prince could commission him for some great work of chandlery.

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The Other Monster

by Juou no zan (女王のザン)

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/345008.html)

There was a monster on the ground at Sam Steel’s feet. It was naked and flushed, and looked exactly like a human except for the horns and tail curling out from its skull and spine respectively. And, arguably, the look on its face.

Someone was speaking to Derek. He had been staring at the monster at his new leader’s feet instead of listening. He turned back to his guide. “What?”

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You Just Might Get It

by juou no zan (女王のザン)

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/312773.html)

“Oh, Josie’s back in town next week, she wants to have dinner,” Liz said.

Sam rolled his eyes. “I don’t ask you to have dinner with my exes.”

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Ve Cherinitat ral ve Mofellivun

by juou no zan (女王のザン)

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/306420.html)

Jaden was eight months into his imprisonment when he got a cellmate. His cell was miniscule, so he’d been under the impression he’d be alone for the duration of his sentence.

“Hey,” Jaden asked the guard who brought his new cellmate, “what gives? This is a single, you know.”

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