29
Feb

From the Cold

by shukyou (主教)   “The prisoner has confessed, Your Majesty, and the sentence has been declared,” said Grand Advisor Maspa with all the smug self-righteousness of a man watching the jaws of a well-laid trap sink deeper into a prey animal’s leg. Daraya bit the inside of his cheek to bleeding to keep from snapping […]

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. The young boy nodded, looking pale as a well-laundered sheet. Marron supposed the pack of […]

27
Oct

Instinct

by shukyou (主教) See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. 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 […]

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 […]

23
Jun

𒀭

See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. by shukyou (主教) illustrated by beili She drew herself to her full height when she saw me, setting her chin at a regal angle, announcing without words what she thought about herself and where she stood — or at least, what she wanted everyone to think […]

28
Apr

Quarry

by shukyou (主教) See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. Novice Theo was not supposed to hate. He was expected to feel some negativity, of course, but he was not supposed to. Purging that was part of his novitiate training, burning away everything but love for and devotion to the Great Tetratheon that […]

25
Feb

The Absence of You

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by TOFU Read this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. “He’s coming to,” said a voice Lucian almost recognized – almost, and then even that was gone. True to the words, Lucian opened his eyes and found himself in a completely unfamiliar sterile white room. It was like waking from […]

28
Oct

The Cuckoo

by shukyou (主教)   Flashbulbs exploded like fireworks as they stepped past the customs gate into the terminal, the happy reunited family. They’d gotten permission to take the Millers behind the scenes a little, past the point where those picking up arriving passengers were expected to wait, so that the reunion itself might take place away […]

27
Aug

Good Morning

by shukyou (主教)   Despite what his name might suggest, Moe wasn’t a joker. He didn’t always get comedy, and he had five good jokes memorized for social purposes, even though I wouldn’t have sworn he understood why their punchlines were funny. The rest of our friends and I generally left him out of our […]

30
Jul

Female Impersonators of Distinction

by shukyou (主教) Bud clutched the matchbook tight in one sweaty paw as he hiked the two miles from where he’d gotten dropped off off to his final destination. He hadn’t dared give the driver of the ride he’d thumbed the right address, so he’d told the man that friends would be meeting him here at […]

25
Jun

Night Owls

by shukyou (主教)   “Dad.” Marcus opened his eyes, willing himself not to look at the bedside clock. The number would just depress him. “Dad.” The voice came from the three-foot-high silhouette standing backlit in the bedroom doorway. He had just started sleeping with the door open weeks ago, when some part of him had […]

26
Mar

Unconventional

by shukyou  (主教)   “Christ on toast,” Racquel swore at her phone screen. One of the interns on her last project had shown her how to set up Google alerts about three months ago, and from that point since, she’d gotten a little push notification about Leigh March every other week or so. Most carried information […]

26
Feb

For the Vine

by shukyou (主教)   Ray glared daggers over the tops of his glasses. “Not once in human history has that been a compelling argument. Even back when Vine did exist.” Impervious as always to the weapons of his best friend’s expressions, Marcus kept that stupid, shit-eating grin plastered across his face. “Then do it for […]

30
Oct

Man Seeking

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by cloven “He’s a serial killer, you know,” was what Wyatt heard as he approached his friends at the bar. “Nah,” said Benny, shaking his head so his disdain came through loud and clear over the thudding strains of Joy Division. “He probably doesn’t kill them. Just chains them to a […]

21
Aug

The Smart Girl’s Spellbook of Practical Wicca

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by rebelliux It was Nightshade who had the idea first. She’d been at this the longest, since back before we all could drive, because her parents were the only ones willing to shuttle her to the town’s single New Age store, where the shelves were stocked with crystals and books that […]