27
Aug

Welcome to House Cherry

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑)

 

Reputation

Breakfast is an outdated meal, but it’s the hill that this damned school is determined to die on. Connor stares grumpily at the floor with his eyes half-closed, acknowledging no one as he trudges to the shower. It wakes him up, but a hot shower does not a morning person make. His mood is worsened when he runs into Vince and Dove brushing their teeth together, as if they were a real couple. Connor stomps out because they don’t seem to notice him.

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24
Jul

Inherit, Imbue

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑)

 

His parents had warned Mir not to stray into the origin forest. Though it was the source of all magic, like the sun, it was dangerous in proximity. He hated disappointing his parents anyway, but he had seen the horrific results of the travelers that dared to enter it. The lure of power within drove ambitious sorcerers to venture inside, but no one had returned alive. Remains were seldom found since sensible locals were too afraid to retrieve them. The bodies who managed to crawl back to the borders were mangled into inhuman shapes. Some had their limbs fused into other limbs, others had their skins shifted on their bodies, as if someone decided their face holes were better suited on their backs. The worst was when the bones of a poor soul had splintered and pierced their skin, like hundreds of pale-white needles trying to escape the body. Mir held no illusions about what would happen to him if he were stupid enough.

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20
Jun

Nonpareil Star Dawn

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑)

After a week of missing classes, Katou Haruo tried to maintain a calm composure. Stepping into his classroom, he ignored strange glances from his classmates, repeating to himself that this awkwardness was temporary. He took a seat at his desk, unpacked his belongings, and stared straight ahead.

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19
Jun

Cream Puff

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑)

On paper, everything was peachy. Suddenly inheriting a house outside of a thriving city gave him the opportunity start anew. He was blessed with no mortgage and minimal student loans (thank goodness his parents couldn’t take back what was already paid – though they tried). Though the circumstances of their meeting had been unconventional, his roommate provided much-needed income while he took the time to build his career in the entirely frivolous field of patisserie. At his leisure he developed his menu of desserts and honed his skills. At the age of twenty-two, he was lucky to chase his dreams freely. He could have no complaints, and he did not complain, but everything he produced was garbage.

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23
Mar

What You Deserve

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑)

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/353895.html)

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She was proud of the faded scar beneath her navel. It was a tiny reminder of the meticulously planned trip to the clinic, which had included deceiving her mother and her job about her whereabouts. It wasn’t as though she regretting having Ashlyn, but – working through the fresh pain in her abdomen – she pumped her fist and drove back home in victory. Even after the four hours of driving back home – punctured by vomiting at the three-hour mark – after the weeks of a sensitive, indignant swelling, she felt so good.

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23
Feb

Lessons in Lunar Etiquette

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑)

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/348630.html)

“Your highness has powerful lungs,” Dragon Huo remarked, laughing boisterously. His lengthy body twirled in spirals, away from the Earth and toward the Moon. All throughout, Princess Shaoyao had not stopped screaming and crying in terror, even as the air thinned. The dragon’s clutches were too tight around her, and her head hung helplessly to the side. When her wailing had diminished out of exhaustion, Dragon Huo juggled her between his talons – her precious jewelry tinkling against each other – and threatened to drop her. To his tireless delight, this elicited fresh shrieks and he laughed some more.

The pale face of the Moon came into sight, and the beast glided toward stairs that were hewn downwards into the surface. At the bottom of the steps stood a mighty stone door, engraved with intricate sigils. He pushed his way into a vast indoor garden with a floor of tiny pebbles, from which jutted massive boulders and black, spiny weeds. There was a paved, winding walkway for guests to admire the scenery, but Huo crawled straight through, his tail throwing debris this way and that. Pale columns with streaks of gray lined the garden boundaries and led to an arch, as big and grand as the main entrance.

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2
Nov

The Height at Five Nights

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑)

(mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/342093.html)

Staring at the beautiful autumn sky helped Oscar space out and forget the tension in the car. He had given up trying to figure out Damien’s state of mind. Before they opened the doors of the Corolla ’02, his shaggy-haired lover voiced his enthusiasm for their first trip together. He specifically mentioned how excited he was to have a companion for his monthly camping trips, and Oscar grinned, relieved that he wasn’t imposing. But as they got closer to the campgrounds, Oscar noticed that Damien’s answers became clipped and nervous. He reached over and squeezed his knee, echoing the earlier excitement.

“Thanks for taking me with you. I’m so glad we’re doing this together.”

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