Strength, Gallantry, and Other Useless Bits
Strength, Gallantry, and Other Useless Bits is a story written by Ogiwara Saki and illustrated by jellomix. It ran in Issue 26 at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/147451.html, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/strength-gallantry-and-other-useless-bits/.
From the author: "In which there is an all-boys boarding school in China that likes to get really, really competitive."
From pinboard.in: "Wherein Shou Yan goes to an all boys boarding school for martial arts duelist and has to suffered being paired with bubbly Wan Lee as his shield partner when he thinks Wan Lee and his roommate, Qin Song, would have been a better fit and he, Shou Yang, and Feng, Qin Song's partner as well. That's not his jealousy talking either, okay?"
From pinboard.in: "Shou Yan's years at the Jing Fei Dueling Academy are already overshadowed by his formidable elder brother; being in love with his hyperactive sword brother is just an added trial. This is really charming!"
This story is followed by Find Your Own Way Home.
- shadow-birds.tumblr.com: "THIS ONE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES THOUGH THEY’RE SCHOOLBOYS WITH LIKE, DUELING I GUESS, AS IN PHYSICAL DUELING AND THEY HAVE “SHIELD BROTHERS” AND IT’S BASICALLY HIGH SCHOOL FIC WHERE THEY BEAT EACH OTHER UP. ALSO THEY’RE ALL POC."
- pinboard.in: "School boys, wuxia; Muslim Asian character. Directed violence as expected from rough martial arts competitions."
- delicious.com: "oh my god, this is so crazy and delightful. a hilarious rom-com about a bunch of boys at a chinese boarding school who compete in 'lantern' championships -- it's fun and light-hearted, but all the characters are so fully fleshed-out and ridiculously charming."
- gaiaonline.com/forum: "REALLY CUTE s**t. 3SASSY5ME. school things"