The Red Scare

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The Red Scare is a story written by shukyou. It ran in Issue 45 and can be found at and


An eccentric twentieth-century history buff gets a surprise from his boyfriend.

At first, Paul didn't understand what was happening, so all he said when he looked up from his desk and saw Percy standing in the doorway was, "Don't forget to pick up paper towels if you're going out."

"Thank you for coming, Mr. Broderick," said Percy in a tone that was part business and part ice, and that was what made Paul really look, shoving his glasses up the bridge of his nose and marking his place in his new as-yet-unpromising biography of FDR with the flap of the dust jacket as he stared across the dim span of his study. The room was windowless, paneled with mahogany, and lined on all sides with bookshelves; a brass clock on the desk gave the time as 1:50, but it could have been early afternoon as easily as the middle of the night. The bulb of his desk lamp hit his eyes like a spotlight, illuminating the top of the desk and half-blinding him to everything beyond it. "Did the girl out front offer you coffee?"


The Red Scare is part of the Whitniverse.

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Author's Notes[edit]

...I don't really have a lot to say here this time except to thank beeblebabe and note that if you can see through the thin veil this time, we should be friends.


External Reviews[edit]

  • "Paul and Percy roleplay prisoner of the state and angry interrogator. This short, neat story is very funny and their roleplay is lovingly hilarious. Includes lines such as: "People like you are the reason for our defeat in Indochina!" "
  • "I don’t want to give this one away so all I’ll say is it has some of the most bizarre foreplay I’ve ever seen"