The Showman is a story written by Tsuki Akari and illustrated by halcyonjazz. It ran in Issue 10 at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/46028.html, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/the-showman/.
From delicious.com: "Wonderful, wonderful story about a mage who is also a minstrel who is also very weird, and travels with a family until he finds something better to do, that is, a half-burnt boy who doesn't want his help at all."
- http://www.fictionresource.com/slash/recs.php?serie=Original+fiction: "The most unlikely couple that you'll never be able to picture apart. Incredible prose and language, plus characters more fleshed out than most real people!"
- delicious.com: "Slightly psychotic mage-turned-bard rescues a man from a fire, and ends up travelling the world with him because he is "the most singularly drab man I have ever met." I WANT TO HAVE WRITTEN THIS STORY."