Up the Garden Path

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Up the Garden Path is a story written by shukyou and illustrated by aspectabund. It ran in Issue 39 and can be found at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/228251.html and http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/up-the-garden-path/.


A young man meets -- and tries to impress -- new his boyfriend's friends at their weekly tabletop roleplaying game.

Ianaver Swordhand is a human fighter. Standing a majestic six and a half feet tall, he has high strength and charisma balanced by relatively low speed and dexterity. He wears a dwarf-forged breastplate, a gift from Nortiln Giantcrippler, the party's other fighter (and himself a dwarf); he wields a sword that has a plus-three in dragonslaying, which is reputed to be very handy should he ever be approached by a dragon.

Literally the only reason Noah can remember most of this is because it's all written on the piece of paper in front of him, on the table between his can of PBR and Jai's bag of white cheddar popcorn.

From fail-fandomanon.dreamwidth.org: "Noah meets his boyfriend Jai's D&D group. He rolls for sex-pollen and group role play ensues."

From pinboard.in: "the one with the RPG in-character sex pollen porn"

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Author's Notes[edit]

This story, as you may have noticed, is very silly.

It is also not the story I intented to write for this issue, but upon realizing that my original story should not be squeezed into only two entries, I sidelined it for December and came up with this. This is also one of the three single-entry stories I've written since double-entry stories became available, and I took total advantage of it by putting it first in the issue. I thought it set a nice irreverent tone, what can I say?

'Up the Garden Path' is the name of a Dungeons and Dragons module, and though I know nothing about that adventure specifically, I laughed so hard when I came across it that I couldn't resist naming the story after it. I myself have not tabletopped in literally decades, so thanks to raininariver for D&D-checking it for me!

Why are five of the six kids, who are playing standard-issue white D&D character types, Asian-American? Because reverse whitewashing is funny.

(from http://ladysisyphus.livejournal.com/823022.html)