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May

This Side of Saturn

by Shinju Yuri (真珠百合) illustrated by amei (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/42586.html) Naoki leaned back in his chair and stretched. A glance at the clock showed that it was already almost midnight. It hardly seemed possible, but he wanted to get the results written up quickly. He should go to bed. The research conference started tomorrow at seven, […]

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May

Behind Enemy Lines

by Shinko Hisada (身固之妥) (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/42773.html) There were, Kale reflected, a few things the recruiting officers failed to mention when they were making their pitches to the young men of the towns and villages. They spoke a great deal of honour and glory, heroics and bravery, triumph and victory. Kale had been far from the […]

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May

Drive Me Crazy

by Ladyangel illustrated by Ryuu no Dokoro (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/43097.html) Thank you to Silver Muse for the wonderful beta and to Ryuu no Dokoro for her patience and totally awesome illustrations. — August 2007 When Ryan was fifteen, instead of obsessively playing video games, he applied for college. Unsurprisingly to his doting mother, he got in. […]

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May

The Prodigal Son

by Bloodsucking Llama (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/43423.html) At the risk of sounding condescending, I must say that my life was once rather admirable. People always said that I had His full, gracious support… that I was somehow favored among mortals. Now, however, I feel estranged from those marvelous years. I feel like a condemned man awaiting the […]

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May

Synergy

by Wo Xi Huan (我喜歡) (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/43763.html) He could hear them walking around, could hear them whispering to each other in whistling, thin voices that made him think of the cold. Cold he knew, cold he could deal with- cold was his first memory. He had lived on a mountain far to the north, so […]

5
May

Straight Edge

by yabamena (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/43808.html) This story has been removed at the author’s request.

5
May

The Summer Breeze

by Take Henjyou (他日返静) (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/44239.html) The scholar was on the top of the world. The scholar was in the throes of despair. The glad tidings was that he, a lowly orphan with little connections and less wealth, had somehow triumphed and emerged as the top scholar in the year’s District Examinations. It was a […]

5
May

In His Eyes

by Shuua (シューア) (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/44538.html) “Had a rough day, then?” It took a moment for Ellis to realize that the words had been directed at him. For one thing, no one said something that cliché to a stranger in a bar, not even in cheesy movies. And for another, no one said anything at all […]

5
May

Burning Snow

by Zack (ザックス) illustrated by celectis (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/44697.html) Dorcha bounded up the stairs, desperately trying to block out the sounds of screaming. He had to hurry, had to make it before it was too late. His throat burned like fire and little stars danced before his eyes when he finally reached the top of the […]

5
May

First Draft

by Tamanegi Amai (玉葱亜麻衣) (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/44979.html) It was days like these when Richard was glad he had finished his graduate studies years ago. He had awoken that Sunday to the furious click clacking of Aaron’s frenzied typing as the boy sat at the foot of the bed, laptop resting on his knees. He was as […]

5
May

Left Alone at the Altar

by Kikuchi Makoto (菊池 誠) (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/45109.html) I was forced to admit that something wasn’t quite right when I nearly burst into tears during the Eucharistic Prayer. It almost surprised me–I hadn’t considered myself to be particularly depressed or miserable–but somehow, looking out over the congregation, I felt a sudden weight of loneliness settle over […]

5
May

The Horror from the Deep

by Tamari Erin (玉里えりん) (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/45434.html) Carter surged to his feet when his cousin entered the small parlour. “Henry!” he exclaimed, a slight nervous squeak to his voice. He had never liked his uncle’s house, and being here after so many years he found that his opinion had changed little. Henry stood by the door […]

5
May

In Tune

by Purrsia (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/45651.html) The piano tuner was quite attractive, his skin looking dark-skinned white or light-skinned black, Charles couldn’t quite determine which. He wore a tight black t-shirt and jeans so tight that no imagination was needed. Adrian, the last piano tuner, had worn dress pants and a button-down shirt, but he supposed young […]

5
May

The Showman

by Tsuki Akari (月あかり) illustrated by halcyonjazz (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/46028.html) She had wandered too close to the road. Lettie knew the instant she’d heard the beat of hooves at her back. Her father had warned her, of course. It was a ways to the next town, and the roads were rife with vagrants and highwaymen. For […]

5
May

Ixtapa of the Green Eyes

by Nara Kagerou (奈良蜻蛉) illustrated by ryuu no dokoro (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/46211.html) From the private memoirs of Hernando de Soto, conquistador to their majesties Carlos and Isabella of Spain: We arrived at Cajamarca in late fall, the cool heights of the mountains a welcome relief from the jungle lowlands. Atahuallpa’s army was encamped near there, at […]