Navid Arash Taraghijah: Still Life With Chair (I-XXV)

“I think it’d be good for you to start painting again.”

Navid didn’t answer, keeping his eyes fixed instead out the window. It was raining hard now, and the wind pushed the drops nearly sideways into the glass, giving a view of the grounds as though from behind a waterfall, everything distorted and distant. The IV in the back of his hand itched; he didn’t like it there, but Dr. Lin had told him after he’d pulled out the last one that it’d be a good idea to give the vein in his elbow some time to heal. Everyone in the clinic had lots of good ideas to share.


Ored’s Song

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The Only Living Boy In New York

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This Side of Saturn

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Married Man

by Yamanashi Moe (山梨もえ) illustrated by amei (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/47845.html) “Um, sir? Excuse me, is that ‘The Detective’s Legs’ by Tamura Hiroshi?” The boy standing in front of Tamura is pale and skinny, with wispy red-blonde hair. He wears the uniform of a nearby high school, with the top button of his shirt undone. His face […]



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Please Stay

by Yoshiyo Hotaru (昌夜 蛍) illustrated by amei (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/23262.html) At exactly quarter after three in the afternoon, the final bell rings, and class is dismissed until September. Matsu’s heart leaps up into her throat. She stays in her desk as everyone else starts putting away their books, and even after they’ve left, with a […]