28
Apr

The Dictionary of Daily Wants

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) another round of Everyone goes through the door, Imagine travelling so far, and Logging in old Algonquin Duncan swung his legs over the edge of the bed and froze, giving his back time to decide whether he was going to be spending the morning lying flat and staring at the […]

29
Oct

Imagine travelling so far

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) “Oh my god, what is that smell?” Peter demanded through the hands cupped futilely over his nose and mouth. “Fresh country air?” The edge of Duncan’s mouth quirked as Peter gave him a look. “Manure spreader.” Peter’s gaze followed Duncan’s gesture to a field up ahead. “You’re joking.” “What makes […]

18
Dec

The longest night of the year

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) It wasn’t until he had time to sit and stare into the dying fire long past the early winter sunset that Fen realized how alone he was. He could feel the emptiness of the smaller room upstairs as if it were chaff weighing down a sack. His breathing was louder […]

24
Oct

Jeremy comes to the end of the road

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) Being a zombie didn’t hurt as much as Jeremy had expected it would. He was pretty sure getting bitten had, though even that was drowned in the memory of scalding fear and searing panic and the sight of a couple of people he barely knew going down under a wave […]

21
Feb

Mending Porch

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) Read this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.   So I know it’s been a while Keith looked down at the screen, frowning. His phone wasn’t attempting a guess at the unknown sender, not even providing an initial in the generic silhouette in front of the number. Not a […]

25
Oct

Aiken Sings the Circle of Life

See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) Being clean was such a blessing that Aiken almost welcomed the tingle of frigid air on his freshly scrubbed skin. Well, for a few seconds, anyway. He folded his goose-bumped arms over his chest and regarded the unpleasant crumple of his […]

26
Apr

Activity Report

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) “You’re in a good mood today,” Lew said from his couch, as Russell hummed at the kitchen pass-through counter, bopping in place a little as he stirred his coffee. “Yeah, I guess I am.” Russell rinsed his spoon and set it in the drainboard. “I went out last night. It […]

22
Dec

Dress Code

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. “Have you seen that bullshit?” Moira demanded, appearing around Russell’s cubicle wall like a highly caffeinated Valkyrie swooping in, venti coffee cup in hand, to bless or condemn the living. Russell surfaced from his project planning spreadsheet as if from under […]

27
Oct

Thaw

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. Peter shut the front door behind the furnace guy and let his forehead rest briefly against the wooden panel. Then he pushed himself upright to shiver over to the couch and dive again into the warm refuge under the duvet. He […]

26
Aug

One at a time

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. On the morning of his twenty-seventh birthday, Owen’s alarm woke him, as per usual, with the “Ride of the Valkyries” at three-thirty a.m. Owen struggled out of a dream of being in someone’s hold–an embrace or a threat, he wasn’t sure, […]

24
Feb

Snow night

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) Read this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. Ned was standing at the lunchroom counter trying to decide what would be worse, drinking a cup of tea with not enough soymilk in it or the hassle of going out in the cold to get more, when someone came into […]

16
Dec

Just Seven Days

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) We’re gonna pop some cherries tonight The way Greg would tell the story in later years, the moment he saw Tim Curry in a corset and torn stockings was the moment everything became clear. At the time, though, it felt like everything had just gotten way more complicated. Because, okay, […]

28
Oct

Heading Home

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) If it weren’t for work, Duncan would have been parked somewhere quiet on a night like this, tucked into his sleeping bag with a book and a mug of tea. The rain mottled the windshield between swipes of the wipers, and the glare of the van’s headlights made the downpour […]

27
Aug

The Number Pi

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三)   The shelves behind the bar were crenellated with bottles, crystal decanters of liquid amber and jewels. Adam sipped his ginger ale, the condensation from his glass numbing his hand. Around him, people wearing suits that they probably thought of as investments in their careers were waving down the bartender, […]

30
Jul

Dreams come true at the Velvet Rose

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) Infrastructure. It’s all the stuff you don’t think about, the stuff that works until it doesn’t, and then your tube of personal lubricant turns out to be full of toothpaste or you end up knee-deep in chocolate milkshake. That’s not the fun kind of surprise, and it’s not a random […]