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 […]

30
Apr

The Reel of Rory McAllister and the Moonlit Man

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) illustrated by The Druid Elbow on thigh and chin glumly in palm, Rory gazed into the forest gloom. Behind the cabin, from the new pile of logs that resembled a barn the way a cairn resembled a castle, came a mighty racket as of crockery colliding, and some whoops and […]

26
Feb

What happens next may surprise you

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) 1 It’s another Saturday night and you’re tired of lying on the couch crying. Wallowing is officially over, you decide. You grab your headset and jack into the club. You’re standing in a corridor lit purple by the strips of glowing pink and blue that run at ankle level. Straight […]

18
Dec

Always will I ever

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三 ) Beside the bed, on the old steamer trunk Jacob used as a table, Peter’s phone buzzed. Peter noticed it and immediately forgot about it again. He had other things on his mind. “Never have I ever worn lingerie,” said Jacob. His breath was warm on Peter’s lips. “Oh, yeah? […]

30
Oct

Run For Your Life

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) Reed hovered in the darkened doorway and wondered why he’d thought it would be a fun idea to spend his day off pissing himself with fear on national TV. The two candles on the mantelpiece cast just enough juddering light that he could see the darker gloom of the bed, […]

21
Aug

Off-site team-building

by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三) illustrated by Keshi “I want a ridiculously large soft-serve ice cream cone with sprinkles on it,” Russell said, ticking the list off on his fingers. “I want a button with an ironic pop culture reference that I’ll lose before I get home. I want meat on a stick, and I […]