25
Feb

Ideal Pairing

by shukyou (主教) The light in the room was hazy and dim, filtered through the cigar smoke currently lingering in the air and years of its predecessors’ remnants on the windows. Orlando knew the people the club employed to tend to such things, knew how hard they worked. Some things just wouldn’t wash clean. He […]

18
Dec

Antivenin

by shukyou (主教)   He strode through the event like he was supposed to be there — which he was, or at least Jayes Tal was, and tonight he was Jayes Tal. Jayes Tal both existed and did not exist, in that he was not an actual person, but a mask that could be stepped […]

30
Oct

Over My Dead Body

by shukyou (主教)   Eyes first. If I can get the eyes open, I’m good. If not, the meat’s too far gone, which means I have to try again, and I hate fucking trying again. This time’s okay, though. Eyelids roll up surprisingly easy, even if it takes the eyes themselves a minute. That’s fine, […]

28
Aug

A World Made Up of Silver and Copper

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by 2013 “What in Hell’s name happened to you?” Ram asked, or tried to ask, because his mouth had several orange slices in it. It was not the right time of year for oranges, and they were still slightly green and sour, but to Ram’s way of thinking, out-of-season oranges were […]

25
Jun

Reverse Cowgirl (Not Gay as in Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, Queer as in Dude Ranch)

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by the Winter Cynic   “Mona, I think they’re … they’re all lesbians!” This was not precisely the conversation Pearl wanted to be a part of while standing in the sun, shooing flies from her face, waiting for a horse so they could start their scheduled trail ride. Truth be told, […]

23
Apr

Head

by shukyou (主教) He stared into the mirror in horror as his hideous visage stared back at him. His breath stank in his own nostrils, coming back to him with a smell so hideous, it seemed only the underworld could have produced it. The eyes that met his gaze were familiar, but everything else was […]

26
Feb

It’s Hard to Say “I Do” When You Don’t

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by melanofly “Of course, you should never pop the cork. If you do it right, the sound should be” –and there it was, that gentle exhale– “as soft as a lover’s sigh.” Two tables over, Avery was trying not to shred his cocktail napkin into too many small pieces. It wasn’t […]

19
Dec

All That Rises

by shukyou (主教)   100 days before the Fire   Lizzy was in the kitchen, chopping onions, when Nina walked in the front door to their apartment. “I’m in here,” she called, as though the rhythmic sound of her knife might not be enough to give her location away. Dinner would be simple tonight; Lizzy […]

31
Oct

The Long Dark

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by 2013 I scowled at them like I could shoot lasers from my eyes — which I didn’t have the mods for, but they didn’t know that. “Both of you, shut the fuck up.” To their credit, they did. He kept glaring daggers at me, like he was promising that the […]

28
Aug

Good Chemistry

written by shukyou (主教) illustrated by 2013 “Finally,” said Principal Hulme, saying the best word that could be spoken at a teacher inservice day, “our new eleventh-grade Language Arts teacher, Mr. Zachary Hayda.” Zachary stood and gave a shy little wave, then walked over to stand beside the three other new members of the Cooper […]

26
Jun

Unseemly

by shukyou (主教) “Aunt Linda, did…” Paul had no idea how to word this question. “Did Mom and Dad … sell me?” He wanted to hear her laugh at that, amused by what seemed to her a rare show of whimsy from her straitlaced nephew. He wanted to hear her express utter confusion, wondering why […]

24
Apr

All This Damn Gravity

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by 2013 The date had been marked on Zoey’s calendar for … well, it’d been a while, actually; orbits were predictable like that. But for the last seventeen trips around the moon, she’d been counting down with bated breath, going to bed every night with the quiet excitement of knowing that […]

6
Feb

Additional Tags: RPF, First Time, Bandmates to Lovers, OTP

by shukyou illustrated by TOFU+BEAST, Someone Else, The Winter Cynic, Riso, 2013, melanofly   you up? No. lol Go to sleep. you first You’re the one who texted me. im bored Then go to sleep. You’ll be less bored if you go to sleep. what if i have boring dreams?? what if im a dentist […]

19
Dec

soulmates are stupid i love you on purpose

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by melanofly   The feeling of recognition was immediate: cold and bitter, like breaking open a bottle of perfume last worn by a loved one now many years dead. Bailey — because that’s what his name was this time around, which made it as good of a name as any — […]

24
Oct

Who’s Afraid

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by Shrimp King   The bouncer on the sorority house’s front porch folded his arms across his chest and scowled down the stairs at Dagmar. “Buzz off.” Under nearly any other circumstances, Dagmar would have buzzed right off, and gladly. But Jessy had been talking about this for a full month […]