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 […]

22
Aug

Walkies

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by 2013 Simon was sure it was the right apartment. It had the right number. His key worked. Tiny was sprawled on his orthopedic bed in the middle of the living room floor. But the man in the blazer and boxers was new. Of course, from the look on his face, […]

27
Jun

Halfway

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by Tofu Intellectually, he knew the sky he saw outside the prison was the same one he’d seen while in it. But it felt different somehow, viewed without the frame of walls five times higher than he was. He wanted it to be bright blue, picturesque, the Platonic ideal of freedom; […]

25
Apr

Rule 63

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by Tamago (卵)   Like any good scientific endeavor, the Parallel Universes Research Laboratory ran on rules, and we all had our favorites. It was hard not to — they were all absolutely necessary, and yet so weirdly specific that you sort of couldn’t not get attached. Maggie latched onto the […]

21
Feb

(unsent)

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by KMO Read this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.   December 2, 1962 Dear Calvin, Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! I hope that you and Michelle   — December 2, 1962 Dear Calvin, Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! I hope that you and Madeline will be very happy together […]

20
Dec

Wild

by shukyou (主教) See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. In the dream, she’s always running. Her bare feet hammer against the forest floor, its hard-packed surface overgrown with pine needles and moss. In the distance, the blast of a hunter’s horn rolls across the heavens like the world is ending. She has […]

26
Oct

Rose Red and the Huntsmen

See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. by shukyou (主教) illustrated by the Winter Cynic Max spent nearly an hour outside the shop, huddled under an awning that barely shielded him from the bitter rain, smoking one cigarette after another down until he nearly burned his fingers. He was desperate, that much was […]

23
Aug

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by beili   Shayel began to mutter something under his breath as the ship hit the atmosphere, something in Hallic that Uzhab couldn’t understand. Uzhab chose not to interpret it as a critique of his piloting skills. “Switching engines,” Uzhab said, pulling the lever that toggled off the propulsion system that […]

28
Jun

Xunantunich

by shukyou (主教) It was just after sunset when they saw the woman walking alongside the road.  At first, Hilde didn’t think anything of it: This was about a rural as Belize got, after all, the sort of place where those who did own cars often wound up walking anyway for how often they broke […]

26
Apr

Novice

by shukyou (主教) Of course Aryun was balls-deep in him, pinning Gino’s hands to the mattress above his head, when Yuliya walked in. It wasn’t how he’d wanted her to find out. Gino wasn’t sure how he’d wanted the high priest’s daughter to find out, exactly, if at all, but he knew it wasn’t this: […]

29
Feb

From the Cold

by shukyou (主教)   “The prisoner has confessed, Your Majesty, and the sentence has been declared,” said Grand Advisor Maspa with all the smug self-righteousness of a man watching the jaws of a well-laid trap sink deeper into a prey animal’s leg. Daraya bit the inside of his cheek to bleeding to keep from snapping […]