19
Dec

Frigid

by spitkitten illustrated by Tamago “I was attempting,” Annabel said, “in my usual clumsy fashion, to congratulate you.” Sophy stared. The blue flames from the dish of brandy on the table were beginning to wane now; in their dying light, Bel’s eyes looked all pupil — the soft, involving black of unburnt coal, of heaped-up […]

24
Oct

Chiaroscuro

by Nori Kanfuyu (法 寒冬) illustrated by Tamago Sébastien’s body was lying on the floor directly in front of the fire grate. I finished drying my hands while looking down at it. The flickering flames changed the shape of his face over and over, each dying light making him a different man. I put my […]

27
Jun

Quenchant

by Nori Kanfuyu (法 寒冬) illustrated by Tamago (卵) Nikolay woke to a terrible sound, a knife at his neck, and the pale nightmare face hovering above him. It had been storming when he went to sleep, but this sound was much closer — the breaking of glass.  “Go away,” he said to the nightmare […]

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 […]

24
Jun

The Breathing Lessons

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by Tamago (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/309100.html) He showed up three months after the memorials had ended, which was three months of accepting fate after a little over a year of hope. But hope had been stupid from the beginning, because ships that got lost in the night didn’t have happy endings. Time and […]

25
Dec

Our Lives in These Empty Spaces Aside

by shukyou (主教) illustrated by Tamago (卵) (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/294307.html) My name is Rainer, and I’m an alcoholic. It’s how stories start, if you’re one of us. Hell, if you’re one of us, there’s no other way a story can start. My name is Mary, and I’m an alcoholic, and here’s the time I got fired […]