Sula from HR, Sophie from Accounting

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑) Sunrise on the cusp of summer was a pleasant time to wake up. The winking sun was testing out its light before the onslaught of heat and humidity, and lately, Sula noticed that its sunbeams gave her sleeping girlfriend a lovely, rosy glow. She always had to twist around to […]


Scraps of Kindness

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑) Laurence had just settled into a seat at the counter, when the bartender asked, setting a gin and tonic in front of him, “No students tonight, professor?” Ken was stone-faced, but his lips were pressed to hide his smirk. Laurence couldn’t shrug off the usual wisecrack, which came out whenever […]


The Shards of His Shiny Illusions

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑) See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. Jack’s phone pinged as he received a message.  Did you buy your ticket? It was from a potential friend, Parkson. He and Jack had met on the message boards for the upcoming comic convention. By happy coincidence, they were both looking […]


Welcome to House Cherry

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑)   Reputation Breakfast is an outdated meal, but it’s the hill that this damned school is determined to die on. Connor stares grumpily at the floor with his eyes half-closed, acknowledging no one as he trudges to the shower. It wakes him up, but a hot shower does not a […]


Inherit, Imbue

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑)   His parents had warned Mir not to stray into the origin forest. Though it was the source of all magic, like the sun, it was dangerous in proximity. He hated disappointing his parents anyway, but he had seen the horrific results of the travelers that dared to enter it. […]


Nonpareil Star Dawn

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑) After a week of missing classes, Katou Haruo tried to maintain a calm composure. Stepping into his classroom, he ignored strange glances from his classmates, repeating to himself that this awkwardness was temporary. He took a seat at his desk, unpacked his belongings, and stared straight ahead. Behind him, a […]


Cream Puff

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑) On paper, everything was peachy. Suddenly inheriting a house outside of a thriving city gave him the opportunity start anew. He was blessed with no mortgage and minimal student loans (thank goodness his parents couldn’t take back what was already paid – though they tried). Though the circumstances of their […]


What You Deserve

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑) (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/353895.html) 203X She was proud of the faded scar beneath her navel. It was a tiny reminder of the meticulously planned trip to the clinic, which had included deceiving her mother and her job about her whereabouts. It wasn’t as though she regretting having Ashlyn, but – working through […]


Lessons in Lunar Etiquette

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑) (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/348630.html) “Your highness has powerful lungs,” Dragon Huo remarked, laughing boisterously. His lengthy body twirled in spirals, away from the Earth and toward the Moon. All throughout, Princess Shaoyao had not stopped screaming and crying in terror, even as the air thinned. The dragon’s clutches were too tight around […]


The Height at Five Nights

by TK Hoshikuzu (TK 星屑) (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/342093.html) Staring at the beautiful autumn sky helped Oscar space out and forget the tension in the car. He had given up trying to figure out Damien’s state of mind. Before they opened the doors of the Corolla ’02, his shaggy-haired lover voiced his enthusiasm for their first trip […]