26
Jun

To Bind Me, Or Undo Me

by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) illustrated by Higanbanashi (ヒガンバナシ ) There was an art to rejecting a marriage proposal, and thus far, it was not one Edmund had mastered. The unfinished letter sitting centered on his desk contained only a salutation and two pleasantly bland introductory sentences. It had taken him three drafts, plus the better […]

24
Apr

Bleed Me Dry

by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) From a distance, the Vessel of the Goddess looked proper fancy. The afternoon sunshine turned her white robe and tall headpiece into a beacon as she wound her way through the tilled fields.. It wasn’t that glow, nor the shine of all the bits of metal and glass she was weighted […]

19
Dec

No Soap Radio

by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) illustrated by RunnyCrusty Elia ducked out of one narrow alley and wove through the busy pedestrian street toward the next alley on their usual scrap-hunting route. The early evening crowd had a mix of everyone, from older corporates off early and looking to slum it for dinner to the enterprising local […]

24
Oct

Yours Until My Heart Dies

by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) Honey-gold light brighter than flame dazzled Aevan’s eyes as he walked through Marya’s portal. He stepped forward off of the stone of her workroom and staggered as his boot sank calf-deep in snow. A sharp wind snapped his heavy brown braid out to one side. Rook’s amulet rested warm at the […]

22
Aug

Moonstricken

by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) Jasper had been trained in situational awareness and combat readiness since she was a child, carrying on a family tradition that stretched back for several centuries. When she rounded a bend in the quiet forest trail and found a woman sitting on a weathered bench, the absolute last thing her brain […]

27
Jun

Going Twice

by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) illustrated by KMO As Leaf’s comm picked up a wave of applause, Beetle stopped mid-sentence in her rant to Sunbeam about the poor quality of imitation avocado. “Sounds like you’re up next, so I’ll cut the chatter. You remember your signal?” Leaf reached up like he was scratching his ear and […]

25
Apr

Anywhere I Wander

by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) The gathering bags strapped to Lyss’ hips and slung over her broad shoulders sagged low by the time she reached the end of the long row of melongrapes. She left the last plant untouched and tossed one green and purple striped ball from her overflowing pile onto the ground, crushing it […]

21
Feb

The Screwup Letters

by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) Read this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. A letter, rolled up and tied with an uneven twine bow that smells vaguely of meat. The text is scribbled in multiple colours of crayon across the back of several pages of a child’s maths worksheets. My dearest, most darling Nella, I […]

20
Dec

Cathexis

by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) illustrated by The Winter Cynic See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. I slam my study door behind me with more force than necessary, cutting off Andy’s plaintive meows. My hands are clenched too hard on my phone, and they shake a little as I dial Will’s number. He […]

26
Oct

Even More Shivers And Chills!!!

See this piece’s entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki. by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) Your first step off of the bus is heralded by a perfectly timed rumble of thunder. A drop of rain hits your bare arm, quickly followed by several more. There’s no shelter, of course, and your connecting bus won’t arrive for at […]

26
Apr

Contact Zones

by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) → I first see Shelly at the local high school track, on New Year’s day, though I won’t learn her name for ages. She’s built sturdy as a tank but looks like Bambi as she eases up off the bleachers, wobbling on her spotless pastel pink skates. She hears me skate […]

1
Jan

Herr Hall

by Togi Kayako (土宜草子) (mirrors http://s2b2.livejournal.com/99677.html) There’s a widower that lives in my neighborhood, and he has two sons. The older one, Andrew, is everything he wants in a kid: tall, blond, muscled, handsome, good at sports, gets all the girls, etc. The younger one is me. I’m a bit below average height, lanky, I’ve […]