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 […]


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 […]



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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]