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A Day Without Pain

A Day Without Pain

A Hatbox Short by Melanie E.

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"It's the least we can do."

That's what they had said when they had come into his hospital room, clipboards in hand and curious, though not unkind, looks in their eyes.

It was natural for those who were healthy to be curious about the dying after all, and that was exactly what he had been doing, slowly and agonizingly, for the last three years.

It had started out innocuously enough, with a twinge in his temple when he would stand up or turn his head too quickly. The twinge had turned to a spike, and the spike into a burning lance, piercing his head with every movement.

For years he had devoted his life to becoming one of the most promising young talents in the computer technology world.

He felt it somewhat ironic that he would die not being able to stand looking at a monitor for more than five minutes without a morphine drip in place.

Quest for the Silver Cleric

Quest for the Silver Cleric

 

by Dorothy Colleen

 

 

"When the Empire was in flower, the Weres came to fight. The Sea-folk were threatened, and The Dead ruled the night. The situation hopeless, the battle was as good as lost. Then the Silver Cleric came to save us, no matter what the cost.”

And when the troubles returned, the Sea-folk reached across time and space to find a very special person, someone both male and female, to find to rid this strange world of darkness, oppression and misery.

Danica finds herself in a strange world with new languages, cultures, personalities and challenges on a quest to find The Silver Cleric.

Ma Cherie Amour

Ma Cherie Amour

Ma

 

Cherie

 

Amour

 

Angela
 
Rasch

 

Lea and Zack are twins. They want to spend their last summer before college together, because Lea is going off to an all-girls college. Their mother finds the perfect job for them as nannies at a lake cottage, perfect except the woman is looking to hire two girls.

TransGenderElla

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An old fairy tale turned on it's head;

All transgenderella wants is to be herself and go to the ball, but her evil stepmother has other ideas. When Transgenderella stands her ground, insisting that it's time to come out, she is torn down and left crying in her room as her two stepsisters are whisked away to the palace. With the aid of her fairy not-quite God Mother, Transgenderella is transformed into the woman she always was, but is that enough to bring her happiness.


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Once Upon a Time Solo Melanie Brown
The Station's Late Nite Princess -chapter 09 Fri Snowfall
Unforgotten Solo Trismegistus Shandy
The Case of the Perfect Picture Fri Armond
Easy As Falling Off a Bike pt 3046 Fri Angharad
Starting Anew Part 2 Fri efindumb
Dress Like A Girl Pirate Day Fri Josette Du Pres
The Pirates Fri Karen Lockhart
Masks 11: Part 9 Fri Stickmaker
Who's hunting who? Chapter 12. Fri Nagrij
Gene's Story or How I Gained a Cousin Chapter 65 Thu Karen Lockhart
The Lyssa Kordenay Missions - Book 43 - Duty and Revenge Thu Snowfall
Consequences: A New Life Part 4 Thu Lizzy Bennet
All the World's a Stage Chapter 22 Thu Bronwen Welsh
Triumvirate Book 2 Thu Paradox
Mary Celeste chapter 9 Wed Josette Du Pres
Designer Children Chapter 14 Wed OneShot20XX
Mum's Encouragement Chapter 25 Wed Lucy J
Gaby Book 12+1 Chapter *29* Welcome to Schloss Bond Wed Maddy Bell
Mother's Child Chapter 13 Tue Waterdog
Be Nice not Nasty Tue Alys Prince
Alexa Chapter 5: The Saturday Night Confession Tue Kris Traverse
I'm With the Band Tue Melanie Brown
Feel Like You Tonight Solo Drea DiMaggio
It's Just a Twin Thing Part-4 Mon Enemyoffun
Fashion Girl - 5 Mon Katherine Day
John is.. not in Medford at least? [3.3] Mon Nessa M
The Wedding Solo New Author, Nikkie Silk
Not So Popular - 01 Mon Miranda Sparks
Charlotte's Children Mon Maeryn
The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane - Part 6 Sun Barbara Lynn Terry
The Amazons: The future has changed now Amazon women rule Earth... Sun Lethaldaza
Lost in Translation - Part 3 Sun Persephone
Heir to a title Chapter 24 Sun Beverly Taff
Kayda 8 - The Best Days of our Lives (part 2 of 3) Sun Elrod
Customer Service Solo Dorothy Colleen
Justice or Vengeance -chp17 Sat WolfJess7
Vector -5- Excursion? Sat Erin Halfelven, Lainie Lee
The Heir--Or, The Unusual Path to CEO... Junior Year ~ Part 15 Sat Shauna
Jem…Chapter 171 Sat Bailey Summers
Left at Eden - Chapter 8 Sat Dark Kitten, Zoe Taylor
Ongoing Inquiries Part 7 Sat Cressar
Nikki, part 25 Sat Debbie V
The Good Knight Solo Melanie Brown
The Fancy Dress Party Solo Julia Phillips
AAAARGH? Solo Theide
Gentle Whisper Solo Drea DiMaggio
Worst Pirate Story Ever Solo Bru
Two Hours Before the Mast Solo Drea DiMaggio
Getting Sam Ready Solo Bru

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Once Upon a Time

 

Once Upon a Time
by Melanie Brown
Copyright  © 1992 Melanie Brown


Larry ran out of time.

While I'm not writing... This was the first story I wrote for a Creative Writing class I took in college back around '92 or so. I don't remember. The second story I wrote for the class is also on BCTS called here the original Wish Lash, so this is a pretty early effort. I only made a few minor changes to the story.

Someone said not long ago that the only stories on BCTS had sex changes. Well, this one doesn't. I no longer have the original file so I just OCR'd the document printed on my old trusty Epson MX-80 so I could have it in electronic form again. I thought I'd share it here for what it's worth. I was working at a semi-conductor manufacturer at the time, so I was trying to sound all techie. -- Ed

Unforgotten

I knew I had to obey, but he’d been pretty vague, so I changed myself into a girl I didn’t think he would be attracted to: acne-scarred, scraggly-haired, and flat-chested. But he wasn’t satisfied, of course; he gave me detailed specs on his ideal woman, and I changed myself to match.

The Case of the Perfect Picture

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The rent was due, and private detective Anne Carter needed a case fast. And right on cue, a dame walks in with an easy job: tailing her famous artist hubby to see if he was cheating on her. But no one is who they seem in the Case of the Perfect Picture, and the stakes just might be Anne's soul.

Starting Anew Part 2

Amy gets to tell people what really happened to her then bonds with Stephanie, Al, and Gabby. Valerie has a meeting with Amy and starts planning their response to the Lees' abuse.

Dress Like A Girl Pirate Day

http://youtu.be/bhbjGubwxk8

Roland Heights, CA 0600 19SEP16:

Crissie Turner with an elder sister (Elizabeth) and a younger brother (Marty) was an early riser (to get the first shower). She was already dressed, makeup done and ready for breakfast. She could hear her sister taking a shower in the bathroom next to her bedroom. Having a few minutes to kill, Crissie turned on the TV to catch a few minutes of the news:

The Pirates

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THE PIRATES
Day after blistering day a 'ship of the damned' flying the black flag followed in our wake. When the wind eased, we would gain a league, when the wind freshened, they would gain it back.

We knew those following were spawn of the Devil, from glimpses through our captain’s powerful telescope at night. When the moon was full, you could see the Pirates from Hell were a collection of bones, held together by ungodly power.

Masks 11: Part 9

Part Nine

Doro very enthusiastically piled out the rear door, with Freep close behind her. Thunderer - physically a normal human - was taking longer to recover from Mr. Rotary's Wild Ride. Rotary tried to exit through the driver's door, but found it and the front passenger door blocked by shrubbery, so he had to also come out the back. Which meant he was trapped behind the slower-moving Thunderer. Fortunately, his dramatic entrance with the Van had given them plenty of time for a less-dramatic exit from it.

The Lyssa Kordenay Missions - Book 43 - Duty and Revenge

 

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Book 43 of The Lyssa Kordenay Missions!
  Everyone is on stand-down, but
  Lyssa. Her final duty as
  a DemonWraith and
  unfinished business.

WARNING: The Lyssa Kordenay Missions may be hyper-violent for some readers!

 

Consequences: A New Life Part 4

Part 4

We’re all sitting around in Peter’s Mum’s kitchen. Peter has his electric guitar attached to a little amp and I’m on an acoustic. Ian has a bass, which isn’t connected to anything and Paddy has a single snare drum.

“Okay, shall we try it one more time?” Peter asks. We all nod nervously and I notice Peter’s little sister watching us from the doorway.

“Hot topic is the way that we rhyme,” Esse sings, she has such a great natural voice.

Triumvirate Book 2

Mary Celeste chapter 9

http://youtu.be/NYae3ZAAbLc

Onboard SS ERIN 2030 08NOV17:

Tom put his arm around Elizabeth and proceeded to walk her back to her cabin. Elizabeth nestled close and enjoyed the moment. Her sister and Tom's son fell in behind the couple. Blissfully ignorant of the storm clouds gathering around her and her sister, as far as she was concerned all was right in the world.

Designer Children Chapter 14

While there is safety within the walls of the apartment, away from the prying eyes of the outside world, Ryan continues to struggle with who he is becoming, as the serum persists in eroding his masculine and adult identity. Meanwhile, Eve, who seems to have warmed to Ryan, attempts to get him to open up concerning what happened in the studio. Finally, even tucked away safe within the walls, Ryan cannot be saved from himself, and a brief exchange threatens that very safety.

Excerpt: I narrowed my eyes, while feeling my lower lip gently lower into a pout, “Do you really think I’m that weak? And Elsa and Anna were apart for ten years, living in the same castle. We could have done the same thing in the apartment.”

A look of shock crossed Eve’s features, her eyebrows shooting upward, and her mouth momentarily agape. She composed herself, and the softness, which had become commonplace, returned. It was a look I had seen rarely in the woman before my change, but the doe-like tenderness and warmth in her eyes, and even the way she held her mouth, in a slight and comforting smile- it made me want to spill my guts to her- to tell her everything.

Mum's Encouragement Chapter 25

Mum's Encouragement Chapter 25

I made my way down the stairs to find Julia making herself comfy on the sofa

"Feel better love?" she asked whilst looking me up and down

I couldn't look at her in the face as I replied "Much better thanks. Sorry for making such a scene Aunt Julia. I feel so silly"

"Oh don't worry hon. It's good to have a good cry at times. Your Uncle David is always driving me to tears" She told me whilst giving me one of biggest smiles "My hormones are all over the place"

Mother's Child Chapter 13

I want to thank Maggie Finson and all the other authors for creating the Whateley Universe. This story is Fan-fiction and may not conform to Canon rules or timelines. I am only playing in their sandbox. I also want to thank Connected and my wife for all the editing work put in to turn my scratchings into a readable story.

Please note that all of the categories checked do not apply to all chapters. I appreciate all the encouraging comments and Kudos.

Alexa Chapter 5: The Saturday Night Confession

Alexa Chapter 5: The Saturday Night Confession

I don’t know what was worse, the sudden blast of sunlight that seemed to hit me or Katie’s saccharine voice telling me to get up. “Leave me alone Katie.” I can’t believe how bad I feel. My head is pounding from the worst hangover I have ever had in my entire life. I’m blaming Jenny for the condition I find myself in. I’m sure I had no hand in how bad I feel.

I'm With the Band

 

Mike wanted to be in his brother's band in the worst way, but this was ridiculous!

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by Melanie Brown

Now available from Kindle!
Also, Kindle UK!

Copyright © 2005 Melanie Brown

Feel Like You Tonight



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Pull up the blinds
Open the door wide
Feel the cold arrive
In my bones
Put on my face
The way I dressed today
Feel like you tonight
On my day



A Tales of Us story..


A Companion Piece to Wish You Could
http://bigclosetr.us/topshelf/fiction/63092/wish-you-could


It's Just a Twin Thing Part-4

It's Just A Twin Thing
Part Four

by:
Enemyoffun


Jordan and his sister, Jess, are twins, some think identical
because they look so much alike. They used to fool a lot of
people when they were younger but the differences became
apparent as they got older or did they?

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Fashion Girl - 5

Fashion Girl - 5
By Katherine Day
(Copyright 2016)
(A shy college boy discovers a new life and along with it great friends, career success and maybe even a lover. In this chapter a snowstorm helps enrich a romance. There is explicit sex in one scene.)

John is.. not in Medford at least? [3.3]

ourIceMain.jpg You can make a family business out of anything you know?
‘Family business’ can mean many things though, most of them annoying usually..

Events unfold including but not limited to:
John being weighed in value and importance against food.
(which is completely understandable, it’s good food)
And Hannah reluctantly opens the door on Arista’s life, while finding out more about her ‘kids’ then she could ever want to know.


The Wedding

The Wedding

Nikkie Silk

Part One

Trust me when I tell you I don't normally check the wedding announcements. I hate weddings. Ever since I was a page boy at my Aunt’s wedding, when my mother made me wear a pale blue tuxedo. I was only six, for God’s sake. She said I looked so cute.

Not So Popular - 01

If you were to look up ‘freak’ in the dictionary you would see it punctuated with a capital F by a picture of Kelly Strickland’s face.

Where do I even start? She’s tall, she’s ugly, and she dresses like Wednesday Addams on a dime store budget. Maybe if she bothered learning how to do make-up she’d look more like the girl she’s pretending to be.

Oh, did I mention she’s transgender? You know, one of those ‘trapped in the body of a man’ types who take birth control to grow boobs. So weird.

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