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A Day Without Pain

A Day Without Pain

A Hatbox Short by Melanie E.


"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









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 book cover

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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John is..not in Medford at least? [3.3] Mon Nessa M
Masks 11: Part 7 Mon Stickmaker
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
Mary Celeste chapter 8 Sun Josette Du Pres
The Amazons: The future has changed now Amazon women rule Earth... Sun Lethaldaza
Easy As Falling Off a Bike pt 3043 Sun Angharad
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
Designer Children Chapter 13 Sat OneShot20XX
The Camp Of The Willows - Chapter 5 Fri Barbara Lynn Terry
Unlikely Quarterback – 13 In My Own Shoes Fri Jessica C
The Station's Late Nite Princess -chapter 08 Fri Snowfall
For a Season Part II: The morning after. Fri Suzysu
Marcia and Me Fri Rebecca Anderson
A Study in Satin - Part 3 - Chapters 9 - 12 Fri Tigger
Triumvirate Book 1 Thu Paradox
Leigh Anne - Chapter 16 Thu Barbara Lynn Terry
Purgatory: ReLife Chapter 03 Thu Aurum
Jennie's Potty-Training chapter 11 Thu babyjennie
Consequences: A New Life (Part Two) Thu Lizzy Bennet
Water (Not) in the ear Thu Set3
All the World's a Stage Chapter 21 Thu Bronwen Welsh
Gene's Story or How I Gained a Cousin Chapter 64 Thu Karen Lockhart
The Good Knight Solo Melanie Brown
Daughter of the Knight Wed Dorothy Colleen
The Fancy Dress Party Solo Julia Phillips
A Longer War 43 Wed Cyclist
The Patriot Act Part Two Wed M. Gorman
Gaby Book 12+1 Chapter *28* Mand’s Arrival Wed Maddy Bell
New World Epidemic - Chapter Six Wed Miranda Sparks
Through the Fire and the Flames - A TG Mixed Tape Wed New Author, Hikaro, Person42, Roberta J Cabot, Sylvia Waldgrave, Trismegistus Shandy
AAAARGH? Solo Theide
Marti and the Doppelganger - Chapter 11, Finale Tue Portia Bennett
Gentle Whisper Solo Drea DiMaggio
Don’t Blame Me I’m A Martian-37 Tue Bailey Summers
Without Direction - Chapter 2 Tue Natasa Jacobs
Worst Pirate Story Ever Solo Bru
Two Hours Before the Mast Solo Drea DiMaggio
Getting Sam Ready Solo Bru
Captain Rodolfo’s Cabin-Boy Solo Jessica C
Silly Challenge for Silly September Story Contest Solo Jennifer Sue
'Nobodys perfect' - Silly September Entry Solo Nessa M
Friday Night - For One Time Only Solo Julie D Cole
Beginning of Hiro's Journey Solo Leila
At The End of Everything Solo Miranda Sparks
Life Figures On... Solo Drea DiMaggio
The Dead Pirate Sketch Solo Laika
Unwanted Child Solo Stickmaker

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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.

Masks 11: Part 7

Masks: Part Seven


Rodford Edmiston

"Okay," said Beat Red. "That's new. What the Hell was it?"

"An area-effect burst neutralizer," said Brade. "I bet there's one in every room in this building."

"Wait... Why aren't we affected?"

Brade angrily shushed him, then looked over at a super in a full-face prankster's mask and a costume of hideously clashing primary colors.

"Emp? Time to shut things down."

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.

The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane - Part 6

The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane - Part 6
By Barbara Lynn Terry

(Author’s note: Susan Marie Kelly is an involuntary nom de plume for Barbara Lynn Terry. When it says submitted by Susan Marie Kelly, it should read “submitted by Barbara Lynn Terry. Thank you. Barbara.)

Chapter 8 - After the extradition hearings.

Part 1 - Jonah Carruthers and David Adams are taken back to Detroit.

Mary Celeste chapter 8


Onboard SS ERIN 2000 08NOV17:

Then Tom Junior said "I see it too!"...

Tom Dodge immediately stared at Junior and asked "Are you sure?"


Tom Dodge quickly turned and looked at where the Turner sisters had pointed. He saw nothing. He turned again towards Junior. Staring at his son, he ordered "Describe what you are seeing!"

The Amazons: The future has changed now Amazon women rule Earth and the Galaxy ( part 83)

By the year 2232, the Earth is now ruled by Amazon women after around 40yrs ago an alien female Amazon force invaded our planet and made females superior , stronger and smarter . Now at the age of 16yrs. Boys will be told of a selection process my friends and I am due to for selection .
this our story how my friends and I lives were changed forever and the people around us and how I went from pleasant boy to someone else who I am now a woman with power.

83 Australian clean up and Asian Visit

Lost in Translation - Part 3


Lost in Translation
Part 3 – Drill Night

by Persephone

Author's Note: I hope that you find some small pleasure in this tale. As ever please be tolerant of my failings, and forthright with your criticism. ~Persephone

Sometimes going through transition can feel like you're walking through a minefield. And sometimes you actually are...

Heir to a title Chapter 24

Heir to a Title Chapter 24

Michael stood there whilst the silence became almost unbearable. He felt his upper lip threatening to quiver but just managed prevent his fear turning to terror while even yet holding his mother's stunned gaze. Eventually, whether through fear or anger, he knew not; he found his voice.

“Well mother? Have you nothing to say, no brutal put-down, no vicious stab with that rapier tongue of yours, no wail of remorse? - Emotional blackmail?”

Kayda 8 - The Best Days of our Lives (part 2 of 3)

A Whateley Academy Adventure

The Best Days of Our Lives

by ElrodW

Part 2

I count the steps the distance to
The time when it was me and you is so far gone
Another face another friend
Another place another end but I'll hang on

It's a winding road
It's a long way home

So don't wait for someone to tell you it's too late
Cuz these are the best days
There's always something tomorrow

Customer Service

Customer Service

It had been a typically slow day in the Walmart electronics department. New games and movies come in on Friday, so usually by mid-week I end up covering some other department as well, just to give me something to do.

So it was just luck that I was in the area when a boy came up and asked for help. He looked to be about thirteen, with sandy blond hair and green eyes partially obscured by glasses.

“I would like a girl controller, please” He said softly.

Justice or Vengeance -chp17

Justice or Vengeance


An old enemy has returned from the grave to shack the Marshals to their core. The mole has been found but at the cost of a friends life. The Deputies have always known the cost of being an Officer of the Law. But when one of their own has been targeted for assassination the gloves come off.

The Heir--Or, The Unusual Path to CEO... Junior Year ~ Part 15

Quite honestly, the rest of the school-year is anti-climactic. Yes, we DO go to State as a cheer squad. No, we don’t win—we don’t even come close at third place. BUT WE WENT! And we will go next year, too—at least if I have anything to say about it.

Felicia slowly comes out of her shell. Emily and I spend a fair amount of time with her. They both come over to the house about once a week and we spend a lot of girl time—especially after I don’t have to go to cheer practice.

Left at Eden - Chapter 8

Left at Eden
The girls had walked home that night from the tavern; they had had a lot of fun. Hailey was changing. She wasn’t forgetting her friends, but was making new ones, since she knew there was nothing she could do about her situation. Besides, the call to explore was strong. She had already learned in her short time here, that in 60 years, they had only really thoroughly explored a dozen or so islands.

Nikki, part 25

“Ahh,” I sigh as I climb into the back of the black London taxi. After being on my feet for almost three hours- especially feet that are contained with platform stiletto heels- the feeling of being able to sit down is almost orgasmic.

“Do you want some time alone with your seat?” Sarah giggles as she slides onto the seat next to me.

“Maybe if the seat was a washing machine,” I whisper to Sarah, making her almost double over in a fit of giggles.

Designer Children Chapter 13

Ryan/Kaylee is now safe in the home of Eve and Greg, however, old wounds surface, creating friction between Eve and Ryan. While clearly still in need of help, especially in keeping his secret, other help, however, may prove lethal to Ryan’s battered adult mind. Meanwhile, Ryan’s male self is challenged as Kaylee, who had previously simply been a little girl in the mirror, develops a sense of self and establishes a meagre but still present identity.

Excerpt: I added, “Without Tracy, I’m trapped like this. And every single fucking day, I feel like I’m fighting against myself. You know yesterday I saw these girls just skipping rope? And it looked like so much fun, as fun as sex with Monique and Jessica. At the same time. Fuck, I’m going crazy.”

Greg said, “That’s why you need to get out of here. Come on, man. It’s your favourite restaurant.”

I shook my head, “No way. All the waitresses will make these stupid goo-goo eyes at me. You know the look, it’s how Eve looks when she sees a baby with a puppy or a kitten. I’m safe in here from cheek pinching, gushing bullshit and constant reminders of how I look.”

Greg smirked, “You’re not that cute.”

I retorted, “Fuck, you man. That’s not what I meant.”

The Camp Of The Willows - Chapter 5

The Camp Of The Willows - Chapter 5
By barbara Lynn Terry

Cammie Davies went in to Rachel’s room to wake her up. It appeared that sometime during the night, Rachel had gotten in to her own bed. But, when Cammie Davies went in Rachel’s room, she found Rachel wide awake. She was just finishing getting dressed, when her mom walked in.

“Well, I was going to wake you up, but it looks like you beat me to it. Is everything ready for camp?”

“Yes, mom, I heard Sharon just a bit ago, I think she is ready, too.”

Unlikely Quarterback – 13 In My Own Shoes

Unlikely Quarterback – 13
In My Own Shoes

By Jessica C

Bryce Royce was eleven before learning he’s androgynous…
Being Elaine not a boy named Bryce, should be okay,

For a Season Part II: The morning after.

Sam is spending a year in America with Katie, a friend he met online. Both are aware of Sam's desire to be feminine. A man bun will no longer be Sam's go to hairstyle!

Marcia and Me

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Chris lets his fun loving neighbor style his hair for a gag gone wild
and soon discovers he may not be who he thought he was!


Marcia and Me

by Rebecca Anderson

Copyright © 1999 by Rebecca Anderson
All Rights Reserved.

A Study in Satin - Part 3 - Chapters 9 - 12

Unable to defeat the addiction-withdrawal syndrome of Moriarty's youth potion,
Holmes is running out of the drug, and faces madness and a horrible death.
Unwilling to concede victory to the Professor, he leaves England
in search of the one person who might still best Holmes' archenemy -

"THE Woman."

A Study in Satin
Part III: Dum Vivimus Vivamus
Chapters 9-12

by Tigger

Copyright © 2002, 2013 Tigger
All Rights Reserved.

Triumvirate Book 1

Author's note: As per usual, an MS Word copy will be attached containing the original formatting and is recommended for an enjoyable reading experience.

In the tiny, peaceful town of Wolf Springs, three different lives on three different paths converge.

Book 1

by Paradox

Copyright © 2016 Paradox
All Rights Reserved.

Leigh Anne - Chapter 16

Leigh Anne - Chapter 16
By Barbara Lynn Terry

Part 1 - Roger Simmons is admitted to the county jail.

Roger Simmons was taken from the courtroom by deputies of the Abbot county sheriff’s department, to the Abbot county jail. He was taken to a tier where there was only one cell left open. The hardened, convicted felons, wanting to know if he was a plant, asked Roger questions.

“Hey, new guy. What’re you in for?” Asked another prisoner.

“Attempted arson. But, I was told if the district attorney has his way, I could be charged with first degree arson.”

Purgatory: ReLife Chapter 03

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Purgatory: Relife

Chapter 3

by Aurum

Copyright © 2016 Aurum
All Rights Reserved.

Death isn’t the end, but is the opportunity to begin again.
This is the story of second chances and unforeseeable
consequences. By changing early regrets, the momentum
of life will change in such unimaginable ways that not even
knowing the future will help predict what happens next.


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