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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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Weddings And Reunions Part 16.5 Sat efindumb
Hired Girl -5- Plum Sauce Fri Erin Halfelven
What Milsy Did -17- Fri Penny Lane
Easy As Falling Off a Bike pt 3080 Fri Angharad
A Summer's Odyssey IV Chapter 9 Fri Jennifer Sue
Secondhand Life - Part 44 Fri Kat Walker
Wardrobe Malfunction Solo Leila
Jennie's Potty-Training chapter 21 Fri babyjennie
Tell Me How Can I Sing Like a Girl - A TG Mixed Tape Solo Hikaro, Roberta J Cabot, Trismegistus Shandy
Jem…Chapter 185 Fri Bailey Summers
Old friend, New love - 5 Fri Cheryl Bishop
Gokachuu - Chapter 7 Thu Kazue Kitsuna
The Lucky Charm Chapter 3 Thu Mopar
An Unexpected Pastime — Chapter 5 Thu Sam Dynes
We Never Break A Promise Chapter 8 Thu Warm Hearted
Prom Changed Everything Part 2 Thu Paradox
Masks 12: Part 15 Thu Stickmaker
Big Sister Chapter 5 Thu Leila
A Longer War 52 Thu Cyclist
Footprints In The Sea 17 and 18 Thu Frances Penwiddy
Eden's Reality : Chapter 8 Thu BrokenFox
All the World's a Stage Chapter 32 Thu Bronwen Welsh
Pentology - a Fantasy Collection by Chrissy Sagan Solo Drea DiMaggio
Ongoing Inquiries Chapter 13 Wed Cressar
Princess and the Plague: Erika's next Chapter 3 Wed Anistasia Allread
You Could Go Home Again, part 06 of 16 Wed Trismegistus Shandy
Breathing...Chapter 2 Wed Bailey Summers
Linking Spell: A Woman's Desire Solo TGFictionStv
Alexa B-Side: Jenny & Debbie Tue Kris Traverse
The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane - Part 9 Tue Barbara Lynn Terry
Squires-35 Tue Bailey Summers
Gaby Book 14 ~ The Girl ~ Chapter *2* Konichi Wa Tue Maddy Bell
The Gift Solo Morgan Philips
Searching for Love Solo Drea DiMaggio
Finding Julia - Chapter 3 Mon Julie D Cole
Fashion Girl - 15 Mon Katherine Day
Sunday Morning Pantyhose Part 13 Mon shesgotleggs
Family is.. everywhere [4.7] Mon Nessa M
Selene Chapter 4 Mon Selene
It Wasn't A Mistake - 05 Mon TiffQ
Unlikely Quarterback – 19 Elaine Rising Sun Jessica C
Room 1408 Solo TGFictionStv
Home Is Where The Heart Is: Prologue Sun crazypagangurl
Educational Justice -chp7 Sat WolfJess7
Turnabout Part 3 Sat Miss Jessica
Time to Fly Chapter 1&2 Sat Lilly85
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Somewhere Solo Leila
Body Thief Solo Foxxe Wilder
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Budding Lilli Part 1

Kyle has purged and is trying to be "normal" - only to find it impossible. After two years of misery, his sister Christine dares him to put on their sister Taryn's dress. Can he resist (please stop laughing)? What happens to Kyle - and what does his mischievous sister have in store for him?

Shadowcraft: Aria Blade (Revised) - Issue 7

Issue 7: The Last Dance

Raven Wing and I stared blankly at each other. When we returned our gaze to her, her grin had broadened. Her little dimpled cheeks almost seemed to glow with childlike joy. Knowing an ancient deity of charm and pranks lie in wait behind those innocent eyes made the whole surreal experience all the more unsettling.

“So do you want to ask us something in return?” I asked. She grinned.

“You just used up your question, but yes. I do.” Raven Wing elbowed me lightly, causing me to flinch. I settled on the ground beside her, waiting for the spirit’s response.

“What is love?”

Odyssey II Part 1

Odyssey II

by Jennifer Sue

Part 1

Once inside the St. Michaels Middle/High School Krista Scott felt wary, intimidated and more that a bit angry at the protesters who had been picketing the school when she had arrived. She hoped her classmates would accept her but with Tony Masters by her side she was ready to face anyone who objected to her. As she limped beside Tony, she saw nearly all the students looked at her and raised their eyebrows in surprise. If nothing else the bandage wrapping her left arm may as well have been a name tag.

The Story of Me...Sort of Chapter 2

The Story of Me...Sort of

Chapter 2


Sunday morning I woke up after having the weirdest dream that Allie and I were schoolgirls in Japan, only at home I was her slave. Why was I suddenly having romantic dreams about Allie?

Rachel's Complicated Life, Chapter 10

Chapter 10

The Lack of Sleep-Over, or Mom is going to be tired in the morning.

After the game was over, Brittany, Katie, Jayne and Lisa asked Rachel, Angela and Becca to go to the local post game hangout, a large pizza place called Dino’s.

“Pleeeease, Mom” pleaded Rachel. “You and Grams and Papa can come too! It will be fun! Pleeeease?”

Gina looked to her mother. “Do you and Daddy want to come?”

Whose Irish Eyes Be Smiling? 1

Whose Irish Eyes Be Smiling?


Cousins Sean and Kelly are as close to one another as they are to their siblings. Yet as close as they all are, their outlooks, interests, and aspirations have diverged while growing up— until destiny binds them together again.

Dream Come True - Chapter 3

Dream Come True
- Chapter Three -

Danielle Krieger
(c) 2011

Ostracized by family and many friends, Melissa Sterling finds herself on the cold, lonely streets. Being transgendered, not many opportunities present themselves and too many people are overtly discriminatory. Like her family, the state safety net has abandoned her with no income and no health care. A modern American tragedy. In her own mind, she can't seem to catch a break and life doesn't seem worth living. That is, until fate seems to have another plan in place.

In this installment, by way of a leak every news organization in the country learns that there is now a case of HTV in the United States. Melissa's transformation is in full swing and coming to a head. Plus, she gets a special visitor.


Bad Moon Rising-1.

Bad Moon Rising.

*(Part one of four.)

It’s been a very busy last few days. Mostly it was getting the resources together that we were going to need. I wanted my people safe but I wanted to leave a really good message to these Templars.

Templars, a group of well funded, well organized human fundamentalists that have been long recruited to keep the old races from ever making a comeback since their near obliteration by the Roman Empire who sought to increase to dominion of man.

A Fortuitous Adventure: 5


Anne wants Emily to help celebrate
her 21st birthday

A Fortuitous Adventure:
or, how I got my first job

by Louise Anne Smithson

Chapter 5

An invitation to dinner

Some Kind of Wonderful Part-4

Some Kind of Wonderful-
Part Four


Charlie Sandsmark and his mother, Helena, travel around the world from one archaeological dig to another, looking for evidence of the ancient Amazonian culture. So far they have found nothing, until Charlie discovers something wonderful about himself on a small island in the Aegean Sea.

Shadowcraft: Aria Blade (Revised) - Issue 6

Issue 6: Unfinished Business

“Hello child of fate.”

“Don’t screw with me you little brat.” I snapped back. “I need to talk to Raven Wing, and no, it’s not about you this time.”

She giggled vapidly. “Of course it’s about me. It’s ALL been about me. The sooner you understand that, the closer you’ll be to winning, silly goose! But if you want me to wake her, you’ll have to answer my riddle.”

Like Mother Like Son 3

16 year old Darren Peterman comes home from school to find his mother has bought him a new outfit, befitting of a middle aged woman. Can he face his father and little brother for the first time in a dress?

Rachel's Complicated Life, Chapter 9

Chapter 9

The Game

After Gina hung up the phone, she couldn’t help being saddened at the reaction on Randy’s father. Not surprised, really, but truly saddened. She wanted Rachel to have a relationship with Randy’s parents. They were good people, but his dad had funny ideas about women in general. Almost like they were second class citizens, put on the earth only to serve men. How he kept that attitude in the new Army was a source of amusement for Gina. If Rachel never saw him again, he would be the loser.

Some Kind of Wonderful Part-3

Some Kind of Wonderful-
Part Three


Charlie Sandsmark and his mother, Helena, travel around the world from one archaeological dig to another, looking for evidence of the ancient Amazonian culture. So far they have found nothing, until Charlie discovers something wonderful about himself on a small island in the Aegean Sea.

O My Son, My Daughter Absolom! 2


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