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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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The Heir--Or, The Unusual Path to CEO... Book 2: Junior Year ~... Tue Shauna
Elven Tales Book 1 Part 1 Tue Branek
Easy As Falling Off A Bike pt 3019 Tue Angharad
Missing Person Tue Nom de Plume
New World Epidemic - Chapter Two Tue Miranda Sparks
Odds and Ends (part 2) Tue Elrod
Masks 10: Part 9 Tue Stickmaker
The Amazons : I became a Amazon Cheerleader ( part 3) Mon Lethaldaza
Looking for Light Solo Drea DiMaggio
Vengeance Solo Ellie Dauber
Not Another Word 26-31 (Finale) Mon Commentator
Hannah is.. safe [2.17] Mon Nessa M
Change Of Heart Chapter 14 Mon Barbie Lee
Book 2: Junior Year ~ Part 6 Mon Shauna
Mind Games Book 3 Mon Paradox
Ashley, part 8 Mon Debbie V
The Purple Tulip 7 - The first skirmishes Mon Kristin-V
It's Just a Skirt Part-10 (Conclusion) Sun Enemyoffun
Designer Children Chapter 3 Sun OneShot20XX
Happy Teen Babies Part 7 the Swim Cup Celeste, Emma and Ethan... Sun Mario Cawhern
A Matter of Fact: pt 2 Sun Camospam
Defiant Sun Licorice
Gaby Book 12+1 Chapter *25* Just Another Day Sun Maddy Bell
Hired Girl Sun Erin Halfelven
Big Top Sun SinComics
ups and down is a part of every love story 02 Sun CuteKeira
A Doll's Life - 3 Sun Katherine Day
Alternate August Contest: Breaking Tradition Solo efindumb
Jennie's Potty-Training chapter 7 Sun babyjennie
The Promotion Chapter 09: Miss Zita the seamstress. Sat Blair Winsley
Art Project – 11 Gaining Roots new and Old Sat Jessica C
A New Job Twist Part 10 Sat M. Gorman
What Milsy Did -13- Sat Penny Lane
The Station's Late Nite Princess -chapter 03 Fri Snowfall
Vector -4- Hunger? Fri Lainie Lee
The Amazons: The future has changed now Amazon women rule Earth... Fri Lethaldaza
Misstaken Identity Fri Nom de Plume
Left at Eden - Chapter 3 Fri Dark Kitten, Zoe Taylor
Gene's Story or How I Gained a Cousin Chapter 58 Fri Karen Lockhart
A Perfect Fit Solo Optimizer
Wish You Could Solo Drea DiMaggio
Alexa Chapter 1: The Great Experiment Fri New Author, Kris Traverse
Where No Man has Gone Before Chapter 10 Thu Mopar
The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane - Part 1 Thu Barbara Lynn Terry
A Study in Satin - Part 2 - Chapters 5 - 8 Thu Tigger
All the World's a Stage Chapter 16 Thu Bronwen Welsh
My Mother hired a witch. Solo Blair Winsley
Sensible wishes Solo Set3
Isn't That a Wonder? Solo Drea DiMaggio
My Pleasures Were (To Say The Least) Undignified Solo Optimizer
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O My Son, My Daughter Absolom! 1

La Suite Danse Macabre 3

La Suite Danse Macabre

Danny knows that he must do something about his lack of confidence, so he visits his psychiatrist. But what can even Dr. Beecham do for him now? Has Danielle already won?

Abby Normal

Marty Feldman as Eye-gor
Abby Normal

by Jennifer Brock

In the movie Young Frankenstein, there's a scene where Igor (that's "Eye-gor") makes an error and the brain that Dr. Frankenstein (that's "Fronkensteen") uses in the monster is not the one Igor had been sent to collect. Instead of the brain of brilliant scientist Hans Delbruck, he says he brought the brain that had been labeled "Abby Normal." This story takes the premise "What if Igor wasn't lying?" This is the story of Abby Normal, and what happened to her brain. (Note that although inspired by a comic take on Frankenstein, this story uses elements from several adaptations, and is a more serious take on the subject matter.)

Blue Bug From Outer Space-Part 9

Blue Bug From Outer Space -
Part Nine


Jaime Reyes is kid out of his element, who dreams of a life better than his own. He finds such a life when he stumbles about a strange blue stone in the garbage and his whole world changes.

A Spirited Emergence - Episode 12

Girl in eye
A Spirited Emergence
Episode 12: Consequences

by D.L.

Copyright  © 2010 D.L.
All Rights Reserved.

I think I pushed Dwain too far, he is up on the school roof, sat near the edge, crying.

The Unplanned Adventures Part 1 - Unexpected Good

Unexpected Good
By Paul Calhoun

Dear reader:
The events of this narrative are based on a true story which has been extrapolated to a satisfying conclusion. When I heard the story of the furry whose mere presence brought a child out of his wheelchair, I felt compelled to reward him in prose. I had intended this to be a stand-alone, but it became the basis for a much longer series about the generation that comes after. TG in this is incidental but integral to everything that comes after, in which the TG becomes a central theme. The story begins somewhere in the late 2020s to early 2030s. Isn't near-present technology marvelous?

I Can See Clearly Now 3rd & Final Song of the Kylie Warren Saga Part 3

Look all around, nothing but blue skies.
Look straight ahead, nothing but blue skies.
I can see clearly now the rain is gone.
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) sunshiny day.
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) sunshiny day.
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) sunshiny day.

Part 3

Marilyn's Impossible Dream, or She's So Pretty

Marilyn's Impossible Dream, or She's So Pretty

By Katherine Day
(Copyright 2010)

How does a slender, pretty boy born in simpler time fulfill his need to be a girl! The story of Merritt Lane McGraw is the story of a time before the words “crossdresser” and “transgender” were in the vocabulary and a time before sexual assignment surgery was a possibility. What is Merritt to do? This is a novel based loosely on the author’s young life, with chapters to follow on a timely basis.


Duty, Honor, Country, Family - Part 26

“I agree with you, Audrey-san. Ripley should not be prosecuted, but it is not my decision.”

“Minister Hatoyama is calling the shots?”

Kazu Ippitsusai remained silent. He had said too much already.

“Are you telling me Japan’s Prime Minister is behind it?”

“I cannot say, Audrey-san.”

Hokusai View of Fuji off Kanagawa Province and Yokohama
Chapter Twenty Six

Synopsis- Chuck and Hiromi have arrived safely in Australia, so Hiromi made her promised confession to him. It didn't go well, and Chuck became angry about being fooled by Swan Song and by his wife. He's run off home to try and help the original Hiromi, to whom he still feels loyalty, because he's never been sure that the old and the new weren't one and the same person. In order to help Hiromi’s legal defense, Gabrielle has given a affidavit that's almost sure to get her in hot water with almost everyone else at Pine Gap.

Team Spirit: The Second Half Ch. 20-24

The continuing sequel to "Team Spirit" by Janice the Dreamer. Dr. Hanson begins Bob's treatments but what will be the results? Chapters 20 through 24 of 48. Indicated elements apply to entire story.

Rising Dawn Chapter 4

Rising Dawn

Chapter 4 - A Hero is Born

So I follow the police officer to his Police Car, the officer opens up the passenger side door.

"Well, little lady, you get to take a trip to the police station in the passenger seat."

I look up to him.

"Cool, thank you officer."

"No problem, little lady."

"I am not little, just vertically challenged."


A Gaby Fan-Fiction by Stanman

Synopsis:What exactly happened to the students and faculty of Augusta High School, Bigg's Manufacturing and Erin's Cyclery after Drew and his friends went back home to Warsop at the end of the Cultural Exchange Program? This story will attempt to answer those questions.

Welcome to Teslaville (1)

In honor of Halloween, a Whateley Academy Fanfiction

Welcome to Teslaville!

by Matt Zenn

Teslaville, California

A faceless man looms out of the darkness. He moves with a fluid grace that Harm finds hard to watch. Without a glance Harm's way the man walks away down a street that Harm has not noticed before. As Harm looks around he sees others like the man. A fearsome loneliness wells up within him and he cries out to those around him but none of them react. Harm stands amidst the throng and is unheard, unseen, unknown.

"Why won't any of you speak?" he shouts but they continue on their way as if he did not exist at all. The weight of their disregard drags him down and he collapses, great chains at his wrists, drowning in a sea of anonymity.

Unexpectedly Mary Chapter 1

Unexpectedly Mary

Okay, so you want something to read and its a digital first this week, the first part of my first ever printed book, Unexpectedly Mary, is offered up for your enjoyment. In case you've not come across this little tale it's a bit of a travelogue with a twist, Mark - the lead character, embarks on a cycling trip along the German Romantic Road and - well you'll have to read it to find out what happens next!

I'm not intending to do weekly postings of it, it may take many, many months before you see anymore on here, the best way to read the whole thing - complete with pictures, is to get yourselves a copy of the book in either paper or digi format by heading to Scaramouch Books. As an incentive you can currently save 25% off the list price of the print version making it a great gift option for the forthcoming season!

Chapter 1

Mark queued up with a sense of excitement and a degree of impatience. This trip was going to be one of those things you remember forever, the fact that he'd used all his savings and every bit of spare cash he had to make it happen was immaterial. For over a year he'd been planning his route, the accommodation and budget. The queue shuffled forward again. It was the culmination of a dream and a desire to do something a bit more adventurous than a week in Lanzarote for the annual hols.


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