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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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Hero Prince(ss) Tue Shiina Ai
Transformation Treasure Hunt - Part 3 of 8 Tue Jerrie526
The School for Transgendered, Cross-Dressers and Teen Babies 4 Mon Mario Cawhern
Darrin is Bewitched - Conclusion Mon Marina Kelly
Easy As Falling Off a Bike pt 3058 Mon Angharad
Stephanie, part 12 Mon Debbie V
Family is.. visiting [4.1] Mon Nessa M
D-Day Solo Joannebarbarella
Fashion Girl - 9 Mon Katherine Day
Masks 11: Part 21 Mon Stickmaker
Finale Part 1 Mon efindumb
Leigh Anne - Chapter 19 Mon Barbara Lynn Terry
Mary Celeste chapter 12 Mon Josette Du Pres
Football Girl~Seasons 1 AND 2 - NOW ON SALE Sun Susan Brown
Sunday Morning Pantyhose Part 7 Sun shesgotleggs
'Halloween Costume Drama' - Everyday Costumes... Sun Nessa M
Gaby Book 12+1 Chapter *35* What Friends Are For Sun Maddy Bell
Jem…Chapter 177 Sun Bailey Summers
I am me and you are you Sun SamanthaMD
Shadowsblade: Pixie partner Sat Shadowsblade
Educational Justice -chp2 Sat WolfJess7
Demon Witch Cheerleaders (part 10) Sat Lethaldaza
Anchored - Epilogue Sat Shiraz
Designer Children Chapter 21 Sat OneShot20XX
Halloween Again! Sat New Author, Samantha Ann
Allergies Suck - Chapter 7 - Parts 11 and 12 Sat Barbara Lynn Terry
Left at Eden - Chapter 11 Sat Dark Kitten, Zoe Taylor
The Weird Person Fri efindumb
Jaci and dottie the beginning....maybe Fri Tels
Jaci-Stien: A Jaci and Dottie Story Fri Dorothy Colleen
The Station's Late Nite Princess -chapter 12 Fri Snowfall
The Amazons: The future has changed now Amazon women rule Earth... Fri Lethaldaza
Escaping the Past - Part 1 Fri SamanthaMD
Gene's Story or How I Gained a Cousin Chapter 68 Thu Karen Lockhart
Vantier: summer NYC Thu Shadowsblade
Town Princess Solo Dorothy Colleen
Amadeus Irina ~ Part 3 Thu Shauna
A Longer War 46 Thu Cyclist
Triumvirate Book 5 Thu Paradox
I'm Sorry- a solo poem Thu efindumb
Jennie's Potty-Training chapter 15 Thu babyjennie
Not So Popular - 03 Thu Miranda Sparks
Unlikely Quarterback – 15 What a Mom Won’t Do Wed Jessica C
I'm With the Band Wed Melanie Brown
Spa Talk: A Drabble by Dorothy Wed Dorothy Colleen
Twins Chapter 5 Wed Sara Hawke
All the World's a Stage Chapter 25 Wed Bronwen Welsh
Designer Children Chapter 20 Wed OneShot20XX
A personal history of Mutation, or how I spent my teen years.... Wed Nagrij
Jem…Chapter 176 Wed Bailey Summers
The Devil Within Solo Miranda Sparks
Transformation Conversation Solo Dorothy Colleen
Loop DeeDee Loop Tue SinComics
Metamorphosis Solo Miss Jessica
For A Friend Solo efindumb
SRU: Changing Private Ryan Solo JDCopyHack
SRU: Last Minute Gift Solo JDCopyHack
White horses dancing on the waves Solo Gypsy girl

Contests and Other Features

S T O R Y    T E A S E R S

Ghost Gift

December 2016 Spirit of Giving Story Contest Entry


Ghost Gift

It’s Christmas eve, and it seems like everybody is rushing around, trying to get the last things done before the stores close.

Except for me.

I’m a ghost.

No, not the house-haunting kind. I actually have a job.

Given to me by The Big Guy Himself.

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


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


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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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

Masks 11: Part Nine


Rodford Edmiston

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


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!


Starting Anew Part 1

First he broke up with his girlfriend. Then he comes to school with bruises. Now he has a broken arm. Something is off about Donald but what the truth reveals is worse than anyone could have thought.

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


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.

Mary Celeste chapter 8


Onboard SS ERIN 20000 98NOV17:

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 Tuner sisters had pointed. He saw nothing. he turned again towards Junior. Staring at his son, he ordered "Describe what you are seeing!"

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.

Feel Like You Tonight


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

It's Just a Twin Thing Part-4

It's Just A Twin Thing
Part Four


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?


Consequences: A New Life Part 3

Thanks as always to Robyn and Cressar, and to all of you who read and comment. Enjoy!

Part 3

I spot Poppy waiting for me at the bus stop just before she sees me. She's wearing a vintage dress, Doc Martins and an old leather jacket. The girl's got style and it makes me feel self conscious about my scruffy skin-tights, hoodie and duffel coat. The tight jeans pull against the lower half of my body as I walk, making me even more self-aware. There are curves where there shouldn’t be and something missing up front.


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