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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

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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Consequences: A New Life (Part Four) 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
Masks 11: Part 8 Wed Stickmaker
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
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It's Just a Twin Thing Part-4 Mon Enemyoffun
Consequences: Part 3 - A New Life Mon Lizzy Bennet
Fashion Girl - 5 Mon Katherine Day
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Charlotte's Children Mon Maeryn
The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane - Part 6 Sun Barbara Lynn Terry
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Heir to a title Chapter 24 Sun Beverly Taff
Kayda 8 - The Best Days of our Lives (part 2 of 3) Sun Elrod
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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
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The Fancy Dress Party Solo Julia Phillips
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Call of the Hunt Book 3

Author's Note: I'm trying something new. I've never been happy with my limited choices of font via Google Docs for this particular story, so I'm going to attach the MS Word file here instead. As I've said in the past this story can be read here, but with the dynamic font changes being a rather part of the story I'd recommend reading the Word file to get the full impact. I check my page often so please let me know if there's any problems with reading the Word file.

Call of the Hunt

Book 3

By Paradox

Salem, Indiana, Connors Property

A Study in Satin - Part 3 - Chapters 1 - 4

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 1-4

by Tigger

Copyright © 2002, 2013 Tigger
All Rights Reserved.
Chapters 1 & 2 of Part 3 were previously posted out of order. This has been corrected with the finishing
of Part 2 of the series and now the addition of Chapters of 3 & 4 of Part 3 to keep the posting organization
of this series in line with the previous postings. All mistakes made were mine. ~ Sephrena

Special Inquiries Part 5

Author’s note:
This is a reedited, and in places rewritten, version of a story I originally posted on another site. It is riddled with technical and procedural inaccuracies but, after all, it is entirely fictitious. I make no claim to any literary ability; my sole aim in posting it is that others will read and hopefully enjoy it. I welcome any and all feedback, positive, constructive or otherwise.

Special Inquiries Chapter 5

“Nick, I can't spend the night at your place,” Abi said as they left the hotel.

Laura, part 15

"Aww..." Suriya coos, playfully leaning her head onto my shoulder. "SO pretty..."

"So GORGEOUS, more like!" Harriet giggles as she adjusts her tight black leotard. "Not that I'm interested, of course- I was talking about the tutu, not Priya!"

Archetypes: the rebootening.

Alright. So, there is a story here; a patron asked me for a new chapter for this last month. I did that patron one better, doing some minor rewriting of the first four chapters for clarity and error checking the lot, and only after that did I add the fifth chapter.

So if you don't want to read old material, no matter if it's been rewritten or not, I suggest you skip the first four chapters. The new chapter, chapter 5, is about 3/4 of the way down. Without further ado, the long overdue restart of one of my earliest tales. Enjoy.

Copyright Nagrij, 2013-2016. (I know, right? Practically an age!)

Masks 10: Part 17

Masks 10: Part 17

by

Rodford Edmiston

"You moron!" Dr. Herford yelled, throwing his arms wide and splattering salt water. "You and your stupid schedule!"

"You do not speak to me in such a way," said Helstrom, in a dangerous voice.

"Or what? You'll kill me? Look around; we're already minutes from drowning. You told me this base would be ready for anything by the time they found us!"

"They are here early," said Helstrom, almost petulantly. "We did not have enough missiles stockpiled, nor enough of your augments ready."

Jennie's Potty-Training chapter 9

In chap. 9 Jeremy is taken to the hairdressing salon by his dominant female cousins to have his ears pierced. While there, the sissy baby has an unfortunate accident in his nappy.

Chapter 9. ‘The Beauty Spot.’

The Girl Most Likely To ... - Part 54

The Girl Most Likely To … - Part 54
By Barbara Lynn Terry

Chapter 1 - Law Enforcement At Work.

Naomi and Jim finished their lunch, and told Eve they would be back for their afternoon break. The problem with being a peace officer is, you never know when something big is going to happen. They no sooner got back in their patrol car when a call came over the radio.

“Squad 356,” the dispatcher said, with urgency in her voice.

“Squad 356, go dispatch.”

“Meet the ATF and FBI at Box 874 Pine Grove Road, cross street Birch drive.”

Junior Year ~ Part 12

Momma shouts up the stairs, “Paige? Francie? Are you girls ready? Angi and I are leaving!”

I poke my head around the corner and say loud enough that Momma can hear at the bottom of the stairs, “Just a minute Momma. I can’t get my bag zipped!”

I go back into my room and Francie comes and SITS on my bag. I quickly zip it and pray that the zipper will hold against the bulging pressure mounting from the inside. I pull it up onto its wheels with a grunt and start pulling it towards the stairs. I look back and give Francie a cheeky look and ask, “Coming?”

Mana Fire - Chapter 27

 

Mana Fire


Mana Fire
 
by Kara Ryker

 

Chapter 27:
Advent


Eternal darkness waits on the edge of reality, threatening to devour everything it touches. Unbridled wrath burns in the heart of an untested immortal with a tortured past. An army of acolytes rises to reshape the world in the vision of its fanatical mistress.

The only hope for salvation lies in the soul of a young girl who is only beginning to learn the truth of herself. Can she unravel the mystery within before these forces clash in a titanic struggle that will burn the world?

 

A Change Of Perspective Part 7 of 11

Special Inquiries Part 4

Author’s note:
This is a reedited, and in places rewritten, version of a story I originally posted on another site. It is riddled with technical and procedural inaccuracies but, after all, it is entirely fictitious. I make no claim to any literary ability; my sole aim in posting it is that others will read and hopefully enjoy it. I welcome any and all feedback, positive, constructive or otherwise.

Special Inquiries Chapter 4

Marti and the Doppelganger - Chapter 1

Marti and the Doppelganger

By Portia Bennett

Introduction: This is another story in the Cynthia Chronicles series. Other stories in the series are An Incremental Journey, Cynthia and the Reluctant Girlfriend, Cynthia and the Dumpster Diver, Cynthia and the Moment of Truth, Cynthia and the High School Years - Part I, Cynthia and the High School Years - Part II, Charli and the Girl Cave, Bobbie and the Glass Ceiling, Randi and the College Professor, Adam and the Three Wishes, Lisa and the Culinary Quest (aka Howard and the Completed pass), Cynthia and the Solicitous Sisters-in-Law, Cynthia and the Queen of the Knight, and Cynthia and the Dropped Ball. The time frame of this story follows about three to four years after Charli and the Girl Cave. This story takes place a little more than a year after Bobbie Anderson wins the (British) Open and about ten years after Simoné and the Second Time Around.

Martha (Marti) Lewis is going to a summer camp in the mountains of Southern California. She is attracted to the camp due to the scenery and secular approach. After a mostly uneventful trip, she meets two rather unpleasant girls who are going to the same camp. She performs a bit of subtle retaliation. Then she meets Lanu.


 

Designer Children Chapter 8

Chapter 8
With the threat of further regression, Ryan and the other transformed adults fall into their roles. As consummate professionals with a thorough understanding of proper technique and position, the filming unsurprisingly moves quickly. Meanwhile, an exchange with Ms. Daniels forces Ryan to consider life as Kaylee. As the filming continues, Ryan finds himself falling deeper and deeper into character, and when an opportunity comes to demonstrate his brazen, confident self, he struggles to reassert himself.

Excerpt: Ashley replied, “I’m not an expert on this, Ryan, but it sounds like you are fighting growing up. You run away from the things that force you to deal with harsh realities. You aren’t a failure because you haven’t really ever tried. From what you’ve told me with your past relationships and your jobs, you never put yourself in a position where you could grow. Did you know I’ve been in the business since I was eleven years old? I begged my mom before that, but she wouldn’t let me.”

She added, “For some people, it takes a really long time to break into acting. And how long have you been at it? Like two years? You didn’t fail. You just gave up. Just like you are now, but here- you have nowhere to go. Do you really want to let Daniels win?”

Sweet Dreams-64

Adam chooses black. “Exactly and it does work like that, Admin being still the head of the place, the office staff is still the office staff, school paper and media things is advertising and the classrooms are division heads as well as clubs and teams are like special projects.”

Alex moves first and they start to play and they’re not bad and they’re not slow at first either the first ten of twelve moves are fast and that’s just positioning and April gets the coffee pot and fills us all up and she sits back down to watch too and Adam says.

“So if you two are going to do this we should take a real hard look at things so…” and he has this look on his face like he’s not quite sure that he even thought that he’d be asking us this. “Tell me about your school.”

*And Now…

One boys secret pt3

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One boy's secret
Will doesn't know how things will
End up
No one does
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The afternoon went slow as I was depressed. I had two messages on Instagram from Teagan asking if I was okay. I hadn't felt good to message back saying yes I am. So I just sat watching Star Wars.

New World Epidemic - Chapter Four

It was around one before Katie passed out; the rest of us couldn’t sleep.

Mom, Dad and I sat around the living room in silence. I was sat between them, lest they jump each other’s bones. Gross, I know.

There was moaning coming from the neighbor’s house, which was impressive given their age. They were the sort of couple who always bickered and fought. Who knows? Maybe sexual armageddon was the kick their marriage needed.

My Dad huffed and threw himself back into the chair. “There’s got to be something we can do.”

Special Inquiries Part 3

Author’s note:
This is a reedited, and in places rewritten, version of a story I originally posted on another site. It is riddled with technical and procedural inaccuracies but, after all, it is entirely fictitious. I make no claim to any literary ability; my sole aim in posting it is that others will read and hopefully enjoy it. I welcome any and all feedback, positive, constructive or otherwise.

Special Enquiries Chapter 3

My Safe Place - Chapter 10

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My Safe Place

Chapter 10

Ten Year Old Kiara, has a hard life and a hard journey to go through. It's hard to start transitioning, when she has an unsupportive parent. Will Kiara be able to live her life the way she wants, or will she fail?

Copyright © 2016 Natasa Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

A New Job Twist Part 12

My first two quarters with the company went much like the day I just described. It started with a 5am wake up. I showered and carefully groomed myself. I left the house in khakis and a dress shirt by 6am. By 6:30, I was on the train in Waukegan downtown. I am off the train at 7:30. After a twenty minute walk, I am standing before the doors of Fashionable Inc. Others will crowd around us, a male face or two I recognize from orientation. We will all offer perfunctory greetings, but otherwise we are simple and too the point. At 8am the doors open, and we are up and going in.

A Change Of Perspective Part 6 of 11

Special Inquiries Part 2

Author’s note:
This is a reedited, and in places rewritten, version of a story I originally posted on another site. It is riddled with technical and procedural inaccuracies but, after all, it is entirely fictitious. I make no claim to any literary ability; my sole aim in posting it is that others will read and hopefully enjoy it. I welcome any and all feedback, positive, constructive or otherwise.

Special Enquiries Chapter 2

He looked at her in apparent bewilderment for a moment or two, then his face broke into a grin. “Cartwright," he said.

A Christmas Carol & It's A Wendy-ful Life

The last two Christmases I created TG versions of famous Christmas stories trying to remain as true to the stories as I could. These were the results.

Julina of Blackstone - 072 - Fall Out From The Big Bang

Julina finds life a little different after The Demonstration

Julina of Blackstone
Her Chronicles, Book 2

by Julia Phillips

072 – Fall Out From The Big Bang

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