TopShelf Stories

Escaping the Past - Part 2

[Late March]

Martin was in a meeting at a London Trading House when he felt his phone vibrate. He’d set it on ‘silent’ before the meeting. From the nature of the vibration he knew he’d received a text message. His innate politeness stopped him from looking at the phone until the meeting was over.

It was more than an hour later before he could look at the message.

When he did so, he smiled. It was from Angela.

“Martin, come home please. Am sort of stuck”

He replied

“Understood. Tied up until 4. Back ASAP”

A Halloween Engagement – 3 Sameo, Not the Same

Our Halloween Engagement began last Halloween... We're scheduled to be married this coming spring... If we can get through this Halloween.

Reading Halloween Engagement would truly be helpful.

Finale Part 4

Emma is forced to go shopping, bonds with Deborah, and endures a summons from Victoria and Jorge. Ophelia sees the real Cat opening up and experiences fun at the beach with the kids.

Amadeus Irina ~ Part 4

December 2016 Spirit of Giving Story Contest Entry


A lonely young boy is torn between two worlds. Which will he choose—that of his father OR that of his mother?


Amadeus Irina

By Shauna

Copyright© 2016 Shauna
All Rights Reserved.
Splash collage courtesy of Dawn Natelle
(all image originals sourced from Creative Commons)

The Wardrobe

When Mark Walker accidentally discovers a door at the rear of his wardrobe, he finds an Edwardian scene frozen in time. But the four female mannequins are not just a display; Mark discovers they have an ulterior purpose - and a history.

Author's note: This story is different from my more conventional Big Busts stories, but I hope you will enjoy this Halloween special.

Triumvirate Book 6

Author's note: Like my last submission, I'm trying something new and utilizing PDF as well as RTF to allow for more options so people can get the full reading experience. Please feel free to let me know which you prefer, if either.


Book 6

By Paradox

Wolf Springs, Wyoming, Downtown Area

Jennie's Potty-Training chapter 16

Synopsis; Mummy milks the truth out of Baby Jennie concerning her dress-up activities and her love of female apparel. Later that day Baby Jennie realises mean old David from next door is babysitting them for the afternoon.

Chapter 16. Confession Time

Halloween getting what is deserved

I wish to thank Cressar taking the time to edit this story and for his comments and input to this story.
The story is stand alone and all responsibility falls to me as the author. All comments are welcome as a new author I am just starting out. I enjoyed writing this.

Halloween - Getting what is deserved

Emerging from the Cocoon, Chapter 1

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Emerging from the Cocoon
by Torey

Chapter 1

Copyright© 2008 Torey
All Rights Reserved.
This is my first post here. Hope this is correct...
This is the story of a special child sent to live with his half sister. The child's true self begins to emerge.
Born a boy, she is really a girl trying to emerge with the help of her sister, who becomes her adopted mother.

Designer Children Chapter 22

With the arrival of Jessica’s niece, Ryan is in grave danger. Telling Jessica the truth could save him from the mousy little girl, but it is no easy task. Ryan’s attempt to grasp at his fleeting masculinity and his genuine feelings for the woman could ultimately doom him, leaving a mirror image of the demure Brianna.


My heart fluttered, allowing the fog to once again cloud my mind. Jessica gave the case another shake, dislodging a Barbie who had been stubbornly hanging from the lip of the container. It fell within an inch of my hand. I looked down and saw beautiful golden tresses mixed with purple and pink and a slender body wearing a pretty light blue bathing suit. Despite the fog, the doll’s ever smiling face sent a shiver of fear up my spine. I knew that taking the plastic toy into my hands would place my mind in a child-like state, one where imagination was boundless. Memories of the toilet paper roll Olaf watching Elsa skate gracefully across the bathroom floor flooded in, causing my hand to recoil from the doll. I couldn’t help but feel like an addict, the uneasy hand reaching toward the pill, the pipe, the needle- knowing that one hit would bring clouded bliss, but like the drug, it would erase my identity, everything I was, until only a smiling little girl remained. Perhaps one at docile and timid as Brianna. Her perfect twin.

Finale Part 3

The Smiths have a tough meeting with a dignitary, get schooled in the art of John's teaching, then see the youngest kids at their most normal while Cat is away. The secret behind Cat is revealed and what was known isn't entirely the truth.




“Why do I have to have my hair plaited?” I grumpily asked for probably the twentieth time as I twisted my locks.

“You think I'm any happier, I look a right dork with these braids.”

The Girl with Something Extra

The Girl with Something Extra
(Just a drabble...)
Laika Pupkino ~ 2016

I ran into Shay at work. “How was your date?”

“Another freak...”


“Dinner was great. He was charming, funny. I'm thinking: 'Finally! a guy who'll treat me like just a normal girl...' But later he was like all the rest, interested in only one thing, that he wanted to fondle and probably suck on.”


A Longer War 47

“So, Andrew, what do you do for work?”

Valerie was smiling and clearly doing her very best for her daughter.

“I’m a draughtsman, at Harwell’s out by Layerthorpe”

Pete looked up at that. “Bit of a narrow field, us three then. All engineers of one sort or another”

“I just do the drawings, Pete”

“Yes, but there’ll be a bit of insight there. Never looked at someone else’s work and thought that something didn’t look right?”

Sixteen Feet of Steel Chapter 24


My people loved my father and mother and they loved my eldest brother Justin as well. I grew up thinking that we were good folks and had few real enemies and we did well for our folk in our lands.

And that was one of those things that I was going to inherit third son or not. I was going to do things, do whatever I could to help the people in Lyonnes.

And that’s gone; well it’s gone for as long as it’ll take me to find things out and to get strong enough to maybe do something.

But here’s Nicole who has actually done it here today and I know that she’s done more and that she’s already held in high esteem with Lady Tatiana and very much by her folk here.

I’m in that mixture of both awed and wistful and jealous of it all.

But I’m still very, very proud of her too.

Gaby Book 12+1 Chapter *36* Comedy Klub

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*Chapter 36*

Comedy Klub

Of course the visit to the Fischer’s hadn’t actually taken that long, I had plenty of time to get to Cheer.

“I thought all girls wanted to be ballerinas.”

Sisters 57

In the end, I spent two weeks off work. My bosses were very clear in their instructions, and I was told that it was being recorded as ‘gardening leave’ rather than sickness absence, to avoid the stigma such things bring. Effectively, I was suspended on full pay, but without the implied misbehaviour.

Masks XI: Part 22

Masks Eleven: Part Twenty-Two


Rodford Edmiston

"She's dying!" cried Susan. "Isn't there anything we can do?"

"Turn off the base lights!" Paul said over the coms.

That took a few seconds. As if by a miracle, when the lights went off the throbbing and flashing stopped.

"They must have been heterodyning somehow with the old, high-voltage fluorescents!" said Adams, looking up at the now-off lights.

"She's still out. Paul, she's very weak."

"Okay," said Paul, thinking fast. "We carry her back to the main room."

Finale Part 2

Emma and the Smiths fly to Boston for the wedding. David has a tough question to ask of Emma. The Smiths get to finally meet the infamous Cat and see her in action. Karen has one more surprise for the family.

Hero Prince(ss) Chapter 1


This is a story of a time that could've been a long time ago, but not of this world. It is a tale of a prince and a hero. A tale of a hero who fought with all his might and lost so much, yet also gained so much. A tale that will make you laugh (hopefully), cry (maybe) or unsure if you should laugh or cry. Though it must be said, that this is not a typical fairytale.

Who would've known that fairy tale character you would've admired in your childhood was actually not what it seemed?

Hero Prince(ss) Chapter 1
When the hero is not what you'd expect.

By Shiina Ai

Darrin is Bewitched - Conclusion

Darrin is Bewitched - Conclusion

Samantha had been censured by the Witches Council and ordered to make things right Task is in compliance with current policies and guidance ‘or else.’ Or else’s were never good in the world of witchcraft.

Stephanie, part 12

“Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth?” Becca, Adeola, Kayla and I sing into our microphones, trying our hardest not to grin as we’re almost drowned out by several thousand screaming fans. “Ooh, heaven is a place on Earth… They say in heaven, love comes first, we’ll make heaven a place on Earth, ooh, heaven is a place on Earth!”

Family is.. visiting [4.1]

ourIceMain.jpg You can't chose your family, if they're determined enough you can't chose your friends either.
Basically it's probably better to just go with the flow and stop complaining on both counts sadly.

Events unfold including but not limited to:
Grace being a 'bad doggy'.
(according to a 'funny baby' with an apparent death wish)
Oh! and Hannah get's to play peacemaker for once!

Masks 11: Part 21

Masks Eleven: Part Twenty-One


Rodford Edmiston

Beat Red finished his briefing of Template on things political, then started in on more productive matters. Much of this was to catch her up on things which had been delayed because of the hectic few weeks following the attack on the President's conference at the mountain lodge. When he got to how Brade had uncovered the location of the lair Energex had been using to store his stolen items, Template gaped.

Sunday Morning Pantyhose Part 7

Sunday Morning Pantyhose VII
Tracy Davis

This is a true story of how my Mom feminized me as a teenager. She had caught me wearing her pantyhose the summer before seventh grade. I got the surprise of my life the first Sunday of junior high, when she started encouraging me to wear them -- Tracy

Gaby Book 12+1 Chapter *35* What Friends Are For

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*Chapter 35*

What Friends Are For

“Better?” Max enquired when I eventually released my grip.

“A bit thanks.”

“My pleasure.”

I bet it was!

I am me and you are you

You and me are very different.
We always have been and always will.
Your words, fists and feet will never make me you
Just face it, I’m not like you

You call me queer,
You call me a paedo,
You smash your fists into my face
Yet I’m still not like you so what’s the point eh?

Yes, I like to dress as a woman,
What’s so wrong in that? Will it condemn me to spend eternity in hell?
Just because you don’t do not make me bad.
Despite all your bullying, I’m still here.

Shadowsblade: Pixie partner

Shadowsblade comes back and A pixie is made happy in this one!


Saturday, March 10 7:05 am
Doyle medical center--intensive care center

My eyes scrape open in pain, to see a blurry sight before me and when they clear up a little better. I notice a small form sitting on my rising and falling chest, "Hey little one? What happened?" I croak out very tired and in deep pain from my wounds.

Violet's small face shoots up, to gaze at me and she starts to cry to me, "You got hurt again and it's my fault!"

Educational Justice -chp2

Educational Justice


Maria DeMarco never thought that she would find trouble amongst her many businesses. After all they were the public face of where her money came from. She was after all a retired Prima Ballerina and like most such women she invested her money wisely. But trouble she did find and in the one place she would never have thought to look. One of the schools she loves and sponsors. Can the Black Badge Deputies ferret out the people behind the troubles before Gemini has to deal with Gym Class?

by Snowfall and Jessie Wolf.

Dedicated to the men and women of the US Marshal Service.

Edited by my husband Paul, and AJC Snowfall.


This is a work of fiction an any persons in this work are purely fictional.

Demon Witch Cheerleaders (part 10)

my friend and I were at the wrong place at the wrong time when the cheerleaders come back then we were caught by them something was going to change me forever

10 Lilly school problems and start of the Texas tour

Masks 11: Part 20

Masks 11: Part Twenty


Rodford Edmiston

Paul was giving the new arrival a tour of the place. He was also making a point of telling Brade what they didn't know.

"Hell. We still don't know how this place got here. How it was built or by whom. We don't know where most of the stuff in the cases came from. We don't even know how Energex located it."

Designer Children Chapter 21

While Jessica has saved Ryan from the day camp, she has her own ideas about how six-year old girls should be treated and what media they should be exposed to. In the meantime, Ryan struggles with fact that Jessica’s body, perfection encased in yoga pants, represents something else entirely for him now.

The yoga pants clung to her like a second skin. Her muscular ass, perfectly firm yet enticingly round, sat high, teasing as it thrust forward and backward, practically begging for a pair of hands to gently squeeze it. Her long blonde hair unbound dipped gracefully over one shoulder. She grasped her left foot, slowly bringing it back, until it was parallel with her head. For anyone else, the pose and fitness wear would have revealed a litany of flaws, a drooping ass, and low-hanging belly combined with love handles, mottled thighs, but with her, it only screamed her perfection.

I watched, or rather stared, at Jessica as she went through a series of yoga stretches. Before my change, it would have been enough to have me practically begging her for sex. It wasn’t something that I did- ever, but for her I would have made an exception. She turned onto her side and lifted herself into a side plank. As she did this, she was forced to flex her ass, which caused her yoga pants to go from gym appropriate to indecent in seconds. The pants were virtually non-existent near her ass, looking like they were, instead, masterful tattoos.

Halloween Again!

My thanks to Cressar for helping with comments, advice, encouragement, and editing

Halloween again!

Halloween comes around again

Witches and Warlocks all around

Ghosts and Spectres float in and out

Ancient covens of druids gather around open fires

In hidden groves among the forest trees  

Some looking for converts, others looking for victims

Here I am standing, waiting, willing for you to come 

The witching hour is drawing close and I am standing here 


Left at Eden - Chapter 11

Left at Eden

“Someone call for me?” Hailey heard Tricia’s voice over the radio.

“Hi Tricia,” Hailey said, still giggling. “Guess where we are?”

“The bottom of the ocean?” Tricia laughed.

The Weird Person

“mantener lejos el chico raro”
“pran prekosyon nou a bizarre timoun”
“roksaatouk chhngay pi kmeng cham lek”
“tránh xa những đứa trẻ kỳ lạ”

Four languages, four ways of saying that I was weird. That I was a bad person to be around. That I was different.

I didn't ask to be different. I couldn't help that my family was born here and lived here for generations. I can't help that I struggle with language. I can't help that I try hard to learn and improve myself.

Jaci and dottie the beginning....maybe

In a little house on the edge of somewhere huddles a little child under blankets with a small plastic fairy on a broken base found recently in the snow.

"Please fairy make me a girl" says the small child.

one year later

"Please fairy make me a girly girl!"

Another year later

"Please fairy make me a girly girl"

by this time the plastic fairy is rather worn. It's pink and blue paint long gone from all the praying.

Jaci-Stien: A Jaci and Dottie Story

Jaci-Stien: A Jaci and Dottie Story

“Ha ha ha! I’ve created the ultimate man! Now, to activate ... Computer! Activate manly man program.”

“Beep. Error, program corrupted.”

“What? Computer, activate manly man program!”

Beep. Error, program corrupted.”

“Computer, perform diagnostics on program.”

“Beep. Program has been corrupted by virus designated ‘girly germs’. Virus was most likely delivered via delivery system designated ‘huggles.’ Beep.”

The Amazons: The future has changed now Amazon women rule Earth and the Galaxy ( part 86)

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.

86 Commander Makala Memories and Amazon City

Escaping the Past - Part 1

Life Beyond… Part 1

[This story was originally written in 2004. I updated it in 2010 and again in 2014 and yet again in 2016 so I thought that it was time it got posted.]

Many of us have seen the people selling the Big Issue plying their magazine outside the Tube stations and other prime locations. They come and go over the years. They sell a copy and pocket a bit of money from the sale. They work hard and for most of them it is the first step in their return to some form of normality from whatever deep dark place that have been.

A lot of people who buy their copies don’t read them but still continue do make their purchases just so that they can feel good about helping someone out.
I usually buy a copy not that I read much of it but at least these Guys (And a few Girls) were trying to get themselves and their lives out of the gutter. You never know when it might be you who finds themselves out of a job and homeless.

Vantier: summer NYC

this is just a run into new line of seeing what she would do in the marvel universe at large

just a side trip for Vantier, and this will not be 'canon' for her. Just me having fun!

--none of this is my trademark


Summer NYC

This summer after being at Whateley all year learning, growing, having experiences of this new life, this new world and having so much fun. Becky decided pretty much for 'me', that I should take some of this time off in a larger city and take a short term internship at a large tech company there.

Town Princess

Town Princess

Almost every town probably has its rituals.

You know, the stuff that brings the neighbors together, have a bit of fun, remember the important stuff the past or celebrate the future.

My town’s ritual is a bit ... different.

It all started about ten years ago.

We had two stunning revelations that shook us to the core.

The first was the suicide of a teen named Brett Markson. He’d been popular, involved in local charities, always the first to step up when called upon, so his death came out of the blue to all of us.

Amadeus Irina ~ Part 3

December 2016 Spirit of Giving Story Contest Entry


A lonely young boy is torn between two worlds. Which will he choose—that of his father OR that of his mother?


Amadeus Irina

By Shauna

Copyright© 2016 Shauna
All Rights Reserved.
Splash collage courtesy of Dawn Natelle
(all image originals sourced from Creative Commons)

A Longer War 46

Susie was annoying for some weeks after that, as she fretted for what she clearly saw as vindication of her status. I had spent quite a while trying to straighten out the tax people for her PAYE and that, but no matter how many times she saw her name on a payslip she still didn’t seem to find my recognition ‘official’ enough. The Saturday it finally came, she went missing for an evening, returning home in the small hours in a very well-oiled state. I said nothing as she came in, just made her a cup of tea and saw her safely up the stairs.

Masks 11: Part 19

Part Nineteen

"You're going to be all right," said Dr. Thurber. "We got the chelation started in time. However, some of the dioxin has soaked into various tissues where it cannot be easily dislodged. It's a relatively tiny amount, but even that could - Only potentially! - cause trouble."

At least this time she was sitting in an office, and had a robe on over the hospital gown. Unfortunately, neither of those factors were making the news any more palatable.

"So... what does that mean?"

Triumvirate Book 5

Author's note: As always, use of the attached RTF file is preferred for the full reading experience.
10/21/16 additional note: I'm trying something new and also including a PDF file of this piece as well since it might make for easier reading than the rtf. If you choose to try reading it via the PDF please let me know if you prefer it to the rtf version.


Book 5

By Paradox

Wolf Springs, Wyoming, Connors Residence


Not So Popular - 03

After school I stormed home to scream into my pillows.

I should have known Kelly was behind this! She always had it against me, just because I made fun of her sometimes. Okay, maybe trashing her prom dress was a dick move, but she didn’t have to turn the world upside down! That was just taking things too far.

My Mom lingered by the bedroom door. “Shannon?”

Couldn’t she see I was busy? I threw a pillow at her, and missed.

“I was just going to ask if you were staying for dinner, but fine,” she scoffed.

Unlikely Quarterback – 15 What a Mom Won’t Do

Unlikely Quarterback – 15
What a Mom Won’t Do

By Jessica C

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

Spa Talk: A Drabble by Dorothy

Spa Talk: A drabble by Dorothy

“Hello handsome. How was the spa?”

“Wonderful! I don’t think I’ve ever been so pampered, so relaxed.”

“Now you see why we girls love it. Ohh ... I see they got carried away and painted your toes.”

“Actually, that was my idea. You don’t mind, do you?”

“No! It’s a pretty color for you. Now, let’s head to bed.”

“Good idea. I can show you how ... grateful I am to have you.”

“By the bulge in your pants, I have a pretty good idea. Let’s go!”


Twins Chapter 5

This is a fan fiction that mixes Whateley with The Center. Both of them have different rules so that is why this is a fan fiction.

The three agree to go to the Center. While Port is evaluated to be a teacher the other two go through what every other emergent has to go through. Sara finds the end of her physical to be humiliating. She also has a problem with her tests. Port witnesses a transient that goes rogue and how they have tried to prevent it. Hunter learns a bit about how to use his power and Sara gets all the attention.

Enjoy this chapter and have a great night.

Designer Children Chapter 20

Ryan’s foolish and childish behaviour causes Eve to take a firmer stance with him. Meanwhile, despite his earlier bravado, Ryan learns just how deeply the serum runs. While he struggles with this, a simple knock on the door of the apartment changes everything.

Excerpt: I nodded, “No more closed door bullshit?”

Eve said, “None. We can talk about the adoption too. You’ve got a choice in this, Ryan. If you don’t want us to adopt you, we can look at other options. The best thing for you now though is to try to maintain control. Fight your impulses. You might find that when you start putting your thoughts down that you can better understand yourself and what you are going through.”

I had expected a completely different conversation, one that involved a lot of screaming and threats. If anything, I was impressed with Eve’s calm demeanour. That feeling of warmth was still there, but now that I understood what Eve was trying to do, it felt different. Maybe she was really just trying to help?

A personal history of Mutation, or how I spent my teen years. Chapter 15.

Alright, finally the next installment of Summer mutation. New rules are in effect, so bear with me:

This is a fanfic or WhatIf piece, called such by the cabal. You can find the canon stuff over at so check it out if you haven't. And now on with the show, enjoy a first glimpse at Min's Halloween.

Gaby Book 12+1 Chapter *34* Blue Monday

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*Chapter 34*

Blue Monday

I woke after a fitful night; I slept at some point but not well.

“You look like shite,” Jules opined when I clambered down to the kitchen.


The Devil Within

A college age man of questionable integrity makes a deal with a demon spirit, but not all goes to plan.

* * * *

Virginity is a cruel, cruel mistress, and it only gets worse as time goes by. Do you know how embarrassing it is to be twenty-one years old when you’ve never had sex? In a world where a man’s worth is measured by his virility I can think of nothing worse.

Transformation Conversation

Transformation Conversation

Author’s note. You may notice some similarities between this story and a story that was recently republished. What follows is not in any way intended as a criticism of that story, but just what I think I would do in that situation.

I stood before two women, newly transformed into one myself, and I had to acknowledge two truths.

Masks 11: Part 18

Masks 11: Part Eighteen


Rodford Edmiston

Rotary came charging out of the van in an obviously unnecessary hurry, to find Ray and Doro standing there, arms across their chests, glaring at him. He slid to a stop.

"Gee," he quipped, clumsily, after taking a moment to recover. "Thanks for waiting for us!"

"Don't you give me that!" snapped Doro, advancing on the gadgeteer in a menacing fashion. "I hurt all over! From the fight you missed!"

"Well, you should have..."

"Not one more word," said Doro, jabbing a finger in his face.

Mary Celeste chapter 10

Onboard SS ERIN 1100 09NOV17:

Since the Turner sisters seemed upset after the meeting followed by Tom Dodge's stern warning, Tom suggested that perhaps it would be better to escort the sisters back to their cabin to allow them to rest and recover before lunch. As he led Elizabeth (followed by his son and Crissie) back to her cabin, he promised that he would be back at 1150 to escort the two sisters to lunch. (In fact, Tom was very much interested in discussing what had happened before and during breakfast).

Age of Gods Online Chapter 3


Serena was a top player in the popular browser game Age of Gods Online which combines elements of strategy and RPG on a platform available to everyone with access to the internet. As an RMT scum, she climbed the ranks of the deathmatch with real world money. One day, after she was defeated in battle by another player, she went to sleep and woke up in the world of AGO.

But something was wrong. She woke up 300 years in the future of the current Age of Gods Online. Will she be able to unravel why or how she got there and if she'll ever return home?

Age of Gods Online Chapter 3
The epic struggles of young gods in another world.

By Shiina Ai

John is.. taking charge of the travel arrangements [3.6]

ourIceMain.jpg People are complicated.
They can surprise you with maturity one moment then ruin it seconds later without missing a beat.
Two guesses who THAT'S referring to?..

Events unfold including but not limited to:
John putting his arm possessively around Hannah's waist
(not by invitation either!)
And Hannah gains a gardens worth of flowers with the awkward followers to go with them.

Twins Chapter 4

This is a fan fiction of a mix of Whateley and The Center by Lillith Langtree. Mostly in The Center Universe. This is a fan fiction so I will break some of the rules as the Whateley Universe has different rules concerning mutants.

It is the start of school and All three are looking for a bit of normal. Sara likes the fact that she is a superhero while wondering why Hunter is so distant. Sean's friends are worried about him and one finds help from a former lover enemy. Everything goes fine until Kristyn shows up during lunch. An old enemy, a new ally and a new enemy are all wanting these three, but which is which?

Hope everyone likes my style and my fire and forget writing is not too riddled with mistakes. Other than that enjoy.

For A Friend

Some events transcend time, others impact families for decades to come. When a chance encounter with a prostitute results in a special friendship one man has to suffer the consequences...especially when this prostitute isn't entirely as she seems. Add in a jealous suitor and classic bigotry and you have yourself a heap of trouble- but some people are worth it.

This is intended to be an origin story for "Winnisimmet Tales" but is also a stand-alone story in its own rite. You don't have to have read any of the previous Winnisimmet Tales to read and appreciate the story.