Costumes and Masks

Masks 11: Part 23

Masks Eleven: Part Twenty-Three


Rodford Edmiston

Paul found himself on the vague, hazy plane - or perhaps state - he had encountered a few times before. He was standing naked on a flat, grey, featureless landscape which stretched to infinity in all directions. Just as he had when Atana spoke with him. The meeting room in the Sanctum was hazily visible, filled with frozen figures. However, the figure which he saw here, now, was definitely not Atana.

"Artemis?" he said, startled.

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.




“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.”

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!”

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Erlan, one of the few remaining immortal leaders of the Hegemon, has abandoned his post. He’s departed into the Fringe and worked to to build up the lost and abandoned colonies into a power of their own, the Kormault League. This has drawn ire from secret factions within the Hegemon who have decided the League should be put down and taken back. Erlan and those he's gathered fight against the Hegemon to preserve their freedom. Some of these individuals will do anything for the cause. One will use their special power to do the unusual and unorthodox to win.

Masks 11: Part 13

Masks 11: Part Thirteen


Rodford Smith

The government issue helicopter landed near the two other aircraft. The clearing was getting a bit crowded; fortunately the pilot was very good. As the rotors slowed Brade stepped out. She definitely crouched well down to avoid the blades.

Masks 11: Part 12

Masks 11: Part Twelve


Rodford Edmiston

"Local sheriff's office has a deputy on the way," said Blue Impact, putting her cell back in its hidden pocket. "State Police are also responding but will be a while."

"The Assembly is sending some of their security people in a hopper," said Energia, likewise stowing her phone.

They turned to Gadgetive, who was still holding her cell phone to her left ear, looking perplexed.

"I'm not sure I've got the right number. I keep getting one of those automated call handling systems."

Masks 11: Part 11

Part Eleven

They took a security flitter to the Pioneers' reserve base, landing in the hangar where indicated by a staff member. A team security guard met them and escorted them to where the techs inside a circle of stand lights were working frantically on a very strange looking vehicle.

"That's one of the old Bluegar combat transports," said Blue Impact, alarmed. "You need special dispensation just to start the engines! Because they're nuclear!"

Masks 11: Part 10

Masks 11: Part Ten


Rodford Edmiston

"So that's what was going on," said Template, once the Black Mask contacted her that evening. "I wondered why they were calling on me for help when there were others much closer."

"Classic 'spread confusion' tactic," said her former teammate, sounding almost admiring. "They had anyone they thought might be able to help either in the dark or diverted to other concerns. Though why they went to the trouble of diverting messages to inappropriate individuals and teams instead of simply deleting them baffles me."

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.

Masks 11: Part 7

Masks: Part Seven


Rodford Edmiston

"Okay," said Beat Red. "That's new. What the Hell was it?"

"An area-effect burst neutralizer," said Brade. "I bet there's one in every room in this building."

"Wait... Why aren't we affected?"

Brade angrily shushed him, then looked over at a super in a full-face prankster's mask and a costume of hideously clashing primary colors.

"Emp? Time to shut things down."

Masks 11: Part 6

Part Six

The only official function that evening was a soirée which started with supper and lasted through cocktails and a nightcap. Brade was surprised that all the invited guests had arrived in time for this. She was even more surprised to realize just how much real socializing was going on, late into the night. There was still much unease and even suspicion on all sides, but those in each faction were making an effort to give the other the benefit of the doubt.

Daughter of the Knight

Author's note: If you are a comic-book fan, you might recognize who is who in this little story

Daughter of the Knight

I am the child of two dangerous people.

My mother was trained by my grandfather in the arts of intimidation, control ... and death.

My father, on the other hand, uses darkness and fear as weapons, but what most people don’t understand is that his goal always has been to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

To be a modern-day knight.

The Fancy Dress Party

The Fancy Dress Party

If the bloody corset wasn't so damned tight, and if my feet weren't already aching from the ridiculously towering heels, and if the mass of tape criss-crossing my chest wasn't so damned itchy, and if the damned 'foundation garment' that was keeping my willy folded backwards between my legs wasn't so tightly uncomfortable, I might have laughed.

In a funny gaspy sort of voice, mostly because I couldn't take deep breaths, I did however manage to call out: “Shin, O. B. Shin – not chin.”

Masks 11: Part 4

Part Four

Ray landed on the roof of the old brownstone and went down the stairs. He could hear work going on below, complete with metallic clangs and bangs. As Ray passed the second floor landing he was relieved to see that the door had been secured and warning signs put up since he had pointed out the danger during his last visit. He wasn't glad for himself; he could fly. He could also, however, very easily imagine some unsuspecting guest - or Rotary - walking through that door into empty space.

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!"

Masks 10: Part 17

Masks 10: Part 17


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."

Masks 10: Part 14

Part Fourteen

Primary cleanup of the disaster took the rest of the day, and that was with help from several other supers, including the Assembly. There were more on the way, as well as firefighters and paramedics from neighboring communities. By early afternoon Energia found herself wishing more supers would get there soon; she was nearly at her limit.

"Hotfoot would sure be a big help with handling these fires," said Energia, who looked exhausted. "I'm about worn out."

"Sorry; he's in the infirmary," said Champion.

Masks 10: Part 13

Masks 10: Part 13


Rodford Edmiston

"I want him arrested!" Hotfoot yelled.

"Actually, you attacked him," said Buzz, smirking.

The heat manipulator was in the base infirmary, a significant percentage of his body in a cast.

"Look what he did to me!"

"In self defense."

Sharma stuck her head in the door.

"Buzz, stop teasing him."

Stephanie, part 11

“Is there any point in having a birthday party if the actual birthday girl herself isn’t going to be here?” Becca moans as she paces back and forth, nearly deafening everyone with the rustling of her petticoats underneath her knee-length pink dress.

“Oh, just give her time,” Adeola says. “She’ll get here eventually. It’s not her fault her family lives an hour and a half away and she’s their only child.”

Masks IX: Part 2

Part Two

Paula was constantly amazed at how few people even gave her a second look when she wasn't in costume. Dressing like a normal woman meant that almost no-one connected her with Champion. She was currently wearing a peach blouse and matching skirt, and black flats. Her small, black purse (Purse!) was sitting on the table beside her latte.

Forget masks and the costume discretion, she thought, wryly. All you need is a different hairstyle.

South of Bikini 4: Episode 4- Pawn to Rook Three

Atlantis-Minor literally becomes a ‘House of Fun’ as Alex repeals the ‘no gifts’ order for her sisters as she hopes to draw out Clemson’s multiple personalities. The deadly cat and mouse game continues and Alex faces her worst nightmare as she and Andie experience, first-hand, the extinction of the sisters of Kili. Can the Empress of Time and Space succeed in convincing time to return what it has forgotten? If so, will it return more than she bargained for?

Masks VIII: Part 6

Part Six

This was not the wizened gnome I had dealt with before. Indeed, that figure might have been a caricature of this man, who looked to be a fit and vigorous middle age instead of the century plus of Gaunt's known history.

"So that wasn't you in the desert," I blurted.

"I am astounded - not to mention insulted - anyone thought that homunculus was me," he said, seeming offended, his old-style Southern accent more noticeable than that of the gnome. "I _wrote_ the rule about never turning yourself into a giant monster!"

Masks VIII: Part 5

Masks VIII: Part Five


Rodford Edmiston

"Careful," said Simon, as Tulio and John resumed digging. "That roof doesn't look very stable. Just... move small stuff."

Tucked into the boot was the leg of a costume, again in Sonic Jett's colors.

"Should we really be disturbing this?" said Tulio, pausing in his efforts.

"I want to know if that's my Grandfather," said Greg, firmly.

"That's permission from next of kin," said John, with a shrug.

Masks VIII: Part 3

Masks VII: Part Three


Rodford Edmiston

The next morning was another "smack yourself on the head" moment. This time John and I were face to face, both his arms around me. The sensation was a bit claustrophobic. I was larger this time, but again female and still small compared to John. As I tried to free myself from his hug, he opened his eyes, smiled, and kissed me.

"It's almost time to get up," I pointed out. "You're in my room. You need to get to yours."

"I'm in no hurry," he said, nuzzling my neck.

Masks VIII: Part 2

Masks VIII: Part Two


Rodford Edmiston

It was one of those "smack yourself on the head" wake-ups the next morning. John was cuddled up behind me, with his hand on my breast. I sighed resignedly, moved his hand away and slid out of bed. He stirred, opened his eyes and looked up at me, smiling.

"You've still got it."

"You can change shape, too. Why don't I ever wind up being the man when we fuck?"

"You could be..."

"Guy-guy is not my idea of fun."

Masks VIII: Part 1

Masks VIII: Part One


Rodford Edmiston

Lest Old Acquaintance Be Forgot

Warning! Sexual situations and violence! Do not read if easily offended!

Part One

I slid on my furry belly down the muddy trough. The slide ended a bit above the current water level, giving me a slight drop, and a moment to position myself. My entry into the water wasn't quite without a splash, but it was very smooth. I was getting better.

Masks VII: Part 12

Part Twelve

He was dressed like an accountant; at first glance appearing quite innocuous. However, closer examination gave the distinct impression that something about him was... off. His proportions were just a bit wrong, his face slightly misshapen, his bland gaze backed by something chilling.

"That's the Big Bad?" said Buzz, sounding insulted.

"Fall back!" said Dr. Piano, sounding both frightened and determined. "We have to..."

Masks VII: Part 11

Masks VII: Part Eleven


Rodford Edmiston

"Fifteen minutes," said Champion, snarling. "We spent fifteen minutes on those two. We're not even to the mine shaft yet!"

"We still have over an hour," said Dr. Piano, reasonably. "Don't minimize what we accomplished, here. Even a late model Myrmidon like that is no easy opponent. To defeat it in such a short time is extraordinary."

Masks VII: Part 10

Masks VII: Part Ten


Rodford Edmiston

"I found it!" shouted Maciste, triumphantly, as he rushed into the briefing room. "I found where they are!"

"Slow down," said Dr. Piano, making settling gestures with both hands. "It's not that I don't believe you, but... How?"

Masks VII: Part 8

Masks VII: Part Eight


Rodford Edmiston

The next morning found the base subdued. After Dr. Piano left to return to his home the night before, the staff began pestering the rest of the team for details. This soon turned into an outright brag session and informal party. No small part of the unusual quiet pervading the base when the live-in team members assembled for breakfast was a general atmosphere of mixed satisfaction and regret.

Buzz was on his third helping when Paula - in civvies - slunk in for breakfast, trying to be subtle and failing miserably.

South of Bikini 4: Episode 3- Chaos to Catch a Thief

From a technical and tactics briefing aboard Atlantis, Alex and company decide to randomize their approach to apprehend Clemson. Making another trip back to Colonial Philadelphia, Alex allows Jack to send the time thief an ‘explosive’ message. Will Clemson find an ally with clues to the Empress’ weaknesses and whereabouts? What will happen when two rats get into the hen house?

Masks VII: Part 7

Masks VII: Part Seven


Rodford Edmiston

They drove slowly past the gaudy mansion, one of a long row of unashamedly ostentatious structures on that side of the road. They also had an unobstructed view of what lay on the other side of the road; a private park, something so heavily managed as to be barely connected with nature. This was a gated community, but Dr. Piano had shown the gate guard something and he'd simply waved them through. Champion had no idea whether any magic beyond old money was involved.

Masks VII: Part 5

Masks VII


Rodford Edmiston

Part Five

"That actually looks like a real superhero team," said Paula, staring at the life-size print of the group in their finery. "Don't you think, though, that putting it in the back of the monitor room - where it will be seen by any one who video calls - is a bit... egotistical?"

"Just a bit of promotion," said Dr. Piano, looking at the framed poster with satisfaction. He turned toward the team Brain. "Speaking of promotions, Doctor, did all the envelopes go out?"


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