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Forsythe Saga - Time to get back in the Saddle

[Cliff and Maxine are discussing their plans for the next few days]
“Well, are you going to go?”

“What do you mean?”

Cliff, Maxine’s assistant sighed.

“To the board meeting in Devon? What with everything that has been going on, you have missed the last three.”

Lost in the Myth of the Sleepy Eye Lights


The Sleepy Eye Lights scare the bejabbers out of all those in town who know of them. Will Reverend Almanso Badcher solve the mystery? - - A Halloween story of intrigue, written with help from Mr. Irving and Mr. Knickerbocker.

Lost in the Myth of the Sleepy Eye Lights
By Angela Rasch

The Woman Who Corrupted Diddleyburg

A stranger who passed through Diddleyburg during a critical time, in her life -- has returned. She had been gravely offended during her first visit and has vowed to have her revenge — not against just one person, nor a set of individuals -- but against the whole town.

(Let’s hope Mark Twain can forgive me for what I did to his great story.)


Ron is a recent retiree. His wife helps him make a few adjustments so they both can lead better lives.
How important is point-of-view? The following story is split into two parts. Each Part is the same story, as told from two perspectives: That of the wife and then that of the husband.

Jan Comes Out to Play

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An older story of mine. My attempt at romance. A young software engineer, meets up with an old friend from high school she’s a computer tech and at last the nerd finds a girl who he can talk to.

To Return Home 1.1

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To Return Home

Chapter 1.1

I dove into the water, alongside my sister, Paula. Neither of us wore any of the diving equipment of old, except for a pair of goggles each. I hated trying to see underwater without them. Many people didn’t worry about them either, but I had hated blurry vision since I was a kid. Before I was injected with nanobots, I was myopic, but the bots had cured me of that problem almost immediately. My vision had been perfect ever since then. To dive into the water and not be able to see was too nerve-wracking. Perhaps since it took me back to the time before I was female? I wasn’t sure, but nevertheless — I wasn’t willing to do it.

Casey Jones

Egypt, Eight Years Ago, Newly Discovered Archaeological Dig:
“Bart, tell me again why we are out here checking this site out?” Casey couldn’t see how this had anything to do with the CIA or National Security.

“The boys at Langley intercepted a message saying that an unusual artifact of unknown origin had been found.” Bart Hardy hated being out in the desert at night.

Everything Will Be Explained Tomorrow: 3 / 3


I’d already decided to keep Rufus’ information to myself -- at least for the time being.
There was no point in causing a controversy over something I could still manage to not believe.


The Spy Who Loved Me

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Part 1

The mouse scratched at the walls of the small Plexiglas box it found itself in. It didn’t seem to notice when the lights in the room dimmed or when a robotic arm with a laser scanner descended from the ceiling and bathed it in a red wave of flickering light. A slight electrical hum filled the room. Moments later a shining object looking rather like a giant sparkplug lowered itself over the mouse.

A slightly hollow sounding female robotic voice echoed throughout the room. “Sequence initiation in three, two, one. Initializing.”



April 3, 2028

“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the CEO of Future Global, Malcom Sanders.”

The lights in the conference hall dimmed and a spotlight appeared on a man dressed in jeans, tennis shoes, and a Hawaiian aloha shirt as he walked across the stage. After an initial robust round of applause the attendees fell silent. Malcom Sanders was the latest Silicon Valley technology wizard that had quickly established himself far above his competitors in recent years. His appearances were rare but always accompanied by life and market altering innovations.

Arctic Fox Chapter 8

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Arctic Fox

Chapter 8

February 1st, 2021

It was a Monday. The search for the culprit who scratched the Mustang had gotten no further. But the car had been repaired, and nothing had been done to it since.

Marcia was still not going anywhere without someone, and she had gotten used to it.

A Model for CC's

(This is a teaser for an offsite post based in the universe of “Neighbourhood Terror to Sissy” reading that first might be advised.)


Victor was just a regular guy down on his luck. A month ago he still had it all, a beautiful girlfriend, a nice apartment and a decent paying job working for an accounting firm. The company he had worked for wasn’t doing so well though and as a result they needed to let some people go. He ended up being one of them.

Forsythe Saga - Last Will and Testament

[The day of the funeral]
“Ready darling?”

“As ready as I’ll ever be Mum,” replied Maxine.

“The car is waiting.”

Maxine pulled the heavy veil down over her head. She was dressed head to toe in black. Her dress was black silk and very full. Her whole outfit could have come from the late Victorian era. Long before Adrian had become bedridden, they discussed the funeral and everything in great detail especially what she was going to wear.

Everything Will Be Explained Tomorrow: 2 / 3


It wasn’t until that evening that I realized neither Evander nor Rufus had returned to talk with us. When I pointed this out to Harvey, he replied, “They both said they’d be back tomorrow.”

“Yes, but today is tomorrow.”


Everything Will Be Explained Tomorrow: 1 / 3


An apparently random group of men is abducted by aliens.

They’re angry, afraid, confused.

If only they’d been BCTS readers! They’d have had a better chance of knowing what to expect.


Arctic Fox Chapter 7

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Arctic Fox

Chapter 7

January 7, 2021

Hi, Darryl,” the girl said when she let him in. “You must be freezing. You want something warm to drink?”

Sure, Michelle.”

Why don’t you go on into the living room? There’s a fire going, and I’ll get some coffee for you.”

Sounds great!” Darryl agreed enthusiastically.

The Woman Who Would Be A Spy: A tale of Zhor, Part 2

On the planet Zhor, as in most pre-modern societies, careers appealing to women can at first seem rather restricted. But in so complex a civilization as Zhor's, a capable woman -- if determined enough --may discover that some rather unique fields of endeavor lay open to her. Lady Caron thinks that she has found one that will suit her nicely.

This story is inspired by Ranbarth's novelette "The Lancer's Tale," available at Fictionmania.

Arctic Fox Chapter 6

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Arctic Fox

Chapter 6

December 31, 2020, 6 PM

Marcia had arranged to spend the evening at Darryl's house and would be picked up by her dad after midnight. Mike, of course, was going to Gloria's house for the evening.

Marcia was happy to see her friend, and Darryl’s sister, Margot. Brad, Margot’s boyfriend, was there as well because his family lived in Nenana, Alaska. It was only about fifty miles from Fairbanks, where Brad lived while going to the university, but he had stayed in the city during the Christmas break. Primarily to be near Margot.

Forsythe Saga - Sometimes, life just does not make sense - Part 2 of 2

When Maxine returned home from the Hospice, she sat still for a while. The carers were busy cleaning the Bedroom where Adrian had slept for the past two months. The medical equipment … The medical equipment was all being boxed up to be sent back to the rental company. It all seemed so final. She just had to accept that Adrian was not coming home again. Now it was up to her to run her life and the business. For the first time since she’d gone to that interview with Sally Jameson, she felt truly alone. She mentally sighed to herself. There would be many more days like this in the days, weeks and months to come.

Maxine sat at her desk and gazed into space for god knows how long thinking about everything and nothing at the same time.

One Sunday Morning

Small Church.jpgThis story has some Christian stuff at the end. If this will offend you, please read something else.

Grant drove.

He spent Christmas with his folks in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, but now he had to get back to his job in St. Louis, Missouri. He had plenty of time, as it was Friday, and he didn’t start work until Monday. He figured he could just enjoy the drive. He would go to Omaha, then drop down through Council Bluffs to Kansas City, then cross Missouri to St. Louis.

Arctic Fox Chapter 5

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Arctic Fox

Chapter 5

Mike and Chet went out to the garage and into the back of the storage room. Mike had a generator there for just such an occurrence. It would charge some batteries, which in turn were able to power the whole house.

The heat was gas, plus there was the fireplace, but it wasn't really able to heat the whole house. The hot water and stove were gas as well, so even for heat and cooking, the generator wouldn't have to work hard. It just blew the heat through the ductwork and lit the gas in the stove. The microwave would actually run the generator harder than the convection oven.

Sophia's Choice

Michael and Jason had been partners in a failed scientific venture. A few years later, when Michael’s wife left him, he blamed Jason. He then used the knowledge they had learned together in their laboratory to exact his revenge.

Castle The Series - 0126 Much Time For Much Change



“Would you mind?”



The Folk were staggered that she would not accept Ladyship without her love having equal status.



There are over three hundred Master machiners now, led by the machinery Mistress, Councillor Dittander

Chapters 125 and 126 are different in that they contain a lot of material in note form. I plan to write that material in its full form at some time in the future, but it is not essential to the work. The reason I have done it this way is that I wish to post the last three chapters, 127, 128 and 129 which provide the explanations of why it all occurs. Ch 128 is essentially the same as Ch 2, but it was my original intention that the material should be in the Ch 128 position. I only included it as Ch 2 so as to provide some explanation at the beginning without giving too much away.

Forsythe Saga - Sometimes, life just does not make sense - Part 1 of 2

“Hello darling,” said Adrian softly.
He was sitting in Maxine’s room waiting for her to come around after her operation.

She didn’t answer straight away.

After a bit, she said,
“It hurts.”

Adrian smiled. Maxine could not see his reaction as her eyes were screwed shut.

He put a control device into her left hand.
“Nurse says to use this to help with the pain.”

House Spouse

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House Spouse
A Short Story
By Maryanne Peters

I worked alongside Matt Linaker for three years. I had no idea that he was anything other than a normal guy. I knew that he was married, so the fact that he had a slightly effeminate appearance I simply put down to “metrosexuality”.

Arctic Fox Chapter 4

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Author’s note:

Special thanks to KimmyLorain for help with SP protocol, Malady for his editing prowess, and QModo with the pictures.

The Arctic Fox

Chapter 4

Mike dropped the girls at home, then drove Gloria and Chet to the hospital. When they arrived, the doctors were still working on Chester in the emergency room. Robert Johnson was present, and he explained, to the best of his ability, what happened.

Chester was being taken to the bus for his trip to the plane, and he must have panicked. He became violent and tried to break loose from the SP holding him. Somehow, he managed to get a gun into his hands and pointed it at that very same SP, and the other had no choice but to shoot.

Courted by King Neptune


Ensign Chris Marye is assigned to the USS Avenger for his first cruise after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. They will be crossing the equator and he will have to take part in the King Neptune ceremony. When he realizes how horrible this initiation ritual will be, he decides to try to win the beauty contest and become King Neptune’s queen. The queen doesn’t have to eat garbage or be paddled by rubber hoses. It seems like a good way to avoid a physical beating and humiliation.


It was cold. The windows of the small cabin rimmed with frost and wisps of cold air intruding through any opportunist gaps in the defenses. The cast iron stove in the center of the small abode struggled against the encroaching chill as the last bits of furniture smoldered in its belly. It was a race, Mother Nature vs human ingenuity... and human was losing ground.

It was the coldest winter ever recorded, lasting a full month longer than any other winter thus far that was known of. Even the local stories didn't compare to this extent, of this winter.

The Dealer

The Dealer
A Short Story
By Maryanne Peters

Kellen Dougherty was the best trichologist in Las Vegas. He ought to be, as he was certainly the most qualified. First a pre-med degree, then MD, then 3 years specializing in dermatology, before concentrating on trichology and the human scalp. People would come from Los Angeles and San Francisco to consult him. Kellen had discovered early, that when it comes to overcoming baldness people will go to great lengths.


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