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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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Easy As Falling Off a Bike pt 3100 Sat Angharad
A Longer War 59 Sat Cyclist
Amadeus Irina ~ Part 14 Sat Shauna
My Shallow Regret Sat Regina DeMaris
Playing her way 2 - Chapter 8 Sat D.L.
Kim Possible and The Amazon Women 6 Fri Lethaldaza
Penny's World pt 10 Fri Sophie Jones
The Station's Late Nite Princess -chapter 24 Fri Snowfall
Weddings and Reunions Part 17 Fri efindumb
Yet Another Day as an Outcast Fri Joe Gunnarson
Child of Confusion Fri Joe Gunnarson
I'm a Freak, Sue Me Fri Joe Gunnarson
Parkour Jam Hooligans Fri Joe Gunnarson
A Summer's Odyssey IV Chapter 14 - A Fri Jennifer Sue
Vesta's Hearth11 and 12 Fri Frances Penwiddy
Masks 13: Part 12 Fri Stickmaker
Upside Down, Inside Out Chapter 1 Thu crazypagangurl
Coming Home 10 Thu Sydney Moya
Miss-identified Solo Alys Prince
Undercover Exposure Tiara Solo Dauphin
The Many Faces of Harry Potter 24 Thu Fayanora
You Could Go Home Again, part 13 of 16 Thu Trismegistus Shandy
A world without me : Chapter 2 : Let's dance. Maybe? Thu BrokenFox
All the World's a Stage Chapter 38 Thu Bronwen Welsh
All In A Day's Work Solo Joannebarbarella
Robin's Maid Solo Drea DiMaggio
Showstopper Solo Dorothy Colleen
Alexa B-Side: #13 - Reaction Wed Kris Traverse
Out of the mouth of babes... Wed Haylee V
Educational Justice -chp14 Wed WolfJess7
It's Complicated - Part 18 "Highland Express" Wed Shiraz
Stumbles Of Love Part 2 Wed crazypagangurl
Gaby Book 14 ~ The Girl ~ Chapter *13* The Real Aoi Wed Maddy Bell
MORFS: Out Of Retirement 03 Wed Ray Drouillard
Bian -22- Blondie Tue Erin Halfelven
Robbie's Revelation Chapter 14 Tue Rebecca Jane
Unseen People - Chapter 1 Tue Lizzy Bennet
Stephanie’s Chance - 4 You’re Hired Mon Jessica C
The Jon Boat Solo Pentatonic
The Squad Chapter 9 Mon Leila
Princess and the Plague: Erika's next Chapter 9 Mon Anistasia Allread
No Good Deed Solo Haylee V
The Prankster Solo TGFictionStv
World's shortest TG story Mon Haylee V
Be careful what you wish for... Solo Morgan Philips
Family is.. hopefully worth the effort [4.13] Mon Nessa M
The Mirror Solo Asche
Just Call Her Lesley Solo Joannebarbarella
Prom Changed Everything Part 8 Mon Paradox
Dark Matters -5- Mon Adonna
Dream of Electric Mink Sun ed
Kayleigh's Story, Chapter 2: Nights of Silence Sun kayleigh01
Memoirs of a magical girl, chapter 4. Sun Nagrij
Family Secrets, Chapter 7 Sun Drakira
A Journey Solo Joannebarbarella
And Justice Shall Be Served Solo crazypagangurl
My Secret To My Success Solo Warm Hearted
Al's adventures in girlyland Solo Dorothy Colleen
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Amadeus Irina ~ Part 14


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)

My Shallow Regret

Andrew Carlysle is 25 years old, still living at home with his soon-to-be divorced mother and younger sister, both of whom treat him as nothing but a disappointment -- and it'd be hard for him to disagree. After watching the latest big Hollywood reboot, he starts to think about what his life would look like rebooted, only to discover the answer is like nothing he could have ever imagined. After becoming Alana, he just wants to get back to the life he's supposed to be living -- but which life is that?

Playing her way 2 - Chapter 8

Playing her way 2 - Chapter 8

© D.L.

The first stop of the tour was the library, which was close to the reception. A number of girls were quietly working at tables set up in the centre of the room. Along one side of the room, and on a mezzanine level above, stood bookshelves filled with books. A number of computer workstations were down another wall. One side of the double height room was glass. The final wall being the one to the corridor and reception area.

Kim Possible and The Amazon Women 6

Dr James Possible is researching a new formula for genetic DNA he can now change men into women and back the same way but there is lot evil people out there in America and The Amazon Jungle in the Race known as Amazon women his daughter Kim Possible work for global justice Network with her Friend Ron Stoppable what happen if Kim became Evil like her enemy Drakken and Shego

All characters and places in this story belong to the Disney Corporation.
Original creators, Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley
I receive nothing for the writing of this story.

Penny's World pt 10

“You are, beautiful woman.” He paused, seeing the sad, maybe rueful little smile on her lips.
“Non. Yes, you are. So it is only natural you must have been beautiful girl when you were growing up. Yes? But sadly you had been identified as a boy. Did not your parents not ask your doctors why was their son, turning into this beautiful girl in front of their very eyes? They cannot have failed to ave noticed this happening. And not turning into the andsome young man as they expected? Mmm.”

The Station's Late Nite Princess -chapter 24

Weddings and Reunions Part 17

The real Part 17 of Weddings and Reunions. What happened while the Peterson family members were on their own side trip to confront Emma's family. And later planning is underway for the next two days. Oh and someone makes a big mistake.

Yet Another Day as an Outcast

Life sucks when you're a rager, especially when you're a rager on a training team called Outcast Corner at Whateley Academy. Between bullies, idiots and Gunnery Sergeant Oscar Bardue, Jack Carlyle, formerly Erin has to put up with Grunts, Goobers and putting up with one of the "Pretties" that Jericho seems to insist he and Diamondback need to meet.

Child of Confusion

Sandra "Diamondback" Carter would be a fairly normal girl, had she not been born both male, and human. Turning into a mutant and developing massive GSD has flipped her world upside down, and even at Whateley Academy, she deals with constant reminders that she's freakier than the freaks. But it's another day in the life of a budding mystic with a few good, but odd, friends.

This is a Whateley Academy Canon story

I'm a Freak, Sue Me

Jericho is a model student at Whateley Academy, just ask him! Join us as he shares with us the joys of life, how to deal with conflict and the dangers of overindulgence of coffee.

Did I mention both of his best friends at school are changelings who missed the Poe Bus?

This is a Whateley Academy Canon story

Parkour Jam Hooligans

Erik Mahren is a teacher at Whateley Academy, one who teaches the kids how to fight back in a world that hates him. He's not a kind man, or a nice man. But maybe, for the kids, he can be a good man.

This is the prequel for Upheaval.

This is a Whateley Academy Canon Story

A Summer's Odyssey IV Chapter 14 - A

A Summer's Odyssey IV
Chapter 14 A

Bill Dougherty’s sons and wives, the second Dougherty generation had met with their third generation children and spouses to discuss their future. James and John worked for the same company and knew their employer was preparing to move operations to Mexico which meant they’d be out of work within six months or even sooner. Their sons, daughters, son-in-laws and daughter-in-laws were all worried about their future since each of the five had at least one member unemployed. Arrangements were made for the family to visit over the Fourth of July Weekend.

The clan made plans for an all day picnic celebration on June 14. The day was a seminal date for the clan. What happened on that day culminated with the founding of the Clan Wells Point one hundred seven days later on September 29. Not only was it Flag Day, June 14 was the day a cancer ridden near dead Carol O’Brien commissioned her twelve year old son Kristopher to somehow get his nine year old twin sisters Lyndi and Teri from Cape Cod Massachusetts to their grandmother’s Jane O’Brien, farm near Neavitt, Maryland with only fifty dollars. Along the way Kristopher discovered his true gender.

Vesta's Hearth11 and 12

Vesta's Hearth 11 and 12


Frances Penwiddy

Copyright© Frances Penwiddy 2012
This is a work of fiction, the characters and the Café are fictitious and any resemblance to places or persons living or dead is coincidental.

Helen has a gender specific medical and is assessed but her future hangs in the balance. Her doubts and fears about the outcome frighten her and she feels that life is about to end and she visits her old apartment as a stranger.


Masks 13: Part 12

Chapter Twenty-Three

Vic wasn't surprised to see light coming under the door to her room as she approached. She was surprised to find more than Alex waiting for her.

"Well?" said the youngest of the three all-too-eager inquisitors.

Vic looked between her, Candy and Melanie. She sighed, stepped in, and closed the door behind her.

"Let's make this quick. I really, really want to take a shower."

"Wow," said Candy, shocked.

"Was it really that bad?" said Melanie.

Upside Down, Inside Out Chapter 1

This first part is a bit graphic. What is being described is what the boy learned and remembered of the incident.


Everything, and I do mean everything, changed for me the day that my mother died. That was three years ago, I was ten years old.

She was on her way to work, she liked to be in the office early; that was quite normal for her, especially as she was likely to become a partner in the law firm she worked at, they were on the point of offering it to her when her life ended in just a few brief seconds.


Miss Identified

This began as a very short story – then grew after ‘I’m going to go for it’!

It's been not years but decades that I have hidden inside my shell. Layers and layers of ever-hardening never-cracking tough and rough shell. And deep inside was real-me. So very different from what people saw of my outside.

The Many Faces of Harry Potter 24

You Could Go Home Again, part 13 of 16

I got the phone call just after lunch, and I was late to my next class, sitting in a restroom stall until I got my tears under control. I couldn’t concentrate to pay attention to my afternoon classes anyway; I might as well have skipped them.

A world without me : Chapter 2 : Let's dance. Maybe?

A world without me

Jake is a thirteen year old boy who looks like a girl, far more so than is normal. He isn't aware that his appearance is anything other than natural though, and has assumed it'll change when he goes through puberty.

He is wrong, and thanks to the help of a girl from his class he is forced explore a side of him he's always hated, and ends up facing some unpleasant truths. Family isn't always to be trusted.

Chapter 2: Let's dance! Maybe?

All In A Day's Work

All In A Day’s Work

By Joannebarbarella

This is a tribute to someone who did not even know she was a heroine (and probably still doesn’t). She’s a member of our sorority here at BC. I have not sought her permission to publish this piece as it can be construed as fiction, and probably much of it is, but I hope she likes it. I think she may recognize herself.

This might also qualify for Dorothy’s Challenge




Author's note: this one is a little dark. I hope that doesn't scare people away

Mark “the magnificent” smiled and hummed a cheery tune as he went back to his dressing room after his latest show.

Alexa B-Side: #13 - Reaction

Mary was sitting on her sun porch, enjoying the lovely Sunday morning. It looked like it was going to be another postcard day in Florida. She was enjoying her morning coffee and reading the Palm Beach Post when the tranquility was broken by the sound of her granddaughter’s yelling.

“Grandma, Grandma, where are you?” Julie Preston yelled from the house.

Out of the mouth of babes...

A young girl was on her first cross-country flight, alone. As the plane taxied down the runway, she became frightened, so she closed her eyes, bowed her head, and began to pray. A businessman sitting next to her waited until she was done, then casually leaned over to her and whispered, "That was nice, honey, but you KNOW God doesn't really exist, right?"

She turned to the man and said, "How do you know, mister?" To which he replied, "I'm an adult. We know things like that."


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