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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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Title Code Author(s)
Soixante-Trois Airlines, part 16 Tue Debbie V
Jem...Chapter 188 Tue Bailey Summers
Rescue One, Two, Three Tue crazypagangurl
Masks 13: Part 14 Tue Steve Zink, Stickmaker
Jennie's Potty-Training chapter 28 Tue babyjennie
He Never Saw It Coming Solo Commentator
Murder in the Holy City - Part 2 Mon Theide
Family is.. there to catch you [4.14] Mon Nessa M
Playing her way 2 - Chapter 9 Mon D.L.
The Squad Chapter 10 Mon Leila
Prom Changed Everything Part 9 Mon Paradox
Kim Possible and The Amazon Women 7 Mon Lethaldaza
The Boys of Summer Sun E. E. Nalley
Kayleigh's Story, Chapter 3: Welcome to Her World Sun kayleigh01
Emma's Story: School Days: Chapter 2 Sun Samantha Jenkins
Princess and the Plague: Erika's next Chapter 10 Sun Anistasia Allread
It's Complicated - Part 19 "Shotgun Diplomacy" Sun Shiraz
Unseen People - Chapter 2 Sun Lizzy Bennet
Easy As Falling Off a Bike pt 3101 Sun Angharad
Alexa Chapter 15: As One Door Closes…. Sun Kris Traverse
Educational Justice -chp15 Sun WolfJess7
Gaby Book 14 ~ The Girl ~ Chapter *14* Geisha Bond Sun Maddy Bell
What goes around comes around 2 Sun Sydney Moya
Masks 13: Part 13 Sun Stickmaker
Growing pains Sun Sydney Moya
Mommy I don't want to try out for the baseball team again Sun Princess Panty-boy
Upheaval 1: Instructor Sun Joe Gunnarson
Weddings and Reunions Part 15 Sun efindumb
Billi Sat Lulu Martine
A Walk in the Park Solo Kris K
Newly Edited "A Turn On The Pathway To Citizenship"... Sat Warm Hearted
A Longer War 59 Sat Cyclist
Amadeus Irina ~ Part 14 Sat Shauna
My Shallow Regret Sat Regina DeMaris
Penny's World pt 10 Fri Sophie Jones
The Station's Late Nite Princess -chapter 24 Fri Snowfall
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
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
Stumbles Of Love Part 2 Wed crazypagangurl
MORFS: Out Of Retirement 03 Wed Ray Drouillard
Bian -22- Blondie Tue Erin Halfelven
Robbie's Revelation Chapter 14 Tue Rebecca Jane
Stephanie’s Chance - 4 You’re Hired Mon Jessica C
The Jon Boat Solo Pentatonic
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
Dark Matters -5- Mon Adonna
Dream of Electric Mink Sun ed
Memoirs of a magical girl, chapter 4. Sun Nagrij
A Journey Solo Joannebarbarella
And Justice Shall Be Served Solo crazypagangurl
S T O R Y    T E A S E R S

My Super Secret Life-4.

My Super Secret Life-4.

Chapter 4

I’d been home at Mom and Dad’s insistence for a few days now. They just wanted me to adjust to being home and safe while keeping me clear of my friends and Mattie. I still talked to them online but it was hard to not pull my hair out over the way that they talked.

Amy: “You’re like so totally getting like major sympathy votes because of what like happened.”

Stacy: “Oh like totally you’re really rocking it Sunny! OMG!!! You’re so totally rocking the whole like sick vote.”

The Double-Dog Dare!

You Meant it for Evil - 13

You meant it for evil - 13
by Maeryn Lamonte

“This week has been like heaven to me, right up until ten minutes ago. If you're going to chew me up and spit me out then please stop chewing and spit. I don't think I can stand another round with you.”

Oh God no. He let go of my suddenly numb fingers and walked back up the hill. A chill spread through me rooting me to the spot, fixing a horrified mask on my face. No God, no, please no.

The tears wouldn't come, they were frozen somewhere inside.

Rainy days in Amsterdam - part I

Rainy Days in Amsterdam by Allexcited69


It was rainy November here in Amsterdam.

The Soul Does Not Perish (part 8)

The Soul Does Not Perish (Part 8)
Lilith Langtree

Chase Moynihan boarded the flight to Hawaii with his four friends with the intention to spend the summer at his parents beach house, just like every other year. When the storm diverted their flight fate, or something else, stepped in and made the experience a fight for his life.

At Last ‘A Life’ ~ Chapter 2

Chapter 2
The Start of my Greatest Weekend

As I arrived at the railway station I realized that I was 45 minutes early and it worried me in case I saw someone that I knew. It was the first time that I’d ever been outside my home dressed like this and I almost decided to turn around and go back. But the taxi driver who was a young Asian man was getting impatient with me as I tried to unload my luggage so in the end I gave him a 5 pound note and he sped off before I could ask him to take me home again.

Psylocke: A State of Mind, Chapter 2

Chapter Two

Thank you to Lillith Langtree for creating this universe, and Marvel Comics for creating this character.

Bouncing around the globe mentally must have really taken it out of me. I slept until noon that day. I lay in bed, thinking about the events of last night. I must have been dreaming about that creepy Shadow King. There’s no one–I mean no one, who has a grill like that.

There was a light knock on my bedroom door. It was my mother “Betsy? Honey, are you up yet?”

Some Kind of Wonderful Part-18

Some Kind of Wonderful-
Part Eighteen


Charlie Sandsmark and his mother, Helena, travel around the world from one archaeological dig to another, looking for evidence of the ancient Amazonian culture. So far they have found nothing, until Charlie discovers something wonderful about himself on a small island in the Aegean Sea.

Sam Valentine -P2- How Ba-ad Could It Be?

Sam Valentine in on a mission; going home to take a bath. There's no time to deal with random insults from people who think they're bad.


At Last ‘A Life’ ~ Chapter 1

At Last ‘A Life’
By Julie D Cole
Chapter 1 - The Start

I work in the central office of a large Supermarket Company and mostly my colleagues are girls with the exception of two of us males.

Odyssey II Part 9

Part 9

The entire social structure of the school was slowly shifting due to Krista's unrelenting positive attitude and willingness to reach out to others. The spirit of the school steadily shifted to one of cooperation and mutual respect. Those who didn't adapt quickly found themselves losing status. Most were smart enough to ride the wave of change and fit themselves in the new social norm.

Funny Business - Chapter 13, A warm welcome on a cold day

Funny Business - Chapter 13, A warm welcome on a cold day


Samantha Michelle Davies (SamanthaMD)

From here to the end of the story, I am going to need some 'artistic license'. I'm no expert on Native Americans and their lives etc. I fully accept responsibility for factual errors. I hope those that do appear won't affect your reaction to the story

Knowing Yourself - Chap-23

Knowing Yourself:
Chapter Twenty Three

Lilith Langtree
T. D. Aldoennetti

I’m a princess and I demand that glass slipper.

Finally! I’ve made a decision. Perhaps that was the problem all along, I couldn’t decide while at lower elevations and simply needed to be at thirty thousand feet in order to do it. I’m going to go for it and become a woman. I may never really be complete but at least I’ll be able to live with and accept my body as a female. Then too, I’ll eventually be married to Tan and go into training to become a spy. At least I think I’ll be a spy.

Like Mother Like Son 8

Edited by Victor G.
16 year old Darren (Nancy) Peterson and his mom pay a visit to Dr. Girardi, a psychiatrist who specializes in transgender issues. Afterwards, Nancy has dinner alone with her father and asks his advice.

The School Play

The Play

It's amazing how over life's courses that you forget many an occurrence that at the time were important to you. This is just such a story and memory, one from a long since forgotten time (but thats what diaries are for right?).

Girl in a Can

Girl in a Can

Maggie Finson

“How can you drink this crap?” I asked Stu after choking down the first swallow of the beer he had brought with him. “Blotz is nasty stuff!”

“Hey, it's cheap, and after the first one you don't notice.” My friend answered almost defensively. Besides they're running this cool contest and if you win you're guaranteed a contract to star in their commercials.”

Switcheroo Issue Zero

What happens when the only candidate available to inherit a superpower is more than a little different than those who have had it before? Louis Phelps is about to find out.


By Melanie E.

Seeing the light

Years since I last published anything I wrote. So this is going to be a semi-new thing for me. Let's see if I can give justice to MELANIE EZELL'S BIG CLOSET ULTIMATE WRITER'S CHALLENGE, the first week challenge:

1. In the Blink of an Eye

idea: Write a story with an instantaneous transformation. Aliens, magic, weird nanobots, the method is up to you, but the change is instant. Explore how the change affects the character's views of social situations and day to day activities.


Two students break into their high school to examine an object that their principal is hiding within his office. They find much more than they bargained for.


By: Dustin C.

Part of A Year's Worth of Challenges, envisioned by Melanie E.

Week 1: In the Blink of an Eye

Funny Business - Chapter 12, The Happy Day and a new Beginning

Funny Business - Chapter 12, The Happy Day and a new Beginning


Samantha Michelle Davies (SamanthaMD)

Fully refreshed & relaxed, Liz & Charlie flew back to New York a week later.

They arrived home only to find that Charlie’s Mother was still on the warpath. For the time being, his Father was managing to keep her under control but not until she had fly posted their rented home with flyers exposing Liz to all their neighbours.

This single event only made it more imperative that they get out of town as soon as possible.


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