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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)
Escaping the Past - Part 1 Fri SamanthaMD
Mary Celeste chapter 11 Thu Josette Du Pres
Gene's Story or How I Gained a Cousin Chapter 68 Thu Karen Lockhart
Vantier: summer NYC Thu Shadowsblade
Town Princess Solo Dorothy Colleen
Amadeus Irina ~ Part 3 Thu Shauna
Anchored - Part 37 "Trouble at St Paul's" Thu Shiraz
A Longer War 46 Thu Cyclist
Masks 11: Part 19 Thu Stickmaker
Triumvirate Book 5 Thu Paradox
I'm Sorry- a solo poem Thu efindumb
Jennie's Potty-Training chapter 15 Thu babyjennie
Not So Popular - 03 Thu Miranda Sparks
Unlikely Quarterback – 15 What a Mom Won’t Do Wed Jessica C
I'm With the Band Wed Melanie Brown
Spa Talk: A Drabble by Dorothy Wed Dorothy Colleen
Twins Chapter 5 Wed Sara Hawke
All the World's a Stage Chapter 25 Wed Bronwen Welsh
Designer Children Chapter 20 Wed OneShot20XX
Easy As Falling Off a Bike pt 3056 Wed Angharad
A personal history of Mutation, or how I spent my teen years.... Wed Nagrij
Gaby Book 12+1 Chapter *34* Blue Monday Wed Maddy Bell
Jem…Chapter 176 Wed Bailey Summers
The Devil Within Solo Miranda Sparks
Transformation Conversation Solo Dorothy Colleen
Loop DeeDee Loop Tue SinComics
Age of Gods Online Chapter 3 Mon Shiina Ai
Visit Helleston, Become A New You! Mon Steve Zink
Metamorphosis Mon Miss Jessica
John is.. taking charge of the travel arrangements [3.6] Mon Nessa M
Football Girl~Seasons 1 AND 2 - NOW ON SALE Mon Susan Brown
Fashion Girl - 8 Mon Katherine Day
For A Friend Solo efindumb
What Milsy Did -15- Sun Penny Lane
Consequences: A New Life Part 10 (the final) Sun Lizzy Bennet
SRU: Changing Private Ryan Solo JDCopyHack
The Many Faces of Harry Potter 21 Sat Fayanora
Starting Anew Part 17- Finale Sat efindumb
SRU: Last Minute Gift Solo JDCopyHack
This Halloween - A Short Poem Sat Barbara Lynn Terry
Changing for Gym Sat New Author, Xoop
Room in Hell chapter 25. Sat Nagrij
White horses dancing on the waves Solo Gypsy girl
Leigh Anne - Chapter 18 Sat Barbara Lynn Terry
Mercy Chapter 13 Sat Dorothy Colleen
Lost In The 50s Tonight. A Repost Fri Catherine Linda Michel
The Station's Late Nite Princess -chapter 11 Fri Snowfall
Quantum Implicitum 01 - What Came Before Fri Stardraigh
Kaleb to Katie: A Butterfly Emerges Chapters 1&2 Fri Lilly85
Heir to a Title Chapter 25 Fri Beverly Taff
A bridge between lives Solo Gypsy girl
The Bittersweet Gift Solo Shauna

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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.

Mary Celeste chapter 11

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.

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,

I'm With the Band


Mike wanted to be in his brother's band in the worst way, but this was ridiculous!


by Melanie Brown

Now available from Kindle!
Also, Kindle UK!

Copyright © 2005 Melanie Brown

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 http://whateleyacademy.net/ 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

 get the complete book here! {Or here (US) -Erin}
*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.

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.


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