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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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Shadowsblade: Dead ringer part 1 Sat Shadowsblade
The Chorister Part 3 - Conclusion Fri Pentatonic
Meeting of Minds - Chapter 14 Fri Dana Short
Alexa Chapter 11: The Change Begins Fri Kris Traverse
Derby Day Surprise - Chapter 6 Fri Julie D Cole
The Station's Late Nite Princess -chapter 18 Fri Snowfall
Amadeus Irina ~ Part 9 Fri Shauna
Masks 12: Part 13 Fri Stickmaker
Was it Worth it? Chapter 1 Fri Leila
Old friend, New love - 1 Fri Cheryl Bishop
Jennie's Potty-Training chapter 20 Fri babyjennie
A Summer's Odyssey IV Chapter 8 Thu Jennifer Sue
The Black Ring Thu New Author, TGFictionStv
Weddings and Reunions Part 16 Thu efindumb
The Fellowship Thu Debbie V
Hired Girl -4- Chinese Takeout Thu Erin Halfelven
Footprints In The Sea 13 and 14 Thu Frances Penwiddy
Bah Humbug Solo Nikkie Silk
We Never Break A Promise Chapter 6 Thu Warm Hearted
All the World's a Stage Chapter 31 Thu Bronwen Welsh
Morning after the Night Before - Part 2 Thu Samantha Ann
Ashleigh Madison-Cassidy's Story part 2 Wed Ashleigh Madison
Robbie's Revelation Chapter 13 Wed Rebecca Jane
Somewhere Solo Leila
Ongoing Inquiries Part 9 Wed Cressar
Easy As Falling Off a Bike pt 3076 Wed Angharad
You Could Go Home Again, part 05 of 16 Wed Trismegistus Shandy
Tyler,Taylor Swop Days - Chapter 8 Wed Julie D Cole
Nena Book 4 *Four Star* - Part 8 Wed Maddy Bell
Breathing...Chapter 1 Wed Bailey Summers
Body Thief Solo Foxxe Wilder
The Amazons: The future has changed now Amazon women rule Earth... Wed Lethaldaza
I saw Santa Kissing Who? Me? NO WAY! Tue Jerrie526
Princess and the Plague: Erika's next Chapter 2 Tue Anistasia Allread
Jem…Chapter 183 Tue Bailey Summers
Kayda 9 - Crying for a Dream Tue Elrod
It Wasn't A Mistake - 04 Tue TiffQ
Leigh Anne - Chapter 20 Tue Barbara Lynn Terry
Secondhand Life - Part 43 Mon Kat Walker
Power Fluctuations - Story 4 Mon Jerrie526
Road Phantoms - Chapter 01 Mon Snowfall
Selene Chapter 3 Mon Selene
Sunday Morning Pantyhose Part 12 Mon shesgotleggs
Family is.. a problem [4.6] Mon Nessa M
Fashion Girl - 14 Mon Katherine Day
South of Bikini 4: Episode 10- Loose Ends Sun R.G.Beyer
Victoria and Bethanny part 1 Sun Michelle
Kelly's Story, A Whateley Tale - Part 7 Sun Nuuan
E-Girl: the Gift: Prologue Sun Dorothy Colleen
Mana Fire - Epilogue Sun Kara Ryker
Age of Gods Online Chapter 5 Sat Shiina Ai
Mirrors Chapter 1 Sat Unknown_Person
Julina of Blackstone - 073 - The Retreat Sat Julia Phillips
Book 2 - The Reluctant Cheerleader Sat Melanie Brown
Hostage Solo Melanie Brown
The Ideal Image Solo New Author, Unknown_Person
It Won't Be Over by Christmas Solo Lindale
Learning How To Recognize Your True Soul Mate Solo Warm Hearted
Blinding Revelations Solo Ricky
Lost and Found Solo Julie D Cole

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Shadowsblade: Dead ringer part 1

Shadowsblade a Whateley Tale: Written by Shadowsblade
Created for war and forged in pain, dealing with demons within and

In this chapter...Change

This is the chapter some of you have been waiting for! But it's in three parts to keep it easier to read

The Chorister Part 3 - Conclusion

Jenny (Jeff) and Amy explore consequences and look for compromies.
The final part in the Chorister story (unless you want more, and I can figure out how to make it flow.

Meeting of Minds - Chapter 14

Originally posted to Classic BC July 26, 2004

.Sue and Cassandra cross swords in a fight to the death to decide Sue's & Patrick's destiny.

Chapter Fourteen
Rockin' In The Roller Rink

by Dana Short

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Alexa Chapter 11: The Change Begins

“Merry Christmas babe”

I was unable to speak as I laid there and stared at the beautiful blonde woman before me. Even though it looked like she had been though a war she was still the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I felt tears begin to form in my eyes as I tried to convince myself it was all real. A second later I realized it was all true as Jenny left the chair and wrapped her arms around me and placed a huge kiss on my lips. Slowly she broke the kiss and just looked deep into my eyes. “I love you Alexa”

Amadeus Irina ~ Part 9

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.
Splash collage courtesy of Dawn Natelle
(all image originals sourced from Creative Commons)

Masks 12: Part 13

Part Thirteen

"I remember, now, Maldren telling me that the reason his mother sent him here was partly because they were worried about something like this happening," said Energia, as news of the events in the Shilmek Empire began to spread through the super community.

"You knew this might be coming?" said Blue Impact, irritated. "Why didn't you tell anyone!"

"Well, it was told to me in confidence," said Energia, uncomfortably. "Besides, it was all 'ifs' and 'maybes.'"

Hatbox Funds for December


The HatBox sidebar changed. We're asking for $5000 again this month and will be doing so for awhile. $3000 will be for operating expenses, (including payments to staff, hardware, hosting and software expenses, and a budget for upgrades and maintenance), and another $2000 for retiring MY long term debt which has built up over seventeen years of keeping the site running when revenues were less than needed.

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Jennie's Potty-Training chapter 20

Thank you for posting those comments after the last chapter. I really appreciate your thoughts. Sorry for not posting for long, but I moved house two weeks ago and the internet wasn't connected until today. (Bloody Telstra NBN!)
Synopsis'; Aunty Cath decides to become more involved with Baby Jennie's diaper-discipline and potty-training.

Chapter 20. New Furniture for an Old Baby

A Summer's Odyssey IV Chapter 8

A Summer's Odyssey
Chapter 8

On Monday December 22, Krista, Jasmine, Jenny & Holly were getting ready to deliver the teddy bears, rabbits, and cabbits they and other CWP members had crocheted. They gathered in the nurse’s office after classes finished to change into cute green with red trim Christmas elf costumes. Pat, Krista’s mom and the school nurse, had the soft crocheted animals in the rear of her Expedition. They traveled into Easton to stop at the Neighborhood Services Center, which was simply a drop off.

At the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center they went into the children’s ward. After checking in with head nurse, Mrs. Miller, she escorted the elves into the kid’s rooms. The kids squealed with delight as they hugged their lovingly crafted stuffed animals. Witnessing their delight and happiness, the staff as well as the CWP girls were near tears. The parents and relatives of the hospitalized children who were present were grateful for the teen elves bringing a bit of Christmas cheer to their hospitalized children.

The Black Ring

Jack suffers from a curious mental illness that gives him a female persona in his mind. It greatly increases his intelligence and his ability to work on his studies. However, he is constantly aware of the needs and desires of his alter-ego, Jill. The two work well together as a team but then Jack's new girlfriend Maria enters the picture.

Weddings and Reunions Part 16


Author's note: rereading the saga from the start and I never delved into Jaimie pre-accident. Well this deals with it. It has been a LONG time since I featured Jaimie's issues but some issues were left unresolved. There should be approximately six, maybe seven more chapters of the story plus the epilogue, so it's the home stretch.

The Fellowship

“Well, looks like we’re the first to arrive,” Stuart mused as he steered the car containing himself and his fiancée into the designated parking spot outside the studio where they’d be spending the rest of the day.

“If you think that means we can be the first to leave, forget it,” Jamie said with a smug grin. “Cheer up! I know you don’t like being on this side of the camera, but it IS only for one day, you won’t be wearing anything extravagant, and you yourself said this whole shoot was a great idea.”

Footprints In The Sea 13 and 14

Footprints In The Sea – Chapters 13 & 14

By Frances Penwiddy

Copyright © Frances Penwiddy 2015

Footprints in the sea is a work of fiction and any similarity to persons living or dead is coincidental.

This novel is not considered suitable material for minors and is rated X

I suggest you read Footprints In The Sea in chapter order so if you haven’t read Chapters 1 and 2, please do so.

We Never Break A Promise Chapter 6

FROM THE EDITOR: This episode does have some violence and other things which may be triggers for those who have problems with these things. While I don't want to deter anyone from reading this episode it IS a pivotal one in Willow's life, if youhave triggers about unwanted body swaps, violence, bad language, please exercise caution in reading this chapter.

We Never Break A Promise Part 6
By Warm Hearted
Proofed and edited by Catherine Linda Michel

Morning after the Night Before - Part 2

Morning After the Night Before - Part Two

After the transformations of Halloween, we continue to observe the changes to Samantha and Olive

Thanks once again to Cressar for taking the time to review, tweak and Edit the story the changes are subtitle and allow the story to flow more smoothly. Any miss read through errors of the story are all down to myself,


“Unfortunately,” Olive continued, “I appear to have misplaced the charger.” Helen just looked and laughed with Olive.

Ashleigh Madison-Cassidy's Story part 2

I was at a loss as to the direction I needed to take. Up until tonight I envied my sister. She had a great marriage, a wonderful career, and now things seemed to be not as they should. I felt the pain of disbelief coursing through me like an electric current. I know all too well what it's like to be cheated on. My relationships ended poorly. My family life suffered miserably. Alyssa helped me stay on track. She and her husband took my kids in until I could make things better. For me. I owe her for saving my kids. She raised them as her own for years.

Robbie's Revelation Chapter 13

Continuation of Robbie's story, as friends, family, and maybe even fate
continue him on his path of discovering who he, or she, really is.

Robbie’s Revelation
Chapter 13

By Rebecca Jane
Copyright© 2016 Rebecca Jane
All Rights Reserved.



Yvette looked at her brother, Nathan, through the crack in the doorway to their parent’s bedroom. She had thought she heard a noise in what should have been an empty house. Their parents were working late as usual. Nathan was supposed to be at Jim’s home; his only friend from his elementary school. Yvette deleted the “911” from her iPhone and slid it into the back pocket of her faded skinny jeans.

Ongoing Inquiries Part 9

Ongoing Inquiries Part 9

Nick had decided that walking the three miles or so to his home would help him gather his thoughts. He had clearly noticed the catch in her voice as she had wished him well but could not ascribe any meaning to it. He still had over a mile to go when he felt the first droplets of water and he looked to the sky in resignation as the clouds opened and poured their contents upon him.

Yep, he thought, that’s about right.

You Could Go Home Again, part 05 of 16

Later, when we were getting ready for bed, Radhika said: “So, has my brother made another conquest?”


“No,” I said, my ears twitching. “He’s... I guess he’s kind of hot, but he’s too old for me.”

Tyler,Taylor Swop Days - Chapter 8

8171gh.jpgTyler Taylor Swop Days - Chapter 8
Julie D Cole

Tyler and Taylor are identical twins but male and female. They both have interests of the opposite sex so have enjoyed swopping identities from time to time and as yet have not been outed.


Nena Book 4 *Four Star* - Part 8

This time we meet up with Chris and the gang several months after the previous episodes have taken place.
It's a simple enough trip but this time...  You might want to recap what's gone before...http://bigclosetr.us/topshelf/fiction/23902/nena-book-4-part-1
Sod's Law comes into play against the reluctant Nena!
Nena: Book 4
Four Star

by Maddy Bell
Copyright © 2005 Maddy Bell
All Rights Reserved.


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