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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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Mum's Encouragement Chapter 25 Wed Lucy J
Masks 11: Part 8 Wed Stickmaker
Gaby Book 12+1 Chapter *29* Welcome to Schloss Bond Wed Maddy Bell
Mother's Child Chapter 13 Tue Waterdog
Mary Celeste chapter 8 Tue Josette Du Pres
Be Nice not Nasty Tue Alys Prince
Alexa Chapter 5: The Saturday Night Confession Tue Kris Traverse
I'm With the Band Tue Melanie Brown
Feel Like You Tonight Solo Drea DiMaggio
It's Just a Twin Thing Part-4 Mon Enemyoffun
Consequences: Part 3 - A New Life Mon Lizzy Bennet
Fashion Girl - 5 Mon Katherine Day
Easy As Falling Off a Bike pt 3044 Mon Angharad
John is.. not in Medford at least? [3.3] Mon Nessa M
The Wedding Solo New Author, Nikkie Silk
Not So Popular - 01 Mon Miranda Sparks
Charlotte's Children Mon Maeryn
The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane - Part 6 Sun Barbara Lynn Terry
The Amazons: The future has changed now Amazon women rule Earth... Sun Lethaldaza
Lost in Translation - Part 3 Sun Persephone
Heir to a title Chapter 24 Sun Beverly Taff
Kayda 8 - The Best Days of our Lives (part 2 of 3) Sun Elrod
Customer Service Solo Dorothy Colleen
Justice or Vengeance -chp17 Sat WolfJess7
Vector -5- Excursion? Sat Erin Halfelven, Lainie Lee
The Heir--Or, The Unusual Path to CEO... Junior Year ~ Part 15 Sat Shauna
Jem…Chapter 171 Sat Bailey Summers
Left at Eden - Chapter 8 Sat Dark Kitten, Zoe Taylor
Ongoing Inquiries Part 7 Sat Cressar
Nikki, part 25 Sat Debbie V
Designer Children Chapter 13 Sat OneShot20XX
The Camp Of The Willows - Chapter 5 Fri Barbara Lynn Terry
Unlikely Quarterback – 13 In My Own Shoes Fri Jessica C
The Station's Late Nite Princess -chapter 08 Fri Snowfall
For a Season Part II: The morning after. Fri Suzysu
Marcia and Me Fri Rebecca Anderson
A Study in Satin - Part 3 - Chapters 9 - 12 Fri Tigger
Triumvirate Book 1 Thu Paradox
Leigh Anne - Chapter 16 Thu Barbara Lynn Terry
Purgatory: ReLife Chapter 03 Thu Aurum
Jennie's Potty-Training chapter 11 Thu babyjennie
Water (Not) in the ear Thu Set3
All the World's a Stage Chapter 21 Thu Bronwen Welsh
Gene's Story or How I Gained a Cousin Chapter 64 Thu Karen Lockhart
The Good Knight Solo Melanie Brown
Daughter of the Knight Wed Dorothy Colleen
The Fancy Dress Party Solo Julia Phillips
A Longer War 43 Wed Cyclist
The Patriot Act Part Two Wed M. Gorman
AAAARGH? Solo Theide
Gentle Whisper Solo Drea DiMaggio
Worst Pirate Story Ever Solo Bru
Two Hours Before the Mast Solo Drea DiMaggio
Getting Sam Ready Solo Bru
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Mum's Encouragement Chapter 25

Mum's Encouragement Chapter 25

I made my way down the stairs to find Julia making herself comfy on the sofa

"Feel better love?" she asked whilst looking me up and down

I couldn't look at her in the face as I replied "Much better thanks. Sorry for making such a scene Aunt Julia. I feel so silly"

"Oh don't worry hon. It's good to have a good cry at times. Your Uncle David is always driving me to tears" She told me whilst giving me one of biggest smiles "My hormones are all over the place"

Mother's Child Chapter 13

I want to thank Maggie Finson and all the other authors for creating the Whateley Universe. This story is Fan-fiction and may not conform to Canon rules or timelines. I am only playing in their sandbox. I also want to thank Connected and my wife for all the editing work put in to turn my scratchings into a readable story.

Please note that all of the categories checked do not apply to all chapters. I appreciate all the encouraging comments and Kudos.

Mary Celeste chapter 8


Onboard SS ERIN 20000 98NOV17:

Then Tom Junior said "I see it too!"...

Tom Dodge immediately stared at Junior and asked "Are you sure?"


Tom Dodge quickly turned and looked at where the Tuner sisters had pointed. He saw nothing. he turned again towards Junior. Staring at his son, he ordered "Describe what you are seeing!"

Alexa Chapter 5: The Saturday Night Confession

Alexa Chapter 5: The Saturday Night Confession

I don’t know what was worse, the sudden blast of sunlight that seemed to hit me or Katie’s saccharine voice telling me to get up. “Leave me alone Katie.” I can’t believe how bad I feel. My head is pounding from the worst hangover I have ever had in my entire life. I’m blaming Jenny for the condition I find myself in. I’m sure I had no hand in how bad I feel.

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

Feel Like You Tonight


Pull up the blinds
Open the door wide
Feel the cold arrive
In my bones
Put on my face
The way I dressed today
Feel like you tonight
On my day

A Tales of Us story..

A Companion Piece to Wish You Could

It's Just a Twin Thing Part-4

It's Just A Twin Thing
Part Four


Jordan and his sister, Jess, are twins, some think identical
because they look so much alike. They used to fool a lot of
people when they were younger but the differences became
apparent as they got older or did they?


Consequences: Part 3 - A New Life

Thanks as always to Robyn and Cressar, and to all of you who read and comment. Enjoy!

Part 3

I spot Poppy waiting for me at the bus stop just before she sees me. She's wearing a vintage dress, Doc Martins and an old leather jacket. The girl's got style and it makes me feel self conscious about my scruffy skin-tights, hoodie and duffel coat. The tight jeans pull against the lower half of my body as I walk, making me even more self-aware. There are curves where there shouldn’t be and something missing up front.

Fashion Girl - 5

Fashion Girl - 5
By Katherine Day
(Copyright 2016)
(A shy college boy discovers a new life and along with it great friends, career success and maybe even a lover. In this chapter a snowstorm helps enrich a romance. There is explicit sex in one scene.)

John is.. not in Medford at least? [3.3]

ourIceMain.jpg You can make a family business out of anything you know?
‘Family business’ can mean many things though, most of them annoying usually..

Events unfold including but not limited to:
John being weighed in value and importance against food.
(which is completely understandable, it’s good food)
And Hannah reluctantly opens the door on Arista’s life, while finding out more about her ‘kids’ then she could ever want to know.

The Wedding

The Wedding

Nikkie Silk

Part One

Trust me when I tell you I don't normally check the wedding announcements. I hate weddings. Ever since I was a page boy at my Aunt’s wedding, when my mother made me wear a pale blue tuxedo. I was only six, for God’s sake. She said I looked so cute.

Not So Popular - 01

If you were to look up ‘freak’ in the dictionary you would see it punctuated with a capital F by a picture of Kelly Strickland’s face.

Where do I even start? She’s tall, she’s ugly, and she dresses like Wednesday Addams on a dime store budget. Maybe if she bothered learning how to do make-up she’d look more like the girl she’s pretending to be.

Oh, did I mention she’s transgender? You know, one of those ‘trapped in the body of a man’ types who take birth control to grow boobs. So weird.

The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane - Part 6

The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane - Part 6
By Barbara Lynn Terry

(Author’s note: Susan Marie Kelly is an involuntary nom de plume for Barbara Lynn Terry. When it says submitted by Susan Marie Kelly, it should read “submitted by Barbara Lynn Terry. Thank you. Barbara.)

Chapter 8 - After the extradition hearings.

Part 1 - Jonah Carruthers and David Adams are taken back to Detroit.

The Amazons: The future has changed now Amazon women rule Earth and the Galaxy ( part 83)

By the year 2232, the Earth is now ruled by Amazon women after around 40yrs ago an alien female Amazon force invaded our planet and made females superior , stronger and smarter . Now at the age of 16yrs. Boys will be told of a selection process my friends and I am due to for selection .
this our story how my friends and I lives were changed forever and the people around us and how I went from pleasant boy to someone else who I am now a woman with power.

83 Australian clean up and Asian Visit

Lost in Translation - Part 3


Lost in Translation
Part 3 – Drill Night

by Persephone

Author's Note: I hope that you find some small pleasure in this tale. As ever please be tolerant of my failings, and forthright with your criticism. ~Persephone

Sometimes going through transition can feel like you're walking through a minefield. And sometimes you actually are...

Heir to a title Chapter 24

Heir to a Title Chapter 24

Michael stood there whilst the silence became almost unbearable. He felt his upper lip threatening to quiver but just managed prevent his fear turning to terror while even yet holding his mother's stunned gaze. Eventually, whether through fear or anger, he knew not; he found his voice.

“Well mother? Have you nothing to say, no brutal put-down, no vicious stab with that rapier tongue of yours, no wail of remorse? Emotional blackmail?”

Kayda 8 - The Best Days of our Lives (part 2 of 3)

A Whateley Academy Adventure

The Best Days of Our Lives

by ElrodW

Part 2

I count the steps the distance to
The time when it was me and you is so far gone
Another face another friend
Another place another end but I'll hang on

It's a winding road
It's a long way home

So don't wait for someone to tell you it's too late
Cuz these are the best days
There's always something tomorrow

Customer Service

Customer Service

It had been a typically slow day in the Walmart electronics department. New games and movies come in on Friday, so usually by mid-week I end up covering some other department as well, just to give me something to do.

So it was just luck that I was in the area when a boy came up and asked for help. He looked to be about thirteen, with sandy blond hair and green eyes partially obscured by glasses.

“I would like a girl controller, please” He said softly.

Justice or Vengeance -chp17

Justice or Vengeance


An old enemy has returned from the grave to shack the Marshals to their core. The mole has been found but at the cost of a friends life. The Deputies have always known the cost of being an Officer of the Law. But when one of their own has been targeted for assassination the gloves come off.

The Heir--Or, The Unusual Path to CEO... Junior Year ~ Part 15

Quite honestly, the rest of the school-year is anti-climactic. Yes, we DO go to State as a cheer squad. No, we don’t win—we don’t even come close at third place. BUT WE WENT! And we will go next year, too—at least if I have anything to say about it.

Felicia slowly comes out of her shell. Emily and I spend a fair amount of time with her. They both come over to the house about once a week and we spend a lot of girl time—especially after I don’t have to go to cheer practice.

Left at Eden - Chapter 8

Left at Eden
The girls had walked home that night from the tavern; they had had a lot of fun. Hailey was changing. She wasn’t forgetting her friends, but was making new ones, since she knew there was nothing she could do about her situation. Besides, the call to explore was strong. She had already learned in her short time here, that in 60 years, they had only really thoroughly explored a dozen or so islands.

Nikki, part 25

“Ahh,” I sigh as I climb into the back of the black London taxi. After being on my feet for almost three hours- especially feet that are contained with platform stiletto heels- the feeling of being able to sit down is almost orgasmic.

“Do you want some time alone with your seat?” Sarah giggles as she slides onto the seat next to me.

“Maybe if the seat was a washing machine,” I whisper to Sarah, making her almost double over in a fit of giggles.


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