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Walter had built the perfect life for himself. A loving wife and a daughter he could be proud of.
Fulfillment in a job he was good at. Nothing to worry about.
But the world around him is dominated by all-powerful rules and things can go sideways fast.
For Walter, it might mean a new life. One where he has to fight for what he had and for what he doesn't want to become.

Author's note: This is the first story in my "undesirable classes" universe. While RPG like rules apply the world itself mirrors our own in technological advancement.

Slayers Crossed - Chapter 5 Wonder! Whole new world

Slayers Crossed
Chapter 5 Wonder! Whole new world
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By Lukas.I

Special thanks to Podracer for excellent proofreading.


Medieval village but not quite. This journey is starting to get complicated. Is our group able to cope with this new world.

Slayers Crossed - Chapter 4 Really? Magical mayhem!

Slayers Crossed
Chapter 4 Really? Magical mayhem!
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By Lukas.I

Special thanks to Podracer for excellent proofreading.


Wait I can really do magic? Hell this is getting interesting. Dragon spooker reborn!

Slayers Crossed - Chapter 3 Shocking! Stumble and fall.

Slayers Crossed
Chapter 3 Shocking! Stumble and fall.
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By Lukas.I

Special thanks to Podracer for excellent proofreading.


Strange world and stranger situation with no way out. What will future hold? Can they get home?

Slayers Crossed - Chapter 2 Hold on! Fall down The rabbit hole?

Slayers Crossed
Chapter 2 Hold on! Fall down The rabbit hole?
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By Lukas.I

Special thanks to jkoc for excellent proofreading.


Crossplay? How embarrassing can that be? And they say that curiosity killed a cat. You know what they say. Whatever doesn't kill you...

Slayers Crossed - Chapter 1 Impossible! How could I let them boss me into this!

Slayers Crossed
Chapter 1 Impossible! How could I let them boss me into this!
By Lukas.I

Who said there is such thing as safe bet. One simple bet is all it sometimes takes to turn your life around on its head.

Here Comes the Sun - 8



Here Comes the Sun
a series of Vignettes celebrating transgender romance
through the songs of George Harrison*



by Andrea Lena DiMaggio


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What I feel, I can't say
But my love is there for you anytime of day
But if it's not love that you need
Then I'll try my best to make everything succeed



Here Comes the Sun - 6



Here Comes the Sun
a series of Vignettes celebrating transgender romance
through the songs of George Harrison*



by Andrea Lena DiMaggio


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Little darling
It's been a long, cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun,
and I say, It's all right



Here Comes the Sun - 5



Here Comes the Sun
a series of Vignettes celebrating transgender romance
through the songs of George Harrison*



by Andrea Lena DiMaggio


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I look at you all see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps



Some Like it, Not!

SOME LIKE IT, NOT!
by Miss K
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A silly modern day riff on the classic Billy Wilder / Marilyn Monroe / Tony Curtis / Jack Lemmon movie. Originally written in 2006.

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Tabloid Tales: Memphis Interlude

Tabloid Tales: Memphis Interlude
By Ellie Dauber
Copyright 1999

This is the second of my two stories about Twentieth Century icons. Except for this one, all the “Tabloid Tales” stories were written by a very fine writer named Pyrite, whose work I heartily recommend. The stories are part of a VERY long line of tales set in a pub, bar, or other drinking establishment by authors ranging from Lord Dunsany to Spider Robinson. In the Tabloid Tales, the characters are all writers working at tabloid newspapers, the sort of paper sold in the checkout line in grocery stores. Since they write about the odd and fantastic, they’re willing to listen, at least, to any sort of story told by one of their own. In this story, it’s a fellow named Billy McNeil, who has a KING-sized tale to tell.

SRU: A Slight Switch

An early tale of the Spells 'R' Us universe, when the Wizard was first setting up the business. It's 1929, when he helps a young man who wants to be in the movies. This is the first of two of my stories that involve 20th cenury icons. The biographical facts are correct, so you can tell who it is in each story.

Uther

According to the legends of King Arthur, Merlin changed Uther Pendragon into a double for Duke Gorlois, so he could spend the night with Ygraine, the Duke’s wife. Ygraine and Gorlois had three daughters: Elaine, Morgause, and Morgan le Faye.

During their time together, Ygraine became pregnant with the child who was to become King Arthur. Uther’s men killed Gorlois that same night.

This is my TG version of what happened. No, the characters DON'T speak standard English. They are living in the sixth or seventh century, speaking Germanic dialects that were distant ancestors of what we know as English.

Sarah Carerra - 3.38 - Resolutions

This year had been the most incredible year of my life and it was coming to a close.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.38 - Resolutions
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: December 31, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.37 - A Very Carerra Christmas

The stage was dark. The only noise to be heard was the dull roar of the crowd as they waited.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.37 - A Very Carerra Christmas
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: December 25, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.36 - Chorus of Agony

I was in excellent shape, but it had been about a month and a half since I'd performed a concert and I ached from all the practice.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.36 - Chorus of Agony
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: December 24, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.35 - Celebrations

Even though it was the beginning of December the weather was excellent and it would be a nice day for a party.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.35 - Celebrations
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: December 21, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.34 - Rechordus

By lunch we had managed to finish the first four songs, including my two duets with Ethan.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.34 - Rechordus
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: December 19, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.33 - Family Turkeys

Apparently Aunt Judy wanted us to have a talent show today, and I couldn't help but wonder if it wasn't some excuse for her to hear Sarah sing again.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.33 - Family Turkeys
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: December 17, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.32 - Repercussions

"This sucks," I told her. "I don't want rumors about Sarah to ruin my friendship with him! Last night was so much fun, and I don't want it spoiled!"

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.32 - Repercussions
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: December 14, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.31 - The American Music Awards

"Are you ready for this?" I asked Ethan as the limo approached the drop off point for the red carpet.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.31 - The American Music Awards
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: December 10, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.30 - Collaboration

The smiles that greeted me when I followed Scott inside the control room told me that Sam's Town was excited to work with me.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.30 - Collaboration
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: December 3, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.29 - The Autumn Ball

I nervously exited the vehicle when we pulled up in front of Paul's house, and the front door opened before I made it even halfway up the walk. Paul came rushing out excitedly, and I once more thought about calling this whole thing off.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.29 - The Autumn Ball
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: November 26, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.28 - Entanglements

When I opened my locker to get my books for Study Hall I was surprised to find a number of rose petals and a folded up note inside.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.28 - Entanglements
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: November 19, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.27 - A Very Carerra Chorus

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When I arrived I only had a moment to take a deep breath before Cole opened the door. Mr. Benson was talking to the class, but he quickly lost their attention when they saw me enter the room.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.27 - A Very Carerra Chorus
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: November 12, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.26 - Christmas Pumpkins

I was saddened that the concert tour had ended. But Amy informed me that I would still be just as busy.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.26 - Christmas Pumpkins
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: November 5, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.25 - Home of the Wildcats

When Stacy's drums and Connor's bass boomed into the darkness the crowd went into a frenzy. I could barely hear the music coming from my earpiece over the roar of the crowd as Jason joined them. Then, with a burst of light around the auditorium the concert began in earnest. Somehow, somewhere, the crowd managed to increase their volume again.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.25 - Home of the Wildcats
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: September 10, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.24 - Show and Tell

"The Starshine meeting should be starting in about 10 minutes," she told me. "I just wanted to let you know so you could get ready."

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.24 - Show and Tell
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: September 3, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.23 - The Death of Insanity

After marking down attendance for the day Mr. Benson turned my life upside down. He did the one thing that he agreed he wouldn't do in this class.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.23 - The Death of Insanity
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: August 27, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.22 - V.I.P. on Campus

Once everyone realized that I was in charge of inviting people to the Star Party for the school concert, they had suddenly become my best friends. As if I wouldn't be able to tell what they were doing. I wasn't dumb enough to give them a backstage pass just because they suddenly were nice to me.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.22 - V.I.P. on Campus
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: August 20, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.21 - Woe is Austin

I turned the corner just in time to see a girl punch someone in the stomach. He doubled over and I watched as the girls started laughing before turning and walking away.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.21 - Woe is Austin
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: August 13, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.20 - Video Music Awards

"We are here to present the award for Best Pop Video," Kristy said into the microphone. "The nominees are..." I watched, mesmerized, as scenes from my own music video were broadcasting. "Sarah Carerra," the voice said one last time. "'You Can't Hurt Me'."

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.20 - Video Music Awards
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: July 2, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.19 - The Calm before the Storm

"Hi, Sarah," he replied. "It's nice to see you again." At least his smile seemed genuine. We had both hurt each other at our respective concerts, but I still hoped that we could be friends.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.19 - The Calm before the Storm
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: June 25, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.18 - Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Tuesday evening was the worst sound check I'd ever had. I felt rushed the entire night because we wanted to get in as many attempts as we could on the actual stage before our time ended.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.18 - Practice Makes Perfect
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: June 18, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.17 - Gorge Amphitheatre

The sun lit a bright, blue sky that illuminated one of the most spectacular sights I had ever seen. It was breathtaking to have such a background behind me as I performed the last concert on my tour.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.17 - Gorge Amphitheatre
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: June 11, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.16 - Best. Birthday. Ever.

Katy's eyes opened wide immediately, and no sound came out of her mouth. That silence was all I needed to start strumming my guitar while singing 'Happy Birthday' to her.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.16 - Best. Birthday. Ever.
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: June 4, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.15 - The Princess of the Castle

The princess sang softly about how unfair her life was. About how unfair her father was being because he kept her from attending her prom.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.15 - The Princess of the Castle
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: May 21, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.14 - L.A. County Fair

Somewhere out on the first row Chloe was staring up at that screen, and I hoped that she wasn't crying...yet.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.14 - L.A. County Fair
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: May 14, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.13 - Carerra Business

I felt a tear roll down my cheek. The solemn tone of his words told me everything I needed to know. Sarah Carerra's career had come to an end.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.13 - Carerra Business
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: May 7, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.12 - Utah State Fair

What I found as we gazed at each other shook me to my core. The hurt, the heartache, the overwhelming desire I'd had to run off the stage came rushing back to me immediately.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.12 - Utah State Fair
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: April 30, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.11 - Big Treble in Little Chorus

Mr. Benson had an excited gleam in his eyes when I sat down, and when he was excited, it usually meant doing something I didn't want to do. Last time I'd had to get up and sing my solo for the class.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.11 - Big Treble in Little Chorus

by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: April 23, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.10 - Adams Center Arena

When I stepped into The Observatory for the Starshine meeting later that afternoon I was met with a shriek. Shrieks weren't uncommon during this part of the day, but this shriek was not one of excitement.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.10 - Adams Center Arena
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: April 2, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.09 - Party like a Rock Star

There were a number of people gawking from the edge of Uncle Kevin's property. This would definitely be a different kind of vacation, since I was going to be wearing the wig the whole time.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.09 - Party like a Rock Star
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: March 26, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.08 - Ever After

I couldn't believe it! Someone had actually found a castle to film the music video at! Right here in the hills above Santa Monica!

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.08 - Ever After
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: March 19, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.07 - The Great Allentown Fair

She always stopped to listen when I sang this song. I always turned my attention to her as I sang this verse. Many of my songs had emotional ties that made them great. But no other song was imbued with emotions like this song was.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.07 - The Great Allentown Fair
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: March 12, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.06 - The New Recruits

I was dreading Chorus as I walked down the hall toward my last class of the day, however. Today would be the first day that the "groupies", as Ethan had started calling them, would be in the class.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.06 - The New Recruits
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: March 5, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.05 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre

The happy, carefree aura that had settled on the venue was now going to be singed by the blackness of hatred. With a single word I would convert all of the positive energy in the amphitheatre into a powerful force that I could direct into one of my favorite songs to perform.

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.05 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: February 27, 2012

Sarah Carerra - 3.04 - Starshine

"The ten of you were specially selected to be here tonight," I told them. "And I'm very honored to meet all of you. Every single one of you has the power to be a star, and when you leave here tonight I hope that all of you shine as much as I try to."

Sarah Carerra 3: Concerto in A-
Chapter 3.04 - Starshine
by Megan Campbell
Copyright  ©2012 Megan Campbell
Released: February 20, 2012

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