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Finding Circeby grapehyacinth
I was having second thoughts about taking a cruise with my family.
At forty-five years old, I had planned to be happily married with kids. Instead, I was divorced, childless, and stuck on a very turbulent boat with my parents, younger sister, and my sister's complete jerk of a husband.
“One day, we'll have kids and take them on a cruise too!” my sister Marla was saying as we sat at dinner. We were at one of the ship's many specialty restaurants, and the wait for the main course was nearing an hour.
“Cruises are freaking expensive,” burst out Chris, Marla's husband.
Everyone blinked at him for a moment. He could always be counted on to contribute inappropriate comments to any conversation.
“Well, yes, they are,” my mother murmured.
“And that's why we're so thankful you brought us along, Mom,” I said, trying to sound upbeat. But with me at this point, happiness was all a big show. I'd fallen into depression years ago when I
What Dreams May Become 13by grapehyacinth
Apparently the phone was ringing, but I was too wrapped up in washing our clothes to hear it. Well, I couldn't get it anyway – I was a washing machine at present.
My husband came over to me, sticking the phone out. “It's for you.”
I stared at him like he was stupid. “Um, Roman, washing machines find it hard to take phone calls. You know, the whole 'not having any hands' thing?”
“It's that girl Tammy again. She wants your notes...again.”
I sighed. I had made the mistake of giving this girl the notes to our Biochemistry class once, and now she was constantly after me. I'd only seen her at one lecture, and she never understood the subject matter, yet her grades were impeccable. In fact, she did well in every subject, she was president of several clubs and her sorority...Whatever.
“Tell her I'll give them to her after Biochem tomorrow,” I lowered my voice. “That'll make her come to class for once.”
Playing PossumA Fox Serum Story
Playing Possum: Mary Michelin's “Fun With Fox Serum” Column for the week of February 21
Welcome to my column for this week. Those of you who follow me regularly know how much I enjoy transforming using the Fox Serum. You've accompanied me through all my amazing animal adventures, and you know I always have a great time in animal form. Unfortunately, my latest Fox Serum excursion has brought up a serious problem that has yet to be addressed.
Because, yes, this time, I almost was killed.
Read on about my latest, well, catastrophe...
I'm willing to try anything related to transforming. As you know, I have ties to the Fox Serum labs, so I'm always one of the first to try new serums. For a previous column, and you might remember that one, I had interviewed Dr. Craig Welton, head and founder of the lab. One of the questions I'd posed was in regard to length of the actual transform
Supporting the UnsupportedA Trust Machines Story
“Nathan! Hurry up! The whole support group is waiting for you!”
Marsha, Nathan's ex-assistant, woke the retired magician from his slumber. He had fallen asleep on the broken-down couch in the community center's back office.
“Well,” he retorted, “they'll have to wait a bit longer. An ex-magician needs his rest.”
Marsha frowned. “Don't give me your usual crap now, Nathan. You're already late! I told my boss you're going to be awesome, not late.”
“So?” he stumbled off the couch and ran his hands through his graying hair. “Hell, what I'd do for some whiskey right now...”
The harried woman grabbed his arm and shook it. “I can't afford to be fired! It took a lot to get a job with Support Services after being a magician's assistant!”
“Hey, cut it out!” Nathan pulled his arm away in annoyance. “Damn, I don't know w
The Ring of Happiness (Sheepdog TF)
Marianne sighed, walking into her college dorm room and closing the door behind her. This was it. The one thing her entire semester had been leading up to… at least, that’s what it felt like. She sat down at her desk, pulling out everything she had in her backpack: folders, pencils, paper, and of course, the package she had gotten in her last class. It was a simple square box, only a few inches in length… nothing too spectacular from the outside. But it was what was inside the box that mattered… and it was also what had Marianne so excited about the upcoming weekend.
She opened the box, grinning at what she saw inside: a simple golden ring. She had received the ring in her Ancient Studies class, as part of a project the class was given. The class was overall pretty run-of-the-mill, but this project was a definite exception to that. It was part of the ancient artifacts unit, where the professor would talk about and show the e
TheStrangerThe sound of thundering hooves across the stands, the cheering of the crowds, Tony revelled in the excitement of the races. His heart was pounding as they thundered down the race course, mud flew across the track and the stench from the horses wafted over to the stands.
“Great race wasn’t it?” Tony looked to his right, standing next to him was a dark haired woman puffing on a cigarette. He looked around expecting to see someone else nearby but realised she was talking to him after catching her eye.
“Err.. yeah it was.” Tony stared at her for a brief moment, there was something a little unnatural about her, perhaps the strong heat of the sun was getting to him.
Leaning on the fence she watched the horses as they reached the finish line, turning her head to face him she smiled. “You like horses then, or are you just here to gamble?”
Tonys face lit up with a smug smile, standing up straight he puffed his chest out slightly. “Yes, I o
Sneaking Around(Man to Hippopotamus TF)
"This is so stupid." Mikel muttered, as he opened the door. He couldn't believe he actually agreed to sneak into an elementary school at nighttime, all because he lost a ridiculous bet. He wasn't scared or anything, he just felt it was a waste of his time. As he had heard, the school had one security guard for the entire school. It's a big school, so he assumed he would be fine. Mikel was tasked with entering the principal's office and stealing something from it without getting caught.
Walking into the school, he instantly searched for a map. He scanned the walls looking for it. There was one near the desk where he assumed the security person sat during the day. It said the principal's office was near the center of the school, so Mikel would have to go through a bunch of hallways and through the cafeteria.
He began sneaking through the hallway, looking in case of the security officer. He knew that they would have a flashlight, it was way too dark for them to be
The Cursed TombThe plummeting sun was sending its last rays on the Valley of the Kings, turning the pale clouds a bright shade of amber. At the time, I was an amateur archaeologist trying to make a name for himself in the large field of Egyptology. As a child in History class, I always found it to be one of the most, if not the most interesting ancient civilisation of them all. Not the Greeks, not the Romans, but the Egyptians.
I was investigating speculations that there was an undiscovered chamber right under everyone’s noses, in one of the previously discovered burial rooms. According to the rumours, there was a secret door on the wall of the corridor leading to the crypt. Walking through the narrow tunnels, I noticed various paintings typical to a noble’s tomb on the sides such as depictions of Ra, Horus and the passage to the afterlife. At the same time, I was trying my best to remember a puzzling clue given to me by a local villager.
“Follow the path of Sanum-sa-ra and touch
Fallen Angel- Dragon TFAlain and I have been good friends for many long years. We first met at a fall festival. He was helping run a leatherworking shop for his parents, and we got into a discussion about the craft while I browsed the wares. We then started talking further later on when his parents took over and he had some free time.
Two years later, he had told me he was about to be married and I was very happy for him. I attended his wedding among a defect few, since his family did not approve of her. It was a secret, but very sweet and sentimental ceremony.
It broke my heart to tell him I would be gone by that morning. I had been accepted to a school halfway across the country to become a scholar and study architecture. Our last night together was filled with dancing, excitement, and then a farewell. At the very end, as I was about to join a caravan, Alain gave me a piece of leather he was working on. It was a cross-shaped piece where every tip except for the top ended in a sharp point. "This is an old f
The Oni's Curse The sound of a dry branch creaking caused Toshiro to spin around, drawing his katana from its sheath. He narrowed his eyes, studying the gnarled, twisted shapes of the trees surrounding the small path, but saw nothing. Suddenly a colourful bird took flight, and the branch it had been sitting cracked and tumbled to the ground. Toshiro smiled and sheathed his sword, looking around him at the gloomy forest. He now understood while the elders of the village had forbidden him to go into the forest to play when he was a child. The unsettling atmosphere of the dying, decaying trees and gloomy, mist-filled clearings almost made Toshiro believe in the stories of a hideous curse laid upon the land. Fortunately he was much more rational and level-headed than the superstitious people back home at the village.
His sandaled feet brushed through dry, brown grass and he smelled the faint scent of rotting timber on the breeze. He was nearing the heart of the forbidden forest now, a place
Contact, Death (Xenomorph TF Story) Ch 6
"Oh, don't tell me you pissed!" says Kevin groaning in disgust whilst Chris was practically sleeping behind the couch - apparently Chris did not piss or so whatever, so in such heavy-sleeper would do. "No, I didn't, Kev." I slurred.
Kevin rolled his eyes and stalked off to the front windows to see if the coast was clear in any way - it was clear but then remembering the news channel it couldn't hurt to show him to the public right? "Chris, you need to go outside and show yourself." Kevin says.
I growled and tossed over, I was not a morning guy you know - wakes up in afternoon sometimes accidentally - that's me, actually. "Come on, you sleepy head." Cade says going down stairs with his usual jacket. "Fuck it." I groaned and stood.
In only to feel dizzy because I stood too fast, though I almost toppled over from the dizziness I got which Cade chuckled experiencing the same frequently when he was called, or whatever getting off his bed, seat from hours of it. "Ha-ha, I thought you g
Contact, Death (Xenomorph TF Story) Ch 5
I woke up with a mental gasp, a nightmare specifically it was horrifying taking me back into when the Queen torturing me with those actions. I was literally curling behind the couch, just finished watching the series as my friends was fast asleep in the couch.
I'm glad they're safe, I won't be here if they are not here to comfort me from the highest situation I ever get. Actually on second thoughts I actually liked the body - more agile and sleek, defense mechanism.
Like a self-aware robots, I would be lying if I say that I want to go back to the Queen, and I don't want go there anymore in year, in chance of something horrifying but how about Tom? He was innocent guy, didn't do nothing.
But who is the Queen, that is what I am asking as a Xenomorph.. I would be seething in anger If I found my mother getting fucked twice daily with those god damn controlled Xenomorph but well except Tom, his freed soul.
Who created them? There is no WAY a fictional species could get in a reality wo
Izzie and The Con-tastrope Isabel rolled her head from side to side, a few small cracks were her reward as she loosed the tension in her spine. sitting in a cheap convention center chair for a couple of hours was probably the reason for all that nonsense. Taking a glance around her as her table mates were in the middle of rolling for initiative Isabel took in the sight of a medium sized conference room that had been filled with long rows of tables. She was in one of the D&d free play rooms of PAX West, She had been coming to this con for a very long time, mainly because she had an inside connection.her dad was one of the main organizers behind the Pc Freeplay room that was across the way in the secondary Seattle conference center building.
Her family had treated it like an annual summer vacation and once she had gotten old enough her dad had helped her find a volunteer's position so that she could attend at no cost ( other than a few shifts helping set up at the Lan Party which really was no cost at all) T
Magica Toys (Alola Vulpix plush TF)Aaaalright, ahehe, let’s see..., Gabriel thought as he glanced insuspiciously through the glass window of the toy store, nope, no one here I know. He started to grin and pushed the door open, heading into the balmy and slightly stuffy room.
It wasn’t that Gabriel had managed to piss his friends off or anything, but as a 17 year-old he wasn’t too fond of the idea that his friends knew that he regularly went to the toy store. Otherwise they might call him childish or ,heavens forbid, spread rumours! They’d probably exaggerate, make things up and completely humiliate him through one way or the other. A nightmare! His biggest one was that his crush Silvia would find out.
Perhaps one of the rather obvious secrets Gabriel was trying his best to hide was his affection for the black- haired girl. With the constant chuckles to even her flattest jokes, the coincidental “ohh-that’s-also-my-favourite”s and of course the general foolishness around he
Terra's Embrace"Are you ready for your final test, Tanya?" The balding man was standing in the middle of the court yard, tilting his head upward so that he could look at his pupil.
"As ready as I can be. Though I'd be lying if I said I wasn't terrified." The well maintained garden they stood in lay between two buildings, the monastery's dormatory and the temple proper, all three of which rested at the base of a cliff face. Lined up along the cobblestone paths that wound through the area there were dozens of stone platforms. Many sat empty. Many more bore the weight of statues carved in the pose of proper worship for a follower of Terra.
The man nodded. "Fear is a result of an imbalance of your humors. You must remain calm, as a stone is calm." As he spoke the mantra, he found he could not help but admire the young disciple. She wore her ceremonial garb, a heavy cotton robe which hung loose off her arms. It fell away in the middle just
The Golden Gift - Part 1The Golden Gift – Part 1
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It was hard for Jill to concentrate in class. It didn't help that it was world history, so the short girl laid her head on her cold desk and went to sleep. It wasn't often that Jill got to daydream, but what better time and place to do it than the most boring class to ever exist. The enticing fantasy of a good day at the beach in the warm sun with no one around to watch her as she took off her-
The girl jerked up off the desk, quickly looking around the room until her blurry gaze fell on the instructor staring directly at her, as well as half the class. While the other half we're writing notes, many eyes switched between her and the teacher, some even embarrassed for her.
“I suggest you stay awake for this next part, it will be on the exam next week,” said the instructor with a calm and serious voice. “It you wish to sleep, do it on your own time. If you think you have more important things to
Surfing the Graviton Wave - Chapter Three: part 1 Fly! Fly away! What is this horrible place? The night, fountains and wreaths of flame! Hide! The air is so heavy. It is filled with brimstone. I want my mother! Fly! Hide! Nothing of this can be real. It is death! It is made of death! Creatures, hot light and cold iron. So tired... Twisted nightmares, ugly light, shrill noises, they must not see me. Hide! So weak...no farther. So...tired. Guardians protect me. Hide in here, in the effigies. So scared...where is father? Where is home?! I…must...re...turn...
"Nicolas, watch your sister. I need to find a pay phone and check in wi
Spring Man (Arms) TF MC (Request)Alex had just gotten home with a new Nintendo Switch from GameStop. He had also bought 4 games with the console, which were Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Arms. "Let's see...which one should I play first?" asked Alex. He really wanted to play Super Mario Odyssey because of the hype at E3, but after seeing a commercial for Arms on Cartoon Network the other day, Alex decided to play Arms instead.
After Alex set up his Switch, He inserted Arms into the console, took out the Joy-Cons and threw some punches to warm up while the game loaded. When the game started, Alex decided to play as Spring Man because of how cool he looked on the character select screen. Alex decided not to play the tutorial and get straight into the game since he thought tutorials were meant for inexperienced gamers.
Alex's first opponent was Ribbon Girl, a female boxer. Alex prepared himself for his first ever match in the game. He knew he wasn't going easy on Ribbon Girl.
Sonic and Jet male to female TF TG (Request)"At last, the 7 Chaos Emeralds are mine!" said Rouge. It had taken Rouge many days to find the Chaos Emeralds. With all of them in her possession, Rouge decided to celebrate with her friend Wave. Rouge dialed Wave's number on her cell phone and invited her over for a party.
Meanwhile, Sonic was looking for the Chaos Emeralds using a radar his friend Tails built him. Suddenly, Sonic heard something behind him. When he looked right, he saw his old friend Jet riding an air hoverboard. "Hey Jet! Look time no see," said Sonic. "Yeah, you're right about that," said Jet. "I'm looking for the Chaos Emeralds. Wanna help me?" asked Sonic. "Sure. What could possibly go wrong?" asked Jet.
Sonic and Jet arrived at a small house. Sonic's radar was beeping quickly, indicating the Chaos Emeralds were inside the building. "Alright Jet, this is it. There could be traps or security systems in place, so just follow my moves and sneak around. You also need to be careful not to make a sound," said Sonic.
Noctis (Final Fantasy 15) TF TG (Request)Ever since the last day of school ended, Riley was playing Final Fantasy 15 on her PS4 to celebrate. She had gotten the game immediately after school and she had never stopped playing it. However, it was 11:40 pm, and Riley felt the sudden urge to sleep. "I...must...play...longer..." said Riley. She suddenly fell to the ground asleep, forgetting to turn off the TV and PS4.
Suddenly, Riley was awoken by a strange but familar voice. "Come with me," said the voice. "...what?" asked Riley as she looked at her TV screen. She saw the screen was now black and white and the TV had lost its color over time. Riley rubbed her eyes and slowly crawled up to the PS4 to turn it off. When Riley pressed the power button, she was shocked by it.
"Someone...please...help me," said Riley as she struggled to get up. Riley's short brown hair slowly changed its color to black and two black boots appeared on Riley's feet. She looked at her left hand as a black glove covered most of it except for the tips of he
Cannons, Potions, and TF (TF Request) “Alright, show’s over! Thanks for coming out, everyone!”
As the circus show ended, the people inside the tent began walking out, chatting amongst each other about the show they had just witnessed. It had been a spectacular show, as always, and the spectators had all been amazed at the various tricks that had been performed. After they walked away, other members of the circus followed, until there were only two people left in the tent. The first was a reptilian woman in her mid-twenties, one with bright pink hair, blue-green scales, a large cigar in her mouth, and a tribal dress covering her body. The second was her daughter, a young girl with pink hair tied back into pigtails, an even larger cigar, and a similar tribal dress over her blue-green scales. “Wow!” she cried, smiling up at her mother. “We sure had a big crowd that time, huh?”
Her mother, June, grinned back, showing off her yellow and
Art Trade/Collab DetailsThis is the journal that will keep track of art trades and/or collabs.
Some guidelines regarding art trades:
-I have to accept your offer, of course.
-Both parties have to accept what the other party is doing for them.
-PLEASE do your side of the trade, or keep in frequent contact with me to provide updates. Instant Messaging is highly preferred (Discord especially).
-For things I am likely to agree to, check this journal here.
-Both art and literature are accepted.
List of current art trades:
Toon TF trade with :iconMaxSilverfox:
Sorry for the lack of professionalism here, I just thought it'd be something fun to do while separating it from my commission stuff. Thanks!
A Shark of Land and Sea (Anthro Shark TF)
“...Are you serious?” said Martin, looking over his latest assignment. “THIS is what you’re giving me?”
“Hey, I don’t choose the assignments, okay?” said the voice on the other end of the phone. “I got the image, I was told I would be paid, and now I’m asking you to perform your duty to me as my go-to TF agent. Got it?”
“But he’s had this done already!” yelled the anthropomorphic crow, looking over the picture his boss had given him. “Not only that, but it was done by HER! And now what, I’m just supposed to follow in her footsteps like always? Is it not enough that her boss literally said I was just a male version of her?”
“Well… you were kinda partially inspired by her,” replied the voice. “Just be glad we didn’t go with the first plan, because then you REALLY would have had probl
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