Bedtime Stories TGBedtime Stories
Andrea groaned under the covers of her bed. All the lights were off, except for the nightlight in the corner which cast a cool, blue glow to push back the shadows.
She'd been sick since Friday after getting out of school. So many precious days of the weekend had been swallowed up, along with the short holiday she'd been looking forward to. She hadn't thrown up in a while but her stomach didn't feel much better than when she was. The bucket was still by her bed. She leaned over to look at it.
Beside her in the bed, along with a pile of plushies, tissues (both new and used), and a sealed bottle of Pedialyte she'd been sipping from, was the tablet (in its waterproof case, just in case) her parents never usually let her use in bed. She didn't feel like raising her head up for a distracting game or even shutting her eyes to listen to some music she liked.
She just wanted this over. The aches in her little body. The tenderness and pangs in her stomach. Her mom had obse
Anime Girls from Another World TG - Part 1Anime Girls from Another World TG - Part 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Anime Girls from Another World
“Before we begin the lecture, I want to direct everyone to the bold text at the top of your syllabus. And if you haven’t been able to print it off from my website yet, you can just read off the screen. All students will be required to spend at least twenty hours as ‘anime girls’ for full class credit.”
I’d noticed the bold text before. I felt a shiver reading it again. I could hear some titters from the back of the room. Professor Brandt, who was sixty miles away from us but connected via video conference setup, could hear those titters through the live mic in the ceiling. She pushed her narrow, black-rimmed glasses up a bit and continued, “Now, I have listed alternative assignments for some of the course requirements but, really, the class is geared towards personal accounts and research. There’s really no class like this is that I know of and some of it may be outside your comfo
Anime Girls from Another World TG - Part 3Anime Girls from Another WorldAnime Girls from Another World TG - Part 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I would see Lissa again on Wednesday with the second class session, which had two less students on our side and three less on the other side (no one I knew). Let the attrition begin…
Lissa crept closer to chat with me during breaks and before class but she enjoyed the back row too much to give it up, same with me for the middle. The second class involved a lot of theoretical discussion, some accounts (in both written and video form) of the experience of the imitation device as well as plenty of precautionary notices, and a lot about “gender politics” as well as terms which verged into the abstract.
Not to say they weren’t explained but the explanations spiraled into other definitions which even seemed to cycle back on themselves. I leaned against the cushioned wall for a time and lazily jotted down notes. It wasn’t till towards the end of the long discussion that it was revealed we didn’t need to r
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It only took a second for the light under the screen to flash and the light on the door to turn green. I would much prefer if all the locks were so simple.
I grasped the handle with my narrow fingers and slipped through without needing to open the door that wide. On the other side, everything was illuminated. I tried to find a darkened scouting corner but it didn't make much difference.
It was bigger than the data systems room, with levels and consoles. Girls, all facing away from me, sat at consoles. Some were typing away. Others were blankly staring into the screens. Still others were monitoring those who were staring and working on other systems. A bustle of activity. I was fortunate they were all so consumed in their various tasks that they didn't seem to notice me lingering to one corner. I crept towards an empty console nearby and crouched down low.
Despite being a woman, that didn't make me any less of a target for the Embracing Sisterhood. The le
TG Anime Girls from Another World - Part 6Anime Girls from Another WorldTG Anime Girls from Another World - Part 62 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I helped Lissa tidy up the front room and the kitchen table as Allison started boiling some whole wheat pasta in a pot. All the while, in my busy mind, I knew I hadn’t given Lissa an answer about her “girlfriends” date idea. And this was the worst time possible to ask.
It didn’t take Quilla long to figure out what was happening. The expression on her face started with joy but ebbed a little as she noticed the dour expression on her mom’s face. She glanced at me with a slight imitation of Lissa’s expression and went about dressing in nicer clothes without complaint.
I meandered a bit until Allison grabbed me and put me on dicing duty for the veggies. I sliced slowly as Allison hummed and received a recipe card from Lissa. Allison raised an eyebrow and Lissa put up her hands, offering, “He likes it this way…”
With a smile, Allison bowed her head and committed to her cooking. S
TG Anime Girls from Another World - Part 5Anime Girls from Another WorldTG Anime Girls from Another World - Part 52 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It didn’t take long for streams of braids to show up in my hair. I got a couple glimpses from the window but Allison kept turning me back. The brushing itself was very nice. Like scratching an itch in a slow and relaxing way. I started to get a little drowsy just from the flowing motion of the brush but my eyes darted wide when I heard the bathroom door open at the end of the hall.
Lissa. She had to be a Kinrae too. And she was about to come around the corner and show herself. I took a deep breath. Allison kept prodding my hair. I glanced at the hallway and looked down as far as I could see. There were footsteps, slow and quiet. Maybe Lissa was trying to sneak in like I was? I wanted to give her an opportunity for that.
When the moment came, I missed Lissa entering but it was impossible to miss her standing there against the plain, lightly-colored walls with the brilliant green of her hair.
She stood there in a classy, whi
A Girl Sort of Day TGA Girl Sort of DayA Girl Sort of Day TG5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I knew when I woke up that today was going to be a 'girl' sort of day for me. Braids and skirts had dominated my dreams and my best friend, Caleb/Callie, was sure to be in Callie-mode today with girl's cheerleading after class.
I did some stretches after getting out of bed and considered calling Callie. She'd been a boy last week due to her period. If she was a girl today then I'd have to consider incorporating her favorite girly colors into my outfit. If she'd had a sudden inkling for boy-mode, then there were a whole different set of colors which he enjoyed. He/She always said it wasn't a big deal but I knew she liked matching.
Her cell phone wasn't on, nor was her computer, so figured it was best to go with neutral colors today. That still left a lot of choices. Most of the usual stuff changed colors anyway. I brushed the touch pad on the wall. I brought up the template.
My online friend, Carol/Carl, always kept me up on the trends. I'd really had enough of
Abby Claus TGAbby ClausAbby Claus TG3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"The snow tastes like sugar!"
Abby yelled gleefully. Of course, she had her tongue packed with snow, so her words sounded more like, "The slaw takes why sure girl!"
All around her was a world like something out of one of her childhood dreams. She was quite literally in Santa's Workshop. Red and green trimmed wooden buildings with glassy, frosted windows lit from the inside by candlelight.
And, best part of all, she stood before Santa. From satiny mittens and long, flowing cap to belt, belly, beard and smile ever-so-friendly, it was him in every last respect just as she might have imagined him. She hugged herself with a smile and twirled around in the dusty-soft snow.
Santa gave a hearty laugh and a warm greeting to her as he explained, "We make our own snow and we do like to sweeten it a bit." Abby clenched her hands in front of her with a grin. So it was sugar!
Abby begged for the whole tour, the toy-making, the village, the sled, the whole thing. She planned to snap
Anime Girls from Another World TG - Part 4Anime Girls from Another WorldAnime Girls from Another World TG - Part 43 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The next few weeks went surprisingly quickly. I expected to be on pins and needles with tension about the countdown to the imitation devices but little distractions helped and also presented new tensions as well. Plus I had plenty of stuff to focus on in my other classes. I also discretely made sure my other professors were informed about my Kinrae-related class and what was going to happen.
Lissa took me home soon after we looked through her photo album. Once home, Allison leapt on me with wide eyes and excited questions. I told him the gist. He gave a little smile whenever I mentioned Quilla’s ninja outfit.
At the end, he immediately asked me, finger poised on his chin, “Sooo….why didn’t you kiss her?”
I coughed into the cup of water I’d been drinking. I had plenty to say about that. It was like a ‘rebound’ thing with Michael just recently gone. We were good friends. Quilla was r
The Suit TGThe SuitThe Suit TG5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Mr. Gardener? I am the representative from Nuhaizi Global. A pleasure to meet you."
I looked up from my desk at the young, Chinese woman who stood in the doorway of my office. She had long, perfectly-black hair which fell in a seamless curtain on her neck. Her suit was lean and black as well, with only the even collar edges of a light-red top showing at her neck. Her expression was neither inviting nor abrasive. It looked clinical. Her eyes avoided mine and her voice was without accent.
I stood from my chair and reached out my hand to her. She took it calmly with a sedate shake and a slight bow. I gestured to the chair in front of my desk. Before sitting, she reached into a pocket, retrieved an immaculate business card, and handed it to me.
The card gave her name as "Miss Lin Xiumei" on one side and in Chinese on the opposite. The Nuhaizi logo and name was right after that, followed by "International Representative in Matters of Legal Concern" and "Fluent in English, C
TG Anime Girls From Another World - Part 9Anime Girls From Another WorldTG Anime Girls From Another World - Part 92 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I finally managed to email the photos we’d taken yesterday to my uncle. I tried to call him too but he was out. I leaned back with my slight hands enveloped by my long, braided hair and let the phone rest against me.
Allison’s lesson had been useful. I had tons of scribbled notes and I definitely wanted it happen tomorrow afternoon. I would return Lissa’s device for class. Then Allison could wear mine for the date.
The idea left Allison a little sad that we wouldn’t both be female on the date, if we so wished it. But it would work. I got up.
Allison was still in the kitchen. She smiled and posed a bit for me as she asked, “Has my pupil returned for another lesson?”
I smiled back and told her, “Could you try on my device?” I slipped it off and waited through the lull. It still felt nervously-long before I returned to myself.
Allison picked up on my intent quickly. She turned hers off
Anime Girls from Another World TG - Part 2Anime Girls from Another WorldAnime Girls from Another World TG - Part 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She was still on my mind though as I made my way back to campus housing. While there weren’t many dormitories, especially with the limited enrollment on campus, a number of regular houses around were owned by the college and used as rented housing. The house I rented with three other roommates was smaller than my uncle’s house where I’d been living before but it was still plenty of room for me.
I didn’t need to use my key because the front door was already unlocked. After tossing my stuff on my bed, I found Allison in the living room sprawled out on the long couch against the wall, sleepily rubbing at his twitching nose.
When we first met over a year and half ago when I moved in, I thought for sure he was the younger sister of the roommate I was expecting. Flawless, soft skin. Airy, brown eyebrows. Thick, rippling brunette hair which flowed past his shoulder. A white t-shirt with a fringe of watercolor tul
TG Anime Girls From Another World - Part 8Anime Girls From Another WorldTG Anime Girls From Another World - Part 82 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I woke feeling about the same as I always did. Wrapping up in the covers had left me sweaty in a way which soon dried in the morning coolness of the room. I had to stretch a bit to get the aches out. Turning, I looked at the device and the controller. They were in the same place on the table.
I held both in my hands. What was the worse that could happen? The delay got longer? There were still fail-safes. It wasn’t as though I would suddenly turn into an anime girl. And, despite the glitches, the faint watermark had still been there.
Debating it a while, I heard the far-off sounds of Allison cooking in the kitchen but I couldn’t hear clearly enough to tell if he still had a high but variable voice. I cracked my wrists and set the controller and the device back down where they’d been. Later.
First, I walked out into the hallway and made my way to the kitchen. A peek through the doorway told me that Allison was ba
TG Anime Girls From Another World - Part 12Anime Girls From Another WorldTG Anime Girls From Another World - Part 122 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Once the door sealed, I expected one of us to get cold feet, probably me. I also expected a passionate eruption like the other night. Instead of any of that, Allison took my hand and pressed hers against it. We moved over to the bed and plopped down on it.
My heart did thud a little more than usual. We scooted back to the pillows. They smelled fresh. We looked at one another. I could’ve asked if this was Allison’s first but I knew that Allison had enough experiences for a few good stories. But none of those experiences were in the body she had now.
I slipped my hand over her smooth arm, feeling velvety warmth cloaked in the cool of the room. Goosebumps followed for her. I asked, “Is your skin still sensitive?”
She nodded shyly but said, “I think I’m getting used to it though.” I ventured further, moving cautiously, conscious of when it seemed like something went beyond mere sensitivity.
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When the letter arrived with the rest of the mail, I had my head pressed against the wall. It wasn't some yoga or pilates thing. It was a frustration thing. With myself.
Just a few feet away, I had my hobby shelves. They were arranged in a mottled pattern with some shelves done and others missing. Many leaned dangerously to the side. Not a style choice.
First volumes of mangas and anime DVDs on one level. Scraps of knitting right below that. Dust swaddled "greats" of literature to the side. Juggling balls of assorted colors (none of them matching). A folder of sketched figures often missing legs and arms. A camera with a half-finished roll of film. Pristine cookbooks
I turned my attention back to the wall. Any of one of them could be useful for this free-time I had. But my attention drifted between them without settling on any.
Eventually, I made my way over to my computer and decided to check on a recent poem I'd started. With a deep breath, I set my sho
Anime Girls from Another World TG - Part 10Anime Girls From Another WorldAnime Girls from Another World TG - Part 102 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
We went north along the road which passed by the college after stopping briefly to fill the tank of Allison’s car. She brushed her feet along the floor in front of her. There was a quietness to her demeanor which bothered me. I put on the radio for a while and she hummed along to a jazzy song before leaning towards on me.
Allison’s eyes dipped down and she told me, “Thank you for this. But you’re sure there’s no problem? Nothing with Lissa you want to talk about?” I reassured her sincerely that Lissa was fine and this was what she wanted and we would be sure to have fun with a special movie on Thursday. Learning this eased Allison’s mood a little. Still, she seemed to sniff out that there was something else. I hummed along to the next song and she soon joined in.
The road continued up till the massive shipping facilities adjacent to the major freeways. From there, we had to head west
The Mission TG - Part 3The Mission (continued)The Mission TG - Part 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I didn't expect the silence on the other side. It was unnerving. This was the center of the facility but it was so eerily quiet. I resisted a shiver and retrieved my other camera. I set it atop my ear and bent it so it would have as much of an unobstructed view as possible. It would record everything.
First, I had to patch into the other camera network. Then I could look for secrets. I noted the overhead color-coded lines ranged from yellow to black. Some of them branched off at corridors up ahead.
I was on my own at this point. Satellite imaging of the base told us the general extent of the underground complex but nothing more. The bright lights did little to calm me. There were few places to hide.
I had to move. I followed the yellow band on the ceiling down the first corridor branch. The hallways looked more like the ones in hospitals. I came to a hallway crossing. Cameras down the intersecting hallway. Obvious ones. But they were the kind which slowly
The Puzzle Box TG - Chapter 5The Puzzle BoxThe Puzzle Box TG - Chapter 52 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 5 – Combustion
Seth and Isaac gawked as Marley stretched and told them, “Not that that’s my name but it’s my favorite name I remember. Oh and you lot still have your tags…”
She approached and pointed at their name tags. “Isaac and Jessica. Serviceable names. I burned my tag off. I didn’t like it at all.”
Holding a lighter taken from her pocket, Marley told them, “I can do the same for you if you like. Doesn’t even hurt.”
Seth quickly offered, “That’s alright. My name is actually Seth anyway.”
Marley smirked. “A man’s name? I’m hardly one to talk though.” She flipped the lighter in the air with her eyes shut but caught it easily as she continued, “So how far have you gotten?”
A puzzled moment of silence followed. Seth asked, “What do you mean?”
Tucking her lighter away, Marley held a hand out with a smile and said,
The Mission TG - Part 1The MissionThe Mission TG - Part 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I've been on dozens of missions behind enemy lines and this was the first one which made me nervous before I even got close.
I checked the guard posts seven times. Two Shieldmaiden-level sentries. Not even the Valkyrie-level ones in the briefing papers. And certainly not the Durga some feared might be waiting. If I'd gotten eyes on one of those then that would be the end of me. But Shieldmaidens were great. Perfectly great.
I kept scanning. Standard watch pattern. They looked a little tired. Going over the same paces hour after hour. They were due for a shift change. Just as the briefing had planned. And that's why I was scared.
No one remembers how it all began. Some say it was a mad scientist, a box of nanites, and a regular day. I don't care. All I know is the world I live in.
It's a place where there are no more regular days, where identity and appearance can be instantly rewritten. Where the long ago children's games of the boys verses the girls are games n
The Puzzle Box TG - Chapter 2The Puzzle BoxThe Puzzle Box TG - Chapter 22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 2 – Contact
Seth wandered around in the dark, feeling nothing in his way and hearing only his footsteps until the whispered words…
*Never open the box…*
“Who said that? Who’s there? What box?”
Silence answered in the void. He turned in place. Even little flashes of after-image light behind his eyes were gone. Just darkness.
Sighing in frustration, he muttered, “Nothing at all. I don’t know where I am… I should’ve stayed inside…” Granted, he had to admit that he didn’t know where he was inside the cube either but at least the dimensions were perceptible and somewhat familiar.
Continuing to talk to himself with his words dying just past his ears, Seth admitted, “Bit too late for that though. Now I’m stumbling in the void….”
He mulled to himself, “If only it wasn’t quite so dark. I’d love to have a wall….” Miming in
Kats TGKatsKats TG5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It started as a simple, lazy Saturday morning.
Toby had just managed to wake from his late afternoon nap to see his roommate Ron come home with groceries.
Staggering from the saggy, white couch in the living room, Toby muttered an offer to help put things away.
Ron grinned, tucked a hand in his pocket, and brushed back his shoulder-length brunette hair. "I got it, dude. Guess who I saw at the market."
Toby barely stifled a yawn as he rubbed at his eyes. He shook a head and guessed, "Meg Ryan."
Ron gave a quick little laugh. For the last few weeks, Toby had been nudging Ron to get his long hair trimmed because of how much he looked "like a chick" from the back. Ron's response was to note how Toby's dirty-blond, tightly curly locks looked like Meg Ryan's hair from the back.
Setting the milk on its little shelf in the fridge, Ron answered, "I saw Kat. She's thinking of heading to a movie later with a friend and asked if we'd like to come along."
Cracking his neck a
The Flaming Panties TG Part 1The Society of the Eternally-Flaming PantiesThe Flaming Panties TG Part 15 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Abby Longbloom hadn't considered the cow.
The cow, however, gave Abby a long look and remarked, "Whooooo?"
Eyebrows raised, she waved her blue scanner around in the air. The cow chewed.
After examining the entire barn for signs of the anomaly, she had to note to herself that a cow which said 'who' instead of 'moo' probably should've been the best place to focus first. She gave herself a mental raspberry as the scanner made that tweeting sound it always made when it found something.
Abby chuckled, sized up the cow, and smiled. The cow blinked.
"Now, Miss Cow, how do you do what you do? And how do you do too?"
The cow reacted by loudly passing gas. The scanner bleated. Abby grinned and said, "There we go! It's in your abomasum. Probably why you're not making as much milk like Mr. Farmer said." Abby gave a little shake of her head. The cow swished her tail.
After some fancy manipulations of the scanner, Abby nodded and said, "Well
Our House TG - Part 1 of 2Our HouseOur House TG - Part 1 of 24 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It had been three weeks since my mother died and one week since my dad moved into an assisted living manor due to advancing dementia. The family home was my responsibility now. I had good, older memories there.
When I was a little boy, I could remember riding atop my medium-sized, battery-powered toy train. I laid the tracks in the den and up the steps and around into the hallway. The darkness of the hall with the lights off made it like a tunnel. Then the train moved down to the living room and off to my bedroom. After a certain age, I was too big to ride, so I would put my toys and stuffed animals atop it and play conductor.
It was a beautiful time. My mother was a life-long head librarian for the county library and my father edited reference texts, so there was no shortage of books about the house. Sadly, neither had the mind or eyes to read for years.
I was a happy child but routinely sickly. No matter though. A day home from school meant another day on the railroa
Kalin TGKalinKalin TG4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I didn't immediately respond to the high-pitched, exuberantly-uttered "Hiyas there!" in the middle of the dorm lobby. I figured it was one of the girls who lived down the hall greeting another girl.
But I heard it again.
"Hiiiiiyaaaa cantcha see me?"
I frowned a little and started to turn my head. I jerked back in surprise at a girl's smiling face staring at me point blank. Her smile deepened. She gave me a swift wave and asked, "Canya see me now?"
I sure could. And I was stunned.
I had to blink a few times before I could even think about what I was seeing. Before me was the most beautiful girl I could imagine. And I'd imagined quite a few with all the anime girls I drew for fun.
This girl had so many details from my favorite imaginings. Her hair was long, bright red, and vibrant. But not too long. Her eyes were a dusty, cat-like amber color. And so large. All-enveloping. She wore a gorgeous dress. It was frilly everywhere. It looked like something I'd seen before, bu
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I was tapping away at the keyboard when I heard Nathan approach behind me. I didn’t say anything at first. I just adjusted my glasses and continued typing. He took a deep breath.
“Dude, you really need some time out. How long have you been staring at that screen?” Nathan rested a beefy arm against a bookshelf. A manga book tumbled off. He coughed a little and crouched down to get it. “Sorry about that. I’ll umm… I’ll put it…” He aimed the book all over the shelf. Not a single inch was open. He glanced over at the other bookshelves. It was the same.
I smirked. “Just leave it on the bed for now.” Nathan liked hanging out in my room while I worked. I could never really figure out why, but we were old friends, so it was no problem.
He claimed he liked the “art of girls” on my walls and the “female figurines” which covered the available space. I