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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 42
Chapter 42: Special Chapter
The Bird in the Cage
The Lighthouse
Vertex Point Five
Homura Akemi's Room
Incubators don't panic.
True, this particular Incubator was trapped in some unknown location and imprisoned with little hope of escape. True, this one was cut off from the group mind, and if Homura Akemi's word was to be trusted, the group mind was either gone or corrupted beyond hope of recovery. For most other sentient beings, such circumstances would induce fits of helpless panic.
Incubators, however, don't panic.
He ("he" being the pronoun Incubators generally used for ease of communication with humans, despite its fundamental inaccuracy) was perhaps the last unaltered Incubator in existence, and true Incubators did not fear. Humans had a curious idiom he remembered hearing: "Afraid? I don't know the meaning of the word!" The statement implied ignorance to basic vocabulary on
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 41
Chapter 41: Night of Anguish
-VERTEX FOUR: 8.36679-
Uminari City
A superhuman battle tore through the streets of Uminari like a tornado; it was doubtful there would be anything left of the shopping district once they were done. The noise was incredible: peals of thunder shattered glass up and down the block of the deserted shopping district with each sounding, and the earth shuddered as the combatants threw each other through walls, through ceilings, through entire floors, leaving leveled buildings and piles of rubble in their wake. Blow after blow landed with titanic shockwaves, setting off waves of car alarms that added to the growing din.
This was no fight between a Precure and a giant monster; this was a duel between two Cures at full strength, so evenly matched that neither could triumph over the other. Another hit connected, and the city quaked in fear.
Yayoi Kise, Cure Peace, skidded backwards with her arms crossed over
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Ch. 40-2
A crash of thunder, a brilliant flash of light. The battle raged on in the skies above the Uminari shopping district, the two old enemies once more locked in a mortal struggle. Rubeus had new tricks of his own, Sailor Moon thought. The exploding dark energy ball thingies were no picnic the first time around, but this time they seemed stronger and hit harder, even with the added protection of her new shielding. The Black Moon soldier roared and made a headlong charge, his hands brimming with flame. She pirouetted out of his way, diving down a few meters before once again checking Imperium's readout: Cooldown 78% complete. Great.
"I remember, you know!" Rubeus said from above her. "I remember dying when my ship exploded above Earth… I remember the heat, the pressure, my body catching fire and crumbling away… and I have another set of memories of Wiseman killing me! I was supposed to be a great warrior f
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Ch. 40-1
Chapter 40: The First Attack

-VERTEX FOUR: 8.36679-
Uminari City
Dead End had come.
Of course, the mysterious warning message that flashed across every TSAB screen weeks before reached here as well, though its audience was much smaller. Vertex Four's Earth—"Non-Administered World #97" in Bureau parlance—was not considered at all notable until a few years ago. More specifically, it was Uminari, a seaside city nestled in Tokyo's Minato ward, that piqued the Bureau's interest, though it was hard to tell why on the surface. At a distance, Uminari could have been almost any Japanese city: clean, peaceful, somewhat crowded. It used to be wholly unremarkable, no one's idea of a place to stage an invasion.
However, after the extraordinary first meeting of Nanoha Takamachi and Yuuno Scrya three years before, Uminari had become an unlikely hotbed of Bureau activity. Uminari was the home of the Takamachi family, Hayat
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 39
Chapter 39: Fantine's Confession
TSAB L-Class Inspection Cruiser Arthra
First Recovery Ward
Erika Kurumi's eyes opened just a crack. The glaring light from above was much too bright for her, so she groaned and squeezed them shut again. It took more effort than it should have, like the command got stalled on the way from her brain to her eyelids.
"Erika!" said a familiar voice next to her. "E-Erika, are you awake? Please say you're awake!"
"Dun' wanna," Erika muttered. She rolled over to go back to sleep… or attempted to, she didn't get far.
The arms that seized her around her neck and hugged her tight were Tsubomi's; nobody else smelled like a fresh-cut spring garden even weeks removed from any real flowers. "Erika…" said Tsubomi, choking back more tears.
"Oog," said Erika in reply. Surprisingly articulate for first thing in the morning. Or whenever.
"I was so worried, I thought I'd lost you, I tho
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Shattered Skies: Tomorrow Comes by bhsdesk Shattered Skies: Tomorrow Comes :iconbhsdesk:bhsdesk 28 12
Uravity Falls, Chapter 2
Chapter 2: Misfire Number One
The Next Day
“... so, sensei , I know you’re still angry with him about the fight, but what do you think? Is it okay?”
“GRR... Bakugou… you want to… ARGH…”
“Just meet with him, that’s right.”
“Up… RRRRRGH… up on… RRRAARGH...”
“... The roof?”
“ROOF!” shouted Ryo Inui, also known as Hound Dog, U.A.’s guidance counselor. Froth flew from the edges of his muzzle. “ROOF ROOF ROOF ROOF ROOF ROOF…”
“I’ll, uh…” Ochako swallowed and took a few steps backward. “I’ll just come back another time.”
“BARK,” Inui-sensei added. And furthermore, expanding on that statement: “BARK! GRR RARRGH BARK BARK BOW WOW WOW WOW BARK!” He continued much in that manner even as he tore apart his desk drawer, eve
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 38
"Nothing changes, nothing ever will
Every year another brat, another mouth to fill
Same old story, what's the use of tears?
What's the use of praying if there's nobody who hears?
Turning, turning, turning, turning, turning through the years...

Turning, turning, turning through the years
Minutes into hours, and the hours into years
Nothing changes, nothing ever can
Round and round the roundabout and back where you began
Round and round and back where you began..."
- Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer
Chapter 38: Master of the House
La Fin de Toute
(formerly Galactica Palace)
Sayaka Miki sat on the lip of the battered half-asteroid that housed Dead End's palace, wrapped in layers upon layers of energy shielding as she gazed up at the stars. The shielding likely wasn't
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Uravity Falls, Chapter 1


For Healy, who got me on board.
[Author's Note: This story takes place after Episode 61 of the anime, or roughly Chapter 121 of the manga. Spoilers for plot developments up to this point.]
Chapter 1: Sauntering Vaguely Downwards
"There's someone you like, right~?"
That question had been echoing in Ochako Uraraka's mind for days on end.
"There's someone you like, right~?"
True, the girl who asked it was disturbed… okay, crazy… okay, psychotic. Just the thought of that girl made Ochako sick. Toga giggled and squealed and declared herself "friends" with poor Tsuyu and babbled about intimate, private things, all while trying to murder her and Tsuyu both.
Psychotic she was… but she wasn't wrong.
"There's someone you like, right~?"
The question came to mind yet again as Class 1-A filed out the double doors of Heights Alliance on t
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Ch. 37-2
Vertex Point Three
Yayoi and Yui's Room
They sat together in the dark, their hands entwined. Neither Yayoi Kise nor Yui Nanase had spoken for a long time. As things were, they hardly needed to speak. The two had achieved that special kind of closeness, where one partner could tell what the other was thinking… a kind of magic that put Precure powers to shame.
"Yui-chan," said Yayoi finally. She took a deep breath to steady herself. "Kaioh-san told me. My… my friends, they're…" An uncontrollable shudder wracked her body. "Joker's doing horrible things to them. A-and... and th-there's another me. Another me from another world, a me that he's… that he's made into something evil and twisted like he is…" A deeper shudder. What Kirara told her about her other self was almost too awful to bear: an innocent version of herself that
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Ch. 37-1
(Author's Note: Strap yourselves in, everyone. Consider this a TRIGGER WARNING for scenes of intense emotional trauma, and prepare yourselves accordingly.
Also: please be sure to check out Mirror Shards, a new Shattered Skies recursive fanfiction by Storyteller222, which follows his Precure OC Kyoko as she experiences the aftermath of Dead End's war on reality. Mirror Shards isn't strictly necessary to enjoy Shattered Skies, of course, but it's a different perspective on the story… one which has my full approval, and which I'm glad to collaborate on. You can find it here on or on his DA page at
Also also: no, you're NOT hallucinating, I have indeed changed the story's title. Keep reading, there is an explanation.
Also also also: Remember, comments are an author's food pellets! Share the love, and consider helping me make more stuff by
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 36
Chapter 36: But the War Goes On
La Fin de Toute
(formerly Galactica Palace)
Communications Hub
Minutes before the Time Crash
"Master Joker? You wanted to see me?" Sayaka Miki gave a curt bow as she stepped through the sliding doors. She was preceded by a small white creature, something like a cat and something like a rabbit, with round, unblinking red eyes. Sayaka was familiar with these things; they used to be called Incubators. After what Joker did to them, it probably wasn't appropriate to call them that anymore. Its task complete, it sat on its haunches at Joker's feet and beamed proudly at her… not the usual eerie, frozen cat-smile, but an open leer with a mouthful of teeth, which was even worse. Sayaka tried her best to ignore it.
"Ah yes, Miki. Come in." The harlequin stood before the chaotic mishmash of technology and magic that was his way of communicating with the forces of Dead End acr
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These are art-type things that are done by me and organized in a gallery-ish fashion.

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BHS (Brian Stanley)
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
I'm a writer. I write stuff that's generally weird, but mostly entertaining. I've been on DA since 2003, ranking me among the Official Community of Old Farts™.

I write an ongoing original YA fantasy series called Tasakeru. I also host a YouTube toy review series called Silent InvenTOYry.

I'm also a Trekkie, a Browncoat, an incurable Japanophile, a trainee in the Evil League of Evil, and a devoted follower of the Church of Madoka. Now serving as Founder of PuellaMagi!

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Current Residence: Roanoke, VA
Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock, Classical, J-Pop, J-Rock, Soundtracks
Operating System: Windows 10
MP3 player of choice: Media Player Classic
Shell of choice: Peanut butter in a candy shell.
Wallpaper of choice: Homura Akemi
Favourite cartoon character: Too many to choose from!
Personal Quote: "The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates
Week 3 - Change of Plans
I hate to have to do this, but I'm canceling the Silent InvenTOYry Semi-Short episode that would have gone up at the end of the month. Looking at the next couple months' worth of expenses, I think it's for the best if I hold off purchasing the figure I had in mind, which was really nice but relatively low-priority on my wishlist, and instead save up for one of the Big Ones, something I'm dying to get my hands on. So you will get SISS Episode 5 at some point, it'll just be covering a different item and releasing at a later date.

Speaking of SI, as you can see up there, work is progressing nicely on Episode 09. Filming is about 70% done; there's an outdoor gag I still need to shoot and two more portions of the review to do, but assuming nothing needs to be reshot, I should be in good shape to post the episode within the week. One full day spent editing ought to be enough to get it out the door... I hope.

Looking at the listings for this anime season, I really thought it would be a dry spell after last season's bevy of interesting shows. The first week's worth has proven me wrong yet again, it looks like. First up in my watchlist is Dororo, based on an unfinished manga by the God of Manga himself, Osamu Tezuka. One of his darker works, it takes place in a particularly hellish depiction of the Sengoku era, opening with a power-hungry lord bargaining with forty-eight demons for his own personal glory. The demons take the... well, pretty much everything from his newborn infant son as the cost, leaving the baby with no eyes, no nose, no skin, no arms, and no legs... but somehow still alive. The lord's attempt to quietly get rid of the poor thing doesn't take, and he shows up sixteen years later as a badass demon hunter whose entire body, more or less, is prosthetics and hidden weapons. Killing one demon to save a cocky little thief named Dororo restores his skin... so, one gathers, the plot involves him tracking down the rest of the forty-eight to recover all the body parts he lost. I described the show to rinsweeb as "the weirdest example of Mega Manning ever", and in fact the story was adapted in video game form for the PS2 fifteen years ago... Anyway, as far as great hooks for a series go, that's way up there, I think. The fight animation is gorgeous, and I can't wait to see what hidden gadgets our demon slayer will pull out of his artificial parts next.

The second is The Promised Neverland. All I'm willing to say about it is that it reminds me of Made in Abyss in terms of "seemingly cute and innocuous series has absolutely horrible things happening to small children underneath the surface". Granted, in Neverland's case, the darkness isn't hiding very far under the surface, but the question of "What do we do now?" makes a pretty compelling reason to tune in, I think. So long as you can stomach the very real possibility of adorable kids meeting gruesome ends, I give this one an earnest recommendation.

I also need to give credit to my friend Ninty (go check out The Convergence, his magical girl crossover fanfic, which I'm beta reading! Leave comments and feedback, please!) for talking me into watching Symphogear, a magical girl franchise which I had heard of before but avoided due to some really bad info from the person who recommended it. I was led to believe it was "idol singers with light magical girl elements", when in fact it's the other way around: the show has a pretty impressive fusion of Nanoha and Madoka going in terms of the level of darkness (Madoka) and the magitech that the girls use to fight (Nanoha). And yes, they do sing while they're fighting, and they do sing to activate their powers... but as jarring as that is at first, it fades into the background really quickly. The music is universally great, too, which helps! So you've got a girl named Hibiki (played by Madoka's Aoi Yuuki, giving an awesomely hot-blooded performance) fighting off waves of horrible monsters called Noise by Bruce Lee-ing them to death, while her two (so far) teammates slice them up with swords and lots and lots of dakka... and they're singing all the while. It's a weird premise, but I swear the show makes it work. According to Ninty, the following seasons are even better... I can't wait. No, before you ask, this does not mean that the Symphogears will be showing up in Shattered Skies... but a subtle indirect reference or two might make it in there at some point.

Speaking of Skies: after my brief hiatus, I'm slowly feeling the urge to get back to work on it. I really do need to finish my other projects first, but I have ideas percolating as to where to take the story next. More to come on this later.

  • Watching: Hugtto, Jojo, Slime Incarnation
  • Playing: XCOM 2, Shovel Knight

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NeoChandler Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Man. Hugtto just doesn't know when to stop when it comes to make it look good to everyone, to the point it feels less like a Precure season and more of a western cartoon with dramedy elements that just so happen to be made into a Precure season. 
bhsdesk Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
I know, man, I know!
NeoChandler Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
As much as i'm interested in SSSS Gridman (Only watch ep 11 fully. Rest are small snippets), one thing is bugging me. 

bhsdesk Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
It's a new(-ish, it's complicated) continuity, Dyna Dragon's not there. But maybe if we get a second season...
NeoChandler Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
When i saw a shared piece of post on your Tumblr page about Salvation Army (Thanks to school Wi-Fi and incognito tab. Rare times i can do this because Indonesia's Internet laws), this got into my mind. 

tanaka8120 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018
Thanks for the fave :)
bhsdesk Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! Sagittarius A* is a critical location in my crossover fanfic, so I had to take a look. I love your description of it!
NeoChandler Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
bhsdesk Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Yup, I saw that in the Anime News Network headlines an hour ago. Well done, Toei!
NeoChandler Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
To think that this happen because they don't want fans thinking that they forget that the current season is a anniversary series due to lack of connection to previous series.
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