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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 43
[Author’s Note: I’m not dead! Many apologies, I intended to take a break from this story after pushing myself to get three chapters out in December, but I didn’t intend to be away so long. Back on board now, though, so enjoy!]

Chapter 43: And My Theater Never Closes…
La Fin de Toute
(formerly Galactica Palace)

37th Floor - Library/Security Center
The grating buzz of an alarm woke Labyrinth Commander Eas from her sleep. Perplexed, she opened her eyes and swiped the air with one fingertip. A dozen scrolling lines of holographic text flared before her, throwing her pale face into shadow.
It wasn't a system failure or an intruder alert; those would have been loud and grating enough to rouse her in an instant. Nor was it a summons from Joker, for that would do the same. No, the largest and most prominent status update came from the Merry-Go-Round.
All power to it had been shut down.
Eas lift
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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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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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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 17 - Under Pressure
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight's Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 42 followers
  • Book II Appendix: On hold
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 0.25 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy's Database Chapter 3: On hold
  • Uravity Falls Chapter 3: On hold
Bad week. Stressful week. Unproductive week. I've gotten absolutely jack done. Frankly, it feels like this entire godforsaken month has been one long, sustained anxiety attack.

I'm in an unenviable position here: I'm under large amounts of pressure, both from external sources and self-imposed, and that causes me anxiety. Most of the things I do to relieve anxiety (play games, watch anime, sleep) only cause more anxiety in the long run, as my brain is hard-wired to scream "YOU'RE NOT BEING PRODUCTIVE ENOUGH" at me on a regular basis, regardless of how much I do or don't get done.

At least I've finally found something to stream on Twitch that's drawing an audience. Warframe may be a drain on my time, but it's a fun drain on my time, and both streaming sessions I've had with it so far have been highly successful. I'm within striking distance of becoming a Twitch Affiliate at last, so perhaps this streaming thing will pay some dividends after all.

And hey, Endgame is this week. Seeing Thanos get his giant purple ass kicked should lighten my mood.

  • Watching: Star Twinkle, Jojo, Dororo
  • Playing: Bioshock Infinite, Warframe

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NeoChandler Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
*Listening to this*

*Notices that the composition sounds familiar*

*Looks up series composer on wiki*

*Sees that it's the composer of several Precure shows, Yasuharu Takahashi*

You cheeky bastard.
bhsdesk Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Yup, he did the music in Sailor Moon Crystal too. He has a very recognizable style.
CloneWarrior85 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I may have found a Magical girl show even worse than Raising Project.

Have you heard of Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka? It's like Magical Girls in a Call Of Duty-like setting shooting enemy forces with guns, though they dress like Strippers often, complete with very revealing outfits. Even worse is that it has a lot of BDSM moments, such as a scene of one girl being forced by a Dominatrix to strip naked, put on extremely revealing BDSM gear, then wear a leash and walk on all fours while acting like a dog. And another girl being tied up and asked to be "punished" with a whip.

Yeah, I think you'll like this one even less.
bhsdesk Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
I've heard of it, and yes, I've heard it's bad. It wasn't something I was going to watch regardless, but thanks for the anti-recommendation.
CloneWarrior85 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I know how you're like about Magical Girls, so I thought that I'd tell you.
bhsdesk Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, I appreciate you thinking of me!
NeoChandler Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2019  Student Traditional Artist
Remember how much you dislike Glitter Force (and DokiDoki) due to its 90s style Macekre dubbing?

Turns out, Toei put PreCure in the same licensing deal as Digimon despite Saban wanting nothing to do with the series.

Also. Why the show cuts out episode count to 20? It's originally planned to air on Nick, like Power Rangers.
bhsdesk Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, that makes sense.
PsionicsKnight Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019  Student Writer
Hey there,

Hope you don’t mind me dropping in unnanouced, but I saw you were a fellow fan of the Sailor Moon monsters. And you believe that they should be given more love.

If you are interested, I do have a fanfic series planned where the MOTDs have very prominent roles. I even have started off by making a “guide” detailing things like history, physiology, culture, and more. I can tell you more, if you’re interested.

(Forgive me if I contacted you before about this. I don’t think I did, but if I did and forgot, I apologize if I’m being annoying.)
bhsdesk Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Sure, that sounds cool! Note me for more details!
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