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"Because everything is better with the end of the world."


Welcome! Below you can find hundreds - thousands, really - of posts, many of them fiction.

I write a lot - much in established universes, some in one-off settings. Much of what I write ends up here. In addition, you'll find homesteading blogging, the occasional crafts-and-clothing post, and journals of my wine-tourism of New York State.

Here (and here on Livejournal) you'll find an index of my universes. Each 'verse has its own landing page with an index of stories within.

Find all of my writing links on lynthornealder.com.

A loose posting schedule (and on LJ) covers weekly recurring posts; other things are posted as the mood hits.

My commission rates are here (and on LJ); you can drop a dollar or two in the tip jar or commission a story to be written. Or you can become a Patreon Patron</b> and unlock even more fiction! This is everything I've written for Patreon to date!

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I fixed my crossposter~
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Sorry about that, y'all!

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June Patreon Theme Poll
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Haunted House 50: Secrets of the House
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First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
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Washing the House with Jasper was surprisingly fun. It was also hard work, because the House had years of embedded grime in her shingles. “Did you somehow roll in the mud?” Mélanie found herself accusing the house at one point. “And… in a pine tree?”

The House bumped one set of shutters in her direction.

“I can’t tell if that’s a yes or a no,” Mélanie admitted. “But I need some sort of brush that can get up here under the shutters. Maybe a butter knife, actually. “

Jasper frowned at the scrub brush he was holding. “I could–“

A window opened and a butter knife slid out into Mélanie’s hand.

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Council Meetings
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This is a ficlet of Cloverleaf, written to Eseme's prompt to my current "third rail" prompt call. 

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Sometimes, Cya seriously regretted having made Cloverleaf a semi-representative government.

Generally, those were council days, when she was sitting at a table with the chosen and voted-in representatives of all three circles.

Being a dictatorship would be so much easier.

She listened carefully to everyone's arguments.  She asked the question she made sure to ask every time:

"Do we need a law for this, or is it a matter of personal choice?"

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Read Me Elsewhere
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So I haven’t been all that up on posting things but hello, there’s always fiction of mine scattered all over the web!

On Ko-Fi, free for anyone to read:

About the Gate – research can only get you so far
Mother Whale – Bear Empire: The people of every spirit have an origin tale.
The Science of Frienship – Science! Friendship can’t be measured, can it?

On Patreon – those that are free are marked with a * – This month is Gates, Borders, and Crossings; last month was Gardens; March was Research
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“Share-Alike” a Concept map – a) can I make a map in MS Paint (yes?)
Post-Apoc Cul-de-Sac – a map
*The Science! Laboratory – Directory
*Map – A preview, Map – Another Update/Preview – and  – Map – another preview snippets of the ShareAlike map with  atlas notes
*A scribble and a doodle of a story map – post apoc Fae Apoc
*Cya’s Cottage – a sketch floorplan

Visa – These border checks were getting ridiculous. 
Margen’s Wort – She had lost the last Margen’s Wort in 1066.
*Visit the Lady’s Garden – Addergoole: “So you get your own garden? But – no bed?”
Ladies Who Garden – Whitney was not expecting this particular help.
Micro Greens – a Dragons next Door story
Recording the Past – a story of Eva and Aunt Family
The Trouble With…  a continuation of The Trouble With Chickens and all other stories in The  Feltenner Chickens section of the Science! universe.
Discovery – Aud, Sage, and research, Dragons next Door
Differential Diagnosis – A story of Faerie Apocalypse


The Origins of… Science!
*Downsizing – Tinies? – this movie wasn’t even good at Tinies.
The Men Who Stare at Goats and other Research IRL 

Storm Front…  Yesterday was some pretty amazing banding weather.
Happy Caturday – Oli, in a tree

Recipe Blog: Basic Cooking Toolbox – what I want if I have nothing
Browned Compound Maple Butter – a delicious recipe

The Expectant Wood – Nimbus’ Journey continues with Chapter 37: Creatures Great and Small and
Chapter 36: Lies and Lizards


On Archive of Our Own – free to read and ongoing.
🗄️
Exchange Students – Harry is going to Addergoole. Porter is coming to Hogwarts. Nothing could possibly go wrong!
Reconstruction – The war is over, and yet Harry, Hermione, and Ron, Neville, Luna, and Ginny find they have another war on their hands. What’s more, Harry appears to have an enslaved Draco on his hands.

Free to read and new, one-shot:
Harry, Found – Harry Potter had been missing for a year…
Living – End Game Spoilers  
Don’t Hit Hermione – My response to Hermione-abuse fanfictions.

On Mastodon – free to read and fun to join; super short fics
Ficlet with a portion of a map sketch, Autumn, Stranded
Reinventing the Wheel
Once Upon a Time comes to Fae Apoc – darkfic crossover Fanfiction 


On Sufficient Velocity – an interactive Fae Apoc Quest
Rhiannon was not expecting any of this.  But now she’s got to figure out what to do while a bunch of jerks keep attacking her city. 
Oh, and she needs new pants. 
 

And while I’m having trouble keeping it updated:

http://www.edallyacademy.com/ 




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Haunted House 46: Further Plans
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First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
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“You don’t - you can’t - you would - what would you-”  Mélanie caught herself and focused very carefully on her breathing for several breaths.  “Sir. Jasper.” She looked at him with wide eyes and found that his grin had stuttered into something of a worried expression.  She patted his shoulder, not wanting him upset, and cleared her throat. “I’m sorry you, you, ah, you caught me by surprise. What did you mean - what-”

“Oh, Mélanie, my sweetness.”  Jasper pulled her into a tight hug, rubbing her back until she could breathe again.  “I didn’t meant to upset you, I didn’t. Why does this- what upsets you?”

She peered up at him from the confines of the hug.  “I don’t want you to risk yourself. I was so upset when the  - when those thugs had you, and I, if you got caught, it would be horrid.  I don’t want something like that happening to you!”

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Running in the Bear Empire 42: Home
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First: Running in the Bear Empire🐻





“You know, we could probably live here pretty comfortably forever.”  Carrone looked at the door of the cabin and back to Deline before setting his pack on his shoulders.  “I’d get better at hunting eventually.”
“I’m not sure you’d say that in winter.”  Deline smirked at him, although she could guess easily enough what was going on in his head.  They were leaving, which meant they were going to the capital. When they got there, everything could change.

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Hidden Mall 64: Selling for Information
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Abby was about to step in front of her friends when she found 'Via stepping in front of her.  "You leave her alone.  We're not selling anything, we're not buying anything, we're not giving anything.  We're just passing through. That's it."

"Oh," the woman clucked, "but I have information.  And I am willing to give it in exchange for something - if you have something you want to sell me."

"That sounds-" Now Olly, too, was in front of her "-a lot like buying something, and we don't want to do that.  Not here."

"And that's wise.  It is always wisest to never take anything that seems like too good a deal at the moment.  So let's see. Well, or too dear a deal, of course.  If you want information-"

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Running in the Bear Empire 43: Trapped
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First: Running in the Bear Empire🐻





I did try to kill you.
“It would be nice to not be reminded of that,” Deline muttered.  She held up her hands in his direction. “I suppose it’s hard for you to forget it.”
“The funny thing is, in most situations, it would be easy as anything to forget.  You’d be dead. Your head would have been turned in. The bounty would have been collected, and I would be on to my next job.”  He huffed, almost a laugh. “I didn’t think much about what I was doing - I mean, I thought about the hunt. I learned early on not to think about the deaths.  They come, they go - sometimes they haunted me, but most of them just… they passed on.”

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Hidden Mall 65: Ignoring the Right Advice
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“So all the people who have come through here,” Abby swallowed.  She was feeling very parched again, as if the ghost mall had taken longer to get out of and taken more out of her than she’d guessed or anticipated.  “All of those people, and only three of them were us.  Where did the rest of us go?”

“I think you know-” Yadira stopped herself again with a small huff.  “The practice of being obscure is a hard one to break. I apologize. I think that many, many Abigails have died, and that while not as many Olivias have died, many have been stranded.”  She paused, and then admitted, so softly that Abby could barely hear her, “That magic is new. The fact that only pairs - and only specific pairs - can travel the malls is very new. So much has happened since the curse came down.  It’s changed everything about this place, and none of it for the better.” She looked between them solemnly. “How did you come to this particular place?”

“Ignoring advice we’d been given,” Abby admitted.

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May Patreon Theme Poll
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Vote On Wordpress…

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Blog Post: Antiquing
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I was noting, in the middle of the Hudson Antique Mall in the middle of a weekend trip this past weekend, that it seemed like we — T and I and our Troy friends the McPivins — end up spending a lot of our visits looking at other people’s old junk.

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Blog Post: Here, kitty, kitty
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I asked on Discord what I should blog about this week, and the suggestion that came back way my cats.

Okay, I can talk about them pretty much endlessly!

... crap, what do I say?

:-)

If you’ve missed it, T. and I have three cats.

The slightly-older two are white-and-grey fluffbucket N

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Been to Middle Earth; Do you speak my language?
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Okay, this is entirely because DaHob sent me the link to Talk Nerdy to Me. 



When Nat first saw the ads shouting  “win a trip to Middle Earth,” she assumed it was just another studio amusement park, like “spend a weekend in the Wizarding World” or “Cruise on the Black Pearl.”

It wasn’t unt

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Jumped the Gun
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I don't know, this one came out a little dark.  Um.  No body horror, yay?





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Hidden Mall 62: Another Door Opens
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The ghosts led them past the cracked and melted remains of a Ground Round and a nail salon to a door that, in a normal world, might to go the outside.  To a parking lot. Abby stared at the doors - smoked overs and opaque - and reached for one of the handles.

A ghost caught her wrist with what remained of its hand.  No.  The meaning was clear even if the phantoms made no noise.

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Haunted House 43: Buying & Selling
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First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
Previous:  Thieves

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A job.  No matter the discussions, she knew what Jasper was offering Kearney.

Mélanie wanted to protest - this is a kid we’re talking about! -  but no matter how young Kearney looked, they were clearly already getting comfortable with being on their own. She smiled instead, like she thought this was a great idea.

Kearney looked between them, coughed a couple times, and seemed to decide.  “Sure. I can do that. But only because the lady here is nice.”

“She is nice,” Jasper agreed.  “She’s quite nice, and I would suggest you remember that as you deal with her.  Because I’m not the nice one.”

Kearney didn’t shudder, didn’t even look all that impressed, but there was a slight change in their manner as they looked at the booth Jasper had been setting up.  “So, where do I put this? What can I do?”

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Running in the Bear Empire 39: Prices and Paranoia
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First: Running in the Bear EmpirePrevious: Loyalty



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Deline didn’t so much freeze as she tried to strip all tells from her body language and expression.  Where’s your loyalty?  That was a good question.  Did she want the answer?
"My loyalty?"  Carrone sneered at the Haloran spy.  "I'm a bounty hunter. My loyalty is to the highest bidder."
"Then I'll pay you more than whoever's paying you right now!  Come on, you know the Haloran government has deep pockets."
He turned to look at Deline, raised an eyebrow, and looked back at the bounty hunter.  She held her breath.
"You can't meet what she's paying me, I assure you.   And I wouldn't want you to."
He turned his back on the woman, who kept shouting.  Deline did not smile.  She held his arm and started walking, hoping he would walk along with her.
You can't match what she's paying me.

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Hidden Mall 61: Bad Ideas
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They turned around.  Abby forced herself to look at the bodies in front of her.

The ghosts.  They weren't corpses, they might just be illusions.  This place had certainly given them enough of those already - fakes and shames and traps.

The one that looked like Vic was gesturing to them.

"I - Vic doesn't even like us," Liv protested.

"But we don't like her either," Abby countered, "and that hasn't stopped us from saving her life.  Or anything else, you know?"

"This can't be a good idea."

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Haunted House 42: Thieves, Thick As
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First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
Previous:  Market

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Mélanie stepped closer to Jasper and surveyed the area.  There were people everywhere. More than half of them hadn’t seemed to notice the shouting at all.  A few of them were looking across the market. A few more were looking at Jasper.

Was she going to have to do Workings again?  Was she even allowed to?

Jasper waved enthusiastically with one arm, balancing the packages with the other.  “George Ridges! I haven’t seen you in forever!”

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April Patreon Theme Poll: Results!
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It looks like I'm gardening this month!





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Camp NaNoWriMo - Autumn Lightning
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So, a year and a half ago or so, I wrote this story - Lightning in Autumn - to Inspector Caracal‘s (Cal's) prompt.

This story features Leofric Lightning-Blade, from Addergoole: Ghost Story (before he was Lightning Blade), the Princess and the Elf AU/Fanfiction, approximately 8 million stories in 7 million AUs on my blog, and probably half that many or more on Cal's blog. In addition to prominently featuring Leo,  it's from the point of view of a man named Nathan, who is actually three people in one body - Public Face, Social Face, and The Other (though that doesn't really come up in that story).

Then I... kept writing the story.  Through the apoc and out the other side and I kept going until it was 100000 words of a gay romance post-apoc travel journal exploration of Addergoole.

For Camp Nano this year, I'm trying to finish it!

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Blog Post: Junk Mail Envelopes
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Through the magic of following the #LetterMo, #SnailMail, and #MailArt hashtags on Instagram and Twitter, and through looking at a whole bunch of mail art things on Pinterest, I have been experimenting with junk mail envelopes and more broadly make-your-own envelopes

The first thing I learned

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Effects
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The battle against the Noknuxo had been raging for months.  The space-faring aliens had clearly superior tech - weapons that were huge and completely incomprehensible that made noises that could not be predicted and left swaths of damage in their wake.  Their lasers were precision-targeted and le

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Hidden Mall 60: A Hero Dies But Once?
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Abby took a step backwards, and another, until 'Via caught her. "Easy," 'Via murmured in her ear.  "It's okay."

She forced herself to look at - at herself.  Except dripping wet and dripping blood from what remained of a leg, leaning on a Liv who was dripping both water and blood, too.

"The - the sharks."  She worked her throat.  "Remember? And before that, the fire.  This is - this is all the deaths we could have died.  It can't be.  We can't have died this many times."

“We could have.” ‘Via shifted a little.  “I mean. It’s not — I mean.  We don’t know how many malls there are.  We don’t know how many of them anyone came through.  We don’t know if the mall just generated new versions.”

“Some of the malls were fake.  Who told us that?” Liv frowned.

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Haunted House 41: The Market
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First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
Previous:  Wants and Desires

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In retrospect, Mélanie thought perhaps she ought to have expected a question like that.  Dressing her in silk, treating her like a partner - she shouldn’t have been surprised that he asked her if she wanted anything.  Wanting her to want things, wanting to get her things, seemed on par with everything else that he’d done so far.

That it took her completely by surprise was a sign she wasn’t paying attention.

She blinked at him.

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Running in the Bear Empire 38: Loyalty
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“Like this place?”  Carrone shook his head.  “No, you weren’t. You were going stir-crazy staying in one place.  I can’t imagine what you’re like at — at home. Cooped up in a single building…”
“Well…” She let a smile linger on her lips for a moment. “It has its benefits.”
“I was trying to explain those to our friend here, but she didn’t want to hear it.  I mean, if she’d listened to me telling her it was an Imperial Cabin…”
“Well, then maybe she might have left when she had a chance.  Unless you were offering to show her exactly how nice the Imperial Bed is…?”
The woman squirmed but said nothing.
“Would you be jealous if I did?”

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Haunted House 40: Wants and Desires
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First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
Previous:  Honest

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Jasper was still laughing. Mélanie was staring at him with something between horror and worry.  Had she broken him?  Was he going a little mad?  Was this what happened right before he finally got angry with her?  

“Easy, easy,” Jasper managed through a chuckle.  “Oh, my dear, easy. Telling me that you think I’m doing something wrong.  Being a little difficult? I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have laughed at you.” He draped his arm around her shoulders and pulled her close to him.  “I do apologize. I know you were serious. And I take it seriously — I do!  — that you feel strongly enough about this that you’d tell me you thought I was doing something wrong.  I know that’s hard for you.” He squeezed her a little more firmly. “It’s just that if that’s what it takes to get you to give me your opinions more often, it’s tempting to go find the nicest little old couple I can find and bilk them out of their life savings.”

“Don’t do that!”  Mélanie twisted in his hold to stare at him.  “No, don’t — please, I mean —”

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Read Me Elsewhere
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There's always fiction of mine scattered all over the web!



On Ko-Fi, free for anyone to read:After the End - the gods gather to discuss the resultsThe Place at the End of the Mists - Tilda walked into the mists.  Eventually, she walked outFriday Thing - He showed up on Friday.On Patreon -

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Funerary Rites 43: Stupid Lessons
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Chitter squealed as she was dragged into the back seat, but the moment Erramun was cradling her, she stopped complaining.  “I’m—” She smushed her face into Erramun’s chest.
“Easy, my young friend, easy.  There’s always going to be more that you can learn.  There’s always going to be more that you can do. But you can only grow so fast, and you can only do so much.  It’s a hard lesson to learn, I know—”
“It’s a stupid lesson,” Chitter muttered.  Ezer kept his face forward and drove, but Senga could see him peering in the rear-view at them.
“It is,” he agreed, “but we all have to learn it at some point.  So. I’ll help you get the education you need, but you have to accept that it’s okay.  You made a mistake, yes, but nobody got hurt-”
“You got shot!”

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Blog Post: Rafters, Projects, and Slipper Baskets
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When I was in college, I learned a planning style that occasionally I re-remember.

This was during my Technical Writing class, and it was designed for planning a writing/publishing project, such as an advertisement brochure.

Turns out, it works pretty well for actually plotting out things like… renovations, too.

And spring is sort of coming now.  So I’m starting to figure out the planning for some of our extant projects.

They’re big ones.  I mean, it’s a house and I want to redo everything in it eventually.

(probably even the bedroom that we did first, because the walls still need redoing and we still don’t really have a closet.)

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Funerary Rites 42: Eat a Candy Bar
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🔑



The tension in the van was slowly receding.  Ezer looked pleased with himself.
“Chitter, good job as always on getting into their systems, and your little bugs are the shit,” he kept on.   “Love ‘em. Allayne - you patched Erramun up so fast, I didn’t even get a chance to see the hole. Thanks. And Senga and Erramun, you guys definitely held their attention and kept to your roles the whole time.” He looked back in the mirror at them.  “Try not to get so bloody next time, all right? It makes me techy.”
Without a word, Chitter passed him a candy bar.  Ezer snorted. “Fine, fine, it makes me bitchy.  I don’t know, Chitter, anything out of that security guard?”
“Allayne triggered something, not an alarm, some sort of tertiary back-up.  Yes, I know I should have caught it, yes, I feel like an idiot for not catching it, but it was really well hidden.  It was - look, here, see?”
“You know it doesn’t mean anything to me,” Ezer complained.

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Hidden Mall 58: I Ain't Afraid of No... G-g-g-ghosts?
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Author's note: Guys, this one gets a little dark, even for this setting. If you want to skip it, let me know and I'll DM/email you a summary.  Content warning is for description of formerly-alive people showing their methods of death.

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Haunted House 38: Upset
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First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
Previous:  Preparations

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“It’s weird,” Mélanie mused, as they settled boxes of goods into the back of the wagon, the sunlight coming down through the trees in dappled waves.

“Leaving? Seeing the house in the daylight?” Jasper guessed.

“Something like that, yeah. Leaving and just- well, just thinking about just leaving to go to town, I guess.”



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Running in the Bear Empire 35: Hunting
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First: Running in the Bear EmpirePrevious: What's Your Name?



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“Are you sure you know how to hunt things that aren’t people?”  
Deline was teasing Carrone - mostly.  They had been living in the cabin for four days, and she was beginning to get more on edge than she wanted to admit.  
It was easy enough to settle in to a routine - gather and hunt in the morning, cook a big meal in the afternoon and settle in to bed in the evening.  It was easy enough to pretend that they were just having a little rest stop along the way, getting to know each other. But Deline knew that they were hiding, and she knew that she had to get back to the capital, and she knew that with every day she didn’t - with every day she didn’t make it back, there was a chance that they wouldn’t make it back, and if they didn’t, her information died with her.  And that wasn’t acceptable.
So she was teasing Carrone for losing another deer.  

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Bad Fight
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Written to a prompt I found here. 



Red wasn't supposed to be out on his own yet.  He was supposed to be a sidekick.  He was supposed to be following Blue around still, maybe cracking wise and maybe just mopping up the henchmen that got away.

But that wasn't what he'd signed up for.  That wasn't what he'd been training until all hours of the night for, sneaking out of study hall for, spending every minute he could in the lab for.  No.  No, he was a meta, a shining new example of the Modern Superhero - that h

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Stranded World 2016 - a gallery
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I just really like the image I made for the May 2016 Prompt Call so I'm sharing it - a family gallery wall :-)



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Funerary Rites 41
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The ride back was tense.  Nobody spoke a whole lot, except Allayne, murmuring quietly over the wound in Erramun's back, pulling out the bullet and healing the muscle and sinew and skin.  Ezer muttered at traffic, Chitter muttered at her cameras - including the tiny button camera and mic Senga had planted in the desk, including the one Erramun had planted on a pillar, including the clever little skimmer they'd managed to get on the guards' computer.  Erramun was silent as his name.
Senga was steaming with anger and twitching with worry and said nothing at all.  She held Erramun's hand, even though he obviously didn't need it, and the way that his fingers traced over the back of hers told her that he knew, too, that she needed it.
"There," Allayne breathed.  They were nearly to the garage.  "All better. Damn, are you telling me you don't have a Man of Steel Working in your repertoire?"

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Month of Letters and Stationery!
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I'm still doing LetterMo (and InCoWriMo)!  As of today I have mailed out 22 letters/postcards/cards (with one ready to go in the mail), received 3 replies and one letter-not-a-reply, and drawn castles, maps, lava, clouds, and barns.

I've talked about the weather a lot, Ithaca, winter activities, and whatever else came to mind - including often the paper or card I was writing on.

And Friday and today, as a reward for finishing my work self-evaluation and then for getting the taxes done and sent, I bought a bunch of stationery. 

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The Visit
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He could have had any man or woman in the whole nation — probably in several of the adjacent nations as well. He was a brilliant man,a dashing pirate, and his airship was one of the finest known to navy nor fleet. He was a folk hero the likes of which had not come since Dywin Talizen in the age of stories and myths.

And his airship had ducked in, dodging the royal navy ships and the cannons, to visit a political prisoner in a quiet exile in a mountainous corner. He had brought her a rose, the sort of gift that fit the stories, risking everything for a romantic gesture.

He couldn’t stay long; he couldn’t even risk a kiss, even if she would have accepted it. But he brought her a rose.

And he brought her a key.



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V-day prompts!
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Today I think I would like prompts for microfic on couples, romance, and slash, please.



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Month of Letters and International Correspondence Writing Month: a Blog Post
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This month — as I did 2 years ago — I am participating in A Month of Letters / International Correspondence Writing Month.

The goals of these two remarkably similar things are, respectively:

Mail something every day the post runs in February; reply to every letter you get.
handwrite a l

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Hidden Mall 56: Out of the Brier Patch
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‘Via’s stuff turned out to be in a record shop a few rooms down.  She had her own nest there, but it looked more like a hovel or a hut than a comfortable place to stay.  She muttered something that sounded almost like an apology, but Abby really wasn’t listening. She had caught sight of the people on one of the record sleeves.  ‘Via was right. She didn’t want to know what the rabbit-them looked like.



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Hidden Mall 55: Olly olly oxen free
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“No shooting Abby!”  Liv-home put herself between Liv-Angry and Abby.  “None of that! She’s going to get you out of here.  You heard!”

“I - what?  Yeah, I’ll believe that when I see it but I wasn’t going to shoot Abby.”  Liv-angry was now more like Liv-befuddled. “No, you idiots. I wasn’t going to shoot her.  But think about being left here for weeks, months, all by yourself, in a place that appears to have been abandoned by giant rabbit-people!”

“You mean, like you were going to do to us?” Liv’s voice was dangerous, quiet.  “Yeah. I can imagine it all right. You’re not the only Liv whose Abby left her, you know.  Hell, last mall, we met a Vic whose Abby left her. Look, we’re not shooting ourselves or Abby or anyone else.”

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February Theme Poll Complete
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The poll has spoken!  Friendship is not only magic, it will be the theme of February's Patreon!

https://www.patreon.com/aldersprig

I'm looking forward to some fun prompts for this month.

If you have some good ideas, now is a great time to wander over and join up at the $5 "To-do-list" level (where you get to sneak ideas onto my to-do list) or higher; since I'm about to go fix a broken pipe, might be a good time for the "toolbox and recipe box" level and since I'm on a map kick, you might enjoy the Map Case tier.

Too much?  Enjoy all the stories at the $1 level!



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Buffer? What Buffer?
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Hi guys!



Sometime over December-January and my, uh, slight burn-out, I ran out of buffer on all but Hidden Mall (which has very short chapters). This leads to a stressed Lyn.



I am going to take next week (except Hidden Mall, already scheduled) off of posting fiction here - hopefully

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Funerary Rites 39: Trouble
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“Sir.  Put the girl down.”



“I don’t like people getting in my business.  I don’t people assuming things that aren’t true,” Erramun-as-Eddy snarled.  Senga sort of wanted to be down, because the tension in the guards’ voices sounded like it was ratcheting up and she couldn’t see their faces.  



“We’re not getting in your business.  We’re just gonna call a taxi for the girl, okay?”





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February Patreon Theme Poll
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https://thornealder.survey.fm/feburary-19-patreon-theme-poll

Go vote! Voting helps the world go round!

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Haunted House: Understanding
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First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
Previous:  Owned

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Guilt washed over Mélanie in waves.  She dropped down to her knees from the chair and dropped her head to the floor but none of it helped.  She’d yelled at her master.  She’d yelled at him, and, and, and she’d made him feel horrible, and he’d apologized, which was not what was supposed to happen, and everything was cockeyed in the world and it was all her fault. “I’m sorry,” she gasped.  She felt as like even that was too much speaking, as if she should simply melt into the floor. Would the House let her do that? Would it open up and accept her?  And why hadn’t it interfered? “I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have—”

“Oh, shit.”  Jasper hit the ground next to her.  Mélanie tried to curl up more on herself.  No, no, he wasn’t supposed to kneel, that was wrong. “Mélanie, please.  Ow, hey. Mélanie… look at me.”

That was an order.  She could follow orders.  She looked at him.

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