(she/her) This establishment is open to wanderers, witches, harpies, heroes, merfolk, muses, barbarians, bards, gargoyles, gods, aces, and adventurers. TERFs go home.
Tour Guide to Tartarus
The alarm clock repeated its digital scream at full volume until Eurydice dug it out of its hiding space under her shoe rack and slammed the button on top. Red numbers on the front told her it was 5:42 in the morning. Or rather, that's what time it would be, if Tartarus had such things "mornings" and "the passage of time." Eurydice put the alarm clock down and it started blaring again. She pressed the button to silence it, turned on the weak light bulb in her cell, and examined the alarm clock more closely.
Powdered Sugar and Intragalactic Relations
“Nobody can hear a scream in the vacuum of space, or so they say.” The words tumble out of a face that’s suddenly too close to mine, along with the tang of Double IPA breath. “That’s where I’m headed.” The intrusive young man looks up at the ceiling, pointing a poorly shaved chin in my direction. “Up there.” Bright blue eyes come back to me, again too close for comfort. “Into the unknown.”
Curios and Curiouser
The bell tinkled as the door to Curios and Curiouser opened. Lucy and a warm, damp summer gust stepped into the shop. The gust passed over shelves of antiques and interesting trinkets, eventually dying in the frilly dresses of the collectible porcelain doll display. Lucy stomped a little moisture off her canvas slip-ons and called out, "Hello, hello! Betty, wait 'til you see what I got this time!"
5 Easy Relationship Tests
Maybe you've been dating around, and someone special has just caught your eye. Or maybe you and your brand new partner are blissfully enjoying the "Honeymoon Phase." You two could be settling into the relationship together, getting comfortable and looking to either continue as you are indefinitely, or perhaps escalate to your "next steps."
Online Dating for Men
The day of the random meet-cute is far from over. It is possible to meet a compatible mate in the wild, through a friend, or through a shared activity. However, the world of modern conveniences includes one of the most powerful tools ever known to romance: the dating app.
The smell of pizza hit Chris the moment he opened the door. Someone in the back heard the bell tinkle and stepped up to the cash register to take his order. Chris took off his rain-soaked baseball cap and heard the water it hadn't absorbed hit the tiled floor.
I Drink of My Sisters
Three friends and I walk into the woods. It's a hot July day. We remembered sunscreen but not insect repellant. I've got the picnic basket, which doesn't have a meal for us. It's full of candles, incense, matches, seashells, feathers, a rusty steak knife, a quilting pin, a coffee mug, and a half-empty bottle of grape juice.