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Congregation of Endless Nights

Kiss Me

By Stephanie J. BradberryPublished 11 months ago 1 min read
Congregation of Endless Nights
Photo by Zac Porter on Unsplash

“Do you want to try it?”

“Try what?”

“The practice in the Written Relics called kissing.”

“What would be the point?”

“You like testing out theories and exploring…”

“…Yes, but that is science and items on the terraform surface.”

“As they say in the Written Relics, expand your horizons, Labridae!”

“What are the requirements and parameters for this practice of kissing?”

Kobudai and Labridae met that evening under the venerable tree festooned with silver strands dangling from weathered branches during the Congregation of Endless Nights.

For the first time, Kobudai relied on actions instead of words to explain.

This is a reworking from my entry in Vocal’s Reset Your Password challenge.

I enjoyed exploring writing a story without sex or gender pronouns based on an anime I really liked called Sidonia no Kishi (Knights of Sidonia). In this anime, there are those born androgenous whose body morphs sex once they find someone they like. As such, I picked character names based on Japanese fish species that change sex.

I imagine that the kiss that takes place between Kobudai and Labridae has Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me” playing in the background!

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Stephanie J. Bradberry

I have a passion for literature and anime. And I love everything involving academia, health, metaphysics and entrepreneurship.

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  • Babs Iverson8 months ago

    Awesome and lovely story!!! Left some love!!!

  • Loryne Andawey11 months ago

    I am playing a lot of catch up right now and oh wow! I am in love with the little details you weave into your stories. You even got anime in it! Beautifully done 🤗.

  • Novel Allen11 months ago

    You xxd my mind. Thought i'd chk in. I seem to be in a perpetual state of fantasy with the stories all evolving that way. This is like a reawakening! Hi, hope all is well with your soul.

  • Lamar Wiggins11 months ago

    This was great, Stephanie...Previously read. Thanks to Rick, I remembered to come back to leave a comment. 💖

  • Heather Hubler11 months ago

    I thought I recognized those characters. I love how you adapted it :) And we always think along the same lines for things!! I had a story where gender was not ascribed at birth either. And perfect song choice!!

  • I love it Stephanie. Very creative and very well written. I like how you put a little bit of research into this before writing it. Great job!

  • Great story Stephanie 👏🏽

  • Grz Colm11 months ago

    How sweet! & Sixpence none the richer! Yeah! 😊❤️✨

  • Gina C.11 months ago

    So lovely; the fact that it was mostly dialogue made this feel so intimate. The music was such a nice touch! ❤️

  • That was such a lovely story!

  • Sonia Heidi Unruh11 months ago

    Love the world-building. Makes my imagination zoom in so many directions!

  • Excellent Story and the music was incredible ❤️❗

  • Mariann Carroll11 months ago

    Perfect song for a perfect story 🥰

  • Still innocent & sweet.

  • Cathy holmes11 months ago

    This is great. Well done.

  • Dana Stewart11 months ago

    Great micro, now I’ve got to read the original!

  • Leslie Writes11 months ago

    This is really sweet <3

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