The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part V)

Start from Part I The shade cast by the temporary altar let the summer heat trickle through, enough to tug at the armpits but not enough to complain about if you stuffed yourself into tuxes so many nights a week you practically lived in one. Xiyuan had slept in stiffer collars and worse conditions. Disregarding … Continue reading The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part V)

The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part IV)

Start from Part I Myshuno Meadows, for all the work the landscapers took to cram as much nature as possible into a painfully efficient 64x64 grid, wasn't so much the oasis the city planners told people it was. There was a turf-war feel to the skyscrapers closing in on all four sides, like the park … Continue reading The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part IV)

The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part III)

Start from Part I "Your children?" here I have an excuse for starting hella in medias res: the last four parts of this chapter are a single-take deal ft. every main character whose name doesn't start with C "Yeah, were you watching Hector at the funeral? He was staring at me the whole time like … Continue reading The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part III)

The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part II)

Start from Part I The reception wasn't nearly as suffocating as the ceremony. Without a tense central narrative to unite the mourners in their discomfort, and without the noon sun baking them in their suits and full makeup, they could shake off some of the grief; shoulders relaxed, bowties were loosened from stuffy necks, backs … Continue reading The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part II)

Venus in Retrograde Rising (Part II)

(Same deal as first one: sim credits at the bottom, yada yada.) Jazz Deon/Jenny Trevalyn Jazz/Jenny (they/them) wasn't sure which name to put on the sign-up sheet. They'd forgotten which one they settled on, actually, by the time Neala called for a Jazz Deon to please enter the audition room. Jazz approached the audition room’s … Continue reading Venus in Retrograde Rising (Part II)

Venus in Retrograde Rising (Part I)

(One of the joys of SimLit is collaborating with creators who specialize in different areas: some people make gorgeous custom content, others could get an honorary degree in interior design with their Build Mode experience, others master a half-dozen trade programs to set up stunning photographs, others can whip up a character in CAS with … Continue reading Venus in Retrograde Rising (Part I)

Unlike Mike (Part II)

Everyone knew Claudia habitually overreacted to each new room she stepped into, and so it was the first thing they looked forward to when they invited her over. 8 Landgraab, which sent the average threshold-crosser into such severe awe they forgot which celestial temple they were entering, left Claudia scrambling to find enough superlatives for … Continue reading Unlike Mike (Part II)

Unlike Mike (Part I)

"Ah, darling, it's been too long," she said, illuminating with her presence a room not unlike one dreamed up by a kindergartener in their geometric phase who wanted to capture the informed nostalgia of life as depicted in vintage photographs but whose understanding of both causality and color-negative film left something to be desired. Aileen … Continue reading Unlike Mike (Part I)

Look What You’ve Done to Me, Xishu Liu

As the grey clouds finished relieving themselves of extra weight, the roof of the Casbah Gallery burst forth in glittering splendor from the sunlit reflection of thousands of watery beads. Look closely and you'd notice each bead was caught in an internal battle between stasis, gravity, and surface tension, one that resolved within minutes depending … Continue reading Look What You’ve Done to Me, Xishu Liu