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    "Lawnville's Hamburger Palace is the sort of place where opposites meet. You come here for Saturday lunch, and you'll see three-piece-suited businessmen eating with rednecks, housewives eating with long-haired artsy guys, and a homophobe eating with the local pervert.

    "Not that Montgomery knew what I was."

    A leatherman shows off his leatherboy to a skeptic.

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    "He kept his gaze cast below the belt. In the chill cell, sweat was beginning to form now on his neck, running down his back and between his bound wrists. 'Lord,' he said softly, 'I would be glad to pay to you my debt in any way I can.'"

    No one would pay his debt price to gain him release from prison. So he sought to pay it himself by offering the only thing he could, his body. But one man would require more.

    Convicted of helping to wage a campaign of terror against the lords who oppress the commoners, the prisoner comes to realize the full implications of what he has done. All of his attempts to mend what he has broken will fail until he meets a young lord whose own struggles have just begun.

    Set in an imaginary world based on Renaissance Europe, "Debt Price" takes the reader from the gritty punishments of prison life to the delicately balanced world of a farming estate, showing the slow healing of a prisoner who knows both what it means to be abused, and what it means to be the abuser.

     
    Boilerplate warning for all my stories.

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    "You can tell a lot about a guy from where he shops. Take my friends, who have specialized tastes. Some of them spend their time at the hardware store, while others take an interest in our town's fabric shop, which has needles and pins that make them drool. Still others hang out at the department store, eyeing the cutlery collection. Somehow, all of us end up rubbing shoulders at the town's jacket shop, with its discounted leather section. Me, I spend most of my time at the Lawnville 5&10, in the shelves devoted to laundry supplies."

    An encounter with clothesline at the Lawnville 5&10 leads the narrator to discover his neighbor's secret fantasy.

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    "Ira had never beaten him, even though their pack-leader clearly found his constant suggestions to be annoying. That showed good sense."

    Five boys. Five rainy days. Five opportunities for trouble.

    This mini-cycle of five stories is written as part of the 50 Darkfics challenge and as a 2014 holiday gift for my readers.

    Boilerplate warning for all my stories + my rating system.

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    5/5
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    4
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    "He couldn't remember later why he began talking about bondage."

    When a security guard walks into the wrong bar in town, he learns about the dark side of desire, and also about the hope that lies beyond it.

    Boilerplate warning for all my stories.

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    "What I want from you is quite simple. I want you to design a Website that's compatible with Section 508— Stop sobbing, damn it!"

    What Slaves Do When They Aren't Cleaning Toilets is the first story in the world that presents web accessibility information for the disabled in the form of gay leather erotica.

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    "I am an adult male belonging to a rare minority group that is called, in layman's language, Plain Vanilla Straight. I have had these sexual desires for as long as I can remember . . ."

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    "Sweet blood, Tom, sometimes I wonder at your innocence. Why do you think that your prisoners were sent to prison? It wasn't for lacing daisy chains."

    One of them rapes prisoners. The other wants to help prisoners. So why are they talking to each other?

    As guards send each other telegraph messages through their prisons' coding offices, strange developments occur in the life prisons of the Magisterial Republic of Mip: hardened prisoners become reformers, idealists dally with danger, and the prison keepers struggle to keep control. The strangeness will only become odder when two guards, who hold very different views on the proper handling of prisoners, strive to find common ground.

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    He'd abducted him, bedded him, and taught him every position he knew. So why wasn't the fool grateful?

    "Truly, the boy's the stubbornest person I've ever met. He reminds me of myself when I was young."

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    Amidst a servant's nightmare, can a haven of hope be found?

    Meredith has brought his beloved master to the island where he spent the happiest days of his childhood. But when danger descends upon them, they must seek refuge, and Meredith must confront the tantalizing sorrows and rewards of change.

    You can read this story without having read the rest of the series.

    "Then he remembered (on the edge of his memory, like a smudge of land on the horizon of the Bay) the reason that he and his father had lived alone on an island where once hundreds of people had lived."

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    "He had not seemed a threat at first, even after it became apparent that he was attending the ball as an honored guest. He had no fortune, his face was pleasant but nothing to boast about, and he said not a word about his deeds, though he might easily have done so, with the Queen's medal of honor glittering upon his chest."

    She was attending the ball at the palace to dance. That was all. Which made it annoying to face a proposal of marriage from a guard who was distinctly not the sort of man she would ever consider marrying. Certainly not.

    It was even more annoying to find that she kept thinking about the man. Why would she want to continue to speak to a guard who rudely implied that she led a frivolous life?

    And why oh why were all the balls in the capital suddenly so boring?

    Boilerplate warning for all my stories + my rating system.

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    Who needs the Muses for inspiration when you have a beta reader to tell you what to do?

    "Dear Dante (do you mind if I call you Dan?) . . ."

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    Some hungers can only be satisfied by reaching out. As a prisoner struggles to find the right path, a foul-mouthed guard and an uncommon torturer will open a door . . . but stepping through a doorway with blackness beyond requires courage.

    This is a 2012 holiday gift story for my readers. It's a side story in the series, but you can read it without having read the rest of the series.

    "By now, the hunger pangs had subsided, leaving him feeling as though he were floating effortlessly through the cycle of death, transformation, and rebirth. He wondered whether this was what it would be like, when he reached the end of his fast."

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    "'Oh,' said the representative. 'Well. If he turns violent, I suppose you can take care of him yourself. I mean, if the stories about you are true . . .'"

    The High Seeker of the Eternal Dungeon visits a foreign prison.

    This is a side story in the series, but you can read it without having read the rest of the series.

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    2
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    26
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    Layle Smith is not always the ideal man for the job.

    "Layle put his fingers over his eyes. Mercy help him. Let it not be about the computer."

    This is a side story in the series, but you can read it without having read the rest of the series.

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    All in all, he held a satisfactory position, one where his talents were properly appreciated. But the Record-keeper, rubbing his bleary eyes as he began his shift, could not help but wish that his employer had chosen a love-mate who was less loud.

    The Record-keeper of the Eternal Dungeon goes in search of a very special supply.

    This is a side story in the series, but you can read it without having read the rest of the series.

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    3
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    38
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    "He was weaponless. Or rather, not quite weaponless, for he knew what he was capable of doing with his body, but he bore no blade, nor any whip, nor any lead pipe with which to stun his victim, nor any rope with which to strangle the victim . . . The number of potential weapons he had deliberately laid aside was frighteningly high."

    No weapons, no allies, and no guarantees that he will survive the test.

    Boilerplate warning for all my stories + my rating system.

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    6/6
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    18
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    51
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    6
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    The prisoner knew that the Eternal Dungeon was a place where suspected criminals were broken by torture, and he was prepared to hold out against any methods used against him – except the method he could not anticipate.

    "'Do you have any questions?' the Seeker asked. 'About the routine of the dungeon? The times you will be fed? The questions you will be asked? The instruments of torture I use?'"

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    77
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    Two guards. Two prisoners. A multitude of problems.

    "He knew what his prisoner's expression would be before he saw it: a mixture of apprehension, wary hope, and the expression he had come to fear most of all – determination."

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    9/9
    Comments:
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    18
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    "I'd heard of guards like this; they existed in prisoners' tales like beautiful princesses exist in the tales of ugly boys. I supposed that I ought to be grateful to have been assigned such a guard. . . . I didn't feel grateful."

    In the unmerciful world of Mercy Prison, there is no rule but unending pain. For Merrick, the arrival of his new guard provides hope that he may break beyond the boundaries of his life prison. But appearances can be deceptive, and Merrick does not yet recognize the danger this guard poses to his future.

    Merrick's guard is bound in his own special imprisonment. The meeting of these two troubled men will determine their destinies, and the destiny of their nation's life prisons.

    This is the original, shorter version of Mercy's Prisoner 1: Life Prison.

    Boilerplate warning for all my stories.

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    English
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    24,519
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    9
    Kudos:
    32
    Bookmarks:
    5
    Hits:
    1338

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