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ANNOUNCEMENT: Across the Transom – J. Scott Coatsworth

Across the Transom - J. Scott Coatsworth

QSFer J. Scott Coatsworth has a new queer sci fi short out: Across the Transom.

I’m chasing him from world to world, to stop him before he kills again. Before he destroys another of the beacons and releases the agents of chaos.

This time, I’m early. This time, I’ll get to the beacon first.

Too bad I landed in you.

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You wake screaming, but no sound comes out of your mouth. Don’t be afraid. I won’t hurt you.

It’s a regrettable part of the transfer. I wish it were different, but I have only a few seconds to cross the transom, and no time to make it easy.

I enter you.

Our eyes flicker open.

I can feel the frightened fluttering of your heart. Our heart.

We are one now. Your body, my soul. You are my puppet. I am truly sorry it had to be you. I don’t get to choose.

We reach down between our legs, and our body quickens at our touch. It’s soft there. Warm. Our body is covered with pliant pink skin. Four limbs. A head covered with hair.

Not scaled, like the last time.

Time. Time is short.

I can’t get distracted by your needs and fears. This has to be it—I have to stop Him this time. I owe Aiaia that much.

We get up, slipping out of bed, leaving your mate alone under the coverings.

His fleshy, hair-covered arm is splayed across your pillow. Oblivious of what’s happening to you. To us.

You wail in protest, but you have no control, no voice to scream with.

I can feel Him coming. The disruptor, destroyer of worlds.

He’s here now too. On Earth.

I roll the name across our tongue. It’s a strange word, but beautiful enough. Exotic.

We don’t have much time. I remind myself. There can be no distractions. Transfer is always disorienting, for the host and for me.

We must stay focused, you and I.

We are crying now, a strange sensation as warm water runs down our cheek. I force us to stop, and we wipe our cheeks dry.

This will go easier if you stop fighting and surrender to me. I won’t hurt you.

Author Bio

Scott lives with his husband Mark in a yellow bungalow in Sacramento. He was indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine. He devoured her library, but as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were.

He decided that if there weren’t queer characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

A Rainbow Award winning and runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, Liminal Fiction, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that celebrate fiction reflecting queer reality, and is a full member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

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