College student Dylan was prepared for a bad post-dance one-night-stand, but ended up deriving much more satisfaction at a different kind of function, helping his hook-up's roommate Saffi with her Differential Equations (by Stormkitty, illustrated by TerribleAnimal).
A good smuggler always has a plan. But in Elusion (by G. M. Rader, illustrated by Aycee), Keith Harrow has nothing but his wits and his charm, with no idea who to trust and the fate of the galaxy at stake.
Many people choose to travel similar roads through life, but in The Fox Not Fucked (a poem by Thurston Howl, illustrated by KoidelCoyote), two foxes diverge in a dance club and only one of them will get taken.
Even a quiet morning coffee can be exciting when you have an Active Imagination (a comic by BlackTeagan).
Mab, the greatest trickster among the fairies, powerful, devious, cunning, seductive, has been for too long misunderstood. Now she gives her own version of one story in The Fairy's Tale (by Dark End, illustrated by TheTiedTigress).
Dealing with one's instincts is hard enough, but all the harder for hybrids who are Torn (a poem by Televassi, illustrated by Oouna) between two worlds.
Moving to a new place can dredge up all sorts of memories. For Julia and Martina, a picture reminds them of the friends they had and how they ultimately ended up Together (a comic by RayFkm).
In The Promise (by TJ Minde, illustrated by Spackered), five years after he stopped playing, Ace is bringing out his cello again so he can perform for his best friend's wedding. The only problem: she is getting married to his ex.
The tribe has assembled, the drums are beating, and the gods are watching. It is time for the Choosing (a poem by Utunu, illustrated by Autumn Sunrise).
Meeting your soulmate is hard enough, but when the two of you are reincarnating immortals constantly ending up across the globe from one another, it might only happen once Every Nine Lives or So (by Tempe O'Kun, illustrated by GoldenDruid).
Dreams in the Sand (a comic by Lórien AKA Bagheera) gives us a rare glimpse of an exotic dance and an erotic ritual between a kirin and a desert spirit.
All is fair in love and racing, but one ferret isn't prepared for the strain it will put on his relationship when his boyfriend ends up at the back of the pack while he himself is in Pole Position (by Jaden Drackus, illustrated by Merystic).
Additional "advertising" provided courtesy of Breaking Point (by The Neverwolf) and Cote de Chaleur (by Mab W).
This year's Afterglow Husky provided by JhoseMr, with a wrap-around cover by Maquenda.
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