Here is the second part I promised – five stories between 40 and 70 pages that you should absolutely read.
This is one of the two m/m short stories on this list – a fantasy story about two princes who have to overcome betrayal and curses before they can get married. While I felt like that the resolution could have been more detailed, I still enjoyed this story and rooted for the princes to be happy together.
This dark reverse retelling of The Little Mermaid classic has a female scientist fall in love with and transform to join – well, not a mermaid exactly, but you’ll see that if you read this amazing short story. I adored it despite the fact that it broke my heart.
The love interest presents as feminine due to our standards and uses she/her pronouns, but she comes from a species with only one gender. There is also a nonbinary supporting character in the story who helps the main character. Warning: This story does not have a happy ending – it’s closer to the original Little Mermaid story than the Disney version.
I am Thrift and I want to leave this place, and see the far ends of the universe, and never spend another moment in stasis ever again. Take my hand and bring me with you…
Would you ever still a goddess? This thief would. The goddess Thrift is perhaps the most insignificant of her sisters, and yet she’s the one who gets to see the universe with the help of the thief who eventually captures her heart. This is an f/f short story set in space that you will absolutely adore, though I cannot say much more about it without spoiling the story.
How do people even come up with all these beautiful and magical stories?! I can’t tell you, but The Cybernetic Tea Shop is a masterpiece. The main characters are a fully autonomous robot, Sal, a technician specialising in Raise AIs (small robot companions), and of course, Joanie, the hummingbird-shaped Raise AI herself. This is a story about a woman who can’t settle, a tea shop that is almost 300 years old, moving on, and finding new purpose. I recommend it to everyone.
This is the other m/m story on the list – in fact, it is an #ownvoices story about a romance between two trans gay teenage boys, one of whom is Jewish. The author describes it as a “romantic, #ownvoices fairy tale for trans boys”, and nothing I can say would really explain it better than that. (It does deal with topics of suicide, although nobody actually commits it in the story.)
~ Alexa 🐉