harperkingsley: (Tribe-LexFlower)
Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

For days, weeks, months, *years*, there had been a frustration building under his skin. The knowledge that whatever happened, he was powerless and his choices for his own life didn't matter. No one was going to let them matter.

Because he was a Third.

He was a viable breeder for a dying humanity, and they were never going to let him forget it. Not until he gave them the babies they demanded or grew too old. They would use him up and throw him away.Read more... )
harperkingsley: pic from Yami no Matsuei manga (Yami-yay)
Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

"If I wasn't a Third," Gregor said, and it wasn't bitter at all. He'd given up the dreams of Competition a long time ago.

"Yes," Park said, because it was true.

Gregor's status as a Third precluded him from any form of Competition. After the Plague, he was considered too important to risk. Not that it meant much to him now; his time when he could have feasibly Competed was over. At twenty-eight years old, he was considered past his prime and that was simply reality.

Sometime while he wasn't paying attention, he'd gotten too old. It was strange to think about.

"It was quick," he said. At Park's questioning look, Gregor shrugged. "Sorry, just realizing my own mortality."Read more... )
harperkingsley: (HeyPretty)

Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

He pushed himself away from the pool edge and let his feet go over his head in a dolphin-flip before swimming toward the other end of the pool and back in a quick lap. He needed a chance to regain his control. Otherwise he would end up saying something unfortunate.

His mouth had gotten him into trouble before.

By the time he looked back, Zero was gone. Probably off flirting with the pretty girls he so obviously preferred. It was a relief.Read more... )

harperkingsley: (Smile)

Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

CHAPTER ELEVEN

The wanting and the need had become a constant itch, one he'd ceased being able to ignore. The Heat was coming on fast, and his bit of masturbation had only exacerbated things. Medical figured there would only be another two days before the Madness was upon him.

Gregor spent several hours in Zero's company and heard all about his interest in botany. He learned more about cross-hybridization of differing genus groups than he'd even known existed.Read more... )


harperkingsley: Batgirl (Batgirl)
Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

Gregor slowly read every page in the book, ignoring the heat building in his lower belly.

He'd forgotten what it felt like, that liquid heat burbling just under his skin. A potent cocktail of hormones was flooding through his veins, canceling out some of the pain of the changes happening to his body.Read more... )
harperkingsley: (Kyle)

Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

Park crossed his legs and propped his glass on his knee. "Well, there's no reason to leave your curiosity unsatisfied. My childhood was a happy one with many friends and cousins, and I was free to torment my younger brother as I liked. Zero was always a good sport about it. There was one time when we were so desperate for frozen cream that we got all the cousins together and we staged a raid on the kitchen. There was..."

There was no denying the fascination Gregor felt as he watched Park be more animated than he'd ever seen him. It was like meeting a completely different man. One that was funny and quirky and obviously loved his family, even as he lived a life devoted to duty.Read more... )

harperkingsley: (rainy love)
Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

He didn't like to think of the times when he'd been young and vulnerable. He'd grown up since then and learned his lessons well.

Which is why he could look at and appreciate the level of protection the Duadenora were offering. It was a better deal than he would get anywhere else, a chance for him to be risen up out of the ranks of the lesser class and taken directly to the top.

He leaned close to Park. "Well played."Read more... )
harperkingsley: (wicked)
Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

CHAPTER TEN

By the next morning he'd managed to get a lid over his emotions. He'd had his breakdown in the bathtub, then he'd stayed awake most of the night and thought his way around how he was going to handle the current situation and the future.

He was a Third. It was not something he could change. The State required him to have a number of children. That also was not something he could change. Those were the two things that he could do absolutely nothing about.Read more... )
harperkingsley: Batgirl (Batgirl)
Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi


By the time they reached his rooms, he was staggering. The pain made it hard for him to walk and Park had to hold him up by the shoulders once he started listing to one side.

He wanted to be embarrassed, but he couldn't manage it at the moment. His eyes were tearing up from the pain and more than anything he wanted to sink down into a cool bath, then spend the rest of the night with a cold pack across his lap.Read more... )
harperkingsley: (Default)
Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

Gregor kept his expression pleasant as he followed Park around the room, letting himself be introduced to even more members of the Duadenora. It had reached the point that his head spun with names and he was beginning to resent the way they were forcing their Family on
him.

He had never been interested in a life surrounded by people. He'd always been rather secretive, and it made him feel safer if there were few people in his home. He partied at other venues. His home was the place where he could lessen his guard and relax.Read more... )
harperkingsley: (Yamiflower)
Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

He reached his room in time to be corralled by Park. He left the book on his bedside table as he hurriedly dressed. One look at Park's no-nonsense expression and Gregor knew he better be fast.

The obvious anger wouldn't have effected him so much if Park would say something, but he was stony faced and silent. It made Gregor feel like some kind of criminal just because he'd wanted a few minutes on his own.Read more... )
harperkingsley: (Madhatter)
Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

Stroking the spines of books that had been carefully maintained, protected from fading and age, he wondered if this had been how people had experienced books years ago. Not a luxury, but a freedom, able to walk around giant rooms and trace their eyes over titles with the thought that they could open one at any time.

History had taught him about life just before the Last War. Information had been strictly regulated and the Masses had purposely been kept undereducated to keep them malleable. The realization of what had been done to them as a people had been one of the main causes of the War --civilians were tired of the abuses and had risen up in rebellion.Read more... )
harperkingsley: (Tribe-LexFlower)
Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

CHAPTER NINE

Gross physical changes weren't enough to keep him down for long. After two days lounging in bed and living like a ghost in his rooms, he felt he'd finally had enough. So he pulled on some clothes and ventured out to see if there was anything interesting in the Compound.

He didn't think about the fact that he'd waited for Park to be gone somewhere to do it either. He was just glad to have a few minutes for himself.Read more... )
harperkingsley: (Wildrock)
Title: Paradigm Shift
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift
Genre: mm sci-fi

There were all kinds of things going on around him, but he couldn't force himself to care. His head felt like it was cracking down the middle and every part of him was seeping out.

He moaned deep in his throat, just making the sound comforting some base part of him.

He didn't feel good, sweat already beginning to run into his eyes, and though he refused to think of it, there was a building discomfort in his groin. It felt as though something was pressing down on his crotch, a pressure against his pubic bone that didn't *quite* hurt yet.

Without much planning, he turned his head over the side of the bed and vomited.Read more... )

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