Marchverse Side Stories

This page collects my side stories, one-shots and other random detours through the Marchverse. Friendship, Attraction and A Gift of Naming are set a couple of hundred years before the other Marchverse books, while Fletcher Ace is set a hundred years after.

Cover image for Hallo, Aro: Allosexual Aromantic Flash Fiction by K. A. Cook. Cover features dark pink handwritten type on a mottled green background with a large line-drawn peacock feather, several sketch-style leaves and swirly text dividers. Green arrows sit underneath each line of text.Friendship

A sapphic aromantic wishes to partner a dragon’s handmaiden without the complications of a romantic relationship, but finds comfort in her friendship with her own dragon.

Links: PDF | EPUBMOBI | WordPress | Tumblr

Length: 993 words / 4 PDF pages.

Azhra Reading Order: Friendship | Attraction | Kin of Mind

Cover image for Hallo, Aro: Allosexual Aromantic Flash Fiction by K. A. Cook. Cover features dark pink handwritten type on a mottled green background with a large line-drawn peacock feather, several sketch-style leaves and swirly text dividers. Green arrows sit underneath each line of text.Attraction

A sapphic aromantic fears that her interest in another girl may be best explained by a word she doesn’t wish applied to her–romance.

Links: PDF | EPUB | MOBI | WordPress | Tumblr

Length: 989 words / 4 PDF pages.

Azhra Reading Order: Friendship | Attraction | Kin of Mind

A Gift of Naming

Cover of A Gift of Naming by K. A. Cook. Cover shows cartoon-style tall-trunked trees growing on a green mountain slope with a high green canopy before a blue and grey clouded sky. Brushes and small green shrubs grow at the base of the trees in the foreground. Text is written in a white, handdrawn, fantasy-style type.If one’s parents provide a shirt that tears when tugged over their child’s shoulders, isn’t it cruelty to force the wearing of it, however well-intended the gift?

Even in the best of circumstances, it’s no easy thing to tell the parent who named you that your name no longer fits.

Contains: A genderless gardener wishing for a name that better describes hir and the trans mother who knows that such gifts should never become obligations.

Links: PDF (read in browser)Patreon | WordPress

PDF, EPUB and MOBI editions are available for download from Patreon.

Length: 1200 words / 4 PDF pages.

Note: A stand-alone short story about a brand-new character.

Kin of Mind

Cover of Bones, Belts and Bewitchments: A Marchverse Collection by K. A. Cook. Cover features a book open to a page on a wooden table, showing the title text written in antique black ink as if the book's own title page. The page is stained, inspotted and discoloured as if to show age.A dragon in need of a human attendant finds providence in the arrival of a magician in need of a library, but more than phalanges and history binds Azhra and Darius in companionship.

Contains: A library in some disarray; a young magician on a quest; a dragon reflecting on hir past human attendants; and a mythology celebrating the similarities between dragons and autistics.

Links: Part One | Part Two | Preview

Length: 4, 047 words / 12 PDF pages.

Note: A Patreon exclusive.

Azhra Reading Order: Friendship | Attraction | Kin of Mind

Darius Reading Order: Kin of Mind | Certain Eldritch Artefacts | Love in the House of the Ravens | One Strange Man | The Adventurer King

Catch a Man (Have the Girl)

Yuissa is the only partner Adelin wants, but survival in Ihrne requires both girls to keep secret their truth. No matter: they’re only a year away from having coin enough to escape to a cottage in Greenstone, a paradise of vegetable gardens, rescued cats and unrestrained affection. They can survive anything until then, right? Yet when Adelin’s worried mother and grandmother plot to solve Adelin’s unwed state by forcing her to court a male acquaintance, Yuissa thinks a beard the only answer.

A queer-seeming bookseller called Nevolin ein Yinne may do, but the process of asking isn’t quite so simple…

Contains: A cis, sapphic, probably-demiromantic shopgirl defying restrictive notions of good; a cis, bisexual, autistic shopgirl defying restrictive notions of abled; two older cishet women enduring and perpetrating misogyny; and a promise of a future possessed of a goodly number of cats.

Links: Part One | Part Two

Length: 4, 021 words (thus far).

The Eagle Court Reading Order: Catch a Man (Have the Girl) | Different in Other Ways | Their Courts of Crows | Maybe When the Bones Crumble | A Prince of the Dead | Loveless | The King of Gears and Bone | Like the Other Prince

Harper and Nevo Reading Order: Catch a Man (Have the Girl)Different in Other Ways | Like the Other Prince

Fletcher Ace: Magic and Mermaids

An expensive education and a growing eldritch library hasn’t helped Fletcher Ace, local witch, end the drought gripping the town of Shadowdale. The town council may have a better solution than waiting on hir magic, one that involves the selling of romance to people “out there”, but Fletch isn’t prepared for just how it will involve hir…

Contains: The ultimate collection of a-spec pun character names, lots of purple and green, a genderqueer witch who doesn’t mean to drive hir kin up the wall, a quest that exists for future snark on the subject of amatonormativity, a little relationship anarchy and capital-F family.

Links: WordPress

Length: 7, 549 words.

Note: A stand-alone piece set a hundred years after The King of Gears and Bone.

 

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