Caught in the Balance

18+ Leftist LGBTQ+ Free Adult Fiction. Contact: https://bbchapman.carrd.co/ Please credit upon redistribution. © 2021 by BB Chapman.

Episode 1.

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A lone chest visible by a single campfire awaits a raid, as five – The Sanguine – engage in terrorizing its current residents. Secluded, in a wooded glade miles from any town or village, flawless and lawless, the Outlier gang are a fright to watch, intent on leaving no coin unturned.

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Episode 2.

CW: Male Violence, Drug Use, Alcohol, Nudity, Knives.

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The archer caught her first, preventing her fall with strong arms and a permanently smug, heavy-lidded expression, and gauged his interest – as though appraising the expense of a weapon. He stands back, arms crossed, cool as he arrives at her value, and unguarded, he looks her over while she mirrors him.

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Episode 3.

CW: Alcohol Mention, Knives

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Issané wakes, sweet morning sunshine sticking tiny pins into her eyelids, a piercing shriek in her head telling her she is still alive. Undressed, save for a jacket, groggy and needing water, she says a small plea to herself while she comes round.

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Episode 4.

CW: Sexual Assault Mention, Knives.

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Outrunning the guards yet again, a well known hiding place is within a young Reed’s sights as he laughs, and pelts towards it. Sliding under the usual dray with the busted wheel, a mousy blonde, too-skinny kid surprises him, already beneath it.

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Episode 5.

CW: Description of Gore, Limb Removal, Knives.

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Tristin, quiet throughout the conversation at the fire between Axel and Reed, eyed the girl as she sat alone. Watching her become distracted by their subject matter, he recognised her sitting on her hands, rhythmic in the swinging of her toe, and saw the pensive look she wore.

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Episode 6.

CW: Mention of Violence, Attempted Murder.

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Inside the dank, stinking cell, Kayn is flash, and putting on a display. After turning down countless others, the real estate not prime enough for him, he and Jed have chosen one with running water and fewer rats than all the others. Or rather, it was more as though Jed held very little sway in what was happening at this moment in time.

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Episode 7.

CW: Mention of Self Harm Ideation, Nudity, Seizure Description, Drug Use, Fatmisia, Male Violence.

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His room dark as pitch but for a single candle flame, Kayn rakes a thumb knuckle hard over an eye socket, swallowing back the sob he denied himself. Deadened to his emotions, he will not spill any of the tears brimming his eyeline. He will not be heard.

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Episode 8.

CW: Seizure Description.

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Staggered by the crisis unfolding in front of him, Jed is with Kayn on the floor of the forest, the last convulsions leaving his body, while Axel, pacing, panicking, collects himself. “What do I do Axel? What’s happening to him? I don't know what to do...”

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Episode 9.

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It wasn't so much what Axel had said that stopped him in his tracks, although there was a hostile shade to his tone. It was more the look on his face. It was in the way he held onto Kayn's hand. Winced at the cut on his arm. Brushed the dirt from his cheek.

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Episode 10.

CW: Starvation Mention.

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“Hey. Hey, wake up. It's okay, it's okay. It's only me. Shit, look what he's done this time. Easy... Sit up. How the fuck are you still alive? Here, sit up. Drink this. Go on, it's alright, Reed made it. It tastes rank but it will help.

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