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    BBW Planet XXL - by Marlow

    Chapter 2 Estelle Gorlois had survived her mission to exoplanet LV-237, but she’d returned to her home colony bloated, sloppy, and just shy of three hundred pounds. The colonies had endured generations of hunger and starvation and her reappearance had turned into a significant scandal. The...
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    BBW Planet XXL - by Marlow

    Hi everyone! This is a loose sequel to my 2016-17 story Planet XL. If you'd like to read or re-read that one first, it's around at this link: https://www.dimensionsmagazine.com/threads/planet-xl-by-marlow.121715/ Some punctuation has been lost in forum reformatting over the years, so I've also...
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    BBW Planet XXL - by Marlow

    ~BBW, sci-fi, action, ~xwg - We return to outer space with a bigger budget, better special effects, and a whole galaxy of delicious food. Episode II ATTACK OF THE SCONES After generations of unsustainable terraforming and subprime hydroponics, humanity’s far-flung space colonies were on...
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    Phantom Gains by Marlow

    https://www.dimensionsmagazine.com/threads/changes-to-the-library-boards.130887/
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    Phantom Gains by Marlow

    It's disappeared from my posting history as well, along with another story.
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    After the Credits Captain Aubert squinted at the sunset. The cool sea-breeze fluttered what remained of his jacket and gentle evening waves swirled around his bare feet. A precocious crab scuttled around his feet, as well, and after a few feints reached forward to pinch at his ankle. Aubert...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (Notes, continued) The ship she finds off Douarnenez, our dear Tryphena, is modeled after HMS Cerberus, a frigate built in 1794 and active during the years of the story. Her dimensions and armament are unchanged, though I imagine her figurehead was a little different. Cerberus was a similarly...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Some Historical Notes I’d like to thank you all for coming along with me on this. As much fun as I’ve had with our circumnavigation, I recognize that there were a lot of maintops and forecourses here on a forum that should be about muffin-tops and main courses. But I felt that the story should...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (40, concluded) At the center of the mob was a grand, open-air carriage driven by a British naval officer. Behind Captain Muir lounged Adelaide, greeting the crowd with much more patience and gregariousness and giving genuine, warming smiles to all faces whether familiar or strange. At...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 40 November, 1815 – Paris The city of light shined as brilliantly as ever it had. Luminaries and transparencies twinkled and glimmered in the streets under a starlit night and every window was warmly aglow. Ribbons still littered the streets and the songs resonating from the taverns...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (39, 3 of 3) They rented rooms ashore in Cape Town once they arrived. Trimalchio had been roughly handled by the last storm off Agulhas and needed a few weeks of work. The delay suited everyone just fine and afforded the officers and crews of both ships a great deal of liberty time ashore...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (39, 2 of 3) Tryphena and her prize departed two months later to great ceremony, cheered by every ship she passed. She’d been rebuilt from the knees out, her masts had been re-stepped, her copper had been replaced, her timbers had been resealed and repainted, and her bow was adorned with a...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 39 May, 1814 – Manila The wide, welcoming embrace of the bay beneath Mount Mariveles sheltered what seemed thousands of craft. Gigs and cutters and pilot-boats and bangka flitted between ships and the sprawling waterfront, full of smiling faces and waving hands. The harbor was even...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (38, 4 of 4) The pirates gathered their dumbfounded mates and gave chase. More screaming and gunfire resounded from the bay, joined by the clashing of cutlasses and the splintering of wood. Lights made their way uphill toward the fort. One of the ships was ablaze; pillars of smoke clouded the...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (38, 3 of 4) The last echo of the broadside faded. By the dim light of their battle-lanterns seamen began the process of reloading their cannons, working with silent, practiced precision. Above on the maindeck, the ship’s boats were being lowered over the side. A rabble of seamen, marines...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (38, 2 of 4) There were only about a dozen prisoners left, mostly hostage officers or those who’d been too stubborn or too slow to the get into the boats when Trimalchio boarded. The others had all eventually joined up, however reluctantly, with the pirates. Zephyra guided the ragged pack...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 38 March, 1814 – Île Chanceuse Zephyra’s stomach tightened and whined. She shushed it. Mrs. Adams’ stomach bubbled and burgled. She moaned softly, struggling to take a full breath. Mango juice trickled from her pouting lips. Her eyes were squeezed shut. A low rumbled resounded from...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (37, continued again) Adelaide gazed down at the harbor. Through the dusty tavern window she could see a crowd gathering at the dockyard: a mix of navy men, shipwrights, and merchants. The tavern was nearly empty so early in the day. Mr. Boreas had come up, looking destitute and hopeless, his...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (37, continued) On the eastern point of the island, a compound of much larger huts and houses had been constructed that took up nearly as much space as the fledgling village. It overlooked its own private stretch of beach on one side. On the other, its largest hall had been built atop...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 37 January, 1814 – Île Chanceuse Captain Aubert dropped into the barge and nodded to his coxswain. The oarsmen grunted and pulled away from Trimalchio. No one spoke, nor even dared exchange a meaningful glance, for the captain was clearly furious. He stood in the stern, hand on his...
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