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A tale of life, love, and internal parasites.

Abbey is a sixteen-year-old girl living on an alien world. Her sole companion is Scut, a genetically engineered symbiote called a Gnoph which lives in her left lung. Gnoph were designed to give superhuman powers to the host... but without access to her homeworld's medicine, they will both soon die. Attempting to transport back to her world, Abbey winds up on a medieval planet instead. There she makes the acquaintance of Duke William of Klag, a somewhat inept and cowardly young man. Will's fate becomes entwined with Abbey's when Scut lays an egg inside of him. With both their lives now at stake, they proceed to Abbey's world, which on the surface is not dissimilar to our own. But as Secret Police hunt them down, they have to fight to survive.

Contains heavy Mood Whiplash, combining humor and romance with tragedy and the grotesque.

Read it here. Rated "M" for blood, language, and sometimes nudity.


This series provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: The Ren Faire arc, due to Real Life Writes the Plot.
  • Anti-Hero: Abbey
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Duke William is good, but his father is cold and distant while his brother is outright evil.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "Unknown number of mines. Five snipers. Our driver's dead, and two wounded. My arm's broken and I can't repair it. And it looks like someone vomited on your boots."
  • Ax Crazy: Lyss
  • Badass Normal: Abbey after Scut's death.
  • Bifauxnen: Abbey is frequently mistaken for a boy.
  • Big Eater: A necessity for Gnoph hosts. If they don't eat enough, the results aren't pretty.
  • Black Box: The creation of the RJFH strain of Gnoph was purely accidental. As one scientist mockingly puts it, "Gotta love that military mentality. "Ah don' know why ut works, but they sure do kill!" Idiots."
  • Blood From the Mouth: Constantly with Abbey. Even referred to by the medical term, hemoptysis.
  • Body Horror: If someone carrying a Gnoph doesn't take the appropriate growth-suppression hormones, as in Abbey's case, this is the inevitable result.
  • Bond Creatures: The Gnoph
  • Burn the Witch: Abbey fears using her powers openly in Will's world for this reason.
  • Captain Obvious: Will-lampshaded by Abbey.

 Will: She's being chased!

Abbey: No shit, Will. People don't run through dark woods just for the fun of it!

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