An author who we recruited to do a fluff story for our monthly backers on Patreon and ko-fi unfortunately wasn’t able to complete it due to life going haywire for them (and we are glad they stepped back when they needed to! Accommodating peoples’ real-life challenges is one of our Press-wide goals), which has meant that for some time we’ve been “one story behind,” owing our backers the story they were supposed to receive in September, 2023.
This is that story! This cute, funny story about “the Solarpunks” – a group of teens trying to exercise their rebellious years in the midst of an early semi-utopian solarpunk society – has our young offenders being forced to attend a workshop to try to “fix” their rebellious ways. It’s a sequel to the first Solarpunks story, Viva la Revolución, which is also a Patreon/ko-fi exclusive!
Title: The Solarpunks (are Forced to) Attend the Workshop to End All Hate and Misunderstanding Ever with Infinite Love and Endless Laughter
Author: J. D. Harlock
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: General Audiences
Character Features: bipoc, non-binary
Tags: alcohol use (casual), humor, past tense, pov third person omniscient, teenage rebellion, solarpunk
“Do you all know why you’re here?” Mx. Majzoub asked the attendees, with one eye on Dokgo and the other on Sami. “Anyone?” Dokgo raised his hand, but Ms. Majzoub kept looking around the room. “Anyone else?” Dokgo jerked his arm back and forth. “Anyone?! Please…” Dokgo stood up to speak anyway. “Okay, fine. Dokgo.”
“Mx. Majzoub,” Dokgo pushed back his spectacles with a smirk on his face. “Does it have to do with ending all hate and misunderstanding ever with infinite love and endless laughter?”
The students groaned loudly as Mx. Majzoub nodded and smiled as hard as she could. Dokgo, who seemed to enjoy this, then raised his arm again.
“Now, class.” Mx. Majzoub readily ignored him with one eye on one of the drawers on her desk. “For this exercise, I want you to pair up. One of you needs to present their fist, and the other needs to open it with whatever method they can think of. Hint, hint, it may involve some love and laughter.”
Length: 9 pages/2,304 words
All backers on Patreon and ko-fi, from our minimum level of $3/month and up, can read this story now for free!
Brighten up your mid-week with some solar sunshine and teen shenanigans! Back us on Patreon or ko-fi and read The Solarpunks (are Forced to) Attend… now!
Who we are: Duck Prints Press LLC is an independent publisher based in New York State. Our founding vision is to help fanfiction authors navigate the complex process of bringing their original works from first draft to print, culminating in publishing their work under our imprint. We are particularly dedicated to working with queer authors and publishing stories featuring characters from across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Love what we do? Want to make sure you don’t miss the announcement for future giveaways? Sign up for our monthly newsletter and get previews, behind-the-scenes information, coupons, and more!