by Alara Rogers
Aite is a Japanese word meaning literally "the other hand", and can be translated as either "opponent" or "partner."
While there have since been several stories pairing Joe and Katse, Aite was one of the first, originally published in Bird Scramble! APA in 1991-1993. The story does not contain graphic sex, but does contain an incredible amount of angst and pain, both physical and emotional. If you don't like to read such stuff, don't read this. Also, slash fans, Katse is in female form throughout most of this story and is never sexually involved with Joe in male form at any point. So this is not a slash story. Slash doesn't bother me, but this one isn't it.