Here is a list of all the authors flashing this week, along with a brief snippet from their latest free work. Click the link after the snippet to be taken to the complete story on the author’s home page.
My Guardian Angel Is A Cockblocker, CH 7: by Andrew Q. Gordon:
Donovan swept a lock of brown hair behind his ear. Alex tried not to notice his cousin’s amazing blue eyes as they stared at each other across his bed. “I tried not to be picked, but I had no choice. Your father suggested it and mine accepted before I could say no.”
“Then you should have changed his mind.” This close to his cousin, alone, he felt his control threatened. He needed to relax before he did something foolish. “How could you think I’d want you this close to me?”
“It’s been over four years. I thought….”
Hope – Chapter 21: by Chris T. Kat:
At first I tried to be open-minded, I really did, but after a few minutes my brain probably pulled the emergency brake. I couldn’t follow her explanation—nothing made sense to me. For some reason, I kept my eyes on her face to give her the illusion I was listening, but nothing went through.
Shane nipped sharply at one of my fingers, which drew me out of my state of shock. “Ow!” I exclaimed, “What was that for?”
Shane flipped himself over onto his belly, cast me a withering look—and he really could pull that off, even in his puppy form—and stalked off my lap.
Adel, Part 5: by Grace R. Duncan:
“That’s alright. We can’t always untangle it, ourselves.”
Adel blinked at him. “Excuse me?”
Bathasar chuckled. “Indeed. Even Teman and Nadir care for each other as more than friends and Cyrus and I… well, we don’t love each other, not like we do Teman and Nadir, but we care. More than friends but not exactly lovers.”
“I’m sorry I asked.”
“Now that you are lost, what is on your mind?”
Adel narrowed his eyes. “Sneaky.”
Bathasar grinned unrepentently. “Teman accuses me of that all the time.”
Thwarted – Part XXV: by Renee Stevens:
Mark nearly collided with Trey as he stepped out of the bathroom. Trey’s hands shot out and grabbed him as he stumbled backwards.
“Hey, everything okay with your dad?” Mark stepped closer and dropped a kiss on Trey’s lips.
“Yeah, he still thinks we’re moving too fast, but I think I managed to put some of his concerns to rest.” Trey smiled.
“I hope you told him that if we did move in together, they are welcome to visit whenever they’d like.” Mark laced his fingers with Trey’s and headed back towards the kitchen. “That’s what I told your mom.”
“Yeah, I did. I also told him that I’d be able to visit more than I do now.”
Trouble Comes in Threes – #3.2: by; M.A. Church:
I crouched down and held out my hand. Snowball, body low to the ground and ears laid back, eased over to me.
“Come on, pretty kitty.” I wiggled my fingers, trying to entice him closer. “I’m sorry, Snowball. I didn’t mean to yell. I just feel like shit, and yeah, who’s to blame for that, right? I’m not used to having cats around, okay? I didn’t think about you being under my feet. Don’t be mad, please?”
Blue eyes studied me, tail whipping behind him. He finally sniffed my fingers, ears relaxing. Relieved, I ran my hand down his back several times.
Dallas in Wonderland II: Chapter Five: by Julie Lynn Hayes:
Dallas froze, his heart thumping incredibly loudly in his chest. Ever since Campbell had mentioned seeing a mysterious visitor outside of Dallas’ door, he’d been hoping against hope that something like this would happen. That Samuel would try to get in touch him. And not impersonally, like the professional façade he maintained during their sessions. Personably. Charmingly. As he’d been when they were… closer.
So why was he standing there, like a deer caught in the headlights, looking like an idiot while his phone continued to blare from his pocket?
Lost Inside: Chapter 8: by Cia Nordwell:
Benny closed his eyes and sighed when Ellis took the papers. “Fine, I forgive you. This time. That was….”
“I know. I’m sorry. I will never say anything like that again. I’m just….” Benny rubbed a hand over the back of his neck.
“Missing your mate.” Ellis frowned. “I think we’ve missed a lot. You’ve been through a lot too, and hiding just how hard a time you’ve had dealing with it.”
Benny shrugged. “Someone has to.”
“And with Yuri experiencing medical problems, and Jerret looking to you to lead, you haven’t had a chance to deal with your issues.”
Radio Static; by Shelly Schulz:
Rain pelted down, pinging cheerfully off of the blue tarp that was strung between two trees. The ground was soaking wet despite their best efforts to keep the rain out of camp, the moisture seeping up through the sleeping pad and into the sleeping bag. Jackson wiggled out of the cocooning fabric, kicking the damp sleeping bag to the side. He got to his feet, rubbing at his face. Nails scraped over three day’s growth of stubble, and his teeth were fuzzy. His stomach growled, and he nearly tripped getting out of the tent.
“What did you do? Piss yourself?”
Noah’s New Plan – Chapter 23 : by Rob Colton:
With a lull in library traffic, Noah took the opportunity to grab his planner. Standing at the counter, he opened the notebook to a new page. At the top of the page he wrote:
Eli’s Valentine Plan
As he racked his brain over what he wanted to do, he chewed on the end of his pen. Realizing what he was doing, he pulled the pen free, then began tapping his bottom lip with the still wet instrument.
His thoughts were interrupted by the tinkling chimes of his cell phone. Noah looked at the screen and groaned.
Home Coming: by Lily Sawyer:
“Honey, can you come here for a minute?”
Tom heard his life partner calling out to him from their bedroom. He’d been looking for Skippy for several minutes now. He knew it was a ridiculous name to give a turtle, but that’s the best Tom could come up with, and even a turtle deserved a name.
“Ben, what is it? I’m kind of busy looking for Skippy.”
“Look.” Ben pointed to his collection of shoes in the walk-in closet. There, sticking his head from between a pair of oxfords, was the missing amphibian.
“Skippy! How in the world did you get in there?” Tom knelt down and gently picked him up.
Adrift, Again: by Sarah Hayes:
Or: it begins with Desmond Hume waking up as he has done every day for the past four years in his prison of a hatch, oblivious to the fact that his life is about to take another dramatic shift forward. It begins with a light in the dark and a figure banging on the door from above, and hope, catching in both of their chests like an unexpected breath. It begins with a key in the floor, with the hairs on his neck standing on end, with a promise to a woman he thinks he’ll never see again.
Diventado: Becoming; by JC Wallace:
Owen squeezed his eyes tight, summoning the power to fortify the barrier between him and the Incubus. His body heated up as the medicine used suppressed the demon was absorbed by his body and wasn’t replenished. The SUV rocked and threw Owen about in his seat belt as Turk raced, trying to lose the vehicles chasing them. Owen thought he could hear the bullets hitting their vehicle but mostly he had turned inward. If he focused…willed the demon to stay dormant…Maybe he could save the men trapped in that SUV with the monster.
Controller – Chapter 17 : by Jon Keys:
“Have you ever played this game?”
I grinned at Eli. We were together a lot now, and I still hadn’t worked out all my emotions over us. But I knew Eli was becoming my best friend. Beyond that, my feelings about our relationship were convoluted. But one things certain, sex with someone else was a huge improvement over jacking off in bed alone, even if we hadn’t gotten any further than mutual hand jobs and oral sex.
“Hey, earth to Nate.”
I shook myself from spacing out and bumped against Eli playfully. “I’m here. And no. I haven’t played before. This game supposed to be the scariest one in the last year.”