Wednesday Briefs: July 2, 2014

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.

The Boys of Belsmeade: Chapter Eight by Kazy Reed

Oh yes, Aramis thought. This is perfect. The sweet flavor of his mate burst onto his tongue and made his spine tingle. He fisted one hand in Eliot’s hair and wrapped the other around the slim waist, drawing him closer.

Thump. Swish. Thump. Swish.

Faster and faster, Eliot’s heart pushed the vital fluid through his veins. The scent of blood swirled in the vampire’s nose and triggered his thirst. Unable to control himself any longer, the predator took the human’s chin in his hand and pushed it gently up to expose the slender throat.

Fingers gripping Aramis’ shirt, Eliot moaned, “Oh, Aramis. Yes.”

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To Touch the Sky – #2.3: by M.A. Church

Hawk left the bathroom and returned to the bedroom, opening the French doors that led out to a private patio. Quickly, he stripped out of his boxers. “You want to soar? Fine, we’ll cut loose for a while. But I have work today too. I swear, who needs a mate when I have you to nag me all the time?”

Not funny. And you do need your mate. 

“Would you give me a break? I’m sick and tired of hearing you harp about this already.” Hawk took a deep breath of fresh air.

Chetan, you have a mate out there.

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Angel of the Air by Avery Dawes

David spun the titanium band that now occupied his left ring finger. Even though they’d been engaged for two years prior to tying the knot, he still marveled that Gabriel would want to spend the rest of his life with him.

“What’s going through that head of yours, babe? You look way too serious, considering we’re on our way to Hawaii for our honeymoon.” Gabriel, his partner and former Army Ranger, could read him as though the words were engraved on his forehead.

 He smiled warmly, happy to see love broadcasting from Gabriel’s ice blue eyes. “I still can’t believe we’re married…

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Hope: Chapter 37 by Chris T. Kat

I want to go home,” I whispered when I was done. My stomach hurt and my eyes were scratchy. Not to mention I was drained—emotionally and physically.

Shane turned me around, cupped my face in his hands, and said, “I know. Are you done now?”

I nodded, then leaned my forehead on his right shoulder. “I think so. Shane, I’m afraid.”

Shane’s hands slid from my head along my back. He wrapped his arms around my waist and squeezed. “I will get you out of here, I promise. No matter what it takes, Gil.”

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Cyan: Chapter 11  by Nephylim

Robin was entirely numb. His mind raced so fast it got nowhere. It wouldn’t have been that difficult for Gillian to find the article. She’d been there when Cyan told them he’d been badly hurt at his last school, and it was just like her to have checked it out. What he really couldn’t comprehend was why she would have publicised it now, like this. It was inestimably cruel, even by her standards.

Of course, she would deny it, and there was no way he could prove it was her, but he knew with a sick certainty that overshadowed everything, except his own horror and fear at what this was going to do to Cyan.

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Lift Up Your Eyes and Look North by Sarah Hayes

They’d been cutting down branches in their path with a pair of machetes Sawyer had found in the Dharma camp when Miles spoke up. “Dude, are we going to talk about that plane we found?”


“What about the grave?”

“Nope.” Sawyer turned. “What grave?”

“The Jesus guy’s grave, the one whose brother was in the plane.” Miles bumped into Sawyer’s shoulder, as Sawyer had stopped in his tracks. Luckily, baby Aaron was wrapped up and sleeping soundly in the crook of Sawyer’s other arm.

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Rattletrap #3, by Tali Spencer

No one did anything. Said anything. No one moved. Jedd stared at the struts and shadows of the bot garage ceiling, wondering if the rotting guts of a patched-up spaceship and a knife edged with blue light would be the last things he ever saw. His fingers gripped his captor’s armored limb but only as a kind of protest. His bare flesh and flimsy nail were useless against the creature who held him helpless, his throat bared to the knife.

“For fuck’s sake—”

The voice belonged to Straske and he sounded pissed.

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Lost Inside: Chapter 27 by Cia Nordwell


“Hurry up!” Benny hissed. The doctor was frantically typing at the keyboard.

“Dump all the stuff in the fridge in the sink and start the water.”

There were a bunch of beakers in the small, white fridge. Benny carefully dumped them in the sink, unsure of what they were and not wanting the multi-colored liquids on his skin. “What about these?” he whispered, holding up two racks of small vials.


The Tiger was stripping papers out of files and throwing them in a metal garbage bin. “You can’t set a fire!” Benny reached out to stop him. “They’ll smell 


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Don’t Look Back #3 by Julie Lynn Hayes

“First off, you ran…”

Lee’s leather belt whickered crisply. Marshall felt a familiar tightening that began in his stomach and radiated outward before finding a home in his balls and leaking cock. He had a heightened sense of awareness of every move Lee made, despite not being able to see him. He tracked the arc of the belt by sound alone just before it made glorious contact with his bare flesh.


Marshall never flinched. The first stroke was never the hardest or the best.

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Double Trouble: Chapter 3 by Jon Keys

A small smile tugged at Trent’s lips as Josh paced back and forth across the living room. Even several days after Danny’s run in with the bull, Josh was still managing to have a fit over Mitch losing track of the twins.
“I mean, how hard is it to watch two little kids? How stupid could Mitch be? What if he’d been a few seconds later.”
“Maybe nothing would have happened, we don’t know for sure.” Trent said.
Josh turned and stared in disbelief before going off again. “Are you kidding me? It was a full grown rodeo bull! It would have killed Danny if Mitch hadn’t rescued him.”

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The Hollow: Soul Seekers by JC Wallace

When his mother finally spoke, her words just drove the asshole point home even further.

“I’m just so tired,” his mother confessed. “Ever since he was little…he’s draining me. It’s always something with him. When will it end?”

“Let me talk to him,” Logan said and then it was silent for a moment. Levi wondered if Logan was hugging his mother, trying to comfort her.

Levi laid his head onto the pillow. When Logan entered the room, Levi closed his eyes.

I need to pee so badly!

When he didn’t sense Logan near, Levi peeked out of one eye!

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 A New Invention by Ravon Silvius

The bright morning sun streamed across the bedspread and illuminated the muscular planes of Thorn’s shoulders. Kenneth smiled at the sight, the small wooden bed creaking as he sat up.

 “Mmm?” Thorn mumbled, lifting his head. The wood creaked louder, the flimsy cot that students at the inventor’s college slept on buckling under the combined weight of two people.

 “Morning,” Kenneth said. “And happy graduation day.”

 Thorn’s eyes flew open and he jolted up, the covers falling off his body and revealing a toned torso and muscular thighs. A flash of heat went through Kenneth, and he wondered if Thorn would be open to repeating their lovemaking session from the night before.

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 Love Across Time: Chapter 14 by Jim Dunaway

Ethan walked into the kitchen where Chris was sitting at the table reading the newspaper and eating a bowl of ice cream. He cocked his finger and Chris and said in a mock authoritative voice, “Yo, Evans. Step away from the ice cream.” When Chris didn’t respond, Ethan walked over to stand next to him. Waving his hand in front of Chris’s face, he called out, “Hello? The lights are on, is anybody home.”

Wordlessly Chris slid the paper over to Ethan and pointed to an obituary that had shocked him into silence.

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