Wednesday Briefs: May 6, 2015

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.

Fortitude: Part Twenty-eight: by Cia Nordwell 

“Teddy?”

 There was no answer, and the room beyond the tunnel was dark. My heart raced and my stomach churned as fear gripped me. “Teddy!” I darted into the room, holding my lamp high.

“Oh god.” He was still sitting against the wall. His head lolled to one side. I slammed into the floor next to him, reaching out with trembling fingers. He couldn’t be….

 He just had a dislocated shoulder!
I could barely breathe. “T-Teddy?” I stroked his cheek, dreading the feeling of cold flesh, but he was warm and the soft puff of a breath warmed my hand.

Double Trouble: Chapter 35 by Jon Keys
 
Josh felt comfortable for the first time since Danny had been taken. When they found the person responsible he would feel even better. But for today, they had two kids who were so excited about getting new horses that worry was impossible.
“How much further?” Danny asked.
Josh chuckled and tussle Danny’s hair. “Not too much further.”
Danny crossed his arms and flopped against the seat. “Seems like forever.”
Before Josh could say anything, Sammy reached over and patted her brother on the shoulder. “I’m excited too, Danny. But we’ll be there soon. Maybe we could look for the ranch entrance. It’s got that fancy gate, remember?”

Don’t Look Back #44 (9.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Marshall had changed during the five years he’d been kept away from Lee, both physically and emotionally. These changes had begun about the age of ten or so, and at first he didn’t know what was happening to him. He was afraid it was something he’d be punished for. It wasn’t until years later he realized it had just been puberty rearing its ugly head. Not that his mother seemed to notice.

At first, he was a little scared, and more than a little confused by what was happening to him, and he had no one to talk to about his situation. He outgrew his clothes faster than before, and Rhonda would begrudgingly buy him new ones—usually from a thrift store or garage sale—and then she’d complain when he outgrew those.  She grumbled about what a pain in the ass he was, as if he’d deliberately added inches to his height, and extra pounds to his body, just to annoy her.

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Aesthetics of Invention:  Part 26 by Ravon Silvius

Kenneth didn’t want to go back to the magi collegium, but he needed to give Thorn time.

 The air outside the inventor’s college was warm and full of the gritty, smoky scents of the nearby slums. He had learned a lot about the twisting roads that led between the buildings, and knew enough to not lost or stumble into an area where a rich-looking mage on a fancy horse would get his pocket picked.

 But there was no area in the slums where a mage like him would actually belong, save for by Thorn’s side.

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