Wednesday Briefs: September 30, 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 Forty-nine by Cia Nordwell 

Wildman set a brutal pace. For such a small, wiry guy, he could really move. I couldn’t go on much longer, and we were already deep in the jungle. “Can we take a break?” I gasped. I stumbled into a tree and stopped, my shoulder throbbing. Without its support, I probably would’ve dropped to my knees.

 “We’re exhausted.” Teddy hadn’t said anything, but his feet had started dragging, leaving furrows in the thick loam. I hitched him closer to my side; my muscles burned, and my arm felt like it was going to fall off.

“Not there.”

I rested my

Rose and Thorne #5 (2.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes

The pup fell asleep in my lap on the way to the motel. We had an apartment in Richmond which was our central command post, and which the government footed the bill for, but that was two hours away. Since we’d expected to be in Roanoke for at least a few days, we’d found something local we could temporarily call home.

I remembered an all-night convenience store located not far from our motel. We’d put it to good use in the wee hours of the night for such essentials as beer and potato chips and chocolate cupcakes. It would serve my purpose now. “Pull in,” I directed Ethan at the last second, just as we were about to drive past.

“Yes, dear.” He quickly signaled and turned into the parking lot without missing a beat.

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Innocence & Carnality: Part 12 by Mann Ramblings

Let Me In, Chapter 27 by Carol Pedroso

Louis and Cade looked down at the still body of Darrin. Someone had cut him down and he was now laid out in a pose of rest on the ground.

“What do we know?” Cade demanded, not caring who answered him.

“Not a lot, sir,” a young officer spoke up. “We’re still waiting for the coroner to pick up the body and give us a preliminary time of death.”

Cade nodded his thanks. What had he missed? He knew Darrin was sad, but this? There had to be something.

“You couldn’t have done anything,” Louis’ soft voice sounded in his mind

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The Relationship Monopoly by Taylin Clavelli

The famous line, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” How true that is. In much the same way, life could be likened to a Monopoly board. If you had the smarts, then you could well be blessed with the equivalent of Mayfair. With unfortunate breaks, you could end up on Old Kent Road, or even worse – in jail.

Well, the Monopoly board of relationships worked a little different. The pieces you chose to play with were just as important as to board itself. Your hat could could find the Park Lane of people on Whitechapel-road

To Be Determined: Part 4 by Johayan

I woke up on Sunday morning my mind a swirling maelstrom of emotions and thoughts.  Lying in bed alone, I just wanted to turn to Rowdy and say “Throw your arms around me,” but he wasn’t there.  I let out a sigh and realized I was living in the shadow of the day.  Rowdy was gone and I’d likely never hear from him again.

Lost emotions swept over me and I realized that Rowdy had shown me something that I’d never experienced before, a real date.  Any other time I’d gotten together with someone, it was a hook up.

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The Adored One: Chapter Nine by Kazy Reed

I shook my head. “Sorry. I’m so dumb.”

“You’re not dumb, you’re just new to the scene. Trust me. I was clueless six months ago. The only way you learn is to get out there.”

I wasn’t sure how to respond, so I asked, “You like to dance?”

“Love it.”

“You’re so different at school.”

“Have to be. Less fuel for the fire. Sometimes I want to beat the shit out of Steve, but I’ve learned to ignore them most of the time.”

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The Stormlords: part 9 by Ravon Silvius

 Sleep did not come easily for Kristoff. The look of pain on Rowen’s face after he had asked him about his powers manifesting haunted him.

             The redhead had fallen asleep mere minutes after lying down in the cave, breathing softly and leaving Kristoff alone in his thoughts.

             Tomorrow was sure to be a taxing day. His first student, and he was bringing him in late, and he was so much older than everyone else who was a beginning student, and Kristoff knew nothing about him…

             And yet, he never once wished that he hadn’t found him.

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