Wednesday Briefs: July 20, 2016

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.

Mine: Chapter Ten by Cia Nordwell 

“I’m not a glutton for punishment, so I’ll call Uncle Radford this weekend. I don’t want to talk to him after he’s had to teach a freshman class.”

“Trust me, I get it. You wouldn’t believe the lectures he gave me about proper behavior and appreciating that this streak allowed human werekin to pursue higher education.” Kraig covered the bandage around the bad wound on his wrist. “Not that I ever got to attend a class.”

“You don’t have to talk about that right now. Do you feel up to going for a walk in the garden? Or can we

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Nova Komenco: Part 2 by Johayan

The launch had gone smoothly and they were on their way. Now in outer space, it was time to put them into stasis for the trip. As he laid down in his stasis pod, he thought he smelled lilacs. That’s impossi…

Obsidian opened his eyes again to see a naked man standing over him. He couldn’t control his eyebrows and they arched up.

“Hello 7-058. Obsidian Skye Taylor. You are currently in the Cygnus system en route to Kepler-452b. At this time, you are currently 430 parsecs from your home planet. We should arrive in approximately six earth hours.”

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Moving Forward #44 (10.3) by Julie Lynn Hayes

A moment of silence passed as they stood there, staring at each other. Marshall broke the standoff first, but as he attempted to go around Dustin, the other man stepped into his path.

“Marshall, wait a minute…”

“What do you want, Dustin?” Marshall asked warily. It wasn’t in his nature to be deliberately rude—Lee had raised him better than that—but these were extenuating circumstances. He knew Lee would understand.

Actually, if Lee had any inkling Dustin was here with Marshall, he’d come down so fast it would make Dustin’s head spin.

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Thirteen Black Cats: Chapter 8 by Louise Lyons

“Go on.” I glanced sideways at him.

“Let him go on thinking that.”

My eyebrows rose. “What?”

“Pretend. It’s not going to do any harm, is it?”

“Let me get this straight.”

“Nice choice of words.” Billy snickered.

“Seriously. You’re suggesting we pretend we’re together?”

“Why not?” He shrugged. “Jackson’s not going to know any different. It’d get him off my back as well as yours.”

My heart stuttered and I licked suddenly dry lips. “I… we can’t do that.”

“Why? What does it matter?”

“What if people find out?”

“Who cares if they do? Later we can just say

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Double Trouble:  Chapter 79 by Jon Keys
 
 Mitch glanced out the kitchen window as he washed the food he’d just gotten from their garden. Fall was shooting past and soon everything would be dead, but until they actually get that first killing frost he was going to take advantage of the late season vegetables. But at this moment his focus was more on Darrin than on the leaf lettuce he was trying to wash. Darrin had already slammed both doors on the pickup getting his bag out. That wasn’t a good sign. He dropped the last of the greens in the colander to drain and was drying his hands when the front door swung open.

Buy One, Get Two and Three: Chapter 25 by Carol Pedroso

Toby

Toby stared at the scene before him. Daniel was curled tight into Carlos’ arms. Silas was kneeling on the floor; one hand wrapped around Daniel’s ankle and the other clasped tight by Oliver who was perched on the arm of the couch. Oliver in turn had his free hand on Carlos’ shoulder. Together they formed an unbroken circle, each giving and receiving comfort from the others.

Carlos broke the silence with a snarl.

“But, where were you when they needed you? You left them there for years. You—”

“I thought they were dead!”

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