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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
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.”
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.
“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
Buy One, Get Two and Three: Chapter 25 by Carol Pedroso
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!”