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Regeneration: Chapter 1, Part 5 by Louise Lyons
“No.” I avoided his gaze. I didn’t sense he was a danger to me, despite what he’d done to get arrested, and the realization he viewed me in a similar way to Neil filled me with anticipation. I wanted to learn more about him, to hear his rumbling voice again, but I couldn’t think of anything to say to encourage more conversation.
I was saved from the awkward silence by the return of Dina, Susan, and Johnson. I passed a dish to each of them and we sat down to eat. Neil didn’t return until we’d finished the meal, and
Buy One, Get Two and Three: Chapter 38, by Carol Pedroso
Awareness returned to Daniel slowly. He blinked his eyes and started to panic when he realized he was wearing a blind fold. He tried to raise an arm to pull it off and found he couldn’t. the clank of metal told him he was chained to something, somewhere, somehow.
Where was he? How had he got where ever he was? Who had brought him here?
Slowly previous events started to make themselves known. He remembered yelling at Toby then running out the fire exit of the club. Entering the park came back next and how he’d found his phone missing. He’d sat on a bench then…
Evans Woodworking: Chapter 34 by Jim Dunaway
“No. If you were a woman there would be the chance you could get pregnant. Since you’ve been given the universal STD vaccine, you can’t catch anything. The only way us having sex could alter the timeline is if you were physically injured or someone walked in on us.”
“And that includes my family?”
“Ethan, baby, your family can’t know of my existence. God only knows what problems that could cause.”
“No one would just barge in here without knocking, so as long as your clothes and your time travel thingy is within easy reach I think we’ll be okay.”
“Thingy?” Ryan asked, amused.
We slept hard, and my head was throbbing when I woke up. The emotional toll and the physical release on top of it left us unable to do more than stumble into bed. It was after noon when the buzzing of my phone woke me up. I had four messages, none of them were good, and the coffee was taking forever to brew.
“What are you doing?” Kraig asked.
I turned. “I thought you were still asleep.”
“The smell woke me up. Is there enough for me?” Kraig yawned.
“Of course.” I interrupted the brewing long enough to pour Kraig
Moving Forward #62 (15.3) by Julie Lynn Hayes
Marshall was sorry the cruise was ending, but he was glad to be getting home again. They got their luggage and disembarked, and met up with Denver and Dustin at the car. They stowed all their bags in the trunk then headed out to get breakfast. Marshall couldn’t help but give a last lingering look at the Wandering Star, staring at the ship until it was lost from view. So many happy memories… such a great time.
Everybody was in good spirits as they devoured plates of steak and eggs, along with mounds of crispy hash browns, and large pieces of Texas toast slathered in butter.
“Feel good to be back on dry land again?” Lee teased.
“Yeah, it does,” Marshall admitted. “But hey, at least I never got seasick once, did I?”
WaterLord Prequel by Ravon Silvius
“Are you paying attention?!” The ruler snapped down on Tom’s desk, who had been staring at the map on the wall. The boy jumped at the sound, and looked up into the face of the irate navigator.
“If you ever want to be more than a ship hoveler, you will pay attention!” The navigator shook the ruler once more before turning back to the board, where she had drawn numerous star charts. The class copied them down, all aware that the Ship Lord required them to know at least rudimentary navigation.