Wednesday Briefs: April 26, 20

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.

The Waterlord Prequel: Part 17 by Ravon Silvius

Nathan scoffed when Tom didn’t answer immediately. “Fine. I can make it on my own.” He got to his feet, and Tom could not help but notice Nathan’s shakiness. He leaned on the wall for support, his head down as though he fought off dizziness. Tom immediately felt bad for delaying.

     “Okay, let me help. I’m…sorry.” He didn’t quite know what he was apologizing for, but he knew Nathan needed help. Tom wished Nathan would tell him what was going on. Maybe if Tom helped, he would tell.

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Mine! Part Two: Chapter Sixteen by Cia Nordwell
 

“Sit down right now and let me look at you.” I grimaced, but I didn’t argue. Mom could pinch an ear and make you listen, if you didn’t the first time. One time my dad had told me a story about how the older werekin’s ears were so long because their moms had pulled on them so much as a kid, and I’d believed him.

The next time she’d grabbed me by the ear, I’d accused her of trying to make my ears longer than ole Mr. Constance’s. That earned me an extra yank when she asked what the heck

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Demon: Chapter 47 by Nephy Hart

Without the comforting presence of Malik and Tian, I don’t think I would be able to walk these woods. The trees watch me, the plants talk to each other and I know I catch my name more than once. Even the birds swoop and hover all around me. The wood is alive and I get the impression that without my guardians I would be swallowed whole and lost forever.
The path is pleasant enough, clear of obstruction, to the fore and above, so it is bathed in unobstructed sunlight. It’s uncomfortable to note that the sun is on a rapid decline and it will surely be nightfall by the time we return from whenever we are going.

The Sheriff #9 (3.4) by Julie Lynn Hayes

She’d surprised him. At least that was what Roy told himself as he pulled back, trying not to feel as though an octopus had just leeched onto him and was trying to suck his life out through his lips.

Where did that thought even come from?

“Then you must be Earlene, right?” He added a chuckle, hoping he hadn’t offended her. He wasn’t used to feely touchy women, at least not when he didn’t know them yet. Afterward, that was a whole different matter.

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Buy One, Get Two and Three, Chapter 52, by Carol Pedroso

Silas

Silas let out a yelp as he ran straight into Oliver outside the bedroom door. What the hell was he doing standing around there?

“Sir?” What did Oliver want? Was he waiting for Silas?

“I was coming to speak to you,” Oliver said, and Silas slumped. Nothing good ever came from hearing those words. “Nothing bad.” Oliver hastened to add. “I just wanted to talk to you about…um…extending your contract.”

Silas felt his hope rise. “Extending? Sir?”

“Yes, I know you and Daniel just needed protection at first. But, I feel—and Carlos too—that we have all gotten closer.

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