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The Sheriff #37 (9.6) by Julie Lynn Hayes
After having finished their cake and pronounced it delicious, the four men headed toward the door. Lee extended an invitation to dinner the following night. For both of them.
“You should take him up on that,” Marshall said with a grin. “He’s gonna barbecue.”
Roy patted his stomach. “I never turn down good food, especially not Lee’s que. Guess we’ll see you then.” He held the check for their table in one hand. Lee had tried to claim it when the waitress brought it, but Roy had been too quick for him.
Byron Kendall: Part 4 by Johayan
As I turned back to Mom, I heard the sound of what sounded like claws being dragged through the Earth over and over again. Mom was still smiling from ear to ear, but Dad had a more concerned look on his face.
I heard Uncle Jeff calmly say to me, “Byron, turn around and shift into glabro.” The authority in his voice told me to do it. As I turned around, I shifted up to glabro and then it hit me. I only saw a quick glint in the red light of the setting sun but I felt the fire rip through my skin.
Here Kitty Kitty: Chapter 1.1 by Carol Pedroso
Simon looked up at the mountain that he now called home, the snow shone in the moonlight. As a vampire, he should’ve been able to climb it in thirty seconds or less. As a newly turned vampire, he moved only marginally faster than a human would.
He started to climb with a sigh, carrying the few necessities he’d managed to trade for in the nearby village. If the villagers he traded with thought it was odd he only showed up after sunset, they’d never commented directly to him in the few months he’d been living in the area.
“Kohen? Is that your name?”
“Good. Kohen, do you know where you are?”
I licked my lips, wishing for more of that fluid.
“Are you still thirsty?”
He walked over to a spot on the wall. A hum, a flash of light, and another cup appeared. He stretched out his arm, not getting too close. I touched the cup, and he settled it into my hand without our fingers brushing.
Relief swamped me along with a tiny bit of regret. The fluid was cool, and I jerked, nearly spilling it.
“Careful, careful.” Captain’s warm hands cupped mine