Wednesday Briefs: April 25, 2018

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

Two Girls and Some Ghouls: Part II by Avery Dawes

Last week, Private Mansfield politely asked if I could find out what became of his wife and young son after the war. I sensed the emotion behind his strong façade and gave him props for not shedding any ghost tears. Using the dates and locations he gave me, I thought I might have a chance at finding what had become of his family so it didn’t take much convincing for me to help him. His story had touched an unexpected nerve. He and his wife were newlyweds when he left to fight for Virginia. They’d gotten married once she found

Slapout: Chapter 09 by Jon Keys
Eli stopped what he was doing and leaned against the pitchfork to watch when he spotted Cullen topping the ridge. A second later an agitated ewe came into view, and he knew what had happened. They still had a few nursery jugs unoccupied in the barn. But if Cullen kept bringing back every newborn lamb from the pastures, they would need smaller pens, or more of them.
Once Cullen had rode close enough to hear him, Eli gave him a welcoming wave. “Find more babies who need your special touch?”

Cullen’s expression never changed and Eli braced himself for bad news. “What’s wrong?”

The Sheriff #59 (Epilogue 2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Once darkness fell, Lee began to shoot off fireworks. Being the careful type, he’d taken all precautions and had safety equipment on hand, just in case. Marshall acted as his assistant. Dustin would have volunteered, but Roy said this was a ritual the two men had had for a long time, and he’d learned to let them do their own thing. So Roy and Dustin sat back and enjoyed the show, content just to be together. Technically, they were both on duty, and would respond to a call, if they received one.  Hopefully, that wouldn’t happen.

Lee had gotten quite an impressive array, from fountains and ground spinners to bottle rockets. Dustin thought the fountains were pretty, and he liked the way the spinners spun. He’d seen fireworks before, of course, but this time felt more special. Probably because he was sharing it with people he really cared about. And a man he loved.

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Denied: Chapter Twenty-eight by Cia Nordwell

“Null field engaged. All vulnerable areas of the ship have been sealed off. We’re going to start hunting on the level Kohen is on, as well as his quarters, and the level the other rescues are sequestered. I’ve sent three teams, but with the null field, he’ll be aware of that we’ve discovered his presence on board.” Deke’s methodical report reassured me, but I couldn’t relax.

Not until they had him. It. They had no real gender characteristics when they were in their true forms but the bodies it had been using to follow me had been male, so it 

Here Kitty Kitty: Chapter 8.1 by Carol Pedroso

Simon and Kitryn crouched behind some bushed near to the entrance of the bear’s den.

“What do we do now?” Simon whispered. “It’s not like they have a doorbell we can go up and ring to get their attention.”

“Oh, they probably know we’re here already,” Kitryn replied as he shifted trying to get comfortable. “Bears have a very good sense of smell and they would set guards.”

True to Kitryn’s words a voice echoed out of the darkness. “We know there is someone there. Show yourselves and state your business.”

Kitryn held up his hands and moved out.

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The Faery of Beacon Lake: Part 11 by Nephy Hart

Owen drew himself up as tall as he could. The shadow of his grandmother stood at his shoulder telling him what a fool he was, but he ignored her, because she was just a shadow and Bran was a blinding light.

“What do I have to do?”

The queen regarded him intently and he was surprised to find there seemed to be a great deal of sadness in her expression.

“I believe you will do your best by our son,” she said, with the clear implication that his best could never be good enough. “Are you sure?” She turned to Bran, who nodded.

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An Offer I Could Not Refuse: Part 9 by Michael Mandrake

“No!” I jerked awake, choking on my own saliva. I heaved in air, knowing right now I was taking the last breath I’d ever take.

No!

Guilt filled me, overtaking any thoughts of lust I’d had before. I cried, wishing I’d never followed the vampire’s instructions. He was conniving and evil. My father wouldn’t be pleased with what I had done. I’d failed him, and it was only a matter of time that his spirit would visit and disown me forever.

“Aaron. You are awake.”

I glanced at my killer my brows furrowed. “Kill me.”

Raviele shook his head. “No. You will drink my blood if I have to force it down my throat yourself!”

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