Wednesday Briefs: January 16, 2019

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.

Adrift: Chapter 23 by J. Alan Veerkamp

Here Kitty Kitty: Chapter 17.2, by Carol Pedroso

“So, are there butterfly shifters?”

Kitryn let out a low groan for what had to be the hundredth time. Simon had been working his way through all the different animals he could think of for two days. Kitryn was ready to scream.

“I don’t know,” Kitryn got out between gritted teeth.

“Oh.” Simon seemed to deflate and Kitryn felt a twinge of guilt.

“Why don’t you ask Carl?”

“Um…well, he may of, sort of, told me to leave him alone, or else.” If Simon had still been human Kitryn couldn’t help but think you would have been red from embarrassment.

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Slapout: Chapter 14 by Jon Keys

Ah damn, Alec. This is why you have trouble getting dates. How in the hell can I save this mess…

But before Cullen could try to repair the situation, Pete took the situation in hand. “Don’t worry about Cullen. I’m sure you have to look at the new herd sire from Texas.”

Without waiting for a response, he twinned his arm around Alec’s and led him toward the steakhouse. As they disappeared into the dim night, he turned to Cullen.

“Don’t worry about getting Alec later. We’re going to the midway and raise a little hell.”

In Pieces #36 (9.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

The house was completely silent, not surprising considering the lateness of the hour.  No lights were on, and no sign of Cameron. Ryan hadn’t noticed his truck in the drive. But then again he hadn’t exactly been looking for it either.

What moonlight fell through the windows was sufficient for them to make their way up the staircase leading to the second floor.  Ryan noticed a dim glow coming from beneath the door of Aiden and Abby’s room. Maybe Aiden wasn’t ready for sleep. Or maybe he was keeping a watchful eye on his sister. He wondered just what Cameron had done to her, and how they felt about sleeping so close to his room? And why did the band still associate with him? Was it strictly for financial reasons?

Thoughts of Abby and Cameron dissipated as soon as he followed Ben into their shared room

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Tales of the Cabin: Part 13 by J Ray Lamb
Brady and Jackson were out doing their chores, mainly clearing the 11″
of snow that that dumped on the area. The polar vortex had broken and
temperatures had warmed into the 20s.
The boys hadn’t mentioned anything with the possible relationship
between Brady and I, but I could tell it was causing friction between
them. I didn’t want to get involved between them but I found myself
slowly falling for Brady. I couldn’t bear it if I drove them apart. Was
Jackson jealous? Worried about their jobs?
“I already told them it wouldn’t affect their employment.” I muttered
out loud.

Denied: Chapter Sixty-six by Cia Nordwell

“I think you have all forgotten that I am the captain of this ship,” Captain said. He stood with his arms folded behind his back while the rest of us sat at the table in the conference room. He looked at each of us in turn.

I squirmed when it was my turn, just as Freska did. His steely-eyed stare was uncomfortable when I knew I was in the wrong. Danie sat and stared, but he didn’t know better.

He’d learn—even a machine could make an error. Maybe he wouldn’t feel what we did, but Captain would make him 

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