Wednesday Briefs: March 13, 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 31 by J. Alan Veerkamp

Unspoken tension followed them throughout the day, even after heading to sleep. Roku had become silent and remote after the possible spacewalk to create repairs had been brought up. With barely a word, he’d taken his place again at the foot of Arad’s bed. As odd as the sleeping arrangements had become, Arad didn’t have it in him to say no.

Staying near yet so distant gnawed at Arad. He’d felt responsible for the DemiShou before Roku emerged. Now, he weighed the strange attachment between them, wondering how healthy it was for a bond to grow out of so little time.

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Denied: Chapter Seventy-four by Cia Nordwell

Danie was close to Freska, his hands cradled to his chest. “Sit down, Danie. You need to keep resting.” I’d been too focused on my own situation to notice his, but I winced. I’d been shocked enough times, feeling the pain of the punishments, so I could push it aside. The scientists had worked to force me to avoid sensory input with pain as a punishment, but they’d trained me to ignore it to a large extent as well.

He was like a newborn baby; all brand new nerves and experiences. My breath hitched; I remembered those first few times. 

In Pieces #43 (11.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

They devoured everything Ryan and Abby had brought in record time. Everyone seemed to be in high spirits, looking forward to that night’s concert. When they were finished, they tossed their trash in the can  then headed back inside. The club was pretty packed now. Ryan thought it was awesome that so many people had come to see them play.  Surely this was a sign that Salvation was on its way to success. Fame, fortune… the sky’s the limit.

As they headed toward the stage, maneuvering their way between the tables and through the milling people, Ryan knew he probably wouldn’t be able to get a table, not as crowded as it was. He’d just have to roam the crowd, taking pictures, although that would make taking notes difficult. He couldn’t very well type standing up.

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Evans Woodworking chapter 37 by Jim Dunaway

“I have something to tell you, and you’re probably going to think I’ve completely lost my mind. You can’t say anything to anyone about what I’m going to tell you.”


“Let’s get back to my house and get into some dry clothes first. I suspect you’re going to need a drink when I tell you.”


It’s about my dreams. They’re…” Ethan broke off as Ryan suddenly appeared out of thin air.

“What the…”

“Oh shit!”

Jordan and Ryan exclaimed simultaneously before Ryan disappeared again.

Jordan sat there open-mouthed as Ethan handed him a glass of water. “What the hell just happened?”

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