Wednesday Briefs: August 14, 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 52 by J. Alan Veerkamp

The cargo door slammed shut with Arad’s hand on the access pad. Green text switched to red.

***LOCKED — Rank Access Enabled***

The Ansariland would only allow a captain or above to open the door and grant access to supplies and the sleeping DemiShou inside. When it was still the Midas Ascending, Arad remembered Serene’s attitude and all the restrictions based on his status. Repeating the process made him feel a bit hypocritical, but he promised to protect Shichi and Hachi, and he refused to break his word. The Nightingale’s crew didn’t need to know about them to repair the ship.

In Pieces #65 (16.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

The complimentary breakfast was actually pretty good, with an assortment of hot food and cold, including make-your-own waffles and a decent selection of fresh fruit. Everyone enjoyed their fill of the free food as they exchanged the usual banter while they ate. Afterward they decided to change and meet at the pool. Abby had checked the weather forecast and warned them if they waited too long, they were taking a chance on being rained out.

By the time Ben and Ryan got out to the pool, carrying their colorful new beach towels, the members of their group were already there, as well as a few hotel guests.

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Denied: Chapter Ninety-six by Cia Nordwell

“How are we right back where we started?” Deke snarled. His face on the vid wavered, but his expression of frustration was clear anyway.

I knew how he felt. Other than the fact I wasn’t in pain, or trapped in a tiny cell, and I had a bond with Captain and the crew that we both trusted at our back to help me… I was sort of right where I’d been when they first found me. My life was being directed by forces outside of my control. Someone, or someones, was arrayed against me.

And it wasn’t just me I

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