Wednesday Briefs: August 21, 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 53 by J. Alan Veerkamp

“We got fired on by pirates. They didn’t really explain. Shot the main engine and then the captain and crew abandoned ship. Pirates blew them out of space.”

The moment Arad began explaining, he became the center of everyone’s orbit. Hodge stood quietly with a hand on Yosei, possibility the only thing keeping the vibrating pixie from exploding with a barrage of questions. Even Pakko had stopped pouting and returned to the group with Vosh as his faithful shadow. Security being the bear DemiShou’s job description, he wasted no time testing Arad’s tale.

“The crew left you two behind?”

Arad scoffed. “I didn’t say they were upstanding citizens.”

In Pieces #66 (16.3) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Ben’s mother was once Salvation’s manager? Ryan couldn’t even begin to wrap his head around that idea. It had never occurred to him that Liza might ever have had anything to do with the band. Did that have anything to do with why Ben never talked about her?  Did they argue about the band, or Ben’s career, or something else? Questions crowded his mind, even as an unpleasant sensation surged through him at the thought of his one-time stepmother. He tamped it down, unwilling to spoil such a perfect day.

He reached for his bottle of water, hoping Marge wouldn’t notice he’d become momentarily unnerved.

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