Wednesday Briefs: October 2, 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.

Denied: Chapter One Hundred and Three by Cia Nordwell

“Aparoe! Danie!” The bellows beside me were jarring, as much as the hands on my body. “Gods, get this damn thing off him. Fucking Freska and her technology.”

“It did what it was supposed to do. And I designed most of it,” Danie said. “The suit is locked into his ports. You have to disengage them here and here or you’re going to hurt him more.”

“By the stars!” The smell of burning flesh and scorched metal only grew stronger. Deke was there too, his voice somewhere near Captain’s. “That was inside him. It’s fried.”

“The circuits compartmentalized his mind

In Pieces #72 (17.5) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Ryan was too surprised at the unexpected intrusion to make any reply. He realized with a start that his mouth was hanging open, so quickly closed it.  Not waiting for an answer, Cameron turned toward Marge, smiling broadly.

“Hi there! You must be a friend of Ryan’s. I’m Cameron Pope, a close personal friend of the band.” He held out his hand across the table and Marge shook it.

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Adrift: Chapter 59 by J. Alan Veerkamp

Even as a child, Arad understood the impact of labels. For good or ill, they defined a person, distinguished their place in the status hierarchy. Corporate flew free above the towers. Slugs crawled in the dirt. Authority served as gatekeepers between them and all the other stages from top to bottom. Rarely did anyone climb higher, find a way out of their placement. Fall down out of the sky, however… that was far more common.

Recent conversation had dredged up little thought trails, or perhaps a doubt or two or where he stood with Roku. He shouldn’t have cared. On the streets, nothing was permanent. What changed?

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