Wednesday Briefs: October 9, 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 Four by Cia Nordwell

A hissing roar drowned out the shouts in the distance, and there was a flurry of activity around me. I still couldn’t see, couldn’t move, didn’t really want to. I was tired, so tired. In my short life, I’d lived lifetimes of pain and suffering, and I was done.

Regret pushed at the corners of my brain but not enough to want to stop it.

“Aparoe? He’s not breathing!”

“I’m trying. Stay calm, he needs you calm.”

“He’s not breathing! I can’t feel him! No! Get off me! Deke! Stop it!”

What was happening? Deke… that asshole had better… No.

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In Pieces #73 (17.6) by Julie Lynn Hayes

And  there it was. The truth behind the façade. The real reason Ben’s mother had come out from the shadows. She didn’t like Ryan being there. Didn’t like what Ryan meant to Ben. The question was—what did she intend to do about it, if anything.

Ryan narrowed his eyes at the so-called angel. What was his stake in this? Why had he gone along with the deception? What was in it for him? Despite Cameron’s flirtatious mannerisms and easy-going charm, Ryan had a good idea just what he was receiving.

“She’s sleeping with you, isn’t she?” he blurted out.

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Here Kitty Kitty: Chapter 23.5 by Carol Pedroso

Nev met up with Carl and Tristan after he’d found his room and some food. The two mates were still just as lovey-dovey as when he’d left them two hours before.

“Get a room you two.”

Carl’s answer was to flip him a middle finger while slowly pulling away from the passionate lip lock he was in with Tristan.

Nev got himself a coffee from the set up on the sideboard and got comfortable on one of the super soft armchairs near the settee Carl and Tristan were seated on.

“So, have you two actually discussed the results of the test

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Adrift: Chapter 60 by J. Alan Veerkamp

“Are you sure you know what you’re doing?” Arad asked.

He, Roku, Vosh, and Yosei watched Pakko seal his spacesuit and check the seals with a practiced hand inside the Nightingale’s airlock. A toolset and a spare piece of deck plating sat at his feet with a loose cable connecting them to his belt.

“Yeah. I do all the outer ship fixes. I’ve spacewalked a thousand times. I’m good. But it’s nice to know you care.”

Arms crossed, Roku’s arms flexed as he spoke. “I don’t like anyone going out there. Arad had to go out of the ship to fix communications. I almost lost him.”

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