Wednesday Briefs: October 16, 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.

Here Kitty Kitty: Chapter 24.1 by Carol Pedroso

Jenny kept her senses turned up full as she crept down the abandoned hallway. The dust was thick, showing no one had been down it in a long time, however, she didn’t want to take any chances. Faint voices pulled her forward and after a few yards, she put her ear to the wall.

She had to pull her head back slightly as Cheryl’s yelling voice echoed out.

“How did this happen? I told you none of those traitors were to be allowed to meet their mates.”

Another quieter voice answered, “The cat met his mate before they even arrived at the bears.

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Denied: Chapter One Hundred and Five by Cia Nordwell

I thought the idea of leaving my cell was the hardest thing I’d face. That being free, having choices, not being a number… the very necessity of learning who “Kohen” was and learning to fit that shape. It’d been hard. The being who’d helped me in the end had also shattered me.

Both of them. It wasn’t just Lakshou’s actions to take my mind and body from me with embedded conditioning. Captain had gotten his hits in too, keeping his secrets, not being honest. It broke the bond inside me, the need I’d had to connect to him on a

Adrift: Chapter 61 by J. Alan Veerkamp

“Pakko, the hull breach should be twenty-five meters ahead, forty-six degrees from your current position.”

Still outside the ship, his voice came through layered with static. “Got it, Yosei.”

Multitasking was her mojo. For the past half hour, she’d kept passing occasional instructions to Pakko while teaching Arad various piloting sequences on the Ansariland without losing her ever constant speech tempo. However, the constant audio distortion continued to prompt face scrunching.

“Your communications and sensors are working, but they’re still wonky.”

Arad sighed, happy for the break. “Tell me something I don’t know. So is there anything else I need to know about the auto-pilot?”

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In Pieces #74 (18.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Salvation didn’t stop playing until after three in the morning. Ryan couldn’t remember another night that had felt so long, other than the nights he spent alone when Ben disappeared from his life. Ryan helped the band break down their equipment and return it to the van. He noticed Ben seemed rather subdued, despite the small smiles he sent Ryan’s way. Or the occasional kisses when they passed each other as they worked. But something was wrong, Ryan knew it, and the feeling of impending doom he’d been experiencing before only grew stronger.

The drive back to the motel was a silent one. Abby was slumped in the front seat, her head on Aiden’s shoulder, while Ben and Ryan sat together in back, hands clasped tightly. They’d told Marge good night at her car and she’d said she’d text them about breakfast the next day before she went back home to her partner. Ryan was sure it wouldn’t be an early meal, not with it being as late as it was.

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