Wednesday Briefs: January 29, 2020

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 76 by J. Alan Veerkamp

Nothing short of a plasma torch could release him from Shichi’s steel grip, yet Arad cursed and thrashed until they crossed the border of the infirmary. When no one stopped inside the lines for decontamination, Arad freaked. His feet flailed out recklessly, kicking over a tray of instruments. Only when Shichi slammed him onto a bed hard enough to force the wind out of his lungs did he stop yelling.

“Be quiet or I’ll have Shichi remove your tongue. You don’t need it to keep Roku’s imprinting instinct in check.” Bryce tapped at the bed’s controls near his right hand and restraints spun out…

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Unicorn Quests: Chapter Thirteen by Cia Nordwell
 

I leapt over the boulder, throwing my body at my terrified foal and the evil Being that rode her as if she was a common mare. The sight of her blood, knowing she was in pain, only fueled my rage. Closing in before the Being could react and sting her, I swiped my blade at the bloated abdomen that hovered so close to Colete’s vulnerable body.

 

The filthy Being was more maneuverable than its bulk indicated. It retracted part of its lower body, avoiding the blade by the barest margin. It screeched, clicking mouth wide, fangs exposed as the black

Super Trooper #1 (1.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Sometimes being a nice guy doesn’t pay.

Chandrahas released a soft sigh, audible only to himself, and managed a small smile for his elderly neighbor. She was a nice lady, and helping her was not an imposition. Normally. But today it might mean the difference between being on time and being late for work. And that was something Chandrahas Basu could not afford to be. Late, that is.

“I appreciate this so much,” Mrs. Feinstein was saying, as she trailed him to the dumpster

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Here Kitty Kitty: Epilogue part 1 by Carol Pedroso

Things moved very fast once Cheryl was dead. Simon coaxed Kitryn off the male and he was restrained before being led away to be questioned.

Before everyone had had time to really process everything they were being herded out of the basement and they were guided to one side.

“Angel,” O’Conner’s joyful cry echoed across the clearing in front of the house. Everyone turned to see the mer-man sweeping up a slim person with long white hair.

Kitryn felt a little of the tension leave his shoulders, one had been saved at least. He was happy for O’Conner

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