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.
A mother’s Loyalty, Short scene: Part 1, by Carol Pedroso
“Do you have any idea what that brat has done now?” Alpha Steven demanded of his wife as he strode into the bedroom. He waited but she just continued folding clothes instead of answering him. “Dee, are you going to answer me? Do you realize what that boy has done and what it could mean for this pack?”
“Yes Dear,” Dee replied absently as she refolded a shirt that wasn’t done to her liking.
“Hey, mum. Have you seen my favourite red shirt?” Harry entered the room as he spoke and froze when he saw his father.
The last time I’d seen that hand, iron links had held me down, my body forced to the ground and my head bowed. My horn had been severed and so much had been lost to me.
Now it made sense. This human was wanted through many realms. He’d stolen many treasures, ransoming them back to their owners—if he didn’t keep them outright to sell to higher bidders. Or gain power from them himself.
Because that was his goal. Power. In all its forms. The ultimate goal: To be the most powerful singular person in the entire world.
Adrift: Part 4 by J. Alan Veerkamp
Compressed earth crunched under Sawyer Thomas’s shoes as he ran down the path. The rhythm of his footfalls harmonized with his pulse and breathing pattern, creating the closest thing to nirvana he knew. The harder he pushed, the more serene he became.
The paths were well laid out, not overly hardened with wear, bordered with thick foliage, blocking out the rest of the regular world. Sawyer needed the diversion. It gave him focus and at times grounded his sanity.
Fitness had become his daily addiction. He would run in the mornings and spend most evenings at the gym.
Super Trooper #19 (3.5) by Julie Lynn Hayes
Chan could have stayed where he was forever, safe within Evan’s warm embrace. But his stomach chose that unfortunate moment to signal its discontent with an embarrassing gurgle. He felt his cheeks go warm.
Evan smiled sweetly and kissed his cheek. “Another country heard from.” He laughed. “Guess we need to do something about that, don’t we?”
They disentangled from one another