Wednesday Briefs: September 2, 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.

Phases of Moon: Part 28 by J. Alan Veerkamp

The wait was killing him, driving invisible arrows deep into his back and chest, leaving him an emotional pincushion. Jimmy had arrived at the restaurant early, having witnessed Sawyer’s penchant for schedules. If he wasn’t careful he was going to wear out the soles in his boots from pacing alone.

He kept checking the bus top on the corner in case Sawyer arrived from there, only to call himself stupid each time because her knew Sawyer had a car. An awful, little efficient sedan, but he could drive on his own. As long as he didn’t get himself into a fatal car crash.

Ancalagon: Chapter Three by Cia Nordwell

Ardra was humid. The ground was moist, grasping at my feet as I walked. There were places I had to avoid because my suit made me too heavy. At least it was enviro-controlled. Without that, I might have roasted inside the shiny silver metal.

Dual suns. I’d never been in a system lit by twin stars, but of course I’d studied them. The plants here grew large. There was an excess of moisture, both on the ground and in the air. The leaves were large, broad, soaking up the sun. Vines ran everywhere. In more open spaces, thick stalks with

Super Trooper #32 (7.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

“You two already look like an old married couple,” Dustin teased Chan. The four men had devoured several baskets of spicy chicken wings and onion rings, washing everything down with ice cold draft beer. Evan and Roy had become embroiled in a debate—something about firearms—which neither Dustin nor Chan could follow, so Dustin had scooted his chair next to Chan so they could talk without yelling.

Chan felt his cheeks warm, but in a pleased way, at Dustin’s words. He and Dustin were close in age, and he suspected there

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