Wednesday Briefs: October 21, 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.

Ancalagon: Chapter Ten by Cia Nordwell
 

It was the feet. Those broad soles and flat toes digging into the earth were made to move soundlessly. And the subtle green striping would probably help the creature to blend in amazingly with the foliage around us, if he wanted to.  

Based on the way he stood, feet spread apart and four arms braced, two on the torso and two outward facing me, he wasn’t hiding at all. The planet did not have any structures or even ruins that indicated an advanced civilization or culture; nothing to show manufacturing or building.  

No way to cover up making the textile
 

Super Trooper #39 (9.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes

The morning sun roused Chan from an unsatisfactory slumber. If not for the security of Evan’s arms, he wasn’t sure he’d have been able to sleep at all. Too many painful thoughts and emotions swirling through him, keeping him awake. One question leading to another, and none of them answerable… at least not in the middle of the night.

For one horrible moment, the thought flitted through his brain that this was his Saturday to work and he was going to be late. But then he remembered he’d texted his manager the night before and explained to her what had happened. She’d told him she was sorry, and not to worry about anything, and she’d talk to him later. Evan had done the same, despite Chan’s telling him that wasn’t necessary. But Evan had insisted
 
Phases of Moon: Part 42 by J. Alan Veerkamp
Groggy thoughts dipped in sludge clogged Sawyer’s brain. He hadn’t the slightest inkling how he got here, or why his memories were absent. Jimmy had surprised him at the bank, he made it through work, and spent the evening trying to read with no luck, then it all faded out. Blackouts like these usually required a lot of alcohol, yet his stomach was solid and his head didn’t hurt, only dulled.

Although, he did feel a little weird. Oddly energized, but somehow sleepy. As if a fine electric current ran through his skin, making him want to involuntarily twitch and nod off at the same time.
 
 

 
 

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