Wednesday Briefs: January 20, 2021

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.

 

Super Trooper #52 (12.3) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Evan sat lost in thought in the station break room. His pad of tickets lay open on the table before him as well as a cup of coffee. He’d been asked to trade shifts for tonight and had readily agreed. Not only would he be helping a fellow trooper, but he couldn’t help but think in the back of his mind that maybe the others would like a night without him being there.

Not Chan, of course, he hastily told himself. He meant the children. But that thought felt disloyal as well.  As did his relief at not being there. And that only made him feel guilty on top of everything else.

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Phases of Moon: Part 64 by J. Alan Veerkamp

The full moon had fallen out of sight, marking the phase’s end. Fergus bid it good riddance. With his duties complete, he could hopefully turn his attention to more deserving matters.

“Was that as bad as I think it was?” Granger asked.

Once he yanked his shirt down over his head and body, Fergus clenched his fists against his sides to quell the urge to strike his second. “It was a fucking disaster. Three nights and three pack runs. Each one worse than the last.”

Frozen grass made brittle noises as he stomped a path out of the woods with Granger at his side, snapping dead twigs under his feet.

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Mate’s Come First: Chapter 6B by Carol Pedroso

Owen grinned as Nancy giggled. “Do you know, Nancy, that water and fire make the best cleansing spells? All you have to do is think about your element flowing through you and, in your case, burning away any nasty things it finds.”

Nancy frowned in concentration and the flame went out as she glowed as though lit from the inside. The glow lasted a few seconds before fading.

“I feel different, better,” she said with wonder in her voice. “My teacher told me I shouldn’t use fire to do spells. Why did she say that?”

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Ancalagon: Chapter Twenty-two by Cia Nordwell
 

“Garjah, it looks like you have a new friend,” Timok teased.  

“He just smells Essell on me.” Garjah had both pairs of hands lifted away from Bouncer who was looking up at him. “Cerops are predators, primarily hunting by sound but also by sight and smell. He’s using smell, that’s all.”  

“He’s hunting you?” Seedrah’s voice rose.  

“No, you fool. He thinks Garjah is his other parent. He’s adopted Essell as his pack, and something about Garjah tripped that caretaker role for him as well.”  

“Smell, I’m telling you. I helped Essell walk on the way here.” Garjah crossed his

 
 

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