Wednesday Briefs: February 3, 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.

Phases of Moon: Part 68 by J. Alan Veerkamp

“Don’t snow. Don’t snow. Don’t snow.” Pressed close to the living room window, Jada’s chant fogged the glass as she stared up at the cloud covered sky.

The forecast said otherwise, but she was convinced a storm was on its way, if for no other reason but to punish her for not liking the coming season. The house sat back far enough on the property, shoveling wasn’t practical. It made snowfall particularly troublesome. Thankfully their retired neighbor, Clyde took pity on them and plowed their driveway when the weather turned south for a price of a plate of cookies, because his wife, Darlene always gave away the ones she made to their grandchildren

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Ancalagon: Chapter Twenty-four by Cia Nordwell

Bouncer was beside me in an instant, his whole body tense. He whined, sniffing the air. Garjah held my wrist with his upper arm and swept me into his lower pair, once again cradling me in his arms against his hard chest. It was hard, but my exosuit protected me. My helmet jarred against his shoulder as he ran, but I couldn’t look away from the writhing shape in my palm.  

Not even when I twisted my head, frantically smacking my helmet until it released, and vomited to one side.  

The indominable cerops stayed beside us, refusing to leave me


Super Trooper #54 (12.5) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Damn, that was something he hadn’t expected. It had been a while since anybody had hit on him. At least not that he’d noticed. Since he had met Chan, he just didn’t notice that kind of thing anymore. He didn’t know if he was more angry or disgusted at the stranger’s blatant overtures. Either way, he was definitely not interested.

Well, going to Partners for a nightcap hadn’t worked out anywhere near the way he’d hoped it would. Roy hadn’t been there, and Evan certainly didn’t feel any more relaxed. If anything, he felt guilty for being at a bar by himself, when Chan was waiting for him at home. Asleep or not.

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