Wednesday Briefs: March 10, 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 78 by J. Alan Veerkamp

Panes of glass exploded, slicing Jimmy’s skin as he and Fergus burst through the window, unhindered, into the December night sky. Catching the light from behind, the crystal-like shards pirouetted, weightless and sparkling. Time slowed mid-air. Unhappy of their attempt to evade its grasp, gravity cancelled their freefall and dragged them to the earth below. Sharing his wolf’s consuming rage, Jimmy failed to manage the impact, crash landing with equal force as Fergus. Clods of soil mixed in the dirty whirlwind as they bounced and skidded with awful grunts. Deadly slivers of window rained around them.

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Ancalagon: Chapter Twenty-nine by Cia Nordwell

“Stars,” I said weakly. This was going to take some getting used to. Clean. Even without water, I’d feel better if I cleaned myself up. I set the bag on the available shelf and dug around for some clothes. Cursing when I realized shirts were out, I grabbed underclothes and pants at least. I wasn’t sure if I was more angry or scared or if I was both in equal measure.  

But I wanted answers.  

I marched out of the bathroom. Garjah sat at his table.  

“What did you do to me?”  

“I didn’t do anything but give you nutrient


Super Trooper #59 (14.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

The savings and loan where Chan worked locked its doors promptly at noon on Saturday, since it was just a half day. But that didn’t mean any customers still inside were kicked out. Everyone who was already inside at twelve was taken care of before the employees closed up and left for the day.

Everything was running smoothly today.  Chan hoped the same could be said of his home. He’d called Evan on his break and talked to him briefly. But Evan had seemed a little… distracted. Chan had asked was anything wrong and had been assured that nothing was. Still, he couldn’t help but worry just a little.

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