Wednesday Briefs: May 18, 2022

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 Ninety-one by Cia Nordwell

Ases sent his mech to the far side of the room where it extended its legs and looked down on the room. We’d been announced, and the applause had sounded sincere enough. The knots of people were slow to approach our trio, however, even after the mech moved away.  

“The clothing is certainly interesting.” Many people wore outfits that mirrored the patterns on their skin, spots or stripes, but in many different hues. Others wore draped robes held over a single shoulder or wraps in plain colors but accessorized with gaudy jewels. “I’m glad I packed several formal outfits.” He

Rose and Thorne 6 #23 (5.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

James was as blond as his son, and not bad looking, although nowhere near as attractive as Ethan. Little Alex had good genes on both sides, apparently. But of course looks weren’t everything, and Ethan had a generous, kind, loving heart, while this was the man who’d run out on his pregnant girlfriend. ‘Nuff said.

“Nice to see you too,” came the sarcastic reply to Ethan’s question. Well, this wasn’t starting out well, was it? Was I going to have to get between these two before they got into an altercation of some kind? I knew Ethan was not a violent man, but when it came to those he loved, such as me and his sister, he could be, when provoked. Of course, there was Sarah’s son to consider. Ethan would never place him in the line of fire. There was no telling what the child’s father might or might not do.

“I’m sorry, were you expecting the Welcome Wagon?”

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