Wednesday Briefs: January 4, 2023

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.

Winter Haven’s Dyrpath: Chapter Four by Cia Nordwell

I braced for the burn, pain just another part of life when you have something people want. Or you want something, because nothing ever comes for free, and crossing that barrier had to come at a cost. The light was warm, then warmer, like the sun on a summer’s day at noon and it stung my eyes just as badly so I squeezed them shut. Sweat sprang up on my forehead, and I shook as I took another step, sure that was when it would start.

A shadow fell over my face, cooling the warmth, and my foot came down

Bad Karma and the Family Plan #56 (12.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes

The looks we were receiving from Joey were, let’s just say, less than pleasant. His face was contorted in a angry grimace, as if he wanted to lash out at all of us. At the same time, I could tell he wasn’t sure what he could get away with, especially with his father so close at hand and the rest of us more than willing to pound some manners into him… in a nice way, of course.

I noticed he was eying the couch, as if he intended to stake some claim on it. But Benny didn’t appear to be inclined to move, and I suspected Joey didn’t have the nerve to ask him to do so. I also had the feeling that sleeping in his dad’s armchair was not going to fly either. I have to give Ethan’s brother credit for being persistent in his stupidity as he flopped into the chair as if to make himself at home.

That lasted all of thirty seconds

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