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Wednesday Briefs: November 18, 2020

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Phases of Moon: Part 50 by J. Alan Veerkamp

awyer decided to avoid commenting on Jimmy not needing directions to his home. His safe, sensible car waited for him next to Jada’s SUV as Jimmy’s truck pulled into the driveway. The modest ranch kept its tidy appearance with short evergreen shrubs this deep into fall, and he noted there were more leaves to rake, marking the coming end of the yard-care season he loved so much. The white pine sapling he’d planted the week after they bought the house seven years ago had grown into a child-sized Christmas tree. Given time, it would dwarf the house, reaching into the sky.
 

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Wednesday Briefs: November 11, 2020

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Ancalagon: Chapter Thirteen by Cia Nordwell
 

Garjah pressed a spot on the straps and they retracted smoothly. What had he pushed? I didn’t see any button but I could have been free that easy? Not that there was anywhere to go. I didn’t see a way to open the door from the inside either, and the room was small.  

I sat up immediately and hissed as my feet touched the floor. They were bare and the pulse of an engine vibrating through the metal disturbed me. “Are we still moving?”  

“Yes, but you are awake now so Timok wants me to take you for a meal.”  

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Wednesday Briefs: November 4, 2020

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Phases of Moon: Part 46 by J. Alan Veerkamp

Jimmy’s wolf refused to stop pacing. If it had been loose, its claws would be leaving shavings all over the wood floors. Instead, it prowled restless and frustrated in his head, and for a change, Jimmy wasn’t the focus of its ire.

No, his wolf wanted to rend Fergus’s throat into bloody strips when he altered the parameters of their agreement. Jimmy had gone above and beyond, proving his worth in a way no other wolf would ever be asked to be part of a pack. It wasn’t his fault Fergus’s pack had some infighting. He didn’t care about any of that.

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Wednesday Briefs: October 28, 2020

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Phases of Moon: Part 44 by J. Alan Veerkamp

Fergus had been barely able to sit still since Jimmy called.

“I have the rogue. Meet me in an hour.”


Other than a meeting place, the cryptic call had been cut short. Normally, Fergus would have been put off by the brusque disconnection, but the excitement won over. Months of waiting for Jimmy to complete his mission and bring the rogue wolf to him would finally be over. He’d been starting to worry it might never end. Tying up the loose end would go a long way to easing his nights.

Waiting in his truck on the side of the forgotten stretch of dirt road, Fergus checked his phone for the umpteenth time.

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Wednesday Briefs: October 21, 2020

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Ancalagon: Chapter Ten by Cia Nordwell
 

It was the feet. Those broad soles and flat toes digging into the earth were made to move soundlessly. And the subtle green striping would probably help the creature to blend in amazingly with the foliage around us, if he wanted to.  

Based on the way he stood, feet spread apart and four arms braced, two on the torso and two outward facing me, he wasn’t hiding at all. The planet did not have any structures or even ruins that indicated an advanced civilization or culture; nothing to show manufacturing or building.  

No way to cover up making the textile

 

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Wednesday Briefs: October 14, 2020

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Ancalagon Chapter Eight; by Cia Nordwell
 

He was trotting along ahead of me, weaving through bushes I had to hack a path through, when his rigid stance caught my eye. “What is it, boy?” I spoke quietly to avoid spooking him or alerting whatever had caused his alarm.  

A loud blast overhead sent me into a crouch at his side. He was belly down flat to the earth, his ears folded flat and head swinging wildly.  

What was that? We’d walked most of the day. I’d observed several insects, but for all his ability to walk far quieter than I could, the prey animals must have

 
 

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Wednesday Briefs: October 7, 2020

 

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Phases of Moon: Part 38 by J. Alan Veerkamp

“I can’t read this tonight.”

With a beleaguered sigh, Sawyer tossed the paperback on the end table. The prose was questionable, the plot barely existent, and he only purchased it because the swarthy pirate on the cover reminded him of Jimmy.

“You’re so sad, Sawyer.” He didn’t usually talk to himself, but the empty house felt abnormally hollow this evening.

Jada had left for her pottery class over an hour ago. Or was it her yoga class night? For the life of him, he couldn’t remember her schedule. Ugh, he’d been such a lousy husband. No wonder she’d wanted out.

 

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Wednesday Briefs: September 30, 2020

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Phases of Moon: Part 36 by J. Alan Veerkamp

“You didn’t have to come all this way just to say hello.”

The gleam in Sawyer’s eyes told Jimmy he wasn’t complaining about the surprise visit. The bank’s lobby was currently devoid of customers, but he knew that wouldn’t last, so his time was limited. The other employees, however, were present, and a few were taking a vested interest in their conversation. It kept Jimmy from ravishing Sawyer in public. While he might not have cared what others thought, his mate would not appreciate being mauled into a breathless mess in front of his coworkers. The few kisses he’d stolen since meeting Sawyer’s mother before the full moon had hardly quenched his thirst.

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Wednesday Briefs: September 23, 2020

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Ancalagon: Chapter Six by Cia Nordwell

My scans indicated there was a rocky outcropping nearby, and based on what I’d seen of the wildlife so far, I wanted nothing more than to put some solid stone at my back. Climbing would do me no good, and while the ground level was rarely safe either, I’d have to take my chances there. Setting up a shelter would take too much time, though I’d brought collapsible poles and and flex fabric.

I would fear what I couldn’t see. Being inside a shelter wouldn’t make the predators go away, and I’d rather see them coming. I’d make a fire;

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Wednesday Briefs: September 16, 2020

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Ancalagon: Chapter Five by Cia Nordwell

It reached in again and scraped the log but pulled back an empty paw. Whining again, it jumped on top of the log, then reached again from the new angle, this time getting another small grub.

Sheer terror had me on the defensive, and I’d only thought I was observing the beast. I kept thinking I knew what it was, but no… I was wrong. This was not the same one I’d seen earlier. It wasn’t one of the young ones either.

It was between the two sizes. Not as a big, not as dark red. The stripes were just

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