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Wednesday Briefs: October 27, 2021

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The Garret Farm: Part 11 by J Ray Lamb

Jason, Trent, and Garret were seated around the dining room that also doubled as a conference table. Colin had put together a meat and cheese tray which took pride of place in the middle of the table. Two coffee pots sat on either side with cream and sugar there as well.

The intern candidate was supposed to arrive at 3pm but didn’t roll into the up until almost 3:30.

As the doorbell rang, Colin went to get the door and Garret just muttered, “So much for first impressions.” causing Jason and Trent to laugh.

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Wednesday Briefs: October 20, 2021

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Ancalagon: Chapter Sixty by Cia Nordwell

Bouncer growled, but the large creature ignored his threat display. It blinked slowly, shuttering those glowing yellow eyes before it opened them again and twisted back around. Delicate feelers extended from the thick mandibles protruding below those large eyes and swept across Swintik’s hand, tasting the acoji nuts before it scooped them up. It tilted its head and swallowed the entire handful.

“Yes, you like that, don’t you?” Swintik chuckled when the segmented insect vibrated under his touch, clacking its mandibles together.

I really didn’t like insects. Usually they didn’t grow too large; their numbers were so great that they’d

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Wednesday Briefs: October 13, 2021

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An Unholy Alliance #20 (5.4) by Julie Lynn Hayes’

As I approached the front door, I found myself assailed by an unaccustomed feeling of nervousness, waves of butterflies pirouetting inside my stomach. Could it be the knowledge that my quest might finally be reaching an end? Or maybe I feared the opposite. Would I learn something I didn’t want to know? What was of greater concern to me, bad news or no news at all?

Either way, I intended to find out. I’d come too far to back down now.

Stop being such an infant and knock on the door already.

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Wednesday Briefs: October 6, 2021

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The Garret Farm: Part 9 by J Ray Lamb

Jason had forgotten what he was going to say to Trent and Trent was silent with shame and guilt.

They both shrugged and went back to eating. Colin was busy hustling around the kitchen and returning calls from builders to get quotes on the new mess hall for the farm.

Colin wasn’t sure why Murphy was wanting a mess hall for the farm as the farm wasn’t that big. Just over 50 people made the place run like a well oiled machine. Not exactly an army battalion but enough people that Murphy had decided he wanted a mess hall.

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Wednesday Briefs: September 29, 2021

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An Unholy Alliance #18 (5.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

 

So much for making a stealthy exit.

If there’d only been one of them, I could have ended the matter quickly and efficiently and been on my way. Four, however, was a bit trickier which I realized as his friends came rushing up, no doubt to see what was going on.  Not that I couldn’t handle them, but I was loathe to make a fuss. And I had things to do that didn’t include going toe-to-toe with a group of drunken rednecks. I eyed them all suspiciously while calculating my next move.

“Who the hell’s this guy?” 

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Wednesday Briefs: September 22, 2021

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Ancalagon: Chapter Fifty-seven by Cia Nordwell
 

Cooperation was one of my mother’s three basic tenets for first contact. These aliens had protected me, fed me, healed me, changed my body to be like theirs, and probably forever isolated me from the rest of humanity when they did that.  

Someone would find the crashed skimmer and make the wrong conclusion. Sonez wouldn’t check too extensively, just order a scan of the surface of the planet from orbit and examination of a few days travel in either direction of the spot.  

There were plenty of predators large enough on the planet to consume a human. Someone who was

 

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Wednesday Briefs: September 15, 2021

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The Garret Farm: Part 8 by J Ray Lamb

The farm continued on as if nothing had happened that morning but yet everything had changed.

Jason was lost in his own thoughts, betrayed by his carnal desires; Trent was still trying to process what had happened to Murphy, then adding Jason’s actions on to it, he was at a complete loss. Murphy was in much the same mental state and had locked himself away in his office.

Only Colin seemed to be taking it all in stride, he had already lunch started for farm management and was starting meal planning for the farm as Murphy had planned on making

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Wednesday Briefs: September 8, 2021

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An Unholy Alliance #15 (4.3) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Tyrone who?

The next moment, my irritation was a thing of the past. I restrained the impatience that demanded I snatch the paper from Casey’s outstretched hand. They weren’t about to tease me on a matter of such vital importance to me, this much I knew.

“Now, I don’t really know how much information this woman has,” Casey warned me, but I was honestly not foolish enough to hang all my hopes on one particular star, so that didn’t faze me. “I met her on a genealogy forum, and we’ve been talking a little. She’s interested in local history too. Her family has lived in the same place since well

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Wednesday Briefs: September 1, 2021

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Ancalagon: Chapter Fifty-four by Cia Nordwell
 

“This is in English.” I glanced at Mereval. “You can read it.”  

“Yes,” she said. “But we don’t understand it.” She pointed at the screen. “Why would you cut off your nose to spite your face?” She grimaced. “We weren’t aware that humans took part in body mutilation.”  

“We don’t,” I said automatically. Then I backtracked, thinking of all the genetic modifications made in the womb that produced what seemed like, to me, some pretty freaky looking people. Not to mention what modern cosmetic surgery could do in a single afternoon. “Not in that fashion at least or for no

 
 

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Wednesday Briefs: August 25, 2021

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An Unholy Alliance #13 (4.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Stay calm, stay calm.

I forced myself to quell the rapid beating of my heart. Such wild fluctuations would do me no good and could, in fact, be quite detrimental to my well-being. I kept telling myself I had no real reason to panic. Just because Tyrone said it, didn’t make it so. This could be a mere coincidence. A coincidence of the highest order, I had to admit, but nonetheless a possibility. Still, I had to be prepared for the worst.

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