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Wednesday Briefs: May 12, 2021

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Ancalagon: Chapter Thirty-eight by Cia Nordwell
 

Bouncer was up and snarling, his rumble a deeper counterpoint to my pissed off hissing anger. I only wished I sounded that intimidating. It didn’t matter, I had a cerops to back me up, and once I figured out who had touched Garjah, I would hunt them down and together we’d rip off all four of their arms so they couldn’t go around touching other people who shouldn’t be touched by anyone but—  

The ramble in my brain didn’t end as I circled Garjah who stood very, very still. No, it only got more violent when I realized the scent

 
 

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Wednesday Briefs: May 5, 2021

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Ancalagon: Chapter Thirty-seven by Cia Nordwell
 

“You don’t need to be scared,” Garjah said. He hurried over to the bed and sat next to me. The bunk edge sank under his weight. I leaned against him. The scent was even better straight from the source.  

Timok stepped closer, and I snapped my head up. He eased back, raising his hands. “Okay, so I’m going to say the bonding is not yet complete.”  

“You think?” I wanted to snap, and I was probably shorter than I even thought that came out considering I couldn’t stop glaring at him.  

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Wednesday Briefs: April 28, 2021

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Super Trooper #66 (15.3) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Everything had gone perfectly today, just as Evan hoped it would. It had been difficult to send Chan off to work looking like a wounded puppy because no one had acknowledged his birthday. But that would have given everything away, and he was sure his lover forgave him for that now.

Laksha had begun to bake as soon as Chan was out of sight. The result was the most beautiful carrot cake Evan had ever seen, completely with traditional fondant decorations. She seemed pleased with the praised he heaped on her, and helped him to prep for the food he was going to make for Chan’s birthday lunch. He couldn’t even pronounce the name of the main dish when he started, but with

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Wednesday Briefs: April 21, 2021

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Super Trooper #65 (15.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Chan’s unhappiness over the day’s events—or rather the lack thereof—grew even greater when he arrived at work to find it was just another ordinary day on the job. Not one happy birthday in the bunch, just business as usual. He tried hard not to be grumpy or morose, but he found that difficult to do when everyone else was just so full of smiles and sunshine.

He hadn’t brought a lunch, thinking someone would treat him for his birthday, as was the usual custom among his fellow employees. But when an offer wasn’t forthcoming, he finally decided what the heck, he’d just do something for himself. Why not? Even if no one else realized what day it was, he did.

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Wednesday Briefs: April 14, 2021

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Ancalagon: Chapter Thirty-four by Cia Nordwell
 

Garjah knelt between my legs. I slowly pushed up on the bunk so I could pivot on a knee and then face away. My breath sawed in and out of my chest, and I moved almost as slow as I had when the gravity had pressed down on me. I gripped the top edge of the bunk with my arms, and balanced on my other forearms, lowering my torso toward the soft surface.  

“Like this?” I murmured.  

“Yes.” Garjah grunted the word. He leaned forward, tracing one hand over my back. “Your color is amazing. So pink.” He brought his

 
 

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Wednesday Briefs: April 7, 2021

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Phases of Moon: Part 86 by J. Alan Veerkamp

Sawyer didn’t remember which local craft fair Maddie had acquired the handmade calendar. Engraved designs of forest and wolves topped the hardwood plaque filled with rows of changeable tiles marking the months and days. Frivolous and purely decorative, he’d all but ignored it during his teen years.

Now with his new knowledge, it took on so much more meaning.

The twenty-fifth had been replaced. Between the twenty-four and twenty-six sat a stylized pine tree topped with a star. Sawyer always used to look forward to December and the Christmas season. They were never a religious family, but the spirit of giving gifts and Peace on Earth was a worthwhile endeavor.

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Wednesday Briefs: March 31, 2021

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Super Trooper #62 (14.5) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Evan’s request for a day off was quickly given, luckily. Otherwise, he wasn’t sure what he would have done. After getting off the phone with his supervisor, he slid it into his pocket and returned to the kitchen. Kamal was just finishing his pancakes. He looked up from his plate, giving Evan an inquisitive glance as he searched for something or someone.

“Denise can’t come today. She doesn’t feel well,” Evan explained.

“Oh,” Kamal said. “Is Mandy coming then?”

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Wednesday Briefs: March 24, 2021

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Ancalagon: Chapter Thirty-one by Cia Nordwell
 

“Are you always this calm?” Even as I asked the question, I was pushing away from the table to pace the room. As big as it was, I could only manage a few paces in each direction and that wasn’t enough.  

“Yes.” Garjah set down his knife and watched me. “Staying calm is essential in high stress situations.”  

I ran a hand through my hair. “Basically your whole job.”  

He inclined his head. “A lot of the time, yes. My mission is to keep everyone safe, but I feel different toward you.”  

Of course that was stressful. I’m an alien.

 
 

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Wednesday Briefs: March 17, 2021

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Super Trooper #60 (14.3) by Julie Lynn Hayes

True to his word, Kamal was waiting in the front yard when Chan pulled his car up beside Evan’s cruiser. Whooping with excitement, he rushed his brother the moment he stepped out of his car and refused to allow Chan even a minute to take his briefcase inside the house. His Texas Rangers cap on his head, he was armed with his favorite Frisbee, with a ball and glove as back-up. Chan couldn’t help but smile at his enthusiastic little brother.

“Here, set this on the porch for me,” Chan said, taking the Frisbee.

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Wednesday Briefs: March 10, 2021

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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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