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Wednesday Briefs: February 24, 2021

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Ancalagon: Chapter Twenty-seven by Cia Nordwell
 

When Garjah said he planned to stay with me, I hadn’t realized exactly what that meant. I should have. His quarters were bigger than mine but not that much bigger. There was no extra bunk to unlatch from the wall, and he wasn’t about to roll a bed in from the corridor.  

No, when Garjah came out of his bathroom facilities in a pair of extremely brief and tight shorts, he helped me in there. They’d changed me while I was out, so I was in a much looser pair of the same shorts and a loose shirt. Exhaustion weighed

 
 

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Wednesday Briefs: February 17, 2021

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Phases of Moon: Part 72 by J. Alan Veerkamp

“Police say your wife—”

Sawyer reached back and gripped Jimmy’s arm, interrupting Dr. Adams to stop his mate’s growling. Now was poor timing for possessive territory gestures. “Ex-wife.”

Well fed, pale, and gray hair thinning, the older doctor’s gaze flickered to Sawyer’s hand on Jimmy. A new century or not, the area was conservative enough to remind Sawyer how some people reacted to men together, so he let go and regretted it at once. Dr. Adams continued, but the judgmental undertone colored the conversation. Jimmy remained silent, allowing Sawyer to handle the details.

“Yes… Excuse me…

 

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Wednesday Briefs: February 10, 2021

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Ancalagon: Chapter Twenty-five by Cia Nordwell
 

“I’m glad humans are predictable,” Timok said.  

“That’s enough.” Garjah crouched beside Bouncer’s exercise cage in the hold, one set of hands flat on the floor, the other on the door. We were hiding in one of the tubes they’d set up. It was dark, and small, and I could hide from reality. Bouncer lay across my legs. “Can I come in, Essell?”  

I buried my face against Bouncer’s neck. “I want to stay here.” He was purring against me, nuzzling my cheek.  

“You can stay there. I just want to come in.”  

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Wednesday Briefs: February 3, 2021

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Phases of Moon: Part 68 by J. Alan Veerkamp

“Don’t snow. Don’t snow. Don’t snow.” Pressed close to the living room window, Jada’s chant fogged the glass as she stared up at the cloud covered sky.

The forecast said otherwise, but she was convinced a storm was on its way, if for no other reason but to punish her for not liking the coming season. The house sat back far enough on the property, shoveling wasn’t practical. It made snowfall particularly troublesome. Thankfully their retired neighbor, Clyde took pity on them and plowed their driveway when the weather turned south for a price of a plate of cookies, because his wife, Darlene always gave away the ones she made to their grandchildren

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Wednesday Briefs: January 27, 2020

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Super Trooper #53 (12.4) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Evan’s night had been a long one, but relatively uneventful. He’d issued warnings to a few speeders, ticketed a couple he recognized as repeat offenders. Helped a stranded motorist with a flat tire and was called to the scene of a domestic dispute which ended with him taking an abusive spouse to jail. Now he was done, paperwork complete and turned in, and he was ready to call it a night.

The trouble was that for once the thought of going home didn’t appeal to him. And that only served to make him feel guiltier than he already felt.

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Wednesday Briefs: January 20, 2021

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Super Trooper #52 (12.3) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Evan sat lost in thought in the station break room. His pad of tickets lay open on the table before him as well as a cup of coffee. He’d been asked to trade shifts for tonight and had readily agreed. Not only would he be helping a fellow trooper, but he couldn’t help but think in the back of his mind that maybe the others would like a night without him being there.

Not Chan, of course, he hastily told himself. He meant the children. But that thought felt disloyal as well.  As did his relief at not being there. And that only made him feel guilty on top of everything else.

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Wednesday Briefs: January 13, 2021

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Super Trooper #51 (12.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Although he’d finally helped the young teller to balance her drawer, it had taken a little longer than he’d hoped it would. By the time Chan pulled into the driveway of his parents’ home—he had trouble thinking of it any other way—he knew he would have to face a hungry horde. He half expected to see his brother’s face in the window, watching for him. But the curtains were drawn and there was no sign of Kamal.

Chan wasn’t sure if that was a good or a bad thing.

When he reached the front door, he took a deep breath

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Wednesday Briefs: January 6, 2021

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Phases of Moon: Part 60 by J. Alan Veerkamp

Darkness loomed, reaching up from the tree line, turning the sky indigo. The full moon hadn’t made an appearance yet, but its impending rise sent anxious shivers through Jimmy’s soul. Never had he wished for eternal daylight.

Damned early November sunsets.

“It’s getting dark out. We should get ready,” Jimmy said.

Sawyer’s exhale was loud and hollow. “Yeah. You’re probably right. Clock’s ticking.”

Dormant grass crunched under bare feet as they circled the house. They’d spent most of the day inside, feeding Sawyer’s bottomless appetite, and burning off nervous energy in bed. Now they found themselves saying goodbye to the sun.

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Wednesday Briefs: December 30, 2020

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Super Trooper #49 (11.4) by Julie Lynn Hayes

The first couple of weeks after becoming a family was spent in adjusting to the new situation. Some adjustments were easier than others, Evan found. He and Chan had had their own routines, but these were gone now, naturally. Although some things were similar, such as meals. They still shared the cooking duties, although Chan was by far the better chef. An opinion which was born out by his siblings, who seemed less than enthusiastic when Evan cooked. In all fairness, Evan had done little cooking for himself prior to meeting Chan, other than grilling when the mood hit him. Even so, he was trying to please their palates, just not succeeding very well.

Chan and Evan didn’t work the same hours.

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Wednesday Briefs: December 23, 2020

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First Snow by Cia Nordwell

Miguel peered out the window into the darkness. It was rain mixed with slush. The edges of the window were rimed with frost, and he shouldn’t want it to snow, but he did. He had to go back to job hunting in the morning, and his coat wasn’t thick enough to keep out the cold, but could it be worse than the rain? It was still damp from his futile all day trek yesterday, even though he’d left it draped over the vent.

Maybe he should have stayed in Florida, where everything was familiar, where the weather didn’t make his

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