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Wednesday Briefs: November 16, 2022

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Bad Karma and the Family Plan #49 (10.3) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Ethan and I both jumped up, weapons already drawn, looking for the source of the disturbance. Expecting to see a bullet hole of some kind in the step, I was surprised to find a rock lying there instead. Ethan saw it as well. His face flushed with anger as he holstered his gun and called out into the darkness, “Okay Joey. You can stop that shit right now and come on out where we can see you.”

Joey? Was he kidding? The next moment, Ethan’s brother slouched into view, wearing a smirk. That was the happiest I’d seen him since we’d arrived.

“Did I scare you two great big secret agents?” he taunted us.

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Wednesday Briefs: November 9, 2022

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Ancalagon: Chapter One Hundred Fifteen by Cia Nordwell
 

“The building that’s on fire,” Garjah broke in and said dryly. He wiped his face. “We didn’t see your mech, though.”  

“Oh.” Ases cleared his throat, paling. “Well, you got out so others probably did too, right? The damage probably isn’t that bad. My mech caught it on camera, so I sent him in, just in case, to make sure no one needed help.”  

I snorted. “And the Kardoval want to make you and me the bad guys.”  

“What?” Ases put on an outraged face and staggered back a few steps. His hand landed on his chest as he straightened.

 
 

 

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Wednesday Briefs: November 2, 2022

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Bad Karma and the Family Plan #47 (10.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Dinner was absolutely wonderful! I hadn’t really had a chance to appreciate Maureen’s cooking in its full splendor before since she’d been recovering from a stroke during our first visit. And how she managed to stretch this most excellent meal to accommodate all her extra guests was beyond me but she did and her efforts were most definitely appreciated. I could only imagine what Thanksgivings must be like here, at least from a culinary standpoint. Ethan and I tended to eat out on holidays, for the most part. I know he was as happy as I was at our unexpected largesse.

Of course, the fly in the ointment as far as holidays went, was Ethan’s older brother. He sat through the meal like the proverbial bump on a log and only spoke when he was directly addressed…which meant not very often.

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Wednesday Briefs: October 26, 2022

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Ancalagon: Chapter One Hundred Thirteen by Cia Nordwell
 

“We’ve already given away the element of surprise,” Garjah said. “They will expect me to try to flee the city, so they’ll be on the lookout for anywhere I might go, like my house or the port.”  

“Which is why you won’t do that,” Ases said. “We’re going to get my mech. You’re staying here to distract the Kardoval.”  

Garjah raised his eyebrows, the skin on his forehead wrinkling around the ridges pushing back from his forehead and curling around his skull. He looked skeptical. “How exactly am I doing that?”  

Ases had been somewhat vague on that part of

 
 

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Wednesday Briefs: October 19, 2022

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Bad Karma and the Family Plan #45 (9.3) by Julie Lynn Hayes

“That sounds like a good idea,” Ethan agreed. “Thanks, Dad. I’ll let Mom know what’s going on and see what we can do to help her. I don’t want us to be any trouble to her.”

Ethan’s father nodded his approval to this suggestion, for all intents and purposes giving the appearance of a loving and thoughtful spouse, although I wasn’t entirely sure about that. But maybe this leopard had managed to change its spots. And maybe nothing had really happened between him and his daughter-in-law. I hoped that was true, for Maureen’s sake. Or if it did, I hoped it was over now.

Sheesh, such a tangled web.

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Wednesday Briefs: October 12, 2022

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Ancalagon: Chapter One Hundred Eleven by Cia Nordwell
 

“Are you all right?”  

I stopped and stared at Garjah. He sat on the edge of the bed in our quarters, and I was pacing in front of him. “You’re asking me that?”  

He still had that look in his eyes at times when he wasn’t talking to someone. It was like the world grew still around him, and he froze. I tried to always be close when that happened, and touch him gently, pulling Garjah back to reality in a way that would soothe him and keep those around us safe.  

Deep dents marred one wall where he’d lashed

 
 

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Wednesday Briefs: October 5, 2022

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Bad Karma and the Family Plan #43 (9.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes

If that didn’t sound ominous…

“What’s going on, Anderson?” Ethan asked in a low voice. To all outward appearances, he seemed calm. But I knew better. I could feel the tension in him, although I must say he controlled it well.

“Information was leaked regarding the hotel you were supposed to stay in,” Anderson said. “We have reason to believe another murder attempt will be made.”

The fact that he didn’t specify just who the target of

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Wednesday Briefs: September 28, 2022

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Bad Karma and the Family Plan #42 (8.5) by Julie Lynn Hayes

“I’m so sorry.” Maureen continued to apologize for her ill-mannered child, even though she clearly wasn’t to blame for his bad behavior. And honestly I couldn’t fault the minister either. Face it, Joe Jr. was just a bad egg.

Ethan, Sarah, and Benny were quick to assure her that his words were not his fault, while I maintained a stoic silence. Both because I didn’t feel it was my place to intrude in this family moment and also because I had nothing but expletives to use regarding him and didn’t think that would be appropriate behavior on my part.

The minister retreated to his study, at least

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Wednesday Briefs: September 21, 2022

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Ancalagon: Chapter One Hundred and Eight by Cia Nordwell

Bouncer pounced with his claws extended, and for the first time I saw why everyone was so afraid of cerops. It wasn’t just the wide wounds his claws slashed across the officer’s throat, it was the poison that bubbled from the wounds and the froth that immediately bubbled from the male’s mouth. He died instantly. “Bouncer, no—” was all I got out before he was already stalking back to my side.

Ases squeezed my shoulder. “That guy was on the vid feed.”

“What?” I couldn’t look away from the bloody pawprints coming straight from the body to us but

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Wednesday Briefs: September 14, 2022

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Bad Karma and the Family Plan #40 (8.3) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Well, let’s just say luck was not on our side when we arrived at the Thorne family home. Thanks to having been alerted by Sarah, Maureen was waiting for us when we pulled up the long drive, but she wasn’t alone. Her husband sat beside her on the porch swing. He stood when we pulled up but made no move to follow her as she flew down the steps toward the car.

I was surprised to hear Ethan mutter something under his breath that sounded like a curse, surely not at the sight of his mother. Alarmed, I glanced around us, not sure what he was upset about. And then I noticed the other car parked on the grass and I recognized it from our last visit. Joe Junior. Weren’t we just the lucky ones? And why did I think his being here had nothing to do with the return of his uncle to the family fold? Also, shouldn’t he be working? Doing whatever insurance agents did every day?

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