- Katheryn J. Avila | @katheryn_avila
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
- Silver James | @SilverJames_
- Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
- Cathy Gendron
- Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
- Anne Chowdhury | @TwiAddictAnne
- Cynthia Hudson-Keane | @AuthorCAKeane
- Mary Decker | @mishmhem
- Angela K. Roe | @AngelaKRoe
Cynthia Hudson-Keane | @AuthorCAKeane
Karla says: Cynthia's story was also mysterious, and ending made me laugh.
Silver James | @SilverJames_
Karla says: Silver's story was sexy as well as intriguing, definitely the kind of longer story I would read.
Katheryn J. Avila | @katheryn_avila
Karla says: This piece stood out for me—it drew me in, kept me intrigued and left me wanting to know what would happen next. Plus, the writing was clean and tight. Nicely done!
I was getting reckless - at least, that’s what Reyn would tell me. It was difficult not to think of her when I was hunting and capturing wraiths. My current bounty gnashed and clawed at the air between us, held back by a chain around its neck and a circle of consecrated dirt. It was a good thing wraiths are so single-minded. If it actually bothered to try escaping instead of tirelessly seeking prey, I wouldn’t have been able to hold it in this room. As long as I stayed within its sights, though, it wouldn’t care about anything but getting at me.
Reyn’s sword felt heavy in my hand, and I had to fight the urge to kill the damn thing. But I couldn’t, or it would lose its usefulness. How long would the chains hold, though? And would the others come for it? I’d never seen wraiths actually help each other, but it was a safe bet that its energy footprint combined with mine would attract more.
My thoughts were broken by a sudden stillness - a silence that penetrated every corner of the space. The wraith had stopped trying to get to me, but simply hovered , eyes trained on me like a shark watching patrons at an aquarium. Its gaze chilled me to my core. As suddenly as it stopped, it let out a wail, its mouth opening to an unnatural size, before lunging.
For now, the chains would hold. All I could do was wait.
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