My Flash Fiction – Evaluation

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=Is he dead? He’s lain there for almost two of their hours.

=His chest area is moving. That’s where the lungs are, that supply air and keep the body shell alive.

=You think I don’t know that?

=Of course you do. I just thought—

=I needed a reminder of my scientific role?

=Please do not take offence. Your qualifications are as good as mine. It’s just… fear.

=What of?

=Not of, but for. Fear for you.

=You know there’s no need. I can deal with anything we discover. Haven’t I proved that on other missions?

=I don’t doubt your capacity for our research, your evaluation abilities. What I fear for is your… reaction strategy.

=Which I won’t talk about now.

=Which… is apparently now your favourite reaction strategy.

=You must trust me to know how to behave.

=I must, must I?

=Is that sarcasm? Maybe you’re the one who needs his strategy examined.

=And maybe your empathy with the specimens has contaminated me as well.


=Yes, your reprimand is right. We should pause and re-connect. Our emotional balance appears to be off-kilter, our language protocols slipping into their casual idiom—

=No, I mean wait because he’s moving.



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Clare London took her pen name from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic, and sexy characters. Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter three stage and plenty of other projects in mind... she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home. Clare loves to hear from readers, and you can contact her here: Website: E-mail: Blog: Facebook: Twitter: Goodreads: Amazon: Google+ :