Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Gone Before)

A Figure from the Common Lot Gone Before               Verbena tucked her wiping rag into her apron band and slipped along the cupboard, her skirts brushing Honoré as he knelt at Ebrach’s trunk. She went to her husband’s chair, taking only his fingertips in hers. “Richard! I put away […]

Shine! (part three)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part three)                         All the rancor and indignation of a child turned itself towards her guilty father. From the depths of clouded memory she saw again his height and strength, as he lifted her playfully to his shoulder. She heard the […]

Eight: Self-Control (poetry series)

    Self-Control   We enter the scene at an awkward moment pending the interview where the two where alive to tell the other’s fate he shuffles a windowed passage talking over under breath, his listening mind hears sound of words his warning mind the rendering of account the relations come the mythic ancient in […]

The Mirrors (part twelve)

The Mirrors (part twelve)                             “The plain truth. It’s never been your fault or mine. No one ought to think less of us… You and I have done all we can.” Veronica stood, moved behind Carolee’s chair, and rested a hand on […]

The Totem-Maker: Crafter Becomes Maker (part four)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part four)           “Lord Ei. The Peddler is known to you.” Lord Ei sat stony; I, dutifully at his feet, but laying my argument as an equal…and he had not ventured to his garden expecting to be interviewed, only to see me with his […]

My Blog Week: July 26 to August 1

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Twilight of the Old Regime         Two threats came to us this week, on record—threats that can’t be called overt. But no longer queued items not yet […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (The House of Everard)

A Figure from the Common Lot The House of Everard (part two)             He tried, unsuccessfully, to face her, as she had tried to face him. “Feels that at last she may do some good, where she has brought about so much harm. Peggy says to herself, ‘I will ask […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Jerome two)

A Figure from the Common Lot Jerome (part two)           Honoré thought of Gérard, whose present plot of earth would never profit him. “The market must always be better tomorrow than it is today. If Monsieur Serrigny puts me off for a year, not so bad… And if he puts me […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part two)                         Impatience tautened her nerves while she continued to review invoices. Her fever increased under the weight of Mlle Virot’s sneaking surveillance. At last the bell announced the end of shift. Annie, with the others, went to the cloakroom. […]

Eight: Duty (poetry series)

    Duty   “He is lauded for standing by his post” “Standing by at his post…” “Hmm…yes. Why say it? Are you happier about all this, for picking nits?” “Well, close by. Nearby. Remaining, anyway, as duty required. We might find…” “Might find…evidences, do you mean? Perhaps you aren’t fit for the work.” “You […]