Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part forty-two)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Oct 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part forty-two)                   Raymond, deliberate effort in his rising, said on a sigh: “To whom have they asked to speak?” “To the Queen.” “Then, Matteo, tell them she is a widow in mourning.” Matteo glanced at Giovanna. “They have twenty mounted men, […]

Lewis (part three)

                    There had been a time when Ray, bringing a space heater of Mary Anne’s that he’d thought Mrs. Lewis might use more, had got no answer to his knock. He had taken a little stroll. He had meant to try pounding the kitchen door. But […]

Lewis (part two)

                    “You’re one of those…” Ray cast an arm towards the Spaulding property, not remembering the name that might be this stranger’s. A rail fence edged where the hill dipped into Spaulding’s hollow. When the farmhouse had renters, there had been a pony, Ray always seeing […]

Lewis (part one)

                    Sometimes a visitor got onto the property, just as far as stepping over the ditch. The postman only stopped his car, and almost never did, only for bills. It was not a mystery; people knew an old woman lived in the Lewis house, alone. They […]

Drownings (part six)

      Drownings (part six)   “Did he live by himself? Could we see the place?” When McAlley turned to him, Jellison shrugged. One not capable of taking offense, McAlley judged, but preferring a man’s encouragement to a woman’s. “I don’t object, myself. It’s not exactly for let, but I don’t object.” He stopped […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part ten)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Oct 2021 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part ten)           But this path I had made before me separated the individuals I was seeing. Many were beggars, many disfigured, many shy a limb. Sellers carried trays strapped around their necks…as at Aran, they sold potions, poultices, amulets. I saw even a tray […]

My Blog Week: October 17 to October 23

Posted by ractrose on 25 Oct 2021 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                               A Word on the Week     What Comes After Awareness? (2)         One bit of news this week involved a new social media platform, a money-soliciting venture by ex-president Trump. It […]

to shed (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Oct 2021 in Art, Poems

      to shed   if you’ve gone out walking the mission has an end goal arriving at the place with sacks, or lacking beggary for help they’ve hindered you forms dropped duly at addresses or into pockets, coating individual per contents, you seek to do kind works for nature closer now, soon to […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (conclusion)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty-four)                               Epilogue   Extract from Annie’s notebook     And so Patrice spoke the truth. A word lives on, a word radiates! The written word influences more, at times, than purposed. The written word, again by […]

Hammersmith: A Few Laws Broken (chapter thirty-one)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Oct 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-One A Few Laws Broken           Mossbunker’s wall rose a few feet higher than Ralph’s eight-foot ladder. Perched on this, Curach whispered, “Hand me up that feather bolster.” Chilly’s answer to a mechanical problem, was to roll the bolster tight around a fat stick. He hoisted this to Curach; […]