Drownings (part three)

      Drownings (part three)     Faia strode next to him, both aware of the woman’s yelling. They descended to the water, cleared a gap baffled by rolls of grey rubber—and they were afloat. Half of the walkway seemed forbidden; allowed parts doglegged segment to segment, cordoned with moveable fences painted yellow. The […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fifty-three)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty-three)                               Epilogue   Extract from Annie’s notebook     It has been two years today. Two years, since I arrived at the house, to find the shutters closed. Between the slats, rays of a pale yellow […]

Hammersmith: Night Maneuvers (chapter twenty-nine)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Nine Night Maneuvers           Elton Bott advanced in stealth through the gloaming. Soft expressions into tussocky grass, of right foot, followed by left foot, heel rolled to toe—an art attributed by their Chief to the Iroquois, and a single-file exercise on which the Patriots had drilled—did not stop various […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty-nine)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-nine)                   Hands attached to her bare arms, as in her shift she bent over the window ledge, staring, searching. A contrary thing in Maria’s heart made her refuse any gasp or cry. She turned, and slowly. “Sister, I was only […]

Yoharie: Inside (part two)

Yoharie Inside (part two)             “So, your foot is a complicated appendage. Each toe, even your pinky toe, is sending signals, by its own neural pathway, to the brain. And your brain uses all that information to orient itself in space. It doesn’t like what it has to learn when […]

My Blog Week: September 26 to October 2

All the Latest from Torsade!                               A Word on the Week     This and That         I’m not a hugely followed person on Twitter, but I enjoy a tiny give-and-take on current events, and like others in […]

The Big Pants (part five)

Short Stories The Big Pants (part five)         Leon got insurance for those times he was cutting brush, and crossed fingers the rest of the time. The children and her daughter needed adding to her own…and that was a lot of money from her paycheck. Luisa cleared a little above seventeen hundred […]

Drownings (part two)

      Drownings (part two)     On this end of the tunnel grey waters lapped, probing their way landwards, aiming for the foot of a bench. A bench shaded, had there been leaves and sun, by an ugly-trunked, thorn-clustered locust. The bank sat undercut, pod-strewn; dead blond grasses arched and dropped their heads […]

My Blog Week: September 19 to September 24

All the Latest from Torsade!                               A Word on the Week     The Best You Can Do         I don’t know if anyone has done a study of the odds. But let’s suppose a writer achieves a […]

Hammersmith: Fleeing and Eluding (chapter twenty-eight)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Eight Fleeing and Eluding             A monumental figure unveiled by dispelling shadow stood, robe and nightcap clad, on the closed porch Hogben remembered. She stood depressing the door-latch…with seemingly itchy fingers and poised-for-action footwork. He had entered Green Glade Lodge in innocence; he was exiting it in aid […]