Hammersmith: Having a Treat (chapter seventeen)

Hammersmith Chapter Seventeen Having a Treat           A sofa with a blanket draped along the seat, trailing the scant carpet, a pillow at the armrest and one on the floor, was taking up the wall under the windows, leaving clearance for only this rug and a little chest. Jane’s sewing table, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-five)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-five)                         Annie walked up the rue de Rennes, coming to the post office. Inside, she asked that a call be put throught to Mme Fougerays. To her unspeakable relief, it was Christiane herself who answered. “Good day, mademoiselle novelist! […]

Bad Counsel (part three)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (part three)                   “Every one of these is rented,” Leo told her. Then, peering at Andrée: “They gotta sweep the rug. What’s that doing?” He pointed to a ceiling panel, askew in its slot over the exit sign. Leo kicked away the door […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part twenty-three)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-three)                     Brooding over his wrongs, he grew sullen and out of humour with them all… With his brother, with the old dead King, who both, Andreas believed, had entered this affair with their wits out of hand. Roberto the […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part two)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part two)           “Then why is a poor traveler in greater danger than a rich one? You, here, in the City Without a Name must have at least one such story, of highest sacrifice. In my first country, the story was…in fact…” (I addressed myself […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Birthmark (complete)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails The Birthmark (complete)                               “Watch the road. See if anyone comes,” ordered the blind man, a meagre fellow without age, wrapped in a mackintosh the color of dust. Through a hole in the hedge where they’d […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-four)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-four)                                 xi.     Leaving the house, Annie sped off without choosing her direction, carried only by a wish to be far away, and to calm by exercise the torment distracting her. She caught herself […]

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

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-two)                           Chapter VIII The King Moves     Andreas woke to find himself lying on his gold and crimson bed, sunlight glaring a long rectangle on the floor beside him. For a while he lay still […]

Bad Counsel (part two)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (two)                   Andrée begins to see. Andrée already, to her mother’s chagrin, lives rent free. But she gets it, how Sam might need six months or a year, maybe more, to build his house. Leo has talked to her about inspectors. You do […]

Bad Counsel (part one)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (part one)                   This is one of the bigger things, this teaching of lessons. We descend a hill, soon to stand among the cattails at the lip of the frog pond, with Andrée and Sam Magruder, a man who may be her father. […]