Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part three)

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part three)               She had the right to give herself a birthday treat. Eleven days. Eleven days and you’re dead. Her rotten little sister had texted her this. True, she had one thousand dollars on a debit card, untouched. Tomorrow it would be. […]

Frédéric Boutet: A Reputation (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails A Reputation (conclusion)                         Better even than his impudent visitor, he knew the effect such a revelation would produce, and the disrepute, unjust but inevitable, it would reflect on himself. He thought of his friends and his enemies, of […]

The Totem-Maker: Use for Use (part six)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part six)             My patron, not in the least unforthcoming, sat giving me nods, smiles, speaking syllables of agreement. I excused myself to the yard to fetch my pony, finding the trader’s arrows had landed him two hares. They hung by the feet […]

Frédéric Boutet: A Reputation (part one)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails A Reputation (part one)                             “Monsieur, a gentleman has come on the part of the Philanthropic Society of Paris.” “Well, let him in,” said M. Blestat. He folded his newspaper, shook his cigar ash into the fire, […]

The Totem-Maker: Use for Use (part five)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part five)             I slept a first night with them in my house…slept to excess, the honey drink to blame. Sorry for my hurting arm, and for myself altogether, I’d swallowed two or three strong draughts. That day I woke not having dreamed […]

Frédéric Boutet: Memory (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails Memory (conclusion)                             And it had come, to fall within this happiness lasting now twenty years, this name: Melchior Bostelette. For Melchior Bostelette had been one of them, in his day, that rowdy gang of the Latin […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part two)

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part two)             “You just get the feeling, I mean, like it’s written in the stars or something. Like you think about Three Mile Island and you think, it’s gonna go again.” His name was Makim; he was Rae’s friend from Law Club, and […]

Frédéric Boutet: Memory (part one)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails Memory (part one)                             “Yes, my dear Vardot, I saw these men this morning, and I tell you the thing is done. You will be named mayor. No candidate will oppose you. That’s only fair, isn’t it? […]

The Totem-Maker: Use for Use (part four)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part four)             They were laughing, as they reached the open gate, and I reined my skittish mount, dancing my way to them. Two leapt to the ground…the traders did not saddle their horses. Their clothing was red wool, stitched everywhere in vines, […]

Frédéric Boutet: One Blackmail (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails One Blackmail (conclusion)                             His smile was fat, insolent; he added: “It is not necessary for me to waste your time. We, that is to say, myself and my client… He wants to see you, it is […]