Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part two)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part two)                     Konrad dropped the curtain and advanced. The golden plumage on the brow of Andreas shimmered as he raised his head. “Good evening, Prince.” Konrad scowled at the girl. “I must speak with you.” “Well, do.” Slowly Andreas sat […]

Flash Fiction: Peckish

      Peckish     “I don’t try to get out of things. I try my best not to get into things.” The weasel had dropped by, as he put it, coming on at first by a peristaltic rippling over a basswood’s roots. The roots canopied water pooling naturally between a fallen trunk and […]

Celebrated (part ten)

Novella Celebrated (part ten)                 Murmurs, hopeful and wary. On the safe inside, among private certainties, was this: that these scruples made no difference. He didn’t care about plagiarism…and didn’t care, not from misplaced fellow-feeling, but because he had come to it, from years of debating forced alternatives. […]

Flash Fiction: Fallen Short

Flash Fiction Fallen Short                               Darian thought an attic window black as that could not be empty behind the glass. But no one who’d broken the others could pitch a stone to reach so far. She wondered if this were true. […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part nineteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part nineteen)                             Art critic, contributor to Foyer, reader for the Voix de Paris, M. Laffenel had often met the secretary of M. Conan, and showed to her an amiable sympathy. Annie, taken into his confidence, smiled at the […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part one)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part one)                         Chapter One The Letter     The turquoise of a summer sky was fading into evening purple. Golden above the Adriatic Sea glittered the first stars, while the olives below changed from silver to grey. The […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part twelve)             Barking of dogs stopped the dance. His own had run ahead, while he wavered, disguised by the bole of a tree, one whose roots clung to rock as though a winter jug of honey, lightly warmed by fire, were poured […]

Celebrated (part nine)

Novella Celebrated (part nine)                       Otherwise, Greenwalter was decently informative; he dropped jargon like IR and ingest, but offended in this no more than most computer guys. He had heard of Voluntary Motion. “I started reading it.” “Great.” Meaning either once and done, or yesterday […]

Flash Fiction: Pine

Flash Fiction Pine                       Salvador had gone off, more of a brood than a hunt, though he carried his shotgun and walking stick. That suited Bridie, who wanted to feel free, picking over her herbs, seeing what had come back in the flower bed. Bluebells, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part eighteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part eighteen)                               iii.     The first visitors were the personal friends of Mme Conan, belonging to the world of finance and high-stakes business dealings, and dressed by the best fashion houses…in that sober and costly elegance […]