Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty)                   The cavalcade divided among a stand of pine; the master of hounds belayed his whip, and let the dogs run. Andreas, intent, listening, eyeing every clearing from which game might burst, looked aside at last… The man nearest him […]

The Bog (part three)

Short Stories The Bog (part three)                   “There’s a twenty percent chance of a thunderstorm tonight. So you wanna go back to your car. You don’t wanna be out here in your tent. Out in the open.” “No…” “If you get stuck, get away from your tent, […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part five)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part five)           I cantered on for some time, Cuerpha in the mood for this run, our way sloping downwards. My totem had been seeking me, for the sensible thought came that I ought to seek it. And with these words I addressed it: I […]

The Bog (part two)

Short Stories The Bog (part two)                     But one might fairly say that with the Free Lander, he shared eighty percent of his genes. “So if I start choking after a while, just ignore it.” He barked out another of his bitter laughs, and talked himself […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-nine)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-nine)                         “The man who is lying at Kervenno was gassed. He would have been retired from the service,” explained M. Le Goël. “But if it were M. Conan,” said Annie, “his wife and son must be with him.” “Well, […]

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

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-nine)                   Affected by this humour, Andreas put his back to them and leaned on the railing. Below was the palace square, where to the people Cabane had declared Giovanna. Konrad, on the verge of a remark come late to him, […]

The Bog (part one)

Short Stories The Bog (part one)                     “You’re confined to this place. You, and one relative. Spouse, kid, sibling.” The speaker prompted. He spotted examples in the crowd, and pointed. And each of those he pointed to, three or four among a group of reporters, off-duty […]

Hammersmith: A Titled Visitor (chapter twenty-two)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Two A Titled Visitor               Vic, as Aimee with Curach, longed for an opportunity to pull a confidant aside (in this case, Monty Hogben would have to do), and ask—what’s it all about? Mossbunker’s height put the two of them knee to knee, Vic bouncing along eyeing […]

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

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-eight)                   They ate their lunch on the open porch outside Andreas’s bedchamber. This was now the grand suite once Roberto’s, used after his death by Queen Giovanna. Many things she had left behind in trunks, and Andreas, finding honour in […]

Hammersmith: What’s the Game? (chapter twenty-one)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-One What’s the Game?               “Jane, are you feeling braced?” Aimee lowered her voice; she didn’t bother whispering. Curach, across from them again, sitting in a cab once more, could not only hear… His posture, leaning hands on knees, showed him an active listener. Jane was looking […]