The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part nine)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part nine)                   On the general’s dining porch, shuttered and hung with fleeces, hot–centered and smoky as would my master’s be… As would be at Cime’s house. I entered the room lonely, being no one’s friend in this place, my servant […]

Promoted to Exile: Fifth Tourmaline (conclusion)

Tourmaline Promoted to Exile (conclusion)                 The G.R.A. did only one thing, really. In imposing its ideology, the alliance severed ties, and severed them all. Pride in the least thing…in a well-tied shoe, one might say…would not be permitted, because you would care for the shoe, and not […]

Sequence of Events: Anarchy (part two)

Sequence of Events Chapter Thirteen Anarchy (part two)             Another face surprised her, a man’s appearing outside the window, just as Florrie had settled back against the seat and glanced up. He had a dog on a leash. The dog, jumping on its hind legs, peered through the glass as […]

Celebrated (part seventeen)

Celebrated (part seventeen)                         “Well, Brill’s pal, partner…did you ever meet Ian Charles Guiness?” “Was he…?” Tom gestured, slicking a palm above his head. The hairstyle, yes…the blow-dried loft. Also, there had been long carpety sideburns. But she completed for him, “A son of […]

Promoted to Exile: Fifth Tourmaline (part two)

Tourmaline Promoted to Exile (part two)                 Today, he’d given Byrnes an order to assemble her squadron, in snow fatigues, with their gear: radios, transponder belts, grenades and button bombs. Herward had it in mind to patrol a mile or so down the mountain, this the Hidtha named […]

Promoted to Exile: Fifth Tourmaline (part one)

Tourmaline Promoted to Exile (part one)             His advocate had told him to make the most of his new station. The advice was free, benefit of a passing encounter on Herward’s way out. The promotion had come too close on the heels of the charges’ dismissal, for him to suppose […]

Yoharie: Existence (part one)

Yoharie Existence (part one)           “It was like coming out, you know? We were a bunch of losers, and by ourselves, we were all passionate about this book. So, 1995, you’d get in a chat room and you’d say, okay, here’s what’s cool. And get like, a whole nerdvana discussion going. […]

Sequence of Events: Anarchy (part one)

Sequence of Events Chapter Thirteen Anarchy (part one)                   [G]ird yourselves and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves and ye shall be broken in pieces.   Isaiah 8:9     Even the walks had been only a nudge. Only to remind Florrie Quincy that she […]

Sympathy for the Torturer: Fourth Tourmaline (conclusion)

Tourmaline Sympathy for the Torturer (conclusion)                   Down the coast. That must be the expression. Herward used it, and Herward came from there, called himself a good friend to the Swisshelms. Down the coast they’d sat on the daybed in Anton’s attic room, he with the sisters, […]

Sympathy for the Torturer: Fourth Tourmaline (part two)

Tourmaline Sympathy for the Torturer (part two)               Herward said, “Is that enough? I’ll go back.” He touched often, and did so now, tapping Anton on the wrist and pointing to show the queue empty. “More bread.” “Have mine.” Then: “Now, listen. How would it be…how would you personally […]