Yoharie: Because Society (part four)

Yoharie Because Society (part four)               “Nice when you don’t have to punch the clock.” He rummaged the tote he’d taken, which was Cathlyn’s, logoed NCBHS over a tree half-leaved…behavioral affliction in allegory. Cathlyn had packed them her spotting scope and tripod, her guidebooks; and, in her completist way, […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Peas in a Pod two)

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod (part five)               “Fish! I have other jobs to do. I don’t mind helping you, but you got to get your worthless shit stowed!” He looked fiercely at Lawrence. “Mrs. Purfoy done rent Tinker’s room. I don’t […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Gone Before)

A Figure from the Common Lot Gone Before               Verbena tucked her wiping rag into her apron band and slipped along the cupboard, her skirts brushing Honoré as he knelt at Ebrach’s trunk. She went to her husband’s chair, taking only his fingertips in hers. “Richard! I put away […]

Shine! (part three)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part three)                         All the rancor and indignation of a child turned itself towards her guilty father. From the depths of clouded memory she saw again his height and strength, as he lifted her playfully to his shoulder. She heard the […]

The Mirrors (part twelve)

The Mirrors (part twelve)                             “The plain truth. It’s never been your fault or mine. No one ought to think less of us… You and I have done all we can.” Veronica stood, moved behind Carolee’s chair, and rested a hand on […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part four)           “Lord Ei. The Peddler is known to you.” Lord Ei sat stony; I, dutifully at his feet, but laying my argument as an equal…and he had not ventured to his garden expecting to be interviewed, only to see me with his […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (The House of Everard)

A Figure from the Common Lot The House of Everard (part two)             He tried, unsuccessfully, to face her, as she had tried to face him. “Feels that at last she may do some good, where she has brought about so much harm. Peggy says to herself, ‘I will ask […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Jerome two)

A Figure from the Common Lot Jerome (part two)           Honoré thought of Gérard, whose present plot of earth would never profit him. “The market must always be better tomorrow than it is today. If Monsieur Serrigny puts me off for a year, not so bad… And if he puts me […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part two)                         Impatience tautened her nerves while she continued to review invoices. Her fever increased under the weight of Mlle Virot’s sneaking surveillance. At last the bell announced the end of shift. Annie, with the others, went to the cloakroom. […]

The Mirrors (part eleven)

The Mirrors (part eleven)                             Always it had been, until that year his going away became the end… No more the glamour of travel and return, her father’s familiar absence. Always, a sort of stupidity. She could charge herself with this and […]