The Blue Bird (conclusion)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (conclusion)             She backed into the living room and picked up the TV remote. The news channel showed three women on lounge seating, two resting hands on books. One read aloud from hers. They were not personalities Gitana had ever seen. Someone had told them […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part one)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five  Winter Alone (part one)                         I came by the outside steps, drew back the curtain from the door, saw in shuttered dark the sleeping porch, the quarters of Cime Decima’s slaves, and sniffed the air of it, by myself. Stol […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part five)

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part five)           They chuckled together. Dix had his back to Oliver, preoccupied now with writing a note, reading it twice, jamming it in among a sheaf of notes that were tucked behind a fat electric cable clamped to the wall. Oliver said, […]

Neighborhood Watch (conclusion)

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (conclusion)         “We’re raising kids. I get up every day and go to work. Jer, I mean.” She’d been going to work, saying this, his wife darting and grabbing, that shiny, shiny thing she did to her hair making it swing and hold together like liquid. He felt a […]

Appassionata: Hammersmith (thirty-five)

Hammersmith Thirty-Five Appassionata           Back from his tacit errand (ixnay on the taking of Reverend Sandy), Chilly had been for a while in whispering confab with Zetland. “Got to be very, very cautious. Coat buttons. Lace-up boots…got them metal grommets. Wedding ring…” Aimee and Chilly, who’d inched to her with exemplary […]

Yoharie: Opening Scene

Yoharie Opening Scene               The thing that had made him hate camping. Rocks had been falling all this time, but the clip that played itself across the screen of Jeremiah Hibbler’s closed eyes was soundless. It was almost a lie…if there had not been so much rooted pain, telling […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part four)

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part four)           West side people keep to themselves. My neighbors know me to be bad-tempered and unsociable. Also, they are unimpressed by my particular sort of fame. Like Harvey Planter, they have opinions about the theater. I doubt anything less than a […]

The Blue Bird (part four)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part four)           “So,” she told him, standing. “Here’s what I’ve decided, for today. I’m going over to Glimmerings. I’m going to put a note up on the board…get in touch with me. I don’t care…” She raised her voice. Dave was comfortable falling into his […]

Celebrated (part nine)

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

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part three)

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part three)           “Did you tell me…” He stopped. Madolyn sighed over this relapse…a sigh distracted, gustier than she’d meant. “Go on.” She scooted the chair to his bedside. “What did I tell you?” He could not have seen Freda Murchison, but seemed, […]