Yoharie: Neverers (part two)

Yoharie Neverers (part two)           Here was the special vocabulary. The character, by the author, had not been made male or female. Hearty debate in the World, did Southey have a preference, did he/she plant clues, were phrases such as “…an ex-slave, bearing his mark…”, evidentiary, or only grammatical, was the […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part seven)

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him (part seven)         He had spotted the window’s lavish draperies (there was a strong touch of Harvey, even here)—and like Magda, thought to couch himself behind these…but unmusically, and careful to draw the fabric over the toes of […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part six)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part six)         I had slept at my first home in profoundest silence…fairly it might be said, that of the grave. Childhood dreams did not meander here from sound to sound, weaving a story of footsteps, caterwauling, morning birdsong; rather mine, I could now suppose, had […]

Tourmaline (part three)

Tourmaline Tourmaline (part three)           “Where the adjectival phrase takes the place of a noun, where we grammarians employ the hyphenated construction…which is, of course, a bit of shorthand for us…I mean for us alone. They, while officially, the nomads use our own alphabet…” Professor Swisshelm removed his plug of tobacco […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part six)

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him (part six)         The position was not merely politic. Leave people alone to live their lives. Why not? But Rob had the suspicion he’d been hired already…that this privilege of speaking to Junior would not otherwise have been […]

Tourmaline (part two)

Tourmaline Tourmaline (part two)           They were touching, packed that tightly, twisting shoulders to avoid intimacy; by this, still effaced and invisible to one another. They were queued so far along the street, he doubted he could respect Palma’s curfew. He doubted he would be fed at all. Here were three […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part five)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part five)                   Cuerpha was my gift from Cime, my pony, his saddle and tackle. Pytta came to me, and said, “I should not. You, who know, know we have been warned, and by a brother of the Emperor. Word spreads […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part five)

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him (part five)           Rascka cut him short, speaking in a level, warning voice. Through the open door Rob could make this out, but not the words. Magda began to laugh. He’d gone then, to see for himself. […]

Tourmaline (part one)

Tourmaline Tourmaline (part one)         Anton nearly smiled. The glass kept steaming up, over and over. Because in a downstairs chamber something, he did not know what, boiled. Had it been sour cabbage, he would have felt envious, hungry as he’d always been. But he never smelled anything cook in this house. […]

Celebrated (part fourteen)

Novella Celebrated (part fourteen)                     “Great names.” “It’s an inside joke, just for me. Don’t tell the girls.” He put a finger to his lips…all this kind of fun and flirty. Odd, though. And it was late. “Are you staying for dinner?” “I shouldn’t. But…thanks so […]