Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-seven)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-seven)                               Third Part Dure Lex, Sed Lex (The law is harsh, but it is the law.)     A new country met the eyes of the traveler. One of salt flats and dunes, naked or planted […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part seven)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part seven)                       Chapter III The Entry into Naples         The midday sun burned in the blazing white streets. Heavy on the air lay the perfume of Sorrento’s orange groves, while the city rang with the tolling […]

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

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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 […]

Hammersmith: The Modern Girl’s View of Marriage (chapter four)

Hammersmith Chapter Four The Modern Girl’s View of Marriage           Hogben tried singing counterpoint to the melody— Got absorbed in the challenge, started over, switched to “Nearer My God to Thee”. He fell silent, the hymn reminding him to plan. They had always begun a show that way, with a prayer […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-six)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-six)                         Annie saw Patrice justified in his conjecture. Alban, possibly spied on by Le Filleul, had shown loyalties that gave rise to suspicions. Private grievances could be settled—Patrice had said so—in times of public lawlessness. A belfry surmounted by […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part six)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part six)                       “Someone…Henryk, Konrad…has told you to say that to me!” The girl rose, trembling. “God strike me if I lie! I don’t know why I spoke…it only came to me to say it when I heard the music. […]

Yoharie: Give and Take (part two)

Yoharie Give and Take (part two)               Savannah said, “This job.” “Tell me again about the arrangement. What I want to know,” Kate said, “is where you see yourself, in, say, six months.” No place…was the candidate’s answer. They had talked twice; so far Mom had been good. Do […]

Celebrated (part sixteen)

Novella Celebrated (part sixteen)                       “Listen. I’ve taught this myself, I believe in it, there’s nothing wrong with it. By which I mean, in context, it’s the truth. I always tell students, I will never push you to do my work. I want you to […]

Hammersmith: The Professor’s Fate (chapter three)

Hammersmith Chapter Three The Professor’s Fate           Hogben had sat up in bed, to hear the rain still pelting, rat-a-tat-tatting off some plane of the inner house where a leak had sprung. He had known he wouldn’t sleep. The roar of the deluge appeared soporific enough for the Professor, curled on […]