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

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod (part four)                   They sat on Mrs. Purfoy’s stoop. Soon, Thomas would be dispatched to tell them she did not like them doing so; that tenants had no privilege to loiter before the premises, making […]

The Mirrors (part eight)

The Mirrors (part eight)                             He let this trail. He was amiable; he expected her to sympathize. “You’d have to…” She heard her voice cut out, her throat dry. “Tell me the name. I was hired by Mr. Rothesay, whether you like […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part two)

Yoharie Because Society (part two)             She was at the Oakbrook mall, the single customer of Bernadette’s. Behind the glass case Bernadette culled crimped-paper holders, empty éclair oblongs, doughnut rounds; fixing cards under trays: Half-Price! BOGO! The same thing. Bernadette, which one do they go for? Giarma didn’t ask, and […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Jerome)

A Figure from the Common Lot Book Two: 1876                                             “We have no need of plans. You are quite right, Jerome. Our lives progress under the watchful eye of a benign intelligence, and we […]

Frédéric Boutet: Madame Paul (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales Madame Paul (complete)                             “Two-thirty, dammit. I’ll have to get on with my rounds. Goodbye, Madame Paul.” “Goodbye, Monsieur Morin.” The customer, a traveling salesman who’d stopped to refresh himself, paid for his beer, returned to his car and […]

The Mirrors (part seven)

The Mirrors (part seven)                             “Hey, now! Who you brung, Charmante?” “Hey, Mrs. Parkins! This is William Wright.” And since it was no use holding back, she added, ushering him onto Esta’s porch: “He does the odd jobs for Mr. Rothesay.” Chopped […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part two)             Noakale kept me at her side during those days the suitor and his entourage filtered into Lord Ei’s establishment. She was certain of her strength, quite untroubled by the loftiness of Jute and Darsale. United the sisters were in this; […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Edge (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Edge (complete)                             “Toto! Stay still while I wash your face! And you, Jules, will you hold your little sister properly, or else…that’s all I have to say! And Louise! Put on your stockings. Do not have your […]

The Mirrors (part six)

The Mirrors (part six)                             “We were on a sort of sea-cliff, our place. No electric. Rainwater, caught in a cistern. Chores continual. I liked Rothesay, I looked forward to his coming. He brought me books by the dozen. And he would […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part one)

Yoharie Because Society (part one)             A simple, rite-based, an utterly credulous piety… So, when you felt in the wrong, no dark night of the soul, no ethical struggle. “Struggle doesn’t seem quite right. A more engaged version of a quandary…?” “Kampf.” “Please. But,” Giarma added, “you want a job, […]