Tunneling Through: Hammersmith (thirty-six)

Hammersmith Thirty-Six Tunneling Through           Aimee and Vic found themselves dispatched by a new ally of Zetland…not the professor, though rather like him in feature…via Indian club, as to mutely point the way, and underground passage—being the way itself. They edged round the dim figures of Elton Bott and Ben Lemuel. […]

Celebrated (part twelve)

Novella Celebrated (part twelve)             “I’m not a trash artist.” She wanted to laugh, and the matter was somewhat bitter. His head bent to the hand, turning one of the bobbles back and forth, catching light. Petra bought a lot of glass, long tubes of color, buckets of frit; she […]

Celebrated (part eleven)

Novella Celebrated (part eleven)           “Your name is in the book.” He laughed, with apology. The book was in the bedside drawer of his motel room… And so, anyway, he’d taken a look. “Well, I don’t….” She started this…she might have said, nobody calls me, but if they did…no, I don’t […]

Celebrated (part ten)

Novella Celebrated (part ten)             Murmurs, hopeful and wary. On the safe inside, among private certainties, was this: that these scruples made no difference. He didn’t care about plagiarism…and Tom didn’t care, not from misplaced fellow-feeling, but because he’d come to it, from years of debating forced alternatives. The only […]

Appassionata: Hammersmith (thirty-five)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Feb 2019 in Fiction, Novellas

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 […]

Celebrated (part nine)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Feb 2019 in Fiction, Novellas

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 […]

Celebrated (part eight)

Novella Celebrated (part eight)               She stirred. He said, “Hold it!” And: “Here. I’ll trade places with you.” He plucked at the zipper of her open parka, squeezing past. Tom wore a jeans jacket, his hands fairly numb. He brought the Kodak’s viewer to his eyeball, dropped the knapsack to […]

Celebrated (part seven)

Novella Celebrated (part seven)                 Alone, his apathy as to whether things got done or not showed itself a burgeoning hazard…now there was no one to pick up, and no one cooked. “You’re feeling pretty down these days,” one of his friends had said. Like that, as a […]

Up in the Rafters: Hammersmith (thirty-four)

Posted by ractrose on 4 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novellas

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Four Up in the Rafters           A curious feature of Mossbunker’s factory (or, for all Aimee knew, an ordinary feature of any factory), was this concealed catwalk below the skylights. Zetland’s Renegades crouched here in darkness… But she could picture workers below looking up to a dazzling white daylight, […]

Celebrated (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 5 Dec 2018 in Fiction, Novellas

Novella Celebrated (part six)               Then, lopsided mischief in her smile: “In your case, though, I think if it makes you squirm, you’re on the right track. If it’s sad enough, you’ll probably feel pretty embarrassed writing it.” Understated, the parting had been. Melancholy…the stronger for the unsaid words, […]