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 of […]

A Prisoner Goes Missing (part two)

Hammersmith Thirty-Eight A Prisoner Goes Missing (part two)           When an army wanted weapons, and contracted with a manufacturer of these, a thing the layman could not do, someone at length would take the…guns, say…in; check them off, inspect them, inform an officer who would organize the fetching of them, that […]

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 do […]

A Prisoner Goes Missing: Hammersmith (thirty-eight)

Posted by ractrose on 3 Jun 2019 in Fiction, Novellas

Hammersmith Thirty-Eight A Prisoner Goes Missing (part one)           “Now, it’s true, the Seltons have their origins in Nottinghamshire. To whatever degree circus people have origins. It’s also true they were off in France, waiting out their creditors, at the time Charley hatched. He was the eldest, second Mrs. Selton’s first. […]

Celebrated (part fifteen)

Novella Celebrated (part fifteen)                     “You wrote a nice piece about my mother.” That had been her comment going up, just before the tricky edge past an RV coming down, that had silenced them. “I’ll have to look at that, back at the house. I forget […]

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 […]

More Peaceful Pursuits: Hammersmith (thirty-seven)

Hammersmith Thirty-Seven  More Peaceful Pursuits           This Mr. Curach, whom Ruby well accepted, being Aimee’s friend, as a perfectly suitable escort, was also…so she found him…a fine and forward-coming fellow. He might be not so much older than herself. Not so very much. He was jaunty of step, and no taller…they […]

Celebrated (part thirteen)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Apr 2019 in Fiction, Novellas

Novella Celebrated (part thirteen)             This mild flag in enthusiasm made her like him more, that he wasn’t a thoroughgoing fraud. “Well, it’s that government program. I can say no to adopting another animal. But these guys are small, they pretty well fend for themselves…you’re not obligated to break them […]

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)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Mar 2019 in Fiction, Novellas

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 […]