Celebrated (part twenty)

Celebrated (part twenty)                     She’d dispatched Hector to coastal New Jersey, a tent auction he spots advertised. Emboldened, in that way being someone other than yourself allows, Hector works the room. And with a vague idea he’s heard of Harold Carter, one of the dealers hires […]

Celebrated (part nineteen)

Celebrated (part nineteen)                     This third day of Tom’s visit, they sat on the studio futon, a cat between them, Gingerpie; a stack of typewritten sheets, and the manuscript’s tattered manila envelope, under the cat. It was her own topic, The Lost Man, and it mattered— […]

Celebrated (part eighteen)

Celebrated (part eighteen)                         Enderley caught him. “Mr. Carter hasn’t gone out?” “No, he hasn’t, Mr. Enderley, and he doesn’t mean to. Says so.” “Moore…” The head steward then told him to do just what he was doing. “Go to your berth, if you […]

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: Hammersmith (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 […]