Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-four)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-four)                                 xi.     Leaving the house, Annie sped off without choosing her direction, carried only by a wish to be far away, and to calm by exercise the torment distracting her. She caught herself […]

Celebrated (conclusion)

Novella Celebrated (conclusion)                           Having money for things was new. Petra had lived on grants, otherwise been hired for jobs term-to-term. Since buying this land eighteen years ago, she had lived by hodgepodge, not free to roam. But by selling a few things, […]

Celebrated (part twenty-one)

Celebrated (part twenty-one)                     She had an awareness of herself, arguing at Tom with all she’d never… All Ian had never given her the chance— All she had turned over in her mind through forty years of explaining to him, making him accept her point, in […]

Celebrated (part twenty)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Feb 2021 in Fiction, Novellas

Celebrated (part twenty)                       She’d dispatched Hector to coastal New Jersey, a tent auction he spots advertised. Emboldened, in the 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Celebrated (part sixteen)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Jan 2021 in Fiction, Novellas

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 […]

Celebrated (part fifteen)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Jan 2021 in Fiction, Novellas

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 […]

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 kind of fun and flirty. Odd, though. And it was late. “Are you staying for dinner?” “I shouldn’t. But…thanks so […]