Celebrated (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 7 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novellas

Novella Celebrated (part three)                 Her office door was open. In a building with steam heat and no air conditioning, most doors were. But Motley could be tried on this point, caught with notebook, jotting poetry; or, crease between eyes, grading papers. Tom’s mind crossed by a thought—that […]

Boxed Goods: Hammersmith (thirty-two)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novellas

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Two Boxed Goods           Vic, like a nine-pin, fell too, the second time of an evening in collision with Elton. He liked to count himself almost as spring-loaded as in the days of Rubillard’s Volunteers, albeit thirty years gone now. He thought he wasn’t missing the trend, either. From […]

A Few Laws Broken: Hammersmith (thirty-one)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-One A Few Laws Broken           Mossbunker’s wall rose a few feet higher than Ralph’s eight-foot ladder. Perched on this, Curach whispered, “Hand me up that feather bolster.” Chilly’s answer to a mechanical problem…ingenious, Aimee thought…was to roll the bolster tight and run a fat stick through its center. […]

Trenches Manned: Hammersmith (thirty)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty Trenches Manned           Mossbunker had secured his contract with the American Expeditionary Force; in theory, his works might be targeted by spies. Their owner had not altered arrangements. Aimee, with Curach, lay flat against the slope of a ditch, at the rear of Mossbunker’s factory, outside the wall […]

Celebrated (part two)

Novella Celebrated (part two)               His eye had refined itself to news items, accounts of disgraces fallen by inadvertency into imposture. Tom Wilmot—a teacher, what else?—trading on the incidentals of fame where the trading was most fruitful (and having taught himself preparing lectures real craft), concluded it was always […]

Night Maneuvers: Hammersmith (twenty-nine)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Nine Night Maneuvers           Elton Bott advanced in stealth through the gloaming. Soft expressions into tussocky grass, of right foot, followed by left foot, heel rolled to toe—an art attributed by their chief to the Iroquois, and a single-file exercise on which the Patriots had drilled—did not stop various […]

Fleeing and Eluding: Hammersmith (twenty-eight)

Posted by ractrose on 4 Aug 2018 in Fiction, Novellas

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Eight Fleeing and Eluding           A monumental figure unveiled by dispelling shadow stood, robe and nightcap clad, on the closed porch Hogben remembered. She stood depressing the door-latch…with seemingly itchy fingers and poised-for-action footwork. He had entered Green Glade Lodge in innocence; he was exiting it in aid of […]

Private Enterprise: Hammersmith (twenty-seven)

Posted by ractrose on 3 Aug 2018 in Fiction, Novellas

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Seven Private Enterprise           “Cranston,” Zetland said, “believes when he undertakes a thing, that he will improve it over all undertakings of the past. If I make myself clear.” A general nod passed over his audience; he’d given them little enough to quibble at, so far. “He has made […]

Celebrated (part one)

Novella Celebrated (part one)                                 He is disappointed in the hope of regaining his lost health. Week after week, month after month, year after year, he waits for the termination of his sufferings. He tries applying the remainder of his […]

Chickens in a Mood to Roost: Hammersmith (twenty-six)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Six Chickens in a Mood to Roost           An unusual sight greeted Minnie and Shaw, as they strolled onto Hammersmith’s Main Street. Had either newcomer known it, that a family-sized carriage, one confiding wealth—in that its brass lamps shined, their glass intact; the side panels were of a glowing […]