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, […]

Celebrated (part five)

Novella Celebrated (part five)         Because she’d given this talk. Who’d stolen what, never named; Dr. Motley disappointed, not angry. She wanted the plagiarist to know simply, that—don’t you think?—this was too much energy to devote to failure, when so little more would lead to success. There was help available, if you […]

Showtime: Hammersmith (thirty-three)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Three Showtime           McKeefe’s was a rough house. Minnie had played to bad crowds, almost always, before Cal Bruce first signed her on, as opening act. The worst spot on the slate. Because she was pretty… Well, a girl like Ruby, brought up religious, not even in a town…out […]

Celebrated (part four)

Novella Celebrated (part four)                 He grinned. They were sharing a joke, and Tom thought he’d won at last. He’d got farther in than some of his classmates. Go to the history library, she told him. Find books with pictures, get a feel for your setting. (Getting a […]

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 […]