Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Peas in a Pod)

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod (part four)                   They sat on Mrs. Purfoy’s stoop. Soon, Thomas would be dispatched to tell them she did not like them doing so; that tenants had no privilege to loiter before the premises, making […]

The Mirrors (part eight)

The Mirrors (part eight)                             He let this trail. He was amiable; he expected her to sympathize. “You’d have to…” She heard her voice cut out, her throat dry. “Tell me the name. I was hired by Mr. Rothesay, whether you like […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part two)

Yoharie Because Society (part two)             She was at the Oakbrook mall, the single customer of Bernadette’s. Behind the glass case Bernadette culled crimped-paper holders, empty éclair oblongs, doughnut rounds; fixing cards under trays: Half-Price! BOGO! The same thing. Bernadette, which one do they go for? Giarma didn’t ask, and […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Jerome)

A Figure from the Common Lot Book Two: 1876                                             “We have no need of plans. You are quite right, Jerome. Our lives progress under the watchful eye of a benign intelligence, and we […]

The Mirrors (part seven)

The Mirrors (part seven)                             “Hey, now! Who you brung, Charmante?” “Hey, Mrs. Parkins! This is William Wright.” And since it was no use holding back, she added, ushering him onto Esta’s porch: “He does the odd jobs for Mr. Rothesay.” Chopped […]

The Totem-Maker: Crafter Becomes Maker (part two)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part two)             Noakale kept me at her side during those days the suitor and his entourage filtered into Lord Ei’s establishment. She was certain of her strength, quite untroubled by the loftiness of Jute and Darsale. United the sisters were in this; […]

The Mirrors (part six)

The Mirrors (part six)                             “We were on a sort of sea-cliff, our place. No electric. Rainwater, caught in a cistern. Chores continual. I liked Rothesay, I looked forward to his coming. He brought me books by the dozen. And he would […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part one)

Yoharie Because Society (part one)             A simple, rite-based, an utterly credulous piety… So, when you felt in the wrong, no dark night of the soul, no ethical struggle. “Struggle doesn’t seem quite right. A more engaged version of a quandary…?” “Kampf.” “Please. But,” Giarma added, “you want a job, […]

The Mirrors (part five)

The Mirrors (part five)                             iv.   Tuesday, Carmine was waiting for her at the kitchen table. “I’ve got Sir Christopher in a basket. Not knowing how you’d feel.” He added: “Kit, you see, for short.” “The truth is…” She watched him […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part twelve)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part twelve)             “Share with me what you know to be better than conquest.” “Peace?” “Have you ever lived in a time of peace?” To his mind he had the better of me, but his argument was no argument at all. “Elder,” I […]