Yoharie: Breaking Up Together (part two)

Yoharie Breaking Up Together (part two)             They were good until four pm, and their front-row appointment at the Deloris Bros chapel. Good to zone into a mirror-world of car trips just for fun. Talk to their aunt, eat lunch at a restaurant… “We’ll do drive-thru, unless no one’s hungry.” […]

The Totem-Maker: A Mother or a Father (part five)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eleven A Mother or a Father (part five)           “Escmar. What will you do, if you live in these woods, when the Emperor’s men reach Suma Fortesa by another way, and in their vengeance bring floods and fire?” “Await them,” she said. She had taken the pause I […]

The Mirrors (part three)

The Mirrors (part three)                               She obeyed, rather than shout back. This took effort, fighting an urge to flight, clandestine movements playing at the corners of her eyes, her feet striking unnatural rhythms. Instinct driven, heartbeat of a hunted thing… She […]

Charles Monselet: Cursed Money (part two)

        Charles Monselet Cursed Money 1863         Chapter One (continued) The Quai des Augustins     “Do you believe so?” He spoke with sublime astonishment. “But then you must go with me to the moneychanger, for aside from this banknote, it happens I have not a single louis.” “It’s […]

The Mirrors (part two)

The Mirrors (part two)                                   To waste a few minutes, then, and litter her clean counter with a toothpick and tube of glue, Charmante undertook the odd little project. She let a drop fall between the wing-stubs, pressed the […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part fifty-four)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty-four)                   Ludovic sat stymied. Deep in his mind washed thoughts of finding this man out. They went to lengths, he told himself, Giovanna’s propagandists. Lengths, to portray their plague in so witchcraftly a fashion. Then…to what end, but that they […]

Depression Glass (part three)

      Depression Glass (part three)     He picked up before the ringtone had played out. “Ms. Nixon!” He sounded pleased. Or, she thought better, like a reporter eager to cultivate a source. “Don’t call me that.” “Merrilee. Things going gangbusters between you and my nephew? We can all expect…” “That is not […]

Charles Monselet, Cursed Money (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Apr 2022 in Fiction, Novels

        Charles Monselet Cursed Money 1863         Chapter One The Quai des Augustins     Paris is the city of the world where heads are turned most often. On an April morning, in 1851, passersby on the quay of the Grands-Augustins spun with smiles, their eyes following an oddly […]

The Mirrors (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Apr 2022 in Fiction, Novels

          The Mirrors   i.       The odd-job man, today walking the yard setting mole traps. He unbent his back when Charmante called out, “Hey!” The front parlor, the same as every day, the chimneypiece and its stony odor, the white sheers damping sunlight. The temperature, never mind the […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part fifty-three)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Mar 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty-three)                   The clank of gear, and echoes from the passage of swift-moving feet, interrupted, as Mastracchio was offering to Ludovic a Paolo condemned for murder… “He is an instigator of murder. No matter his excuses, his hands are bloody as […]