Sequence of Events: Moving On (part four)

Sequence of Events Chapter Ten Moving On (part four)           “Thus,” he went on, “we need not abandon our mission due to a mere contingency, one that any careful plan would have anticipated. No…I still consider my thinking to have been sound. It was the weather…” He’d paced back to the […]

Sequence of Events: Moving On (part three)

Sequence of Events Chapter Ten Moving On (part three)           “Love is no use.” Bruner said it, finally, and Summers said, “No, you’re wrong. Love is a great motivator. One of those cases where you have to strike while the iron’s hot, though. Bruner, I think you can do a job […]

Yoharie: Neverers (part one)

Yoharie Neverers (part one)           “But places the landscape was uniform in appearance…which might be desert, coastlands, tropical forest…and, of course, among the Mediterranean nations early mariners generally kept within sight of land… So we see the building of monumental works—statues, temples, mausoleums. They were navigation aids, practically, as well as […]

Sequence of Events: Moving On (part two)

Sequence of Events Chapter Ten Moving On (part two)           Murchison sighs—a sigh of such resignation that Stanley, suddenly, has a vivid picture of the two of them sitting across from each other at the kitchen table. Viola is the stronger. Murchison wants her to see his dilemma. There is a […]

Sequence of Events: Moving On (part one)

Sequence of Events Chapter Ten Moving On                     Man will remain, to dream as he hath dreamed And mark the earth with passion. Love will spring, from the tomb of old affections.   from The Indian Advocate, early 1900s, uncredited     Phillip found himself catching […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part two)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part two)         He spun the wheel, and the number was ten. “Your move then. Take ten of my pieces, and place one of yours on the tenth square.” Rapid was the exchange of tests, up to perhaps the dozenth spin of the wheel. The board […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Feb 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part six)           In his romance of the life of Aspinall, Dix depicted the professor journeying to the near east, winning the confidence of the ancient caste of fakirs, learning the formulas by which they…played the market. This unlikelihood called for some fair […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 13 Feb 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five  Winter Alone (part one)                         I came by the outside steps, drew back the curtain from the door, saw in shuttered dark the sleeping porch, the quarters of Cime Decima’s slaves, and sniffed the air of it, by myself. Stol […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Feb 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part five)           They chuckled together. Dix had his back to Oliver, preoccupied now with writing a note, reading it twice, jamming it in among a sheaf of notes that were tucked behind a fat electric cable clamped to the wall. Oliver said, […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Feb 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (conclusion)         “We’re raising kids. I get up every day and go to work. Jer, I mean.” She’d been going to work, saying this, his wife darting and grabbing, that shiny, shiny thing she did to her hair making it swing and hold together like liquid. He felt a […]