Hammersmith: Having a Treat (chapter seventeen)

Hammersmith Chapter Seventeen Having a Treat           A sofa with a blanket draped along the seat, trailing the scant carpet, a pillow at the armrest and one on the floor, was taking up the wall under the windows, leaving clearance for only this rug and a little chest. Jane’s sewing table, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-five)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-five)                         Annie walked up the rue de Rennes, coming to the post office. Inside, she asked that a call be put throught to Mme Fougerays. To her unspeakable relief, it was Christiane herself who answered. “Good day, mademoiselle novelist! […]

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

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-three)                     Brooding over his wrongs, he grew sullen and out of humour with them all… With his brother, with the old dead King, who both, Andreas believed, had entered this affair with their wits out of hand. Roberto the […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part two)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part two)           “Then why is a poor traveler in greater danger than a rich one? You, here, in the City Without a Name must have at least one such story, of highest sacrifice. In my first country, the story was…in fact…” (I addressed myself […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part twenty-two)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-two)                           Chapter VIII The King Moves     Andreas woke to find himself lying on his gold and crimson bed, sunlight glaring a long rectangle on the floor beside him. For a while he lay still […]

Hammersmith: Backborough Lane (chapter sixteen)

Hammersmith Chapter Sixteen Backborough Lane           Backborough Lane began with an infirmary, a blood-brick house with a high flight of steps and barred lower windows. These looked a handy vehicle for youngsters to clamber up and peer inside the treatment rooms. The angle of the house crowded the mouth of the […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part twenty-one)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-one)                   A hand caught her arm. Giovanna shot a wrathful eye at her squire, who had allowed the impertinence, then heard her sister Maria speak. She turned her face, queenly in condemnation. “Giovanna!” Maria urged. “Call him back! Show yourself […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-three)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-three)                         A shifting of feet was heard, near the door. With a fear she could not name, Annie broke from the embrace. Mme Conan entered, bowed and tamed, and in a voice of supplication that caught in her throat, […]

Hammersmith: Tactical Exercises (chapter fifteen)

Hammersmith Chapter Fifteen Tactical Exercises               Mrs. Frieslander had volunteered to work the tuning forks. Oh my, the tuning forks! The weight of them had nearly burst the seams of Minnie’s reticule, as she recalled, back then… She hardly knew what to think of herself. She said this aloud. […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part twenty)

Posted by ractrose on 12 May 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty)                   Luigi di Taranto and Carlo di Durazzo advanced, the others drawing back. Chatter, and the rustling of latecomers, fell to a hush. Then a thunder of hoofs as each knight, on either side of the barrier, spurred his horse. […]