Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part twelve)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twelve)                     She dropped onto the chair and wrung her hands in her lap. He might have acted, if his guard encircled him—but what this girl urged was beyond Andreas. He had not the freedom of this palace, though in […]

Yoharie: Plumbing (part one)

Yoharie Plumbing (part one)               Better to concentrate on the small things. Some item on the list you hadn’t checked off. Just get that. When the proofs were out of your control; when you had no approach to the ones who could tell the truth, who… Who, if confronted […]

Hammersmith: Two Reunions (chapter seven)

Hammersmith Chapter Seven Two Reunions           Ruby Magley went walking down the dewy hillside towards the same creek that had attracted Hogben. She too hoped to sit in quiet thought; listening, in her case, to birdsong. She felt not quite so bereaved today…just lonely. All the same, it was not Minnie’s […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-two)                         “We’ll cross the moor. We should be there in five minutes.” As they climbed, the placid terrain came broader into view, the beaches and their dunes, the meadows in their browns and greens muted by falling dusk, and […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part eleven)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part eleven)                     The vice-chancellor paused, for the dying man had murmured. They heard him, in the silence: “Before the eyes of Heaven, I right myself… I do well.” When, for straining his ears, Andreas slackened his grip, Giovanna jerked free […]

The Totem-Maker: Lore and Lessons (part two)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Nine Lore and Lessons (part two)             I return to the story of Bani. Those two of our party who were the Citadel’s, the traders’ people, came to me for nightly studies by firelight. They told me the zhatabe knew my book’s symbols, the strange lines of […]

Hammersmith: Mossbunker’s Castle (chapter six)

Hammersmith Chapter Six Mossbunker’s Castle           Vic B. Mack was in Mossbunker’s castle keep. In their mutual professional capacities, Mossbunker had spoken to him once…stipulating he did not allow the press inside his walls. They’d walked the yellowing greensward, as Vic felt inclined to name it, passed by the holly hedges (these, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-one)                                 iii.       “Jean-Pierre Le Goël.” The copper plaque, shining on the openwork of a gatepost, informed the stroller thus, and he stopped. A ground-floor window between green shutters stood open to let […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part ten)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part ten)                       Chapter IV Giovanna       The room was small, shrouded from daylight by a velvet curtain. Before the window an alabaster lamp cast a faint glow, catching sparks from the fleurs-de-lis of the purple hangings, their […]

Yoharie: Give and Take (part three)

Yoharie Give and Take (part three)               Divorce…which was the issue… Kate’s first thought was of Mat, the house. The living room gym stripped…no yard sale so neighbors could get a shot at the equipment. The garage semi-gutted. Semi-restored, maybe, to intended use, missing the sectional and flokati, still […]