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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part four)           He stood holding a Seed under the window’s light. Two hollows like eyes seemed to glint aware, each with its dot of white. The totem had woken in itself this visage, by charm or wickedness. “Tell me your story.” “They are […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part three)           His society was nine days the thorn in my side. Under his eye that first night I put away the coins, shaking them into a chest, a disposition I mistrusted. Their embossments and metals were not the same…logic suggested different meanings. […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part four)

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part four)             So, of all possible things for a birthday treat, big greasy grilled burgers, raspberry coffees topped with mounds of whipped cream, she craved gas station food. Not per se…a grocery fine, and if she found one sooner, she’d grab her list. […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part two)           I wanted one. For no reason but that the thought of a tame, fabulous monster in my possession pleased…I began to see myself in a light, become famous for this or that particularity. Ways and wonders about this tollhouse keeper, tales […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part one)         Twice more before the spring, the winds came and thawed my garden. They had a name, these amiable winds, but my guest had not made me know it. As Balbaec to him, the sound of the word conjured nothing memorable in my […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Jan 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part three)               Eleven days. Eleven days and you’re dead. Her rotten little sister had texted her this. True, she had one thousand dollars on a debit card, untouched. Tomorrow it would be. She’d got early cash for turning eighteen…from Mom and Dad, […]

The Totem-Maker: Use for Use (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jan 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part six)             My patron, not in the least unforthcoming, sat giving me nods, smiles, speaking syllables of agreement. I excused myself to the yard to fetch my pony, finding the trader’s arrows had landed him two hares. They hung by the feet […]

The Totem-Maker: Use for Use (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 10 Jan 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part five)             I slept a first night with them in my house…slept to excess, the honey drink to blame. Sorry for my hurting arm, and for myself altogether, I’d swallowed two or three strong draughts. That day I woke not having dreamed […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Jan 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part two)             “You just get the feeling, I mean, like it’s written in the stars or something. Like you think about Three Mile Island and you think, it’s gonna go again.” His name was Makim; he was Rae’s friend from Law Club, and […]

The Totem-Maker: Use for Use (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Jan 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part four)             They were laughing, as they reached the open gate, and I reined my skittish mount, dancing my way to them. Two leapt to the ground…the traders did not saddle their horses. Their clothing was red wool, stitched everywhere in vines, […]