The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part one)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part one)           Our road began to descend. The trees clung less precariously to banks that did not vault, but sloped; soon the trees’ variety had much increased, and the loneliness of the mountain crags gave way to vivid life, to darting small game, birds […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-two)                                 x.     Annie went quickly and softly to her desk, wanting to meet no one in the outer rooms, only to plunge into daily work. Yet as she took her seat, the thin […]

Hammersmith: Want Nothing Will Write (chapter fourteen)

Hammersmith Chapter Fourteen Want Nothing Will Write               Aimee had taken her seat, facing the caboose end. Hogben, lost for choice between next to, or across from (or flight down the passage, and a leap to the platform), took a prod from the passenger behind’s umbrella. He scuttled and […]

Yoharie: Plumbing (part three)

Yoharie Plumbing (part three)               He arrived at Zodiaque. Yes! We take walk-ins! one of its signs read. UV Regenerative Toning. Vesuvian Clay Exfoliating Rub. He was tempted to think a New Agey day spa, not…what the woman had implied. He felt conspired against, for that, and that Kate […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-one)                         When she woke, a wan morning light was shining through her window’s upper glass. Her bleary eyes were attracted by a square of paper near the door, a notecard, its mauve hue standing out against the parquet. Curious, […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part nineteen)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part nineteen)                   Now the knights themselves arrived. The Queen’s stand shimmered with coifs of tissue cloth, bright plaits of hair, and silk veils. First to enter was the Prince of Taranto on a white horse. The animal’s bronze and azure trappings […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Nine Lore and Lessons (part six)             They were faced with the problem of loyalties. How to secure them, when no persuasion could be breathed. The council’s reasons were strong, but secret; what they proposed wanted utter abandonment, utter embracing. All that the people knew and were […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty)                         “I’m trying to breathe life into him. My paleographer teaches me agricultural practices of the 18th century. You see where that leads me!” “But your task above all is to make the action alive, and gripping. Your building-blocks […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part eighteen)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part eighteen)                         Chapter VII The Queen Moves     Sancia di Renato, the Queen’s waiting-woman, held up a corner of the crimson canopy to shade her face from the sun. Her white dress glowed with a rosy reflection, […]

Yoharie: Plumbing (part two)

Yoharie Plumbing (part two)             So, the IMAX jaunt…in a world of scant rewards, Hibbler could pat himself on the back for having figured it…had let him refine the list. He cased from his car, got hot, walked Beatty to a tree island and let him shit, saw (opportunely, when […]