Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Gone Before)

A Figure from the Common Lot Gone Before               Verbena tucked her wiping rag into her apron band and slipped along the cupboard, her skirts brushing Honoré as he knelt at Ebrach’s trunk. She went to her husband’s chair, taking only his fingertips in hers. “Richard! I put away […]

Shine! (part three)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part three)                         All the rancor and indignation of a child turned itself towards her guilty father. From the depths of clouded memory she saw again his height and strength, as he lifted her playfully to his shoulder. She heard the […]

The Mirrors (part twelve)

The Mirrors (part twelve)                             “The plain truth. It’s never been your fault or mine. No one ought to think less of us… You and I have done all we can.” Veronica stood, moved behind Carolee’s chair, and rested a hand on […]

The Totem-Maker: Crafter Becomes Maker (part four)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part four)           “Lord Ei. The Peddler is known to you.” Lord Ei sat stony; I, dutifully at his feet, but laying my argument as an equal…and he had not ventured to his garden expecting to be interviewed, only to see me with his […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (The House of Everard)

A Figure from the Common Lot The House of Everard (part two)             He tried, unsuccessfully, to face her, as she had tried to face him. “Feels that at last she may do some good, where she has brought about so much harm. Peggy says to herself, ‘I will ask […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Jerome two)

A Figure from the Common Lot Jerome (part two)           Honoré thought of Gérard, whose present plot of earth would never profit him. “The market must always be better tomorrow than it is today. If Monsieur Serrigny puts me off for a year, not so bad… And if he puts me […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part two)                         Impatience tautened her nerves while she continued to review invoices. Her fever increased under the weight of Mlle Virot’s sneaking surveillance. At last the bell announced the end of shift. Annie, with the others, went to the cloakroom. […]

The Mirrors (part eleven)

The Mirrors (part eleven)                             Always it had been, until that year his going away became the end… No more the glamour of travel and return, her father’s familiar absence. Always, a sort of stupidity. She could charge herself with this and […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part three)

Yoharie Because Society (part three)               Society hadn’t yet crafted the new rules. Or cancel yet. Society follows culture, and the culture stagnates. A woman can ask a man for a date, or a man she dates for his hand… Push on, stalwart feminist… But, Giarma thought, your place […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Paris)

A Figure from the Common Lot Paris (two)                   “But I am never there. I only sleep there.” Once more Gremot had shrugged when Broughton, calling attention to his cough, asked, “You do not find the arrangement rather―to state the matter bluntly―squalid?” In the indifferent way in […]