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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part two)             If in conscience one can think of harm, already the choice is made. There are few harms we do in innocence. But I tried the blade, the tip of it along the belly, the creature seeping blood and cooling all […]

Yoharie: Existence (part six)

Yoharie Existence (part six)               Dad had been the good parent. Good being seek-outable, or what people who had fun might call fun. When Savannah was of an age to play Barbies, her hero, wholly trusted. A joker sometimes, who didn’t care if Family Guy was too rude for […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part one)           The gods that ruled this country, and this strange prison of the tollhouse, said nothing to me. They sent snow, and I could hardly guess whether it were a gift of beauty, or a slow, suffocating torture. It was beauty to […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part fifteen)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Nov 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part fifteen)           The Prince raised me to my feet, while Jute made display of fretting. “Deliver me,” she whispered. These words among astonishing clucks, and apologies, no less, her hands straightening my clothes, patting at the wineskin, which by luck had not burst. “May […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part fourteen)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Nov 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part fourteen)             Night on the open sea often was alight in strange ways. The stars gleamed, clustered in places thick as crystals in a basilisk’s egg. I felt my eyes could drink this light and shine it before me…but the magic could not […]

Yoharie: Existence (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Nov 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Existence (part five)               notes for TWA 800 wallfly9000@aol.com   The beam weapon designed to disable enemy satellites was first in the news in 1989. [Tested at SW facility]. Also Russians launching nuclear powered satellites w/i this timeframe, fear these could be forerunners of nuclear space weapons. Crash […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part thirteen)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Oct 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part thirteen)             I approach the place I was put ashore…the place where my fortunes changed, and I understood that to the Prince I was slave after all. Or disregarded by him, thought without value, for I had not yet passed a test he […]

Hammersmith: Epilogue (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Oct 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Epilogue (conclusion)           Mossbunker’s patronage had been lifted from the town of Hammersmith. Abel Bard looked at the prospect of Meadow Lane’s new houses, of all the Mossland development, hemming round the farmhouse and his father’s pastures, where he’d been putting in alfalfa… He talked to the construction foreman, who […]

Hammersmith: Epilogue (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 5 Oct 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Epilogue (part one)           Hogben felt his odds of escape improved by company. The company was not choice. In point of fact, he strongly entertained having no more to do with le Fontainebleau. Wistful thoughts of roosting had lately crossed Hogben’s mind, and a settled man needs an honest profession. […]

Yoharie: Existence (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Sep 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Existence (part four)               Trevor’s cul-de-sac was called Tampico Way. The stub, or rectal portion, if you had it in you to chuckle at Mat Busby’s humor, was crossed by Reagan Place. The shuttle streets, Atlantis, Challenger, etc., also an Apollo and an Armstrong, and another cul-de-sac called […]