The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part ten)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part ten)           But this path I had made before me separated the individuals I was seeing. Many were beggars, many disfigured, many shy a limb. Sellers carried trays strapped around their necks…as at Aran, they sold potions, poultices, amulets. I saw even a tray […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (conclusion)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty-four)                               Epilogue   Extract from Annie’s notebook     And so Patrice spoke the truth. A word lives on, a word radiates! The written word influences more, at times, than purposed. The written word, again by […]

Hammersmith: A Few Laws Broken (chapter thirty-one)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-One A Few Laws Broken           Mossbunker’s wall rose a few feet higher than Ralph’s eight-foot ladder. Perched on this, Curach whispered, “Hand me up that feather bolster.” Chilly’s answer to a mechanical problem, was to roll the bolster tight around a fat stick. He hoisted this to Curach; […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part forty-one)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part forty-one)                   “A killing…the woman of whom we speak must appreciate…cannot be refined to perfection. The place may be chosen, the hour—” He thought, Giovanna supposed, of how he had not chosen either. “And the men?” “The foresters were necessary. They […]

Hammersmith: Trenches Manned (chapter thirty)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty Trenches Manned           Mossbunker having secured his contract to supply cabling to the American Expeditionary Force, in theory the works might be targeted by spies. To the outside eye, he had not altered arrangements. Aimee, with Curach, lay flat against the slope of a ditch, at the factory’s […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part forty)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part forty)                   “You have seen the body. Your eyes are witness, Lord. Shall such witness be gainsaid? But allow…though I insult you to suggest it… For how a man might bring himself to suspect these good women…! No, ignore me. But […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part nine)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part nine)           “Adzja, you may labor at your studies today. I am going down to the city.” I looked at her, saying this, because I suspected her of being my watcher as well as my servant. But she finished cornering a cloth on my […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fifty-three)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty-three)                               Epilogue   Extract from Annie’s notebook     It has been two years today. Two years, since I arrived at the house, to find the shutters closed. Between the slats, rays of a pale yellow […]

Hammersmith: Night Maneuvers (chapter twenty-nine)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Nine Night Maneuvers           Elton Bott advanced in stealth through the gloaming. Soft expressions into tussocky grass, of right foot, followed by left foot, heel rolled to toe—an art attributed by their Chief to the Iroquois, and a single-file exercise on which the Patriots had drilled—did not stop various […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty-nine)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-nine)                   Hands attached to her bare arms, as in her shift she bent over the window ledge, staring, searching. A contrary thing in Maria’s heart made her refuse any gasp or cry. She turned, and slowly. “Sister, I was only […]