Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-six)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-six)                         Annie saw Patrice justified in his conjecture. Alban, possibly spied on by Le Filleul, had shown loyalties that gave rise to suspicions. Private grievances could be settled—Patrice had said so—in times of public lawlessness. A belfry surmounted by […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part six)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part six)                       “Someone…Henryk, Konrad…has told you to say that to me!” The girl rose, trembling. “God strike me if I lie! I don’t know why I spoke…it only came to me to say it when I heard the music. […]

Yoharie: Give and Take (part two)

Yoharie Give and Take (part two)               Savannah said, “This job.” “Tell me again about the arrangement. What I want to know,” Kate said, “is where you see yourself, in, say, six months.” No place…was the candidate’s answer. They had talked twice; so far Mom had been good. Do […]

Hammersmith: The Professor’s Fate (chapter three)

Hammersmith Chapter Three The Professor’s Fate           Hogben had sat up in bed, to hear the rain still pelting, rat-a-tat-tatting off some plane of the inner house where a leak had sprung. He had known he wouldn’t sleep. The roar of the deluge appeared soporific enough for the Professor, curled on […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-five)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-five)                                 vi.     Before the end of a fortnight, the novice tourist found herself at Vannes. Already childishly delighted by the diversion of the train ride along the smiling valley of the Loire, towards […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part five)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part five)                     This amused San Severino, who knew of no passion he could not control. “Raymond de Cabane is a great man…a very great man. Likely he will marry the Queen’s sister, the Madonna Maria.” The face of Andreas reddened. […]

Hammersmith: Mack Talks War (chapter two)

Hammersmith Chapter Two Mack Talks War             “Thank you, Mr. Derfinger. I’ve had a chill, ever since I took that soaking in the flood.” Hogben hadn’t needed to say this a second time, but making excuse, lest the gossips take hold of his reputation before he’d made use of it […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-four)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-four)                           “A story from the time of the Revolution?” said Annie, startled. “Ah, monsieur, my ignorance would shout from every page.” “Build your world by intuition. Historians as well as sleuths are guided by it. Souls of all […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part four)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part four)                     “You are master,” was the answer. “Remember afterwards I had told you it was folly.” And the Lord of Gottif left the tent. Again, the Prince flung himself onto the couch. Head in hands, he stared at the […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part fourteen)             “There,” Liben’s wife said. “Now perhaps Liben, for the sum he is willing to lend, would prefer some assurance. Life, for fighting men, has its perils. Your brother has no house of his own, and the house a son builds […]