Hammersmith: Appassionata (chapter thirty-five)

Hammersmith Thirty-Five Appassionata           “Got to be very, very cautious. Coat buttons. Wedding ring…” Aimee’s was in a drawer, with Ralph’s cufflinks and lodge pin. Chilly shifted his eyes towards Vic. “If we’d had time to drill on any of this, I’d had you put your coats on inside-out, and mud […]

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

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part forty-five)                   It was a Monday, a February Monday, the weather dry enough for the staging of Giovanna’s tournament. The crown’s revenues had for 1345 been poor. During the year of Andreas, his spending on revels had drained monies from the […]

Hammersmith: Up in the Rafters (chapter thirty-four)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Four Up in the Rafters           A curious feature of Mossbunker’s factory (or, for all she knew, an ordinary feature of any factory), was this concealed catwalk below the skylights. Zetland’s team crouched here in darkness. Yet Aimee could picture the hands looking up to a dazzling white daylight, […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part twelve)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part twelve)           The wood trim of the house, and the rail where our backs rested at the edge of a small cliff, were painted turquoise. A rug was brought, a carpet to stack atop the grass mat that always covered the pebbles by day, […]

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

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part forty-four)                         Chapter Twelve The Last Masquerade     Maria rode with her sister in a light, open cart, drawn by a white horse. Between them in honour sat the old Hungarian woman, a pet now of Giovanna’s. […]

Yoharie: Inside (part four)

Yoharie Inside (part four)             Secret rooms, stay focused. Yoharie’s up there calling for help. Basements don’t have back doors. If they corner you, it’s over. Hibbler drew his gun. You could slide furniture to hide a hatch… There could be a chamber under the floor. Could there? He remembered […]

Hammersmith: Showtime (chapter thirty-three)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Three Showtime           McKeefe’s was a rough house. Minnie had played to bad crowds…most of them bad, before Cal Bruce had signed her as opening act. Still worst spot on the slate, the touts hauling rubes off the street, half the audience rummaging in their bags, and you with […]

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

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part forty-three)                   The cellar where the body lay had four lights. These were openings calculated into the convent’s foundation, blocked at night by shutters—boards roughly fit, having chocks of wood nailed on for handles. But the hour was midday, and Andreas […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part eleven)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Nov 2021 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part eleven)           We shed our train of the curious. A fluting whistle from the region of the gates tempted them back; and I, glancing behind to see if the assignment of alms were given to Adzja, saw Egdoah. He erased expression from his face, […]

Hammersmith: Boxed Goods (chapter thirty-two)

Posted by ractrose on 4 Nov 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Two Boxed Goods           Vic fell too, the second time of an evening in collision with Elton. He liked to count himself almost as spring-loaded as in the days of Rubillard’s Volunteers, intervening decades not…or not too much…withstanding. From thin grass strewn with palm-scoring nuts and bolts, he heaved […]