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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part six)             My patron, not in the least unforthcoming, sat giving me nods, smiles, speaking syllables of agreement. I excused myself to the yard to fetch my pony, finding the trader’s arrows had landed him two hares. They hung by the feet […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part five)             I slept a first night with them in my house…slept to excess, the honey drink to blame. Sorry for my hurting arm, and for myself altogether, I’d swallowed two or three strong draughts. That day I woke not having dreamed […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part two)

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part two)             “You just get the feeling, I mean, like it’s written in the stars or something. Like you think about Three Mile Island and you think, it’s gonna go again.” His name was Makim; he was Rae’s friend from Law Club, and […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part four)             They were laughing, as they reached the open gate, and I reined my skittish mount, dancing my way to them. Two leapt to the ground…the traders did not saddle their horses. Their clothing was red wool, stitched everywhere in vines, […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Dec 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part one)               “Cause logically, you’re on your own anyway. Literally, you could turn eighteen while you’re up in the air. Yeah, that’s funny…” Rae paused over this. Her sister liked the legal angles. She was going to be an entertainment lawyer— She […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 18 Dec 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part three)             I weighed Lotoq’s inscrutable will, the caprice or ruthless purpose of my new gods. I wondered if I ought to pursue a different trade. I wondered if I were not free to go as I liked. Perhaps the caravans of […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 13 Dec 2019 in Fiction, Novels

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)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Dec 2019 in Fiction, Novels

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)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Nov 2019 in Fiction, Novels

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 […]