Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty)                   The cavalcade divided among a stand of pine; the master of hounds belayed his whip, and let the dogs run. Andreas, intent, listening, eyeing every clearing from which game might burst, looked aside at last… The man nearest him […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part five)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part five)           I cantered on for some time, Cuerpha in the mood for this run, our way sloping downwards. My totem had been seeking me, for the sensible thought came that I ought to seek it. And with these words I addressed it: I […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-nine)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-nine)                         “The man who is lying at Kervenno was gassed. He would have been retired from the service,” explained M. Le Goël. “But if it were M. Conan,” said Annie, “his wife and son must be with him.” “Well, […]

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

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-nine)                   Affected by this humour, Andreas put his back to them and leaned on the railing. Below was the palace square, where to the people Cabane had declared Giovanna. Konrad, on the verge of a remark come late to him, […]

Hammersmith: A Titled Visitor (chapter twenty-two)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Two A Titled Visitor               Vic, as Aimee with Curach, longed for an opportunity to pull a confidant aside (in this case, Monty Hogben would have to do), and ask—what’s it all about? Mossbunker’s height put the two of them knee to knee, Vic bouncing along eyeing […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part twenty-eight)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-eight)                   They ate their lunch on the open porch outside Andreas’s bedchamber. This was now the grand suite once Roberto’s, used after his death by Queen Giovanna. Many things she had left behind in trunks, and Andreas, finding honour in […]

Hammersmith: What’s the Game? (chapter twenty-one)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-One What’s the Game?               “Jane, are you feeling braced?” Aimee lowered her voice; she didn’t bother whispering. Curach, across from them again, sitting in a cab once more, could not only hear… His posture, leaning hands on knees, showed him an active listener. Jane was looking […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-eight)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-eight)                         She no longer feared her memories of the place would wake a fresh despair. She could overcome this. Her soul was mingled with a world of mourning souls, in a universal torment. She was delivered, free. When at […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part twenty-seven)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-seven)                   Andreas cared for Maria, recalling her a well-wisher. Giovanna had twisted Maria’s arm, she had played the girl false…this at times seemed apparent… And had he not witnessed it? How Giovanna had leant on the arm of Maria, steering […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part four)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part four)           Morning came, and I descried Castor, with the ponies, through a heavy mist veiling Torin’s lane. From discontented sleep, I had risen before the household. I stepped outside, to give my usual greeting. “What news?” As usual, he offered none, but took […]