Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part two)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part two)                     Konrad dropped the curtain and advanced. The golden plumage on the brow of Andreas shimmered as he raised his head. “Good evening, Prince.” Konrad scowled at the girl. “I must speak with you.” “Well, do.” Slowly Andreas sat […]

Celebrated (part ten)

Novella Celebrated (part ten)                 Murmurs, hopeful and wary. On the safe inside, among private certainties, was this: that these scruples made no difference. He didn’t care about plagiarism…and didn’t care, not from misplaced fellow-feeling, but because he had come to it, from years of debating forced alternatives. […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part nineteen)

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Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part one)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part one)                         Chapter One The Letter     The turquoise of a summer sky was fading into evening purple. Golden above the Adriatic Sea glittered the first stars, while the olives below changed from silver to grey. The […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part twelve)             Barking of dogs stopped the dance. His own had run ahead, while he wavered, disguised by the bole of a tree, one whose roots clung to rock as though a winter jug of honey, lightly warmed by fire, were poured […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part eighteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part eighteen)                               iii.     The first visitors were the personal friends of Mme Conan, belonging to the world of finance and high-stakes business dealings, and dressed by the best fashion houses…in that sober and costly elegance […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (intro part four)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! Introduction: part four                       A Different Kind of Translation, continued:   The format of a story—not its paragraphing style, but the skeletal shape into which a fiction is introduced—will deliver engagement or fail to, depending on whether the form has […]

Yoharie: Love Back (part four)

Yoharie Love Back (part four)               “Twist and bump.” Val clipped three into the crown of his hair, and had Sasha, so instructed, do the ones in back. Everyone needs loft. This is how you get the bangs to stand away from your forehead, so they look good, instead […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part seventeen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part seventeen)                       M. Conan intervened, annoyed at this shamelessness. “You forget, Josèphe, that Mlle Le Goël has no time to spare.” “Oh, I know.” She sent him a flirtatious look of rebellion. “But I also know that Mlle Le Goël is […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part eleven)             “That I would have thought of for myself. But give the order.” He bowed, and his first retreating steps he took backwards. Unless he were incurable, he would not keep this up. Egdoah was joined to our party, a pleasure […]