The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part eight)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part eight)           Now as with many walled cities…as with Monsecchers, I had once mentioned…here were tunnels having secret openings, passages where a single body might squeeze between jagged rocks, or wriggle free among tangled roots. And watches would not be set over these […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part seven)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part seven)           The cave road carried to the foot of a hill, down to the sea-plain of Balbaec proper. I saw travelers now, far away, a small company. If they had dogs, Cuerpha’s scent (my own, for all I knew) would carry a […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Mar 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part six)         I could not miss the eye. Its countenance had formed such that it seemed curled on its side asleep, but this powerful one’s magic sang in the air around it. The song was a thin, moaning whistle, melodious, unearthly… A mockery of […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Feb 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part five)             Black letters: HIRING APPLY WITHIN. Well, why not, if fate beckoned? And somehow she wasn’t first in line. Jeff, offering a hand, had patted her arm instead, drawn her into his office, walked out again…speaking, so she had to tail him…before […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Feb 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part five)           Bright sun through the shutters made obscure what might have terrified, the slow-blinking eyes, like those of a basking lizard. Moth took a stool in the corner and set his bag at his feet, still speechless. I had not myself studied […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Feb 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part four)           He stood holding a Seed under the window’s light. Two hollows like eyes seemed to glint aware, each with its dot of white. The totem had woken in itself this visage, by charm or wickedness. “Tell me your story.” “They are […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Feb 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part three)           His society was nine days the thorn in my side. Under his eye that first night I put away the coins, shaking them into a chest, a disposition I mistrusted. Their embossments and metals were not the same…logic suggested different meanings. […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Feb 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part four)             So, of all possible things for a birthday treat, big greasy grilled burgers, raspberry coffees topped with mounds of whipped cream, she craved gas station food. Not per se…a grocery fine, and if she found one sooner, she’d grab her list. […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 7 Feb 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part two)           I wanted one. For no reason but that the thought of a tame, fabulous monster in my possession pleased…I began to see myself in a light, become famous for this or that particularity. Ways and wonders about this tollhouse keeper, tales […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 31 Jan 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part one)         Twice more before the spring, the winds came and thawed my garden. They had a name, these amiable winds, but my guest had not made me know it. As Balbaec to him, the sound of the word conjured nothing memorable in my […]