The Mirrors (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Jun 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Mirrors (part four)                       Esta had eased the photograph out of an album bound in cardboard, “My Memories” scripted on the cover inside a cage of vines. The first in her life Charmante had seen of this book. The contents arrayed themselves, crackling onto […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part eight)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Jun 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part eight)             A Harbor City parking lot. Not the day to take a big, sighing breath. Oiliness in the immediate air; something uncertain, but like the barbeque grill when Dad opened the valve, coming from the highway. No, where am I? Savannah saw […]

The Mirrors (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Jun 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Mirrors (part three)                       Carmine came out of the kitchen, frowning at his shoes’ descent of the steps. He looked up. “Ah! Mr. Wright. You can answer me a question.” His gait like his knock self-conscious, he trotted; he arrived, giving Charmante the tightlipped […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 1 Jun 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part eleven)           “No, I won’t rush you.” He had made to rise, but sank again, while the fingers of a hand concealed under pillow-fringe tapped. I told him, “I am not a general. You do not want me for advice you had sought […]

The Mirrors (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 26 May 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Mirrors (part two)                           “We’ve installed viewing lenses, in the bath and the adjoining bedroom. Slowly, Mrs. Demorest, you will take a turn about, and come back to the doorway.” She looked at Carmine. “You said two or three times.” “Yes…and we’ll […]

The Mirrors (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 19 May 2020 in Fiction, Novels

        The Mirrors   i.     The odd-job man, today walking the yard setting mole traps. He unbent his back when Charmante called out, “Hey!” The front parlor the same as every day, the chimneypiece and its stony odor, white sheers damping sunlight; the temperature, never mind the bloomed camellias flanking […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part seven)

Posted by ractrose on 15 May 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part seven)           A fence divided this lot from one below, another fence penning storage sheds, screwed with warning signs. Tavo scaled this…and so Savannah toed her way up. At the awkward getting over, he reached for her waist and steadied her down. A three-foot […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 8 May 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part ten)         Noakale descended, herself. “Why it’s you! Such a mystery they make! And what terrible thing that cannot be named have you brought to us? Come, come…someone may like to have a talk with you.” This fulsomeness of nature I would not have […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 1 May 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part six)             She had tried oblique. Probably to no purpose. What was not to get about this puzzle? Game it out…employment, good of which depends on reputation… And reputation, if you plan to live, depends on employment. She’d get something from Jeff, referential, […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 22 Apr 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part nine)           My immediate fate was as I’d predicted. The merchant, Tazt Shenath, begged my company that short way up the road, to the stronghold of Lord Ei. He had jested about the game, but was in earnest as to games and more, […]