The Totem-Maker: A Mother or a Father (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Mar 2022 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eleven A Mother or a Father (part four)           At this, I took up Areygna, fell to one knee and waited. The crowd held faces of birthright, a people whose folklore told this same tale. And I, possessing Bani’s history, meant to amaze them. I felt the Kale […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part fifty-two)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Mar 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty-two)                   Ludovic, falling thoughtful, allowed Konrad his seat and plate. His eyes could not avoid Mastracchio’s table habit of tendering morsels to the animal, of kissing it on the nose and mouth, of feeding himself with fingers licked by the […]

Hammersmith: Epilogue (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Mar 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Epilogue (part one)             Hogben felt his odds of escape must be improved by company. The company was not choice. He strongly entertained severing ties with his old partner. Wistful thoughts of roosting had lately crossed Hogben’s mind, and a settled man needs an honest profession. “Hogben, I will […]

Hammersmith: Reckoning Up (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 4 Mar 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Nine Reckoning Up (part two)           The dilemma had a straightforward logic to it, supposing a father a little overbearing, a little inclined to take things for granted, could be ushered— To the hilltop perspective, to see his daughter through the eyes of an interested friend. Aimee put out […]

Hammersmith: Reckoning Up (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Mar 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Thirty-Nine Reckoning Up (part one)           Somehow, the hour had come to this— A rising sun, beaming insistent rays at eyes their bleariest of a lifetime. Alone at the kitchen table in Vic’s empty house, Aimee woke, not from sleep—a thing not to be managed on a wooden chair—but to […]

The Totem-Maker: A Mother or a Father (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Feb 2022 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eleven A Mother or a Father (part three)           I thought of a song I had heard Fortesans on the streets singing. To calm my audience until Bashtat could climb to join us, I played this on my flute. For when I’d tucked implements into my belt and […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part fifty-one)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Feb 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty-one)                   Konrad asked, “What is it he has us waiting for?” “Today? His tardy self. Konrad, I am going to put you on the road. You will lead a company, your own judgment as to the men. Should you meet […]

Yoharie: Breaking Up Together (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Feb 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Breaking Up Together (part one)             Beatty was on the leash, the leash looped around Savannah’s wrist. Her black skirt was gathering slug-trails of dog snot. Grandma Hibbler’s neighborhood was like anyone’s, probably… They ought to carry paper towels and a baggy. Especially since Beatty was a multipooper. But the […]

Hammersmith: A Prisoner Goes Missing (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Feb 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Thirty-Eight A Prisoner Goes Missing (part four)             Shaw had written on the back of his card, calling as a stranger, but on behalf of the well-known Medlow’s agency: Sir, your name has come up. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m., Mossbunker’s people kept him waiting in the lobby, […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part fifty)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Feb 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty)                   Ludovic had laid his sword across the table, hilt at his right hand. Montferrat on his side had done the same. A translator stood ready, a priest in service to Cardinal Chalus. Chalus on the order of Clement had […]