Yoharie: Opening Scene

Posted by ractrose on 6 Feb 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Opening Scene               The thing that had made him hate camping. Rocks had been falling all this time, but the clip that played itself across the screen of Jeremiah Hibbler’s closed eyes was soundless. It was almost a lie…if there had not been so much rooted pain, telling […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 5 Feb 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part four)           West side people keep to themselves. My neighbors know me to be bad-tempered and unsociable. Also, they are unimpressed by my particular sort of fame. Like Harvey Planter, they have opinions about the theater. I doubt anything less than a […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part three)           “Did you tell me…” He stopped. Madolyn sighed over this relapse…a sigh distracted, gustier than she’d meant. “Go on.” She scooted the chair to his bedside. “What did I tell you?” He could not have seen Freda Murchison, but seemed, […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part two)           The West Market Café served weak coffee with its blue plate special. This, chops, peas, and fried potatoes. Feeling herself foreign to the neighborhood, Freda ate and drank, and kept a fixated gaze on her own hands. She mused. Mr. Bruner, […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part one)                 “Vigilance begins where work begins”   From AT & T ad of 1921     “You have no money.” Phillip had said this to her, as they’d left the courtroom. He hadn’t been polite enough, or generous […]

Totem: To Be and to Choose (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Four To Be and to Choose (part five)             The Prince said: “Mumas Martas agrees to the challenge. He will fight. He will fight the slave upon the mustering grounds of the fort. What else?” He fingered his chin, artificial in manner. Mocking still, if not more […]

Sequence: The Watcher Watched (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Eight The Watcher Watched (part three)           Any of the other women Rose knew, would have cared only for the menu, the clothes, the guests. They would have assumed good works were done, if they were told so. Rose, with her newspaper, the novel she read, lunch, […]

Sequence: The Watcher Watched (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Eight The Watcher Watched (part two)             She knew this. And as Viola in silence pulled the door wide to admit him, Durco got to the point. “Miss Huey, did a man named Bruner get in touch with you?”   Freda found the smell by the […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Dec 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part six)             “I’m busy. Sit down over there.” And more friendly, looking over his shoulder. “Get you in a minute, bud.” Hibbler would sit, and maybe there’d be a printout, or a magazine, or a newspaper with a can of beer, that when he picked it […]

Sequence: The Watcher Watched (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 18 Dec 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Eight The Watcher Watched (part one)                 My soul waiteth for the Lord More than they that watch for the morning; I say more than they that watch for the morning.   Psalm 130:6     Nora Huey had gone with Boxer. Her husband […]