A Friend: Third Tourmaline (conclusion)

Tourmaline A Friend (conclusion)               Herward’s impulse to friendship could not be blunted by the dull sequestering of Anton’s mind. He called again, and when all the silver was polished, and the furniture sat adorned with it, winking at envy, the corporal made a suggestion. “Some of the new […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part eight)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part eight)             But the thought came. As it does, when one feels put in the wrong. That I would fix this, I would sweep them all into their pouch, my tiles. Break the already broken tablet…that in false humility I ought not to […]

Sequence: Drawn Upon Imagination (part five)

Sequence of Events Chapter Twelve Drawn Upon Imagination (part five)             “No…why shouldn’t he come looking for you? If it’s what you say, why shouldn’t I believe it?” These words came out tetchy and self-pitying. And full of mistrust. He decided he might as well make it as bad as […]

A Friend: Third Tourmaline (part two)

Tourmaline A Friend (part two)               “My son,” she told him, “has just come home. I can’t say what he plans to do.” “I think I know Anton.” He’d surprised her with this. Anton had not put the kettle on for his cocoa, or put his plate in the oven […]

A Friend: Third Tourmaline (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jun 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline A Friend (part one)               Mrs. Leonhardt had taken out all the old silver. Her mother’s silver, her own, the sugars and the salt cellars that she for a time had always been buying, always poking through the second-hand markets, offering half the asking price for anything blackened, […]

Sequence: Drawn Upon Imagination (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 18 Jun 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Twelve Drawn Upon Imagination (part four)             Oily flatteries are a thing difficult to get right; they want a certain brazen self-importance…but in her stewardessing days, Freda had learned there is a type of woman who likes being bossed. A week at sea offers the possibilities […]

Palma: Second Tourmaline (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Jun 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Palma (conclusion)                   And these pains, depressions, madnesses, that waved across the city, were the reason her people, quarantined within a color-wheel of central sectors, had not by force been disarmed. The pills given at the health clinic would finish David, not his back and his […]

Palma: Second Tourmaline (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Jun 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Palma (part one)                         I am not going to tell you that you ought to have made certain of it. That won’t do you any good. She wrote in resolute black, and drew arrows; her comments in the margin, full sentences and apropos. […]

Sequence: Drawn Upon Imagination (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Jun 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Twelve Drawn Upon Imagination (part three)             “Now, Bruner, of course, has a character. Character is only a generality. But the right person, placed in the right circumstances, won’t need telling what to do. He will do it. That is…there are things Bruner was taught to […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part seven)

Posted by ractrose on 7 Jun 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part seven)                   Our road curved round the flank of the terrible mountain. Boulders sat here on earth where they’d fallen, house-sized, sconced and beaked, many…rude carvings of giants’ heads spat so-formed, from the mouth of the Giver. They stared, and […]