Hammersmith: Hogben and Shaw (chapter one)

Hammersmith Chapter One Hogben and Shaw           Hogben and Shaw climbed down into the root cellar, one after the other; Shaw, a respectable parasite, from wanting to be useful. Hogben, because he hadn’t seen it yet. He had otherwise sized up every inch of Mrs. Bard’s place. He also wanted to learn […]

Yoharie: Give and Take (part one)

Yoharie Give and Take (part one)               Earliest on a Harbor City morning, L.A. large could be heard on the move. Smelled on the move…Savannah’s same daily observations, that the environs were trafficky, that car exhaust, multiplied, was stinky. That excitement, chance, sat around someone else’s corner, not hers. […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-two)                     Once outdoors, Patrice quickened his steps in crossing the immense paved court. When they’d passed the next gate, he heaved a deep sigh and shook his shoulders as though throwing off a burden. “The Medici fountain! The flowers…ah! It refreshes […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Dec 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part three)                     Resuming his seat, Konrad spread the letter under the red light of the lamp, and went on:   “Madonna, as the Prince will enter Naples so soon, this is the last of the letters I shall write to […]

The Totem-Maker: Crafter Becomes Maker (part thirteen)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Dec 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part thirteen)             She told him that by the will of the gods, I could not be possessed or controlled. That I was patient, but that I need not be. That I would return and bring news, but that I need not return. […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-one)                             Annie, arrested by this proposition so attractive and unexpected, shot Winifred a significant look. “I thank you infinitely, madame! But won’t you find very near to you an ideal…an obliging and kind companion?” “Winifred?” Mme Fougerays […]

Yoharie: Love Back (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 7 Dec 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Love Back (part five)               The next item on the timetable, then, was Val, in his room, telling himself Sasha would call. Sasha would not call. They were friends, they were more than friends… They were less than friends. They could never be more than friends…ex-friends…because Val had […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty)                           “We admit it!” answered Mme Fougerays coldly. “Marriage is a lottery, that is understood. All games of hazard have their traps.” She spoke with a boldness near cynicism, unafraid of her known history making the cause of […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Dec 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part two)                     Konrad dropped the curtain and advanced. The golden plumage on the brow of Andreas shimmered as he raised his head. “Good evening, Prince.” Konrad scowled at the girl. “I must speak with you.” “Well, do.” Slowly Andreas sat […]

Celebrated (part ten)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Nov 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Novella Celebrated (part ten)                 Murmurs, hopeful and wary. On the safe inside, among private certainties, was this: that these scruples made no difference. He didn’t care about plagiarism…and didn’t care, not from misplaced fellow-feeling, but because he had come to it, from years of debating forced alternatives. […]