The Mirrors (part ten)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Jul 2022 in Fiction, Novels

    The Mirrors (part ten)     Charmante stooped for the angel, its porcelain, for all the bustle of its recent life, unharmed. The moth’s remains she brushed off above the waste can. She could dare one more question. Too many would be too much out of order, plain nosiness. And as to her […]

Charles Monselet: Cursed Money (part three)

        Charles Monselet Cursed Money 1863         Chapter One (continued) The Quai des Augustins     “And you are too indulgent. I’ve been watching you for some time, and it pains me to see how your carelessness in matters of trade increases by the day. I don’t speak of […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 10 Jul 2022 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eleven A Mother or a Father (part six)           The Prince’s siege prolonged itself. Ami did not, nor any emissary of his, appear to claim me. On days I had good morning light, I extended my translation of Noakale’s book, knitting it into my blanket, in the way […]

Yoharie: Breaking Up Together (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Jul 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Breaking Up Together (part three)             “She baked a cake once, and it cratered in the middle, and she filled it with this big blob of icing…and it wiggled, carrying to the table. And Mike said, what you baked in there, the cat? He was stabbing the cake with […]

The Mirrors (part eight)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Jul 2022 in Fiction, Novels

    The Mirrors (part eight)     Charleton begged sympathy with his homely, engaging face…and the pain of his gaze, the flinching curve of his body, the girl’s heedless indulgent smile, told, if Charmante weren’t being fanciful… “This one, in the tennis gear? Esta, were they sweethearts?” “Oh, she didn’t like him much.”   […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 2 Jul 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty-six)                   Simona sat a mule; all horses, nags, swaybacks, the hoof-rotted, were being mounted this morning for Ludovic’s cavalry. Tackle was lacking, so was courage to climb the bare back of an angry beast, its mouth tortured with a stray […]

The Mirrors (part seven)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jun 2022 in Fiction, Novels

    The Mirrors (part seven)     She hoped Mr. Wright would happen by when she sat to lunch. Going through Esta’s trove with Carmine would not be helpful. At a bad time, it would tempt him away from his duties. Rothesay, it seemed to her, was the more at fault… Well, dismiss it. […]

The Mirrors (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Jun 2022 in Fiction, Novels

    The Mirrors (part six)     iii.     Nothing that manifests…nothing that can be… (She was bearing this in mind, in church, where faith was apt.) …is not created for the good. You dispute this. You say that there is evil in the world, and that you have smelled the malignant breath […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 15 Jun 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty-five)                   Her day had left Simona restless. While, this role she played required less… Less (a sigh) of standing by in readiness. Fiorina in her simple dress, sweating when the sun was hot, no perfumed waters, no cloth teased from […]

The Mirrors (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 25 May 2022 in Fiction, Novels

The Mirrors (part five)                                   For his sake she threw a keen look along the wall, where creeping charley undulated, wider in the shade. Rain began to pelt. “Get you inside, ma’am.” “No, I’m fine…” There, of course. A […]