Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-seven)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-seven)                         The letter recalled to Annie that period of living in Christiane’s orbit, five years past. For the length of a spring and a summer, the two women had traveled as companions. Companionable they were together, and their respect […]

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

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-six)                           Chapter IX The Convent Of Santo Pietro A Maiella     Upon his two advisors Andreas continued to rely. He was the city’s sanctioned ruler, but no less ill-at-ease commanding his court’s Italians. Thus Carlo […]

Yoharie: Inside (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Jun 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Inside (part one             Back when he had done the stuff, Yoharie had suffered a little (keeping it to himself), from an attitude problem. As to suffering, the physical therapy was pretty harsh. But they said if he didn’t stick with doctor’s orders…the insurance people said…they couldn’t just pay […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 23 Jun 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-five)                   I will have a warrant drawn for that man’s arrest, Andreas thought. His stare followed all the bright train to the illusion of their vanishing, from the glaring light of day, into the dark of the colonnade opposite. He […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jun 2021 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part three)           A person in livery came walking, two child servants beating his path with fans woven of feathers, and blowing warnings through reed whistles. Their labor fluttered garment hems, head-coverings; they struck gently and blew piercing notes at those who shifted feet, stirring […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-six)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-six)                               Fourth Part Shine!     “Rest?” Annie, rebellious, sat upright on the chaise-longue. “But the war is over! The poilus, do they rest?” “They no longer feel their fatigue. They are marching to victory. But […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part twenty-four)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Jun 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-four)                   The woman affected surprise. “Shall I not send a page ahead?” All this came fluent, but Andreas watched her eyes note what he carried under his arm. “It is kinder, Lord Andreas, to apprise a lady, ere you call.” […]

Hammersmith: The St. Bernard Hotel (chapter eighteen)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Jun 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Eighteen The St. Bernard Hotel               The St. Bernard Hotel had a back way in, that allowed a cab to draw to the curb. The front, which they had trotted past, sported a narrow vermillion door next to a bay window stacked under a second-floor counterpart. Through […]

Hammersmith: Having a Treat (chapter seventeen)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Jun 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Seventeen Having a Treat               A sofa with a blanket draped along the seat, trailing the scant carpet, a pillow at the armrest and one on the floor, was taking up the wall under the windows, leaving clearance for only this rug and a little chest. Jane’s […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-five)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-five)                         Annie walked up the rue de Rennes, coming to the post office. Inside, she asked that a call be put throught to Mme Fougerays. To her unspeakable relief, it was Christiane herself who answered. “Good day, mademoiselle novelist! […]