Authority Weighs In: Sixth Tourmaline (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Aug 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Authority Weighs In (part three)                 This largest prison complex was still in use. Converted by the G.R.A., it had the acquired name Sedtok: Southeast Department, population 20,000. The harsh sound resembled a Hidtha epithet. The Utdrife guardsmen had learned to use it with a smirk, as […]

Authority Weighs In: Sixth Tourmaline (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 31 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Authority Weighs In (part two)               A type of horn the herdsmen used to signal each other could be heard from three directions. The tightly stretched tent cloth vibrated with it, a low melancholy menace. The Utdrife did not feel themselves menaced. Utdrife these visitors must be, and […]

Sequence of Events: Anarchy (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Thirteen Anarchy (conclusion)             The poor girl had been only distracted. By Boxer, of course. Closing the door to the lobby phone booth, Rose wedged herself next to the box, rubbed her eyes…and these thoughts came to her. Boxer’s description was what the girl had given— […]

Yoharie: Existence (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Existence (part two)               “But, not.” “Not…you mean…” After a second, Val said, “Nothing. What would I mean?” “What I was wondering. You have an opinion?” “No, I never heard of it. I guess I would’ve thought, nobody does that. Would do. Could do. Someone doesn’t want you […]

Authority Weighs In: Sixth Tourmaline (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Authority Weighs In (part one)               They needed to sit here, tented, wrapped in white skins. The skins had landed with a laugh, a bundle susurrating into freshly fallen snow, breaking the ice crust just after, hurled from some unsuspected place overhead. The Hidtha fleered at them for […]

Sequence of Events: Anarchy (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Thirteen Anarchy (part three)             The claim jump on the state’s attorney’s stake. The raid on Durco’s place that Durco was in on…a bigger story, with its bigger names, than what the proprietor of the Daily News was cooking up with Dutch. A story his rival […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part nine)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part nine)                   On the general’s dining porch, shuttered and hung with fleeces, hot–centered and smoky as would my master’s be… As would be at Cime’s house. I entered the room lonely, being no one’s friend in this place, my servant […]

Promoted to Exile: Fifth Tourmaline (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Promoted to Exile (conclusion)                 The G.R.A. did only one thing, really. In imposing its ideology, the alliance severed ties, and severed them all. Pride in the least thing…in a well-tied shoe, one might say…would not be permitted, because you would care for the shoe, and not […]

Sequence of Events: Anarchy (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Thirteen Anarchy (part two)             Another face surprised her, a man’s appearing outside the window, just as Florrie had settled back against the seat and glanced up. He had a dog on a leash. The dog, jumping on its hind legs, peered through the glass as […]

Promoted to Exile: Fifth Tourmaline (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 13 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Promoted to Exile (part two)                 Today, he’d given Byrnes an order to assemble her squadron, in snow fatigues, with their gear: radios, transponder belts, grenades and button bombs. Herward had it in mind to patrol a mile or so down the mountain, this the Hidtha named […]