Celebrated (part eight)

Novella Celebrated (part eight)               She stirred. He said, “Hold it!” And: “Here. I’ll trade places with you.” He plucked at the zipper of her open parka, squeezing past. Tom wore a jeans jacket, his hands fairly numb. He brought the Kodak’s viewer to his eyeball, dropped the knapsack to […]

The Blue Bird (part three)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part three)               The person who lived here, number 46, had gone someplace. They’d all gone someplace. She went back down the hall…rattling knobs along the way, aggressive. She got to the landing, and turned to watch. No door tentatively inched back. No head […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part two)

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part two)           The West Market Café served weak coffee with its blue plate special. This, chops, peas, and fried potatoes. Feeling herself foreign to the neighborhood, Freda ate and drank, and kept a fixated gaze on her own hands. She mused. Mr. Bruner, […]

Celebrated (part seven)

Novella Celebrated (part seven)                 Alone, his apathy as to whether things got done or not showed itself a burgeoning hazard…now there was no one to pick up, and no one cooked. “You’re feeling pretty down these days,” one of his friends had said. Like that, as a […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part one)                 “Vigilance begins where work begins”   From AT & T ad of 1921     “You have no money.” Phillip had said this to her, as they’d left the courtroom. He hadn’t been polite enough, or generous […]

Totem: To Be and to Choose (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Four To Be and to Choose (part five)             The Prince said: “Mumas Martas agrees to the challenge. He will fight. He will fight the slave upon the mustering grounds of the fort. What else?” He fingered his chin, artificial in manner. Mocking still, if not more […]

Sequence: The Watcher Watched (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Eight The Watcher Watched (part three)           Any of the other women Rose knew, would have cared only for the menu, the clothes, the guests. They would have assumed good works were done, if they were told so. Rose, with her newspaper, the novel she read, lunch, […]

Up in the Rafters: Hammersmith (thirty-four)

Posted by ractrose on 4 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novellas

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Four Up in the Rafters           A curious feature of Mossbunker’s factory (or, for all Aimee knew, an ordinary feature of any factory), was this concealed catwalk below the skylights. Zetland’s Renegades crouched here in darkness… But she could picture workers below looking up to a dazzling white daylight, […]

Sequence: The Watcher Watched (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Eight The Watcher Watched (part two)             She knew this. And as Viola in silence pulled the door wide to admit him, Durco got to the point. “Miss Huey, did a man named Bruner get in touch with you?”   Freda found the smell by the […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Dec 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part six)             “I’m busy. Sit down over there.” And more friendly, looking over his shoulder. “Get you in a minute, bud.” Hibbler would sit, and maybe there’d be a printout, or a magazine, or a newspaper with a can of beer, that when he picked it […]