The Totem-Maker: Lore and Lessons (part four)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Nine Lore and Lessons (part four)           Go! Finish! This does not concern you. The headman ordered the halfwit so, but it needed another, armed with a whip, to force him to the task. He held the pretty stone at arm’s length, averted his gaze, and waded into […]

Hammersmith: To State the Matter Frankly (chapter nine)

Hammersmith Chapter Nine To State the Matter Frankly               Aimee Bard, having that in common with the settled object of her campaign, began the morning wondering if she could get a moment to herself. She had gathered Mrs. Frieslander’s bundles, an errand she never did for mere kindness (“Please […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-five)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-five)                         A sudden inspiration caught the fancy of Annik. “Oh! Would you like to…it will be so fun! We should dress you, too, as we do in Morbihan! Mother! Come quickly and give us your advice!” What to choose? […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part fourteen)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fourteen)                   Since she had raised no guard against him, Andreas lingered, today’s great lesson having taught already a wisdom he had not entered Naples possessing. He calmed his angry breathing; he watched her shoulders and back pretend him gone…an effort […]

Heckler (conclusion)

      Heckler (conclusion)     “So like, my cost per credit hour was two-hundred something, toss in fees, round it up, say the minimum wage goes to fifteen…say I work a shift and a half at Starbucks, pays for one credit hour at state… Or maybe not, I’m an English Lit dropout, not […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-four)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-four)                         Annie furtively wiped her eyes. Patrice, seeming not to notice, exclaimed, in a tone of horror: “Look out! Here is a troop of Philistines come to insult our evening’s beauty and profane the peace of a sacred place! […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirteen)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Mar 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirteen)                   At length, she said quietly: “I command a duchy. You have been only a prince at your brother’s court. Please don’t speak to me of allowing this or that.” He wished to tell her that he was not a […]

The Totem-Maker: Lore and Lessons (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Mar 2021 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Nine Lore and Lessons (part three)           After long tedium, after a doze of minutes or hours, for which Bani’s father rebuked himself, the sun left in a wink. It seemed so to the men hidden on Lotoq’s flank; the rays reached only the rim of the bowl, […]

Heckler (part two)

      Heckler (part two)     You’re guessing I didn’t like the sound of this? No shit, but…working for Delaney is this way. You do good, he gives you more jobs. You say no to a job, maybe he’ll call you. To hand out coupons on the street, dressed like a Thanksgiving turkey. […]

Hammersmith: Second Thoughts (chapter eight)

Posted by ractrose on 5 Mar 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Eight Second Thoughts           Hogben had broken a rule of his own, a rule that had always served…and Hogben had been a traveling man for twenty-odd years. He’d had scrapes. He had not often had a partner to rely on. But even these past couple, when with the Professor […]