Frédéric Boutet: The Edge (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Edge (complete)                             “Toto! Stay still while I wash your face! And you, Jules, will you hold your little sister properly, or else…that’s all I have to say! And Louise! Put on your stockings. Do not have your […]

The Mirrors (part six)

The Mirrors (part six)                             “We were on a sort of sea-cliff, our place. No electric. Rainwater, caught in a cistern. Chores continual. I liked Rothesay, I looked forward to his coming. He brought me books by the dozen. And he would […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part one)

Yoharie Because Society (part one)             A simple, rite-based, an utterly credulous piety… So, when you felt in the wrong, no dark night of the soul, no ethical struggle. “Struggle doesn’t seem quite right. A more engaged version of a quandary…?” “Kampf.” “Please. But,” Giarma added, “you want a job, […]

Frédéric Boutet: Good Counsel (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales Good Counsel (complete)                             After a bridge, and at the meeting of two roads before a house where the sign read: Café-Restaurant, M. Bridol stopped his car, a little automobile he drove himself, and alighted with bounce and elegance. […]

The Mirrors (part five)

The Mirrors (part five)                             iv.   Tuesday, Carmine was waiting for her at the kitchen table. “I’ve got Sir Christopher in a basket. Not knowing how you’d feel.” He added: “Kit, you see, for short.” “The truth is…” She watched him […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part twelve)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Jun 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part twelve)             “Share with me what you know to be better than conquest.” “Peace?” “Have you ever lived in a time of peace?” To his mind he had the better of me, but his argument was no argument at all. “Elder,” I […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Legacy (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Legacy (complete)                             It was evening, Mme Lefertin at her sewing, next to the table set for dinner. M. Lefertin appeared, looking so pale and distraught that she stood, her work falling from her hands… “Octave! My God! […]

The Mirrors (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Jun 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Mirrors (part four)                       Esta had eased the photograph out of an album bound in cardboard, “My Memories” scripted on the cover inside a cage of vines. The first in her life Charmante had seen of this book. The contents arrayed themselves, crackling onto […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part eight)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Jun 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part eight)             A Harbor City parking lot. Not the day to take a big, sighing breath. Oiliness in the immediate air; something uncertain, but like the barbeque grill when Dad opened the valve, coming from the highway. No, where am I? Savannah saw […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Peacock Feathers (complete, plus a bonus!)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Peacock Feathers (complete)                             “The Arthur Harris affair is one of the drollest I have ever seen.” (This was told us by the illustrious London detective Barnay.) “The police at first allowed themselves to be taken in, as […]