Depression Glass (part one)

      Depression Glass (part one)     “Hey, you know me. Check your list.” She checked, the dash bracket where her phone sat. But she kind of knew. “Mr. Reynolds, you belong in back. And if you came to lie down, I don’t want you in back either.” “Am I against the rules?” […]

Hammersmith: More Peaceful Pursuits (cont’d)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Seven  More Peaceful Pursuits           Yesterday, if Hogben had got right—through the buffeting chaos—the drift of the hours… Yesterday, he had wandered room to room, itching. Take yourself in hand, and tell her so long, he’d told himself. But Aimee, for talking things over with the Kendrick brothers, Curach, […]

The Blue Bird (part three)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part three)                             “Hey, I forget your name!” Gitana turned and saw Dave, his hand fall away from the stairwell door. He jogged to her, stepping over the yellow bumper, nodding at the camera. “Getting some shots.” […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part forty-seven)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Dec 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part forty-seven)                   Giovanna, in an excess of gaiety, her sister thought, wore a gown of black velvet, a black mask, her hair woven high on a Spanish comb, a mantilla of red lace falling to her waist. “I am not in […]

Fellyans (part one)

    Fellyans (part one)   A hand removed a shoe from a foot. The owner (of all three) undertook to perform a spell, one that asked a smooth, round stone… Which, if held to the light (a clouded moon, fighting a crane’s nest and two ceiling beams), reflected anything, the Articles, arrayed, and their […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part thirteen)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Dec 2021 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part thirteen)           A cozy session in the chambers of Rithrith stole a day’s time from my mission. I had to dress in my new clothes for them, change these so that Bashtat could try them, offer my sweets to be bitten and laid aside, […]

Hammersmith: More Peaceful Pursuits (chapter thirty-seven)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Dec 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Seven  More Peaceful Pursuits           This Mr. Curach, whom Ruby well accepted, being Aimee’s friend, as a perfectly suitable escort, was also…so she found him…a fine and forward-coming fellow. He might be not so much older than herself. Not so very much. He was jaunty of step, and no […]

The Blue Bird (part two)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part two)                         “Did you see who brought it?” “They did.” “I know, but did you see them?” The woman ripped the tape, emptied a box and started filling it, disproportionate in coffee, grabbing cocoa, off-brand cookies. Someone else […]

Hammersmith: Tunneling Through (chapter thirty-six)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Dec 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Thirty-Six Tunneling Through           They edged past the figures of Elton Bott and Ben Lemuel. “Is that Vic?” came a voice. “What’s going on out there, Vic? Whose side are you on?” Vic considered the light. The open door, he deemed, shined sufficient. Denying himself ran the risk of looking […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 14 Dec 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part forty-six)                   Carlo wore his cap sewn with locks of horsehair, to hang in learned silver, part-obscuring the black. He wore a long robe of satin, painted with its zodiacal designs… He was bothered that the robe looked cheap. But his […]