Frédéric Boutet: One Blackmail (part one)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails One Blackmail (part one)                               Tall and lithe, svelte in her perfect but simple tailoring, Marie-Anne d’Hauberive leant standing against the mantelpiece of her little sitting room. She had been going out for her morning walk, […]

The Totem-Maker: Use for Use (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 18 Dec 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part three)             I weighed Lotoq’s inscrutable will, the caprice or ruthless purpose of my new gods. I wondered if I ought to pursue a different trade. I wondered if I were not free to go as I liked. Perhaps the caravans of […]

The Totem-Maker: Use for Use (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 13 Dec 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part two)             If in conscience one can think of harm, already the choice is made. There are few harms we do in innocence. But I tried the blade, the tip of it along the belly, the creature seeping blood and cooling all […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Garden of the Pirate (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet The Garden of the Pirate (conclusion)                                 “But no, not at all. That is an error. All the city believed we would find enormous sums… Not in the least! Nothing! Barely four or five thousand francs… The two […]

Yoharie: Existence (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Dec 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Existence (part six)               Dad had been the good parent. Good being seek-outable, or what people who had fun might call fun. When Savannah was of an age to play Barbies, her hero, wholly trusted. A joker sometimes, who didn’t care if Family Guy was too rude for […]

Celebrated (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 7 Dec 2019 in Fiction, Novellas

Novella Celebrated (conclusion)                     Having money for things was new. Petra had lived on grants, otherwise been hired on jobs term to term. Since buying this land eighteen years ago, she had lived by hodge-podge, not free to roam. But, by selling a few things, renting […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Garden of the Pirate (part two)

Frédéric Boutet The Garden of the Pirate (part two)                                 “Tonight…” grumbled M. Duvaudois, in ill humor. And he went indoors to sleep, after seeing the stranger out. The following evening, the vigil recommenced at the top of the pigeoncote. […]

The Totem-Maker: Use for Use (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Nov 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part one)           The gods that ruled this country, and this strange prison of the tollhouse, said nothing to me. They sent snow, and I could hardly guess whether it were a gift of beauty, or a slow, suffocating torture. It was beauty to […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Garden of the Pirate (part one)

Frédéric Boutet The Garden of the Pirate (part one)                                 The unknown visitor seated himself on the chair indicated by M. Duvaudois. “Monsieur,” he said, “you will forgive my insisting on being received in this way, presenting myself without telling […]

The Hold (conclusion)

Short Story The Hold (conclusion)                         His wife had said something that morning, going out the door. A nuisance, a little hackle raising… One of her near-arguments, that he never could win because she’d be in the car, backing. Could you pound on a […]