Authority Weighs In: Sixth Tourmaline (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 5 Aug 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Authority Weighs In (conclusion)                 Wrik ignored the private who waited to direct them. Herward on this excuse hung back, returned the salute, and spoke to Jovie. “Have you been introduced to the major?” “Are you bucking for general in charge of Miners’ Peak Tunnel?” Herward meant, […]

Reckoning Up: Hammersmith (thirty-nine)

Posted by ractrose on 3 Aug 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Thirty-Nine Reckoning Up (part one)           Somehow, the hour had come to this. A rising sun beaming insistent rays at eyes their bleariest of a lifetime. Alone at the kitchen table in Vic’s empty house, Aimee woke, not from sleep—a thing not to be managed on a wooden chair—but to […]

Authority Weighs In: Sixth Tourmaline (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Aug 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Authority Weighs In (part three)                 This largest prison complex was still in use. Converted by the G.R.A., it had the acquired name Sedtok: Southeast Department, population 20,000. The harsh sound resembled a Hidtha epithet. The Utdrife guardsmen had learned to use it with a smirk, as […]

Authority Weighs In: Sixth Tourmaline (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 31 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Authority Weighs In (part two)               A type of horn the herdsmen used to signal each other could be heard from three directions. The tightly stretched tent cloth vibrated with it, a low melancholy menace. The Utdrife did not feel themselves menaced. Utdrife these visitors must be, and […]

Sequence of Events: Anarchy (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Thirteen Anarchy (conclusion)             The poor girl had been only distracted. By Boxer, of course. Closing the door to the lobby phone booth, Rose wedged herself next to the box, rubbed her eyes…and these thoughts came to her. Boxer’s description was what the girl had given— […]

Celebrated (part eighteen)

Celebrated (part eighteen)                         Enderley caught him. “Mr. Carter hasn’t gone out?” “No, he hasn’t, Mr. Enderley, and he doesn’t mean to. Says so.” “Moore…” The head steward then told him to do just what he was doing. “Go to your berth, if you […]

Yoharie: Existence (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Existence (part two)               “But, not.” “Not…you mean…” After a second, Val said, “Nothing. What would I mean?” “What I was wondering. You have an opinion?” “No, I never heard of it. I guess I would’ve thought, nobody does that. Would do. Could do. Someone doesn’t want you […]

Authority Weighs In: Sixth Tourmaline (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Authority Weighs In (part one)               They needed to sit here, tented, wrapped in white skins. The skins had landed with a laugh, a bundle susurrating into freshly fallen snow, breaking the ice crust just after, hurled from some unsuspected place overhead. The Hidtha fleered at them for […]

Sequence of Events: Anarchy (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Thirteen Anarchy (part three)             The claim jump on the state’s attorney’s stake. The raid on Durco’s place that Durco was in on…a bigger story, with its bigger names, than what the proprietor of the Daily News was cooking up with Dutch. A story his rival […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part nine)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part nine)                   On the general’s dining porch, shuttered and hung with fleeces, hot–centered and smoky as would my master’s be… As would be at Cime’s house. I entered the room lonely, being no one’s friend in this place, my servant […]