Flash Fiction: All the Sires of Generations

All the Sires of Generations                         “That’s too bad. How you figure,” Arbuthnot asked McCoy, “if I put it out…if you get around, I mean, and put it out under my name… Tell em the professor, that’s what I hear they been calling me—” […]

Tourmaline: Nedforum (conclusion)

Tourmaline Nedforum (part five)                               But inspired by a vision of himself too obviously up to something, not at rest on a mental health day (granted via thirty-second phone exchange), but outfitted for the office, escorting his mother around the flea […]

Nedforum: Eighth Tourmaline (part one)

Tourmaline Nedforum (part one)                               First commentary box, first impressions. Street scenes offering more to list under possibles, less of proofs. First view given in black and white. Anton detailed objects, people, relationships, left, right, upper; left, right, lower, instructing the […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Leveler (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Leveler (complete)                             Young Pierre-Édouard Harleur, student at the Central College and son of a northern factory owner, had decided himself on (while he much despised the distracting noises and bohemian pleasures) passing a Carnival evening in the […]

Frédéric Boutet: A Thief (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales A Thief (complete)                         It was after midnight. M. Fallaire, wearing his mauve pajamas, stretched himself in his armchair by his bedroom window. He smoked a cigar. The blind was lowered and the lamp extinguished, and in the darkness he sat […]

Frédéric Boutet: Madame Paul (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales Madame Paul (complete)                             “Two-thirty, dammit. I’ll have to get on with my rounds. Goodbye, Madame Paul.” “Goodbye, Monsieur Morin.” The customer, a traveling salesman who’d stopped to refresh himself, paid for his beer, returned to his car and […]

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 […]

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. […]

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! […]

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 […]