Short Story: The Blue Bird (part four)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part four)                 “So,” she told him, standing. “Here’s what I’ve decided for today. I’m going over to Glimmerings. I’m going to put a note up on the board, get in touch with me. I don’t care…” She raised her voice. Dave was […]

Frédéric Boutet: Complicity (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales Complicity (complete)                     Having made a tour of two large department stores…and buying none of what tempted her; then of the elegant streets, where she felt herself still less elegant than on the modest ones, Germaine Leprez hesitated at the threshold of a […]

Short Story: The Blue Bird (part three)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part three)               The person who lived here, number 46, had gone someplace. They’d all gone someplace. She went back down the hall…rattling knobs along the way, aggressive. She got to the landing, and turned to watch. No door tentatively inched back. No head […]

Short Story: The Blue Bird (part two)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part two)                       She thanked him for the water. “I’ve got to get back upstairs.” They’d had one of those friendly congruities of feeling between people not ready to be friends. Dave fading back into distance, giving her this non-answer […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Balance (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Balance (complete)                       Lunch finished, M. Buchêne was back to business, per custom smoking his tranquil cigar while in discussion with Mme Buchêne. This intimate hour in the middle of their day had been a delight to them since the start […]

Short Story: The Blue Bird (part one)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part one)                       Something buzzed, up like wind can at times, when it slices between gutter and roof. And this noise escalated, out of the hinterlands of notice, into skull-gripping alarm. A shock came, too loud to be heard, so […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hippolyte (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales Hippolyte (complete)                         After dinner, they passed into the smoking room. It was still light outside. Through windows that opened onto densest parkland, entered a fresh evening smell. Little Mme Livoy, determinedly poetic (as suited her befogged demeanor), sighed that the […]

Frédéric Boutet: M. Arthur (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales M. Arthur (complete)                       “M. Arthur, the sensational apeman of the Sunda Islands!”  That was what the old fairground tout, who spun this yarn, gave out. The apeman made a big success during the three days of the festival, everyone from the […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hypnotism (part two)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery Hypnotism (part two)                             These passes worried Lydie, for his fingers with each gesture threatened her eyes. She closed her lids and did not open them again. “Do you sleep?” he asked, thrilled by such great success. “Lydie sleeps.” […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hypnotism (part one)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery Hypnotism (part one)                     “Gilberte, I’m bothering you, you were going out.” “You could never bother me, you know that very well, my little Lydie. But, it’s my husband’s consultation day, and I make the best of it. I have my shopping, what […]