My Blog Week: April 15 to April 21

All the Latest from Torsade!                 In Sunday’s A Figure from the Common Lot: The House of Everard (part three), Richard defies his mother, and marries Verbena, dividing himself from Peggy. On Monday, “The Assassin Comes”, another installment of the latest Folly, in which the shade of Krug considers his running […]

The House of Everard: part four

A Figure from the Common Lot The House of Everard (part four)               But Peggy’s old bedstead was not a thing Richard wanted in the house. In his father’s dying days, the mattress had been badly soiled, but Peggy had aired it in the garden, turned it over, rather […]

Bride to Be (three)

    Bride to Be (three)   Why, he said to me When guests arrive and all the household Join the feast And the women, those unplighted, keep them to their couch, apart You with your eyes demure Sipping long from a single cup Watching, under lashes, mantling Changeable, like the leaves Lifted to silver […]

Translation: Jean Hess, La Catastrophe de la Martinique (one)

      Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique   (notes of a reporter)     1902           To the lost souls of forty thousand of Saint-Pierre I dedicate this work of a reporter.       Preface           Forty thousand victims… This statistic is not […]

Mack Talks War: Hammersmith (two)

Hammersmith Chapter Two Mack Talks War         “Thank you, Mr. Derfinger. I’ve had a chill, ever since I took that soaking in the flood.” Hogben hadn’t needed to say this a second time, but making excuse, lest the gossips take hold of his reputation before he’d made use of it himself, he […]

May Day: Flash Fiction

May Day                 Gougher, the man Dria had thought he ought to sponsor, the man who’d undertaken digging a pond with a shovel, the man who’d suffered, in some way Dria’s church friends were too delicate to ask… Anthony Vrenick had the thing in mind. If Gougher felt […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part three)

The Totem-Maker Jealousy (part three)           Now, the owners of these fields were townsmen. The town, behind its wall, sat central to the plateau, sited high in a bowl among fertile slopes; these descending from a naked peak leagues off, and trimmed by Cime’s boundary road. This, for a space, ran […]

Yoharie: Savannah

Yoharie Savannah               Mostly people were really gross, and mostly you hated talking to them. You’d be like, “Hey, awesome!” You’d get thx. Maybe a poor lil heart. So, like, I get you. Bitch. She could run a train of thought… And that was one way to be. Who […]

Character: new flash fiction

Flash Fiction Character         Though the question occurs…whether this is not a product of nostalgia, this notion…of character or coherence…   Coherence, adhesion, McAlley says to himself. Redundancy. Like healing like. Things that were familiar have fallen to schemes, none of which looks promising of success. McAlley, from his corner, sees two […]

The Assassin Comes: fourth German Spy

    The Folly The German Spy     The Assassin Comes   It amounts to when No sacrifice without advantage (mein Herr) as to chessmen But players on the scene bump in   In her room, Krug diligent and dozy …not allowing sleep Lies still and lets the streetlamp Inform him of her corners […]