Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part one)

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part one)                 “Vigilance begins where work begins”   From AT & T ad of 1921     “You have no money.” Phillip had said this to her, as they’d left the courtroom. He hadn’t been polite enough, or generous […]

Totem: To Be and to Choose (part five)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Four To Be and to Choose (part five)             The Prince said: “Mumas Martas agrees to the challenge. He will fight. He will fight the slave upon the mustering grounds of the fort. What else?” He fingered his chin, artificial in manner. Mocking still, if not more […]

Sequence: The Watcher Watched (part three)

Sequence of Events Chapter Eight The Watcher Watched (part three)           Any of the other women Rose knew, would have cared only for the menu, the clothes, the guests. They would have assumed good works were done, if they were told so. Rose, with her newspaper, the novel she read, lunch, […]

Up in the Rafters: Hammersmith (thirty-four)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Four Up in the Rafters           A curious feature of Mossbunker’s factory (or, for all Aimee knew, an ordinary feature of any factory), was this concealed catwalk below the skylights. Zetland’s Renegades crouched here in darkness… But she could picture workers below looking up to a dazzling white daylight, […]

Sequence: The Watcher Watched (part two)

Sequence of Events Chapter Eight The Watcher Watched (part two)             She knew this. And as Viola in silence pulled the door wide to admit him, Durco got to the point. “Miss Huey, did a man named Bruner get in touch with you?”   Freda found the smell by the […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part six)

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part six)               “I’m busy. Sit down over there.” And more friendly, looking over his shoulder. “Get you in a minute, bud.” Hibbler would sit, and maybe there’d be a printout, or a magazine, or a newspaper with a can of beer, that when he picked […]

The Blue Bird (part two)

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

Sequence: The Watcher Watched (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 18 Dec 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Eight The Watcher Watched (part one)                 My soul waiteth for the Lord More than they that watch for the morning; I say more than they that watch for the morning.   Psalm 130:6     Nora Huey had gone with Boxer. Her husband […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Dec 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part five)           These steps, plain habit took him through. He looked, as he walked his beat, for new ideas, ones that could shed a forgiving light on the burden of his theme. Hibbler’s parade of memories, trodden out as he checked one side of the street, cars […]

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 edge. And this noise escalated, out of the hinterlands of notice, into skull-gripping alarm. A shock came, too loud to be heard, so loud […]