Promoted to Exile: conclusion

Promoted to Exile (three)   If he liked looking at it as his advocate would have him do, Herward could say the affair had served to call attention to his availability. They wouldn’t like him entrenched in his work, proprietary in mood, growing secretive because he liked his reputation, lying, at length, to protect it. […]

A Figure from the Common Lot: Battlefront (third)

A Figure from the Common Lot Battlefront (three)     “He will be pleased, then,” said the other, “to be seen by the Emperor.” “It is always my hope,” the officer said, glancing at Honoré, then looking across the table and meeting the eye of the correspondent, “that ambitious men will, by the grace of […]

Pour Some Gravy On: Hammersmith (twenty)

  Pour Some Gravy On (twenty)     Piggott came to sit, next to Hogben, settling into this chair with a luxuriant spread, and motioning to the waiter attending them. “Give me a slab of that roast…pour some gravy on. Think I’ll have a bite after all.” He winked at Mossbunker. The next half-hour went […]

Promoted to Exile: part two

Fifth Tourmaline: Promoted to Exile (two)   Or do I have it wrong, Herward asked himself. Is outrage passion, and hate…the flip side of love’s coin, well known to be. Enduring, then. He hadn’t loved Vonnie. Mr. Jocelyn’s government (Jocelyn today probably living high, on his pariah’s island), had agitated for what he’d called justice. […]

Are You Alienated: part six

Are You Alienated (six)   “I don’t want to say the wrong thing…” Minta was cautious. Emmett, having checked his emotion earlier, had spoken this time with real anger. “…but I don’t understand. I mean, it’s awful, but what makes it a joke?” She let her voice trail into meekness. She found Torbay unlikeable, as […]

Figure: Battlefront (second)

A Figure from the Common Lot Battlefront (two) He shrugged extravagantly, as for the second time his fingers probed its depths. If she would quit tapping her foot and glaring at him with such vigilance, he would drop this, listen for its ring against the floorboard, spin round as though following the coin’s trajectory with […]

My Blog Week: Oct 1 to Oct 7

Yesterday, I posted a new video on my YouTube channel, a tune with a dance beat, and images from the blog.   My Blog Week: October 1 to October 7   This week, A Figure from the Common Lot debuted. Honoré Gremot arrives on the scene, and his misadventures begin. I posted the first installment […]

The Bog: part four (short story)

The Bog (four)   Now Laurel heard a country singer, the crackle of an energy bar unwrapped. Her sister might do this…be on the phone, snack and play music, put busyness between them. The sojourn would end, and they would not have spent it together. Rachel was nervous, out of her element. Laurel’s own phone […]

Spin the Wheel (short story complete)

  Spin the Wheel   If you don’t mind has to count as a question. By rights, you’d have to have a reason for minding…so you’d have to know what advantage there could be in opting out, guess whether the other guy would win the toss or lose it.   Try thinking all that without […]

Promoted to Exile: part one

Fifth Tourmaline: Promoted to Exile (one)   His advocate had told him to make the most of his new station. The advice was free, benefit of a passing encounter on Herward’s way out. The promotion had come too close on the heels of the charges’ dismissal, for him to suppose the whole thing had not […]