Second Thoughts: Hammersmith (eight)

Hammersmith Chapter Eight Second Thoughts         Hogben had broken a rule of his own, one that had always served…and Hogben had been a traveling man for twenty-odd years. He’d had scrapes. He’d not often had a partner to rely on. But even these past couple, when with the Professor he’d gone the […]

Two Reunions: Hammersmith (seven)

Hammersmith Chapter Seven Two Reunions         Ruby Magley went walking down the dewy hillside towards the same creek that had attracted Hogben. This early morning, she too hoped to sit in quiet thought; listening, in her case, to birdsong. She felt not quite so bereaved today…just lonely. All the same, it wasn’t […]

Mossbunker’s Castle: Hammersmith (six)

Hammersmith Chapter Six Mossbunker’s Castle         Vic B. Mack was in Mossbunker’s castle keep, as he guessed. Mossbunker had spoken to him, in their mutual professional capacities, once…and had not allowed the press inside his walls. They’d walked the yellowing sward, as Mack felt inclined to call it, passed by the holly hedges […]

Helping Hands: Hammersmith (five)

Hammersmith Chapter Five Helping Hands         She detected Mr. Hogben’s voice, and thought a sort of misery colored his inarticulate grunts. The other man she knew at once for a stranger. Now and again she could hear Minnie Leybourne. Mostly the stranger, passionate. War an invention of the military interests, an affliction […]

The Modern Girl’s View of Marriage: Hammersmith (four)

Hammersmith Chapter Four The Modern Girl’s View of Marriage         Hogben tried singing counterpoint to the melody…got absorbed in the challenge, started over, switched to “Nearer My God to Thee”. He fell silent, the hymn reminding him to plan. They always began a show that way, a prayer and a song. Brought […]

The Professor’s Fate: Hammersmith (three)

Hammersmith Chapter Three The Professor’s Fate         He’d sat up in bed, and heard the rain still pelting, rat-a-tat-tatting off some plane of the inner house, where a leak had sprung. He’d known he wouldn’t sleep. The roar of the deluge appeared soporific enough for the Professor, curled on the bed’s other […]

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 […]

Are You Loveable: part six

Are You Loveable (part six)             “Oland!” She came at him, doing something awkward with her arms. His experience with Daisy had never involved tenderness…and he’d never seen her cry. Nor had she ever visited Oland in his room. He gathered, after a moment, that she wanted comfort. To be […]

Hogben and Shaw: Hammersmith (one)

Hammersmith Chapter One Hogben and Shaw         Hogben and Shaw climbed down into the root cellar, one after the other; Shaw, a respectable parasite, from wanting to be useful. Hogben, because he hadn’t seen it yet. He’d otherwise sized up every inch of Mrs. Bard’s place. He would like also to learn if […]

Fleeing and Eluding: Hammersmith (twenty-eight)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Eight Fleeing and Eluding             A monumental figure unveiled by dispelling shadow stood, robe and nightcap clad, on the closed porch Hogben remembered. She stood depressing the door-latch…with seemingly itchy fingers and poised-for-action footwork. He had entered Green Glade Lodge in innocence; he was exiting it in aid […]