Celebrated (part five)

Novella Celebrated (part five)         Because she’d given this talk. Who’d stolen what, never named; Dr. Motley disappointed, not angry. She wanted the plagiarist to know simply, that—don’t you think?—this was too much energy to devote to failure, when so little more would lead to success. There was help available, if you […]

Showtime: Hammersmith (thirty-three)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Three Showtime       McKeefe’s was a rough house. Minnie had played to bad crowds, almost always, before Cal Bruce first signed her on, as opening act. The worst spot on the slate. Because she was pretty… Well, a girl like Ruby, brought up religious, not even in a town…out in the […]

Celebrated (part four)

Novella Celebrated (part four)           He grinned. They were sharing a joke, and Tom thought he’d won at last. He’d got farther in than some of his classmates. Go to the history library, she told him. Find books with pictures, get a feel for your setting. (Getting a feel for whatever, […]

Celebrated (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 7 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novellas

Novella Celebrated (part three)             Her office door was open. In a building with steam heat and no air conditioning, most doors were. But Motley could be tried on this point, caught with notebook, jotting poetry; or, crease between eyes, grading papers. Tom’s mind crossed by a thought—that a Motley […]

Boxed Goods: Hammersmith (thirty-two)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novellas

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Two Boxed Goods       Vic, like a nine-pin, fell too, the second time of an evening in collision with Elton. He liked to count himself almost as spring-loaded as in the days of Rubillard’s Volunteers, albeit thirty years gone now. He thought he wasn’t missing the trend, either. From thin grass […]

A Few Laws Broken: Hammersmith (thirty-one)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-One A Few Laws Broken       Mossbunker’s wall rose a few feet higher than Ralph’s eight-foot ladder. Perched on this, Curach whispered, “Hand me up that feather bolster.” Chilly’s answer to a mechanical problem…ingenious, Aimee thought…was to roll the bolster tight and run a fat stick through its center. He hoisted […]

Trenches Manned: Hammersmith (thirty)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty Trenches Manned       Mossbunker had secured his contract with the American Expeditionary Force; in theory, his works might be targeted by spies. Their owner had not altered arrangements. Aimee, with Curach, lay flat against the slope of a ditch, at the rear of Mossbunker’s factory, outside the wall and the […]

Celebrated (part two)

Novella Celebrated (part two)             His eye had refined itself to news items, accounts of disgraces fallen by inadvertency into imposture. Tom Wilmot—a teacher, what else?—trading on the incidentals of fame where the trading was most fruitful (and having taught himself preparing lectures real craft), concluded it was always this […]

Night Maneuvers: Hammersmith (twenty-nine)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Nine Night Maneuvers       Elton Bott advanced in stealth through the gloaming. Soft expressions into tussocky grass, of right foot, followed by left foot, heel rolled to toe—an art attributed by their chief to the Iroquois, and a single-file exercise on which the Patriots had drilled—did not stop various articles attached […]

Fleeing and Eluding: Hammersmith (twenty-eight)

Posted by ractrose on 4 Aug 2018 in Fiction, Novellas

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 of a coup […]