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 […]

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 […]

Private Enterprise: Hammersmith (twenty-seven)

Posted by ractrose on 3 Aug 2018 in Fiction, Novellas

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Seven Private Enterprise           “Cranston,” Zetland said, “believes when he undertakes a thing, that he will improve it over all undertakings of the past. If I make myself clear.” A general nod passed over his audience; he’d given them little enough to quibble at, so far. “He has made […]

Celebrated (part one)

Novella Celebrated (part one)                                 He is disappointed in the hope of regaining his lost health. Week after week, month after month, year after year, he waits for the termination of his sufferings. He tries applying the remainder of his […]

Chickens in a Mood to Roost: Hammersmith (twenty-six)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Six Chickens in a Mood to Roost           An unusual sight greeted Minnie and Shaw, as they strolled onto Hammersmith’s Main Street. Had either newcomer known it, that a family-sized carriage, one confiding wealth—in that its brass lamps shined, their glass intact; the side panels were of a glowing […]

You Never See It Coming: Hammersmith (twenty-five)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Five You Never See It Coming           He had lost out on the chance to get up to Philly and talk in private with le Fontainebleau. Even this, thinking of it, irritated Shaw…not merely because he was soft on Aimee Bard, and might have permitted—for the duration of a […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part two)

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part two)           Todwillow came to the neighborhood watch meeting, and told them they didn’t have a neighborhood watch. When, that time—as  he meant—they’d abortively tried having one. “You know, guys, there are actual ways of doing this.” He was on his feet and gesturing around, while the […]

A Novelty Act: Hammersmith (twenty-four)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Four A Novelty Act           “I can’t tell you why, but for some reason a fried egg will always get a laugh. And so I had one cemented to the first plate, with two strips of bacon…rubber, of course…the plate was a round of enameled iron, like your kitchen […]

View Halloo: Hammersmith (twenty-three)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Three View Halloo           Swan’s lodging house…or private business of some other type…began its intercourse with the visitor in a sunlit parlor, flanked by closed doors. Hogben, for having breakfasted at Aimee’s, ridden on a train, walked a half-dozen city blocks to Krabill’s, gone by cab to lunch at […]

A Titled Visitor: Hammersmith (twenty-two)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Two A Titled Visitor           Vic, as Aimee with Curach, longed for an opportunity to pull (in this case, Monty Hogben would have to do) a confidant aside and ask—what’s it all about? Mossbunker’s height put the two of them knee to knee, and Vic bounced along eyeing the […]