Sequence of Events: Brickbats (part one)

Sequence of Events Chapter Four Brickbats (part one)                   Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea. From the hymn Abide with Me   “It’s not a question of damned if you do or don’t. You lose three ways.” Charles Huey, in the course of his […]

Élucide: part four

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part four)       The women moved, after dinner, to the screened porch; and following, Sarah came no further than the head of the steps. She waited here, standing where the bannister met the wall, effaced until called on. “Look how the clouds are coming in.” Mrs. […]

You’ll Be Happy to Know This: part two

Sequence of Events Chapter Three “You’ll Be Happy to Know This, Sir” (part two)           “Sure. I have no use for junk like that. I need to trust the people I hire, Oliver. You’re gonna work for me another time, right?” This last, he said to Bruner, and Bruner, finding himself […]

Élucide: part three

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part three)               Jerome sat in stiff awareness of having gained an audience. He’d been using his fish knife to winnow out a bone; this he’d placed so neatly on the plate’s rim that its curved shape and the pressed scroll design […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part four)

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part four)             They really had made him be watch captain. And Hibbler didn’t feel it’d be cool to tell Mat, knew he couldn’t tell Todwillow… That he thought it sometimes. Spying on people was shady…it must be. No one was going to knock on the Wittcombe’s […]

I Am the Cause: part five

The Totem-Maker Chapter Three I Am the Cause (part five)           “What do you see?” He asked me this, after getting to his feet. When for minutes he had not furthered his point, I tried, “What is it like for me to see…? How do I know there is anything divine […]

You’ll Be Happy to Know This: part one

Sequence of Events Chapter Three “You’ll Be Happy to Know This, Sir” (part one)               “How much,” I asked, “will you sell the covers for without the insides?”   From Adventures in Contentment Ray Stannard Baker     “Freda has gone off gadding.” Murchison had caught Stanley padding from […]

Élucide: part two

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part two)           Her father moved his queen’s bishop’s pawn two squares. Mr. Nachfolger countered, bringing forward his queen’s pawn one square. Élucide watched the match unfold, while her father and Mr. Nachfolger exchanged their laconic, veiled comments. They’d dropped Everard, and spoke now […]

Mud in Your Eye: part two

Sequence of Events Chapter Two Mud in Your Eye (part two)       “Nah, that’s okay…” The Blonde said. She was not blonde at present―without her stage wig, her hair was reddish, and she wore it in a short braid. “Just talk to me slow.” Her voice lowered to its usual pitch; no longer […]

Élucide: part one

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part one)                             ii. Élucide       Her mind was on Eugene Ebrach. She had turned the key. She could bear the headaches more easily, her temple throbbed less, when she lay on the […]