The House of Gremot: part two

A Figure from the Common Lot The House of Gremot (part two)                   “I did write, madame.” “But, now you are in America, you choose to go by a different name.” He mistrusted these prompts. For two years, although far more often than otherwise, the officials he’d […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part ten)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part ten)           Under the pavilion the women lounged, Lom and I fanned, and Madla’s servant carried samples to each, for rubbing between fingers, for admiring the shades of woven thread…two or three, or several…to the effect of one shimmering hue. From her book came samples, […]

The House of Gremot: part one

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Four: The Eye of a Magpie i. The House of Gremot (part one)                   Chapter Four The Eye of a Magpie   Leaf, sharp, continuing, under-hand Wheeling gears, dying in prison The message Is a low-rate postcard Issued by the […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part one)

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part one)         Out along the edge of the landscaping—the spirea bushes and the Japanese lilac, the forsythia, the azalea, the “Aurica” juniper—Hibbler saw his daughter bent, crouch-walking the rubber strip, picking something and putting it in a bowl. The first owners had planted these shrubs long ago, that […]

Peas in a Pod: part eight

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod (part eight)         Richard’s visit had lasted then, only the one full day. “I am beholden to Mr. Horace, and I must do as he sees fit. I have never been to Indianapolis. Mr. Horace says a good early train […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part nine)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part nine)       It was full autumn, when winds blow from seawards, and dells ringing our land at the height of a long, descending pitch from the mountaintops, yield scents of change, mineral exhalations from the chimneys of the earth, the let veins of dying greenery, misted in […]

Peas in a Pod: part seven

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod (part seven)           “Mr. Everard, your son may share your room tonight. In the morning, I will ask Gideon to fetch you, when Mr. Horace arrives. But I have never said I expect you to leave.” She cast a […]

Yoharie: Report from the Trenches (part two)

Yoharie Report from the Trenches (part two)         She was sensitive to the critic’s take. Of walls (stone) she’d seen erected a million times—“Get a sense of humor”; “Grow a thicker hide”…and the several variations: “C’mon, the guys are just letting off steam”; “I dunno…that stuff doesn’t bother me”—the implication was reliable. […]

Peas in a Pod: part six

Posted by ractrose on 17 Jun 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod (part six)         Richard agreed, on both counts. He said so…and there was a quiet space between them. Mrs. Purfoy suspected him of idling, he thought. But Thomas’s business was his own. “Mr. Richard.” He cleared his throat. “I like […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part eight)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Jun 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part eight)             I was struck by the porter’s manner. He knew something…that in his private thoughts gave entertainment. He was bold enough, this smile in his voice, to ask Lord Sente if the applicant ought not be summoned from the courtyard, after the dinner […]