Totem: To Be and to Choose (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Nov 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Four To Be and to Choose (part four)             “Now he who is challenged may see fit to decline. If it be entered into the record that he has answered no, this is the same as to forfeit the right of dispute. Whatever is charged against him […]

Sequence: Rite of Spring (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Oct 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Five Rite of Spring (part two)           Oh, holy crap, Gersome said to himself, again. Am I in school? Zeda Van Nest leant forward, fingering, with an absent expression, the glass to which her husband had drawn attention. Gersome presumed this only a mannerism, but wondered if […]

Sequence: Rite of Spring (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Oct 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Five Rite of Spring (part one)               Not much, I know you prize/What pleasures may be had Who look on life with eyes/Estranged, like mine, and sad   “From The Hymn of Empedocles” Matthew Arnold     Talou had not, after all, tracked his prey […]

A Figure from the Common Lot: conclusion

Posted by ractrose on 14 Oct 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Four The Eye of a Magpie section ii. Élucide (conclusion)         Jerome had been Ebrach’s reason for arriving and was his reason for leaving. And what was Ebrach to Jerome? A kind of cicerone, helping him to make his way in America. Or a kind […]

Totem: To Be and to Choose (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Oct 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Four To Be and to Choose (part three)           “The case is that known to some of you, of the slave Hanit. She had been sent to bear a gift of wine to the marriage feast of Vlan Androchas. This wine was poisoned with the seeds of the […]

Sequence: Brickbats (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Oct 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Four Brickbats  (part three)       “Ethan, make Harvey an offer on this place, why don’t you? Harvey doesn’t like me for a friend. But he likes you.” “You’re wrong, Junior,” Harvey said. “I doubt anyone likes Ethan. Now I think of it, I suppose it would not tarnish your […]