🎃Lewis (short story)

Lewis           Sometimes a visitor got onto the property, just as far as stepping over the ditch. The postman only stopped his car, and almost never did, only for bills. It was not a mystery…people knew an old woman lived in the Lewis house, alone. They saw her, but rarely, when […]

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 rosira tree; […]

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 […]

Élucide: part seven

Posted by ractrose on 7 Oct 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part seven)               They scurried apart; Sarah down the stairs, and Élucide, after swiping at the glass with her sleeve, up. She stood silent on the hall runner, then began to tip-toe, coaching herself. She need only, if caught, make a convincing […]

Élucide: part six

Posted by ractrose on 30 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part six)             The sensation, within the house of Gremot, and the import, of Mr. Ebrach’s ceremony at the Everards’, had been potent; yet the event so extraordinary, so anomalous, that Papa’s response to Ziegler’s intelligence was, until the following morning, silence. It […]

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 […]

Totem: To Be and to Choose (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Four To Be and to Choose (part two)           “Be seated, vlan.” Lady Nyma rose, and the Prince obeyed her, even the hauteur falling from his face, but contempt in the hand waving off sitters across the aisle. In this way, I was beside him, though separate, and […]

Sequence: Brickbats (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Four Brickbats (part two)           In her bedroom, she slipped Stanley’s communication under her mattress. She went to her vanity, and smeared cold cream on her face, wiping away the powder and lipstick she always wore…for there was always the possibility of being surprised. Their neighbors found […]