First Tourmaline: the beginning (part one)

Tourmaline Anton nearly smiled. The glass kept steaming up, over and over. Because in a downstairs chamber something, and he did not know what, boiled. Had it been sour cabbage, he would have felt envious, hungry as he’d always been. But he never smelled anything cook in this house. On an early winter day, he’d […]

Are You Jealous (third)

  Are You Jealous (third)   Inside, Gabriel had a moment to look around. The shop seemed empty. He felt that a tone had sounded as he’d opened the door, an oddly discreet and undefinable note which was not a bell nor an electronic bleat, but resembled the high register of a Buddhist temple chime. […]

Third Tourmaline: A Friend (final)

  A Friend (final)   The corporal’s impulse to friendship had not been blunted by Anton’s discouragement. He called again, and when all the silver had been polished, and the furniture sat adorned with it, winking at envy, Herward made a suggestion. “Some of the new officials . . . you know, the city is […]

Are You Jealous (second)

    Are You Jealous (second)   Gabriel was startled. “It isn’t yours,” Eva said. He made an uncertain finger-flail towards the screen. “No,” she said. Eva moved to the side of the desk; she placed her hands on the clock. “McFadden,” Eva told him, “wanted to invite you to his gathering. Henderson might have […]

The Big Pants (part two)

  The Big Pants (two)   Jackie was having a number of unworthy feelings. She’d caught herself a moment ago, standing by, waiting for Luisa, realizing she’d expected Luisa to take the lead. She didn’t know what Luisa did for a living. “Now, I suppose,” Luisa asked her, “we each pick from one of the […]

Third Tourmaline: A Friend (part two)

  A Friend (part two) “Only if I can help you with anything. We’re checking the neighborhood, that’s all. Have you got enough to eat?” “Never mind food,” she said. “Can you hold something for me?” For a moment, she’d weighed this plea. She thought it wasn’t much to ask. She doubted Anton could do […]

Second Are You: Jealous (short story)

Are You Jealous   A package. Gabriel Pinion heard Eva’s voice . . . her put on voice, he called it. She spoke this way to delivery people, sing-song, thanking them, ushering them out the door. He heard the door close, slue into its frame with a rush of air followed by the metallic thunk […]

Third Tourmaline: A Friend (short story)

A Friend (one)   Mrs. Leonhardt had taken out all the old silver. Her mother’s silver, her own, the sugars and the salt cellars that she for a time had always been buying, always poking through the second-hand markets, offering half the asking price for anything blackened, anything with the handle or feet off. “That’s […]

The Big Pants (final)

  The Big Pants¬† (final)   Well, he’d got her agreeing with him on Doug’s black shirt and navy tie combo. If women liked seeing that hipster/gangster thing going on, Tom would have added his boss’s style points to his Thin Guy list. But he hadn’t believed in it. Another thing he didn’t believe… He […]

The Big Pants (part five)

  The Big Pants (five)   “Now, what you think about dating?” “I guess…” Absent-minded, Jackie had been on the verge of giving Tom a considered answer. There wasn’t a reason she could think of not to. Date. She hadn’t been divorced before…maybe people really did get shocked. And then it occurred to her he […]