LITERATURE

Victoria’s Aim

Sunk deep into the cushions of the chair, the woman listened as the ticking and the tapping composed a certain staccato rhythm, like the sound of several hammers driving nails into wood…

Abelard and the Gate of Apollo

My name is Abelard.

I was born—a birth some later called miraculous—of a dead mother. She was one of several who had died the day before, trying to flee over the Wall. I was left to die in my dead mother’s stomach; on the wet pavement; beneath coiled wire; paces from polished boots marching by.

I did not die.

The McWilliams Special, Part 3 of 3

Just how McWilliams felt we had no means of knowing; but we knew our hearts would not beat freely until his infernal Special should slide safely over the last of the 266 miles which still lay between the distressed man and his unfortunate child....

The McWilliams Special, Part 2 of 3

On the West End we had all night to prepare, and at five o'clock next morning every man in the operating department was on edge. At precisely 3.58 A.M. the McWilliams Special stuck its nose into our division, and Foley-pulled off No. 1 with the 466...

The McWilliams Special, Part 1 of 3

It belongs to the Stories That Never Were Told, this of the McWilliams Special. But it happened years ago, and for that matter McWilliams is dead. It wasn't grief that killed him, either; though at one time his grief came uncommonly near killing...

Heart of a Pagan, Chapter 2: The Coming (Part 4)

Adapted from Andrew Bernstein's Heart of a Pagan: The Story of Swoop. One hundred enthusiastic voices quickly spread the word through town--and a number of throats opened to reply with something less than enthusiasm. "He removed the cross from the...

Heart of a Pagan, Chapter 2: The Coming (Part 3)

Adapted from Andrew Bernstein's Heart of a Pagan: The Story of Swoop. We received a hero's welcome when the school's bus returned to Hoppo Valley. The small Hoppo Valley radio station had always broadcast the school's games, but now virtually the...

Heart of a Pagan, Chapter 2: The Coming (Part 2)

Adapted from Andrew Bernstein's Heart of a Pagan: The Story of Swoop. But though his sauntering gait took him out of sight in moments, it was not that easy to forget him. His departing glance had lingered on me. But why? I was not one of the...

Heart of a Pagan, Chapter 2: The Coming (Part 1)

Adapted from Andrew Bernstein's Heart of a Pagan: The Story of Swoop. Chapter 2: The Coming"Hoppo to the heights now!" Swoop roared that afternoon when he walked into our locker room for the first time. He swaggered through the door and slung his...

The Nerve of Foley, Part 2

When I walked into the round-house in the evening, with a pair of overalls on, Foley was in the cab getting ready for the run.Neighbor brought the Flyer in from the East. As soon as he had uncoupled and got out of the way we backed down with the...

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