Mrs. Flannery’s Flower, Part 1: Acceptance

Mrs. Flannery’s Flower, Part 1: Acceptance

April 2, 2000   Krystal Reed drove over to her Aunt Bethel and Uncle Raymond Little's house after she finished her shift at the drugstore. Her parents were supposed to bring Nana over from Bluemont for the afternoon, and if she timed things right, her mom would...
A Puritan Voice, Part 9

A Puritan Voice, Part 9

Chapter 9: Grantville   "Gut Tag, Herr Knapp, and Herr Culloden." Nicholas and Baird turned from their examination of a merchant's wares and saw an unremarkable man standing patiently behind them. He was notable for his plainness. He could have been from any part...
A Puritan Voice, Part 8

A Puritan Voice, Part 8

Chapter 8: Grantville   This entire trip had been a waste. Nicholas had come to Grantville looking for answers. Instead, he found only more questions. Instead of solidifying his faith, the sand that it was built upon was being washed away. The waves of doubt...
The Aethers of Magdeburg, Part 3

The Aethers of Magdeburg, Part 3

Chapter 9   Andreas Schardius knew he was good. Not in the sense that he was a good man. He knew he was not. No, he knew he was good, in the sense that he made things happen. He accomplished things. He made money, lots of money. And when he was good, according to...
A Puritan Voice, Part 7

A Puritan Voice, Part 7

Chapter 7 - Grantville Nicholas pushed his chair back from the table and the books that cluttered it. He needed to stand and stretch, get a drink. More importantly, he needed to think. He had come to the Grantville Public Library to finally start his research and what...
The Aethers of Magdeburg, Part 2

The Aethers of Magdeburg, Part 2

Chapter 5   Later that evening, as they dined at the Thuringia Gardens in Grantville, Marcus watched as the girl ate with a gusto that reminded him of a horse with a feed bag. It was focused, contained, and nothing was wasted. Marcus found himself staring, not...
A Puritan Voice, Part 6

A Puritan Voice, Part 6

Chapter 6 Lindenstruth   Dusk was falling in the German forest when Nicholas heard the faint strains of a complex tune on the evening breeze. Baird paused for a few moments and smiled, as though he were familiar with the music. He then nudged his horse into a...
The Aethers of Magdeburg, Part 1

The Aethers of Magdeburg, Part 1

Chapter 1   Magdeburg July, 1635   The radio hissed and crackled in the headphones. ". . . and thank you for joining us on Adventures with Great Music this Sunday evening. I'm Atwood Cochran. Good night." Julius Fickler set aside his crystal set earphones...
A Puritan Voice, Part 5

A Puritan Voice, Part 5

Chapter 5 Amiens Nicholas' world was one of pain and disjointed flashes of recollection. Images flitted about him, reality blending with hallucination, separating and then blending again. One moment he was lying beside his campfire; the next, he was in a bed, the next...