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Broken Strings

Broken Strings

Palacio Real, Madrid January, 1635   “Las Meninas, your Majesty,” Diego Velázquez said, as he watched King Philip IV sample a spoonful of caldo gallego with his prominent Habsburg lips. The soup was too hot, and the king of Spain was in a foul mood. Tread...
Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

Winter, 1635 Near Modern-Day Rhode Island   Fast as Lightning in the Sky watched the person he hated most in all the world approach him from the long line of snow-covered trees. He gnashed his teeth against the cold and reflected on his feelings. Perhaps hate was...
The Winter Canvas: A Daniel Block Story

The Winter Canvas: A Daniel Block Story

Magdeburg November 28, 1636   Daniel von Block sat dangerously close to his fireplace as he read again the devastating letter in his hand. He couldn’t believe it . . . your unethical behavior during the mural competition has brought into question your...
The Wampus of Grantville (A Monster Society Story)

The Wampus of Grantville (A Monster Society Story)

Grantville, 1635   Natasha Clinter had seen her share of odd things since the Ring of Fire had picked up her little town of Grantville and deposited it smack-dab in the middle of Germany, 1631. The man standing at the end of the street had to be one of the...
Painted Into a Corner, Episode Three

Painted Into a Corner, Episode Three

PART THREE   Magdeburg, November 12, 1636   Daniel von Block sat in his studio, drinking hot black coffee and watching embers glow in the stove that heated the room. He was cold, but more than that, he was frustrated. Now that phase two of the competition...
Painted Into a Corner, Episode Two

Painted Into a Corner, Episode Two

PART TWO   Magdeburg, October 1, 1636 Lady Beth heard the pounding in her head and thought she was dreaming. Or was it a nightmare? Unfortunately, it persisted, and finally she awoke enough to realize that it was not her headache-addled mind, nor was it the touch...
Painted Into a Corner, Episode One

Painted Into a Corner, Episode One

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. —Pablo Picasso   PART ONE   Magdeburg, September 1636   Sophia crashed through the door of...
Letters from Inchon

Letters from Inchon

  July, 1636, Grantville   Arnulf Langenberg found the dusty, crumpled shoebox beneath a pile of rags smelling of mildew and up-time 2-cycle oil. Tucked between dirt-encrusted aluminum badminton stakes and an olive drab duffel bag, the box called to him, as if...