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Cassini Takes First

"He speaks in your voice, American, and there's a shine in his eye that's halfway hopeful." --Don Delillo, Underworld   Grantville Mountaineers' Little League Tryouts July 7, 1636   An assistant coach for the Grantville Mountaineers sent a pop fly into the...
Cassini at the Plate

Cassini at the Plate

Higgins Hotel Dining Room, Grantville July 4, 1636 (The Day of Departure)   Eleven-year-old Giovanni Domenico Cassini sat across from his uncle while picking at the small pile of freshly-scrambled eggs and two slices of bacon slick with grease. He wasn’t...
Rage of the Black Tooth

Rage of the Black Tooth

Near the Border of Modern-Day Rhode Island and Connecticut March, 1636   Fast as Lightning in the Sky could smell the smoke before he saw it. This wasn't normal smoke, like the kind blowing through all Mohegan or Narragansett villages, from fire pits roasting...
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...
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...