Category Archives: Old Leeds

Across the Great Divide – Chapter Sixty-Nine

AT SEVEN PRECISELY, the stage was set beneath the spreading branches of an ancient oak. The wind was light but icy sharp, pointed as the rapiers Vine would have brought had it been a duel of swords.  But pistols it … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Twenty-Five

    ALL NELL COULD THINK about was the night Olu had left, how little she’d done to stop her. She should have gone to search but she’d stayed at the ball, standing there on the fringes, sipping punch made … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Twenty-Four

AND IN THE COMING days she moped about the house and grounds like a wounded dog. She carried her books, she carried her old dolls, she carried her sowing and her memories.  The tunes she played on the harpsichord were … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Fourteen

‘YOU LOOKED LIKE you needed rescuing,’ said Mora when Nell had joined her outside. The moon was bright tonight, ringed by a halo of mist. ‘One dog buried. The other live.’ ‘Lives,’ Nell corrected.  Mora’s diction by now was an … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Eight

SPRING TURNED QUICKLY to summer, as Lord Pemberton said it would when he’d joked about the trees.  The two girls were together now almost every day, and Nell’s feelings as complex as ever. She wanted to break Mora and tame … Continue reading

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Looking for Lucas (part one)

In the next series of posts Eagle’s black clerk, Lucas Thorpe, has gone missing.   ‘Gone? – what do you mean, gone?’ growled Eagle, irritated by Sukey’s intrusion as he sat at his desk.  The little patience he had that … Continue reading

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John’s brush with magic (part two)

She had one green eye and one blue. The ball struck her in the socket beneath the green, leaving a red eye leaking blood directly below.  Both eyes at the moment of death still sparkled, till death worked its predictable … Continue reading

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