Stories tagged “Stevens”

  • The Trunk

    “What’cha got there, Celia?” She turned quickly from her hunched position over the small trunk; Max stood, half-silhouetted, in the doorway. Despite his lank figure, he managed to blockade the entire door frame. He crossed his arms ex...

  • Clandestine Manner

    “No particular reason, really,” he replied, his voice uncomfortably saccharine, strolling easily into the room. “Call me crazy, but it’s just that when one sees another hunching over a trunk in a rather clandestine manner, it ra...

  • Inexplicable Events

    “The good luck dress,” as her grandmother so often called it. Good luck, Celia thought with a note of spite. The last time it was worn was the day I was brought to this place. What “good luck” has come of that? Nothing! Her thou...

  • The Curse of the Housekeeper

    The next morning, as Celia prepared breakfast, the door flew open. Mariam swayed in the doorway, her face gaunt and her eyes wild with fear. “Did the storm shake y’last night, Mariam?” Celia had asked, but Mariam wouldn’t answer...

  • Molly Fitzpatrick

    Menial task accomplished, Celia decided to chance a trip to the kitchen. It was nearly suppertime, she figured “the crew” could use a hand. She was wary on her way down, lest she catch Max in a bad mood. Luckily, no sign of him anywhere. &#...

  • A Bit of Conversation

    “I’m gonna need some help with the peelin’, Ms. Celia. Hope y’don’t mind starchy hands.” “With your conversation, not a bit.” The pile of skins grew quite rapidly between the two, chatting about this &...

  • Keep Yourself out of the Burner

    She was right; Max’s father, called Master Stevens by everybody in town, probably wished that his eldest & only son was a bit more orthodox, to spare the Stevens name from further suspicion or shame. “Why, were you lookin’ for him...

  • The Stevens Estate

    The Stevens estate was spacious, but not overwhelmingly huge. The main house, along with the staff’s quarters, was built into the side of a hill. A neat hedge ran as a fence up near the street, leaving a space for the path and sloping lawn leadin...

  • The West Wing

    Along the side of the house ran more large windows, although not quite as large as the front porch windows. The stone foundation extended further down at the back of the house, to compensate for the nature of the landscape. Two small gardens laid along...

  • Vito's Ordination Song (Sufjan Stevens)

    I know we’ve been through an extrordinary amount of mazes and puzzles. I love you, though. Now it’s your wedding day. Your tie is crooked. Flash, I see you as a little boy, a little man. My son. Two front teeth missing, laying in my bed, in...