Its owner had been dead, the back of her head


Varamyr might have been amongst them if only


One day, as they fled, a rider came galloping


Leagues away, in a one-room hut of mud and straw


Then the pack was on them.His one-eyed brother


A man alone was a feeble thing. Big andstrong,


“Wonder what her game is anyway? I’m going to tell


“It was a pool the gods would have delighted to swim in.


The Piscines Hébert, Ledru-Rollin and Butte-aux-Cailles


I went there with him three times a week throughout mychildhood,

Its owner had been dead, the back of her head

Its owner had been dead, the back of her head

Its owner had been dead, the back of her head smashed into red pulp flecked with bits of bone, but her cloak looked warm and thick. It was snowing, and Varamyr had lost his own cloaks at the Wall. His sleeping pelts and woolen smallclothes, his sheepskin boots and fur-lined gloves, his store of mead […]


Varamyr might have been amongst them if only

Varamyr might have been amongst them if only

Varamyr might have been amongst them if only he’d been stronger. The sea was grey and cold and far away, though, and he knew that he would never live to see it. He     was nine times dead and dying, and this would be his true death. A squirrel-skin cloak, he remembered, he knifed […]


One day, as they fled, a rider came galloping

One day, as they fled, a rider came galloping

One day, as they fled, a rider came galloping through the woods on a gaunt white horse, shouting that they all should make for the Milkwater, that the Weeper was gathering warriors to cross the Bridge of Skulls and take the Shadow Tower. Many followed him; more did not. Later, a dour warrior in fur […]


Leagues away, in a one-room hut of mud and straw

Leagues away, in a one-room hut of mud and straw

Leagues away, in a one-room hut of mud and straw with a thatched roof and a smoke hole and a floor of hard-packed earth, Varamyr shivered and coughed and licked his lips. His eyes were red, his lips cracked, his throat dry and parched, but the taste of blood and fat filled his mouth, even […]


Then the pack was on them.His one-eyed brother

Then the pack was on them.His one-eyed brother

Then the pack was on them. His one-eyed brother knocked the tooth-thrower back into a snowdrift and tore his throat out as he struggled. His sister slipped behind the other male and took him from the rear. That left the female and her pup for him. She had a tooth too, a little one made […]


A man alone was a feeble thing. Big andstrong,

A man alone was a feeble thing. Big andstrong,

A man alone was a feeble thing. Big and strong, with good sharp eyes, but dull of ear and deaf to smells. Deer and elk and even hares were faster, bears and boars fiercer in a fight. But men in packs were dangerous. As the wolves closed on the prey, the warg heard the wailing […]


“Wonder what her game is anyway? I’m going to tell

“Wonder what her game is anyway? I’m going to tell

“Wonder what her game is anyway? I’m going to tell Trowbridge to have some—” “I say, Kingsley.” Someone called the president’s son, and with a nod to his companion, he strode off to see what was wanted. Roberta proceeded, but as she went she wished she had not spoken to Phil of her nervousness. Probably […]


“It was a pool the gods would have delighted to swim in.

“It was a pool the gods would have delighted to swim in.

“It was a pool the gods would have delighted to swim in. Molitor had the best competitive swimming club in Paris. Therewere two pools, an indoor and an outdoor. Both were as bigas small oceans. The indoor pool always had two lanesreserved for swimmers who wanted to do lengths. The waterwas so clean and clear […]


The Piscines Hébert, Ledru-Rollin and Butte-aux-Cailles

The Piscines Hébert, Ledru-Rollin and Butte-aux-Cailles

The Piscines Hébert, Ledru-Rollin and Butte-aux-Cailles werebright, modern, spacious pools fed by artesian wells. They setthe standard for excellence in municipal swimming pools. Therewas the Piscine des Tourelles, of course, the city’s other greatOlympic pool, inaugurated during the second Paris games, of1924. And there were still others, many of them. But no swimming pool in […]


I went there with him three times a week throughout mychildhood,

I went there with him three times a week throughout mychildhood,

I went there with him three times a week throughout mychildhood, a Monday, Wednesday, Friday early morning ritualwith the clockwork regularity of a good front-crawl stroke. Ihave vivid memories of this dignified old man stripping down tonakedness next to me, his body slowly emerging as he neatlydisposed of each item of clothing, decency being salvaged […]


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