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Useful Arts: Elements

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Useful Arts

V. Interference "… and have I mentioned that I really hate magic?" Lex didn't try to turn his head. "Repeatedly. And if you intend to keep on, might I suggest some synonyms?" Even moving his jaw to speak was painful. He really hated magic too. "Hey," the girl said, surprised. "You're awake." He stopped trying [...]

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Iolokus with MustangSally: Chapter 1

1 Oh, unfortunate one! Oh, cruel! Where will you turn? Who will help you? What house or what land to preserve you From ill can you find? A god has thrown suffering Upon you in waves of despair.   One – the oracle And that day the hot wind blew down through the burning rocks, [...]

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Iolokus with MustangSally: Chapter 2

4   There's something that she means to do; and I know this: She'll not relax her rage till it has found its victim. God grant she strike her enemies and not her friends! When we got back to D.C. I began to pull myself away from the reactivity I'd settled into, the inactivity a [...]

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Iolokus with MustangSally: Chapter 3

7 O Zeus! Why have you given us clear signs to tell True gold from counterfeit; but when we need to know Bad men from good, the flesh bears no revealing mark?   "We've been checking up on that pharmaceutical company you asked us about," Frohike said. As usual, each word had the weight of [...]

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Iolokus with MustangSally: Chapter 4

10 O where will you find the courage? Or the skill of hand and heart, When you set yourself to attempt A deed so dreadful to do?   She was gone when I woke up. From the feel of the air, she'd been gone at least a few hours. She wasn't even within a hundred-mile [...]

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Iolokus with MustangSally: Chapter 5

13 Can you tearlessly hold the decision For murder? You will not be able, When your children fall down and implore you, You will not be able to dip Steadfast your hand in their blood.   The U.N. representative was crying in her sleep, without motion or even much noise. She cried as if she [...]

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Iolokus with MustangSally: Chapter 6

16 I will bury them myself, Bearing them to Hera's temple on the promontory; So that no enemy may evilly treat them By tearing up their grave.   We drove for hours, stopping for gas a few times. We were headed, I discerned, to California, where the boys would dissipate like smoke in wind and [...]

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Agnates: Chapter 1

And these tend inward to me, and I tend outward to them And such that it is to be these more or less than I am And of these one and all I weave the song of myself   Imagine my joy when Zippy was waiting for us back in DC. I walked into the [...]

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Agnates: Chapter 2

8 That I could forget the mockers and insults! That I could forget the trickling tears and blows of the bludgeons and hammers! That I could look with a separate look on my own crucifixion and crowning.   Mulder's mother met me at the door of her tastefully understated home. "Fox is waiting for you. [...]

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Agnates: Chapter 3

15All truths wait in all things, They either hasten their own delivery no resist it. They do not need the obstetric forceps of the surgeon, The insignificant is as big to me as any.   I looked in the mirror as I shaved, shaving six faces at once, ten, sixteen, what did it matter? And, [...]

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