Chapter Four

A new novel in the making.

A New Novel in the Making

I'm working on a new novel. Here's the fourth chapter of it. Let me know what you think about it. You find a Facebook comment form below the text. I post each new chapter when it is completed. The first chapter is here: Chapter One

Not a Word

Ruth and George are already seated at the kitchen table when Caroline enters. George has taken off his jacket and black tie. He pours himself a glass of red wine from one of the bottles used at the reception. As soon as Caroline sits down on her chair, Ruth gets up and fetches a casserole from the oven. It is steaming hot.

She grabs George's plate and scoops generously of the stew on it. Then she does the same for Caroline and herself, but smaller portions. Caroline picks up the fork and takes a look at the steaming food on her plate. There are pieces of beef, potato and carrot. She can smell allspice and garlic.

They start to eat in silence. Their forks and knives make sharp sounds on the plates.

Caroline glances at the empty fourth chair, and her father notices. Immediately, he puts down his fork and stands up. Ruth opens her mouth but stops herself, as George grabs the empty chair and carries it out of the kitchen.

Ruth leans close to her daughter and whispers in her ear:

"Not a word!"

George returns and sits down, avoiding their eyes. He continues his meal. So does Caroline, holding her head down to hide her blushing cheeks and the moisture in her eyes.

© Stefan Stenudd, February 2014

Chapter Five

All the chapters posted so far:
  1. Light and Dark

  2. Mumbles

  3. Don't Touch

  4. Not a Word

  5. Swings

  6. He Talked to Me

  7. Was It Quick?

  8. Flossing, Too

  9. The Lower Canines

  10. Two Dots

  11. The Creep

  12. The Goth Stuff

  13. Nine Months

  14. Like a Rat

  15. Morning

  16. Some Things Take Forever

  17. If He Doesn't

  18. One Little Thing

  19. Another One

  20. Playing It Safe

  21. The Netherworld

  22. Never Grow Old

  23. It Sounds Trite

  24. Dying Is Terrible

  25. Just Kids Playing

  26. He Didn't Know

  27. Maybe the Only One

  28. I Don't Hear It

  29. Honesty

  30. Secrets

  31. I Care

  32. Treacherous Longevity

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All's End, science fiction novel by Stefan Stenudd.

All's End

Science fiction novel about a quest through the universe for a perfect world. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Occasionally I Contemplate Murder, by Stefan Stenudd.

Occasionally I Contemplate Murder

Thoughts on life, death, and the meaning of it all, explored by anecdotes and mythological fragments. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.


All about the peaceful Japanese martial art.

A system of jo (staff) and ken (sword) exercises for aikido students.

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What the Greek philosophers thought about the cosmos, the gods and the myths.

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Qi (also spelled chi or ki) explained and exercises to increase it.

An encyclopedia of life energy concepts around the world.

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All's End, science fiction novel by Stefan Stenudd. Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained, by Stefan Stenudd. Tao Quotes - The Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.
Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd. Occasionally I Contemplate Murder, by Stefan Stenudd. QI - increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd.
Attacks in Aikido, by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido Principles, by Stefan Stenudd. Aikibatto, by Stefan Stenudd.
Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd. Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd. Your Health in Your Horoscope, by Stefan Stenudd.

About me
I'm a Swedish writer of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist, an historian of ideas and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.