Rainbow Snippets is in a steampunk state of mind

I’ll be getting my steampunk on at Chatham Historic Dockyard tomorrow, so here’s a snippet from an f/f steampunk short story I wrote last night and today (and yes, despite what old Arthur says, narrator Hodgkins is female):

The first time I met Miss Pandora Piper, her what was to become the shining star of the Criterion and the darling of London society, she was in a right state, lying in the gutter with both legs broken and her head hanging off to one side.

“It’s proper criminal,” I told my gaffer, old Arthur the tinkerer, as folks call him, although it’s Mr Tunstall to the likes of you and me, “what the toffs’ll do to their playthings.”

Top notch goods, she was, fine featured and with soft ivory skin, so lifelike you’d almost have mistaken her for human, if it hadn’t been for the metal poking out of her poor torn limbs.

“Now then, Hodgkins,” he said in that soothing old gin-and-baccy voice of his. “We’ll see her straight, don’t you fret. Grab her shoulders—I’ll take the other end, wouldn’t want a young lad like you seeing something he shouldn’t, heh heh heh—and we’ll heave her up on the cart. And no letting that head fall, neither. She don’t need no more dents in her poor face, Lord love her.”

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About jlmerrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com
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16 Responses to Rainbow Snippets is in a steampunk state of mind

  1. darlamsands says:

    I like the names. Well done. Thank you for sharing. And Happy Writing!

  2. Judy Stone says:

    I love steampunk and this sounds fascinating. When will it be published?

  3. Whew, glad to hear she wasn’t a living being…”a right state” would be putting it mildly!

  4. Nephy Hart says:

    I love that voice. SO much fun!!

  5. Oh, this was fabulous – can’t wait for more!!!!

  6. jlgfellers says:

    Oooh, I like this, especially the voice, and hope to read more.

  7. janadenardo says:

    Loved this bit. Love steampunk, hope you had a good time.

  8. Wonderfullyintriguing!

  9. Pingback: Rainbow Snippets is running like clockwork | JL Merrow

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