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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I like the names. Well done. Thank you for sharing. And Happy Writing!
Thank you! My short story muse has been MIA for ages, so it’s great to get some inspiration.
I love steampunk and this sounds fascinating. When will it be published?
Thank you! I’ll be submitting it to an anthology call, and if accepted, it should be out mid July. If not…watch this space! 😉
Whew, glad to hear she wasn’t a living being…”a right state” would be putting it mildly!
Don’t worry. They can rebuild her! 🙂
I love that voice. SO much fun!!
Thank you! 😀
Oh, this was fabulous – can’t wait for more!!!!
Oooh, I like this, especially the voice, and hope to read more.
Loved this bit. Love steampunk, hope you had a good time.
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