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Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.
(Apologies for any language usage that’s anachronistic. I’ll deal with that once the first draft is done.)
This picks up from last week.
“Have a seat,” she said, indicating the chair I’d left my gear next to as she took the one behind the desk. “We’ll get the particulars squared away.”
I nodded and sat down, slightly nervous and ill at ease, not sure what she was going on about.
She pulled a paper, fountain pen, and bottle of ink out of a desk drawer.
“I believe the ad said the pay is ten shillings per week. Is that agreeable?”
“Yes, ma’am.” It was more than agreeable to be honest; it was about four shillings more than the average and for a job I’d’ve taken for half that – and still been ahead on how much I was making doing odd jobs here and there as I could find them.
She started to write on the paper, then paused and looked up at me. “Mrs. Cooper says that you have a great interest in flying ships. Do you know much about how they work?”
“I’ve read everything what I could find about them ever since I was a lad,” I said. “I’ve never had the fortune to be up close to one, though,” I added, my gaze drifting toward the room we had just left. So close and yet so far…