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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.
“…Is there someone waiting at home for you?”
I shook my head. “No, ma’am. There’s no one.”
“Then come and be welcome in my home.” She turned to look at the coachman. “Do try not to scare him too much, won’t you? He comes highly recommended.”
And just like that my tools and I were whisked out the door and to a waiting carriage. It wouldn’t have been proper for me to ride with her so my tools were loaded into the luggage rack and I sat in the driver’s box with James. I braced myself for a cold wet ride but to my surprise he pulled up a wind shield of glass and drew a cover over our heads with flaps that came down to protect the sides of our box.
“Miss Victoria doesn’t like the thought of others braving the elements while she sits inside,” he explained in response to my bewildered look. “She’d be up here with me working things out in her mind until she came up with this arrangement.” He handed me a heavy blanket to help keep out the chill, then reached down and pulled a bottle from next to the heated bricks at our feet and handed it to me. “Fancy a swallow of tea?”