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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.
This picks up from last week.
“Did we come this way last night?” I asked, puzzled.
James shook his head. “We’re not going directly to the warehouse,” he said. “Miss Victoria wanted to get you home so you could change first.”
“I could have walked,” I protested. “She didn’t need to put you or herself to such bother.”
“It’s no bother. Truth be told, I don’t have much to do most days so it’s good to have an excuse to get out and about. Mr. Madison the Elder doesn’t go out at all anymore, so unless I’m sent on an errand I don’t do much but take Miss Victoria back and forth to the warehouse.”
I nodded. Truth be told, I was grateful for the lift but a bit embarrassed for anyone to see where I lived, which was an objection I couldn’t really give voice to. Not that it mattered, I supposed; I’d already told her what neighborhood I lived in so I’m sure she knew it wasn’t anything remotely on a par with her home. But still, I was pretty sure it was going to be a shock to her.
And besides that, I didn’t want her to think less of me, not that it should have mattered; I was just someone she’d hired to help her with her air ship. Still, I had a strange mix of feelings about her. Nothing romantic: even though she wasn’t a Classist she was still way out of my league, but… strange. I wanted to protect her and I wanted her to like me, to think well of me. I frowned to myself. I almost felt like I wanted her to just be my friend. That was an odd concept and I turned it over in my mind, so lost in the thought of it that James had to shake me to get my attention.