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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.
Miss Madison must have been watching for me to return because she stepped out of the carriage as I reached it, looking at me in concern.
“I thought you were going to change out of your good clothes?”
“My others are a bit wet,” I replied. “Seems the wind took part of my roof off last night and everything got a good soaking. Too bad I didn’t have soap on them, my laundry would be done.”
She laughed at my feeble attempt at a joke but sobered quickly. “There’s an extra store room at the warehouse that’s not being used for anything,” she said. “If you’d like we can fix it up as a sleeping room for you. It’s not much, but it will be warm and dry, and you won’t need to be out in the weather to get to and from work.”
I hesitated. It was a generous offer to be sure, but I did have me pride, after all. Then again, my shanty wouldn’t be livable again for several days, not until I’d had a chance to scrounge up some scrap lumber and patch up my roof, which was mostly patches anyhow. The whole place wasn’t exactly legal. I’d just cobbled it together out of bits and pieces, using the dead end of the alley as a back wall.