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Rainbow Snippet for 2-15-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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.

Before she could reply the door opened and a man came in, accompanied by a blast of cold wet wind.

“Miss Vi…” The words died on his lips as he caught sight of me. “Pardon, ma’am. I didn’t know you had a visitor.”

She laughed cheerfully. “It’s all right. He’s not a visitor. I’ve just hired him to work with me on the ship. James, meet Mr. Daniel McKelvy. Mr. McKelvy, this is James White, my coachman, no doubt sent to fetch me home for supper.”

“A pleasure, Mr. McKelvy. And that would be correct, Miss.” There was a touch of humor about him that set me at ease, despite the feeling that I was far out of my league with these people. “I was also told to inform you that your grandfather will be dining at the table tonight as well.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-8-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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.

“So, then, I’ll be seeing you first thing in the morning,” I said. I picked up my coat and cap from my bag of tools and prepared to go out into the weather.

“Were you planning on starting tonight?” she asked, noting my tool bag.

“I always take me tools when I’m out and about. They’re less likely to go missing that way.”  

She tilted her head.

“The lock on me door’s not the greatest. Neither’s my door. An’ my neighbors aren’t exactly the neighborly trustable sort.”

She nodded but didn’t press further.

“Do you have a long trip home?”

“I live in The Old Nichol, Miss.”

Before she could reply the door opened and a man came in, accompanied by a blast of cold wet wind.

*(The Old Nichol was one of the worst slums in London’s East End.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-1-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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, with Danny being introduced to his employer’s bodyguards.

“Thomas, your turn.”

A bit taller but not as heavily built, the wolfhound bounded up to me and snuffled at my neck and I scratched his ears too, momentarily overcome with a bout of homesickness. He leaned against me begging for more, and I obliged.

“He doesn’t do that to many,” she observed. “He’s taken quite a liking to you.”

“He reminds me of the dog me grandda had. I don’t remember much about him, but I remember he was the best pillow a toddler could have.”

“If he gets to be too much, just tell him ‘that’s enough’ and he’ll go lie down.”

I nodded, feeling a bit of a loss as the big dog heeded her words and returned to a corner near the fireplace. Roger followed suit, sprawling out in front of it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-25-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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, with Danny being introduced to his employer’s bodyguards.

The English mastiff rose and approached me, his great head nearly level with my chest and for a moment I had an uneasy vision of him ripping my heart out. Instead, he pressed his nose against me and took a deep breath, getting to know my scent.

“They won’t hurt you.” Her voice was tinged with amusement. “If they’d thought you were a threat you wouldn’t be standing here now.”

Moderately reassured I cautiously reached out and scratched behind his ears and was rewarded with slobbery tongue against my face.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-18-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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.

“…Aren’t you worried about working here all alone?”

“Who said I was alone?” Humor danced in her eyes. “Boys,” she called softly, and a moment later two large dogs appeared in the doorway to the warehouse. “Come meet Mr. McKelvy, boys,” she said, rising.

I scrambled to my feet as well – it wouldn’t do for a gentleman – or any man with any manners – to remain seated whilst a lady stood – never taking my eyes from the dogs. One was an English mastiff; his dark brindle coat would have made him difficult to notice in the shadowed corner of the warehouse even if my attention hadn’t been drawn to the airship. The other was an Irish wolfhound, so dark grey as to be nearly black.

They approached calmly and sat at a hand signal from their owner. “Roger, come say hello.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-11-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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.

“Are you free to start tomorrow morning?”

“Yes, Ma’am. Just tell me what time you want me to be here.”

“I’m not a stickler for time, Mr. McKelvy, just for quality. I’m usually here so come in any time and just call out and I’ll show you what needs to be done. I’ll get you a key to the office and once you know what to work on, just come in and start.”

I frowned slightly and she cocked her head. “Is something wrong?”

“No, ma’am, just…” I took a deep breath, wondering how it was that I felt so protective of her, having just met her and all. “The docks aren’t necessarily the safest place for a woman, especially after dark. Aren’t you worried about working here all alone?”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-4-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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.

“Might I borrow your pen, Mrs. Madison?”

“Miss,” she corrected, handing it to me.

I nodded as I took it, not quite sure what to make of this information. She was certainly of marrying age – about twenty three, I’d guess – and more than pretty enough. And her bearing and speech gave her away as being of high class. I supposed she had suitors enough that there might be some difficulty deciding between them. Or maybe the big blue airship in the next room consumed all her time.

But that wasn’t something for me to worry about. My only concern was the job I was being hired for, so I signed my full name – Daniel Matthew McKelvy – and handed the pen and paper back to her.

“Are you free to start tomorrow morning?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-28-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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.

She chuckled. “You’ll be up close and personal with them soon enough, and may well wish you’d never heard of them by the time we’re through.”

She slid the paper across the desk to me. “Employment contract. Take some time to look over it and if there’s anything you’d like to discuss or change, feel free to ask me about it.”

I glanced at the paper, not quite sure what to do or say. I’d never had a job that was much more than day work, certainly not anything long term enough to require a contract, and all I could do was hope to not make myself look a fool. The pay rate was spelled out at the top of the paper, and I relaxed a bit; at least I knew what that was. But below it was a confidentiality notice and I paused to read it; never having seen one before I had no way of knowing if it was something normal or not, but it seemed pretty straightforward. Basically I was not to talk about any of the things I saw or worked on with the airship. That made sense, I supposed; I’d done enough reading about them to know that inventors could be quite secretive about their creations. At the bottom were two lines. She’d already signed on one of them.

“Might I borrow your pen, Mrs. Madison?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-21-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-14-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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.

“So, do you have any questions about the position?”

I hesitated for a moment, then shook my head. The only questions I had seemed a bit presumptuous, even to me.

She chuckled. “You’re wondering how a woman came to be building a flying ship.”

I shrugged. That wasn’t really my main concern, but if it made her happy to think that it was, well, then, so be it.

She straightened and motioned for me to follow her as she started toward the front office. “That’s a long story and perhaps I’ll tell you one day.”

As I started following her I faltered for a moment as her words sank in: perhaps I’ll tell you one day. “Does that mean I have the job?”

“If you truly want it and aren’t just here because Mrs. Cooper sent you with a letter of reference.”

“I do,” I said quickly – maybe a touch too quickly but I wanted this job with all that I was. I held the door as she stepped through it, hoping she couldn’t hear my heart hammering as I nearly shook with excitement, thinking that this was too good to be true.

 

 

 

 

 

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