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Rainbow Snippet for 6-20-2020

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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.

Skipping a couple of paragraphs from last week.

James stopped talking and let out a low whistle when he saw my shanty – or what was left of it. “I say, that wind really did a number on your home. But it might have done you a favor, what with this whole neighborhood scheduled to be torn down.”

“I hadn’t thought of it that way,” I admitted. “But you’re right. This place wasn’t all that much. It’s not even supposed to be here, but I didn’t like the idea of paying rent for a place not much better than this and a lot more crowded with neighbors, so I just took over this dead end alley and cobbled together a place of my own out of whatever I could salvage.”

James chuckled. “Miss Victoria would approve. She’s a no frills type of person, likes things basic and practical. She’s very forthright. Speaks her mind and you’ll always know where you stand with her.”

“You and the others all seem to be rather fond of her.”

“We are. She treats us well, as do her grandfather and the younger Mr. Madison. Of course, her grandfather’s not up to much these days. This winter has been hard on him.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-13-2020

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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.

This picks up from last week.

I opened my mouth to speak but closed it again. The only words I could think of were “Bloody Hell” and that wasn’t something to say in front of a lady, even if she hadn’t been my employer.

I handed the newspaper back to her, my mind still numb.

James set the brake on the carriage and stepped down from the driver’s seat. “Come on,” he said, turning me around. “I’ll help you get your things gathered up.”

“That… that won’t be necessary,” I said. “I don’t have all that much.”

But he was already walking with me before I was even aware that we were moving.

“It’s all right,” he said quietly as we stepped out of hearing range. “I grew up in a place not too different than this. I know how it is.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-6-2020

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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.

This picks up from last week.

“Miss Victoria?”

We both turned to look at James who handed her the newspaper he’d been reading while waiting for me, one finger pointing to the article he was bringing to her attention.

She took the paper from him, frowning as she saw the headline, her expression darkening as she read the article.

“It seems, Mr. McKelvy, that the decision is going to be made for you.” She handed me the paper and I got a sick feeling as I read the headline. My entire neighborhood was due to be torn down.

I opened my mouth to speak but closed it again. The only words I could think of were “Bloody Hell” and that wasn’t something to say in front of a lady, even if she hadn’t been my employer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-30-2020

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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-23-2020

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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.

This picks up from last week.

“My place is down this alley. I’ll just be a minute.”

“Are you sure? It’s narrow, but I’m pretty sure we can get through it.”

“It dead ends. I have no idea who planned the streets here but whoever it was didn’t do a very good job thinking things through.”

James laughed. “That’s politicians for you. Not a drop of common sense among them.”

Now that was something I couldn’t argue with.

My good spirits dissipated when I reached the end of the alley and saw my shanty. The storm the night before had torn off part of the roof and my spirits sank as I opened the door and took a look inside. The fire in my stove had gone out, the coal was wet, and everything I owned was soaked: bed, linens, clothes…

I consoled myself with the thought that at least my tools were dry and safe, and locked the door again. I’d get some dry coal on my way home and hopefully get my clothes dried out before morning, although it looked to be a wet and uncomfortable night waiting for me.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-16-2020

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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.

This picks up from last week.

…James had to shake me to get my attention.

“Sorry,” I said. “My mind was elsewhere.”

“Must have been a good holiday it went on. At first I thought you’d fallen asleep, then I was worried you’d passed out, and then I was afraid you’d died.”

“Nothing so drastic as that,” I assured him.

“Good. Then could you give me directions? I’ve no idea where to go now that we’re in your neighborhood.”

I blinked to reorient myself. I’d been so lost in thought I hadn’t realized we’d reached The Old Nichol so it took a moment to get my bearings. A couple of turns later and we were there, more or less.

“Stop here,” I told James as we reached an intersection. “My place is down this alley. I’ll just be a minute.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-9-2020

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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-2-2020

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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.

This picks up from last week.

For all that I was in a strange place, I slept well that night. It was warmer than my shack, and the bed far softer than my own. Still, I woke early, not wanting to appear to be a lay-about, and, if truth be told, eager to start my new job.

Breakfast was warm porridge, sausages, and toast with jam, with Miss Madison joining us in the servants’ hall.

Afterward, James brought the coach around and I joined him in the driver’s box as Miss Madison entered the carriage and we were off.

The day was cold but bright and the horse trotted smartly through the streets. I hadn’t been able to see much the night before but it felt like we were heading in a different direction.

“Did we come this way last night?” I asked, puzzled.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-25-2020

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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.

This picks up from last week.

Dinner was a lively affair. I felt a bit out of place at first but the Madison’s servants were friendly and not a bit snobbish and I soon relaxed but kept reminding myself to mind my place.

As for my employer and her grandfather, they’d barely finished dessert before he rang for assistance to return to his room. I could see him through the crack in the door and he looked frail and worn, and I was sure the dinner had taken a toll on him.

Miss Victoria gave him a kiss on the cheek and waited until he had been assisted from the room then came into the dining room we were in.

“Are you settling in well, Mr. McKelvy?”

“Very well, thank you. “

“If you’d like I’ll have a room set up for you for tonight in the servants’ quarters, then you can ride along to the warehouse with me in the morning, leave your tools, and go home to change.”

“I don’t want to be a bother.”

“No bother,” she replied lightly. “It’s a foul night out there and I wouldn’t turn my worst enemy out in it.” For a moment she looked as if she might make an exception to that sentiment but thought the better of it.

“In that case, I’d be glad of a place for the night.” As I spoke a gust of wind slammed what sounded like sleet against the window behind me. “Very grateful indeed,” I added.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-18-2020

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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.

This picks up from last week.

“Please, just call me Anne. And I’m glad she finally hired someone so that maybe she’ll be home more often, doing things a lady ought.”

“I said help me, not replace me. You know I’ve never been one for sitting about like a porcelain doll.”

Anne sighed. “True enough. Now, come along and let’s get you presentable before dinner.”

“Mr. McKelvy needs to be introduced first, then I’ll let you fuss.”

“I’ll take care of that,” James said as he entered the room. “You two run along and get her spruced up before Mr. Madison gets too tired.”

That was enough to get my employer’s attention and she let Anne guide her to a back staircase, enduring the motherly lecture that she was receiving.

 

 

 

 

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