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Rainbow Snippet for 12-7-2019

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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.

 

“Very well.” She leaned back against the scaffolding she’d come down, idly laying the letter to one side. “So tell me right up front: are you going to have a problem working for a woman?”

“No ma’am.” I let my gaze travel up to the airship above us. “I wouldn’t have a clue how to even begin building something like this and I’m in awe of anyone who does.”

“We all have different strengths, Mr. McKelvy. Don’t discount yours.”

I couldn’t help but smile. I had the feeling that I could come to like this lady – like her as a person, just not as a lady. In fact, I already did.

“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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 11-30-2019

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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.

(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.

I held the envelope out to her and she pulled off her gloves and reached out with a delicate hand to take it from me.

I saw a faint flicker of surprise as she saw the insignia pressed into the wax, then she popped it open and pulled out the letter.

“It says you’re a carpenter?”

“Yes, ma’am. Me da was a carpenter and he taught me a bit and left me his tools. Most I’ve learned on me own, though.” For some reason I felt compelled to be completely honest with her.

She nodded and studied the letter again and I waited, trying not to let on how nervous I was. I wanted this job so bad I could taste it, but letting that show might just bollix up my chances, might make her think I’m nervous because I’ve got something to hide.

She looked up from the letter and began studying me and I wished she’d go back to studying the letter. On the other hand, her assessment was much different than the other woman’s. The other woman – Cecily – she’d been making a judgment based on my appearance, but this woman, she seemed to be making a judgment based on something else entirely.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 11-23-2019

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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.

(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.

It suddenly occurred to me that I was a stranger entering private property with no proper introduction, and that I looked a bit rough and bedraggled.

“The woman that was just leaving told me to see myself in,” I said, holding my empty hands out to my sides to show that I was no threat. “I’ve come about the job posting.”

A quick nod was my answer and the soldering iron was laid aside and a gloved hand pushed the goggles up over the scarf.

“Cecily left?”

I nodded, my tongue suddenly tied in a knot – or twelve. The bloke in front of me was no bloke.

“So, how may I help you?”

“I – I’m looking for V.R. Madison.” I fumbled the letter of reference out from inside my coat, relieved that it was still dry.

“I’m V.R. Madison.”

“I’m Daniel McKelvy. I’ve come about the position advertised in today’s paper.”

I held the envelope out to her and she pulled off her gloves and reached out with a delicate hand to take it from me.

 

(I just have to say that I’ve been laughing for weeks at you all thinking that V.R. Madison was a man.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 11-16-2019

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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.

I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo next month and have almost definitely decided that I will most likely probably be working on my “Steampunk thing.”  So, since I’m looking over what I have written of it (less than 2000 words) I thought I’d post bits from it to help me stay focused on 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.

Tearing my gaze away from the future airship, I searched the room for the person I had come to see – or any person for that matter, for the room seemed empty aside from the construct.

A figure swung down from the scaffolding at the stern of the ship and I got my first look at what I hoped would be my future employer: small, slight build, wearing a tan boiler suit and a head scarf and carrying a soldering iron in one hand, the tip still glowing. I couldn’t get a proper look at his face as most of it was covered by goggles, but what I could see was smooth skin and a delicate chin and jaw.

Now, first let me say that I like the ladies, but I like the gents too, perhaps a fair bit more than I do the ladies. And I like the fine boned gents, like the way they feel in my arms and against my body, all delicate but strong too, and what I’d seen so far of V.R. Madison was making my body think things it shouldn’t think about an employer, potential or otherwise.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 11-9-2019

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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.

I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo next month and have almost definitely decided that I will most likely probably be working on my “Steampunk thing.”  So, since I’m looking over what I have written of it (less than 2000 words) I thought I’d post bits from it to help me stay focused on 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.

It felt good to be out of the rain and into someplace warm, so I spent a moment looking around, not that there was much to see. It was a small room, not much in it but a desk and chair, but it was well lit from numerous lamps, and a small fire glowed in the fireplace.

Taking a deep breath and strengthening my resolve, I knocked on the door the departing woman had pointed to and then opened it and stepped into the warehouse.

I knew from the outside that the building was large, taking up the entire block, but the vastness of the space didn’t really hit me until I was inside, my attention riveted on the scaffolding in the center of the room.  The scaffolding supported a ship and I briefly wondered how it had been moved here from the water or if it had been built here, but then my gaze drifted upward and my breath caught at the sight of the great dirigible hanging above it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 11-2-2019

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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.

I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo next month and have almost definitely decided that I will most likely probably be working on my “Steampunk thing.”  So, since I’m looking over what I have written of it (less than 2000 words) I thought I’d post bits from it to help me stay focused on 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.

“I’m looking for one V.R. Madison. I want to apply for the position advertised in today’s paper.”

“In there.” She pointed into the room behind her. “I’m leaving. Door’s unlocked. Good luck.”

With that she drew her coat around her and stepped out into the rain, delicately picking her way around the worst of the mud and water.

I watched her go for a moment, wondering about that last line. It hadn’t sounded sarcastic, exactly, but neither did it sound like a bit of encouragement – quite the opposite actually, and I briefly considered following her away into the night, but the promise of steady pay and the dream of flying propelled me into the front office, closing the door behind me.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 10-26-2019

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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.

I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo next month and have almost definitely decided that I will most likely probably be working on my “Steampunk thing.”  So, since I’m looking over what I have written of it (less than 2000 words) I thought I’d post bits from it to help me stay focused on 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 there I was, standing in front of a warehouse near the docks, dressed in my Sunday best – which wasn’t all that good, if truth be told – staring at the door, the letter from Widow Cooper tucked inside my suit coat, trying to gather my courage to ring the doorbell.

I tucked the clipping into my pocket and was just reaching out to press the button when the door opened, spilling light out into the gloom of the late evening.

A woman stood in the doorway, gazing at me with clear disdain.

“Is there something I can do for you?”

Not the warmest greeting I’d ever had, but I didn’t have the luxury of being picky.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 10-19-2019

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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.

I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo next month and have almost definitely decided that I will most likely probably be working on my “Steampunk thing.”  So, since I’m looking over what I have written of it (less than 2000 words) I thought I’d post bits from it to help me stay focused on 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 which ended with: Puzzled and curious, I looked down at the newspaper clipping.

Inventor seeks general laborer to assist with flying ship. Carpentry skills required. Will train for other duties. Pay: 10s/week. Apply in person to V.R. Madison, 135 Pearl Place.

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It wasn’t a fit night for man nor beast. It was cold and dark and getting colder and darker. And wetter. The fog from the snow melt was bad enough, but the all day drizzle had turned into a good downpour and the wind lashed rain that was just a hair above freezing.

Ordinarily I would have been holed up in the ramshackle shanty that passes for my home, trying to stay dry – or at least no more than damp – but the words “flying ship” had sent a jolt of excitement through me. Widow Cooper had been right; ever since I had seen my first airship as a wee lad I’d dreamed of being aboard one of the great flying ships that occasionally flew over the city or moored at the docks. V.R. Madison was only advertising for general construction help, but maybe, just maybe, there might be a crew position available, and I was going to do my level best to fill it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 10-12-2019

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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.

I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo next month and have almost definitely decided that I will most likely probably be working on my “Steampunk thing.”  So, since I’m looking over what I have written of it (less than 2000 words) I thought I’d post bits from it to help me stay focused on 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.

“I’m afraid I can’t pay you much,” she’d apologized as she always did. “But I have written you a letter of introduction and recommendation.”

I might not be able to spend those letters but they were good for starting a fire, but today there was something different about the envelope that she handed me.

The envelope was of fine heavy stationery instead of the more common writing paper that she normally used for the letters she gave me, and it bore a wax seal with an imprint from a signet ring. In addition there was a clipping from The Daily Mail. “I remember you telling me once that your greatest dream was to fly. I hope this helps you realize that dream.”

Puzzled and curious, I looked down at the newspaper clipping.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 10-5-2019

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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.

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I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo next month and have almost definitely decided that I will most likely probably be working on my “Steampunk thing.”  So, since I’m looking over what I have written of it (less than 2000 words, a fair number of which are going to go bye-bye (yes, I’m tired) I thought I’d post bits from it to help me stay focused on it and not the scores of plot demons bunnies that will be crawling out of cracks in the next few weeks.

(Apologies for any language usage that’s anachronistic. I’ll deal with that once the first draft is done.)

135 Pearl Place

I looked at the address on the newspaper clipping again, not that I needed to; the advertisement had burned itself into my memory from the first time I read it.

I’d been doing a bit of work: nothing challenging, just replacing some steps on Widow Cooper’s porch. She always sent for me when she needed work done. Never paid me in cash money, but always made sure that I had a good meal and a letter of reference to show to others. Bless her. She’d been a lady of some means once, but her husband – God rest his soul – had squandered away most of it on various ventures. When he died there wasn’t much left for her other than their home, which was too much for her to take care of now. It was falling into disrepair but I did my best to mend what I could for her

And on a day like this a good hot meal and a cuppa was almost as good as money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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