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Rainbow Snippet for 8-1-2020

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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.

“I got the impression that Anne* didn’t exactly approve,” I said cautiously and James laughed.

“Anne has her own definition of “lady” and Miss Victoria doesn’t fit it at all.” He sobered. “She came to us from Miss Victoria’s mother’s family, as neither her father nor grandfather saw the need for a governess or a lady’s maid. Her mother’s side, however, wanted to try to ‘make a proper lady of her’ which is odd considering they don’t want to have anything to do with her.”

“That’s sad,” I murmured. “Family should be there for each other.”

“No argument there,” he agreed. “But what should be and what is aren’t always one and the same.”

 

*Anne is the maid we met several installments back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-25-2020

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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.

I climbed up to the driver’s box with James, Miss Madison having already settled herself into the carriage.

“She’s not one to wait for someone to help her, is she?” I commented.

James laughed. “That she isn’t. She has quite an independent streak, and can be a bit on the stubborn side at times, but she’s a fine lady and there isn’t one person in the household that would say a word against her. Nor listen to one either.”

“I wasn’t…”

“I know you weren’t,” he said, setting my mind at ease. “It’s easy to see that you’re as taken with her as all the rest of us.”

“I got the impression that Anne didn’t exactly approve,” I said cautiously and James laughed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-18-2020

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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.

“Something needs to be done,” she said, and even I could identify the stubborn tone of voice and set of her jaw.

“And just what might that something be?” James asked, amusement barely hidden in his voice.

“I haven’t decided yet,” she said, taking a bundle in my coat from me despite my protests. “But something has to be and something will be.”

With that she turned and marched back to the carriage, and placed my coat in the box.

James shrugged and followed in her wake and I followed him, puzzling over this turn of events as we tied my wet things to the back of the carriage with my bag of tools, the people from the neighborhood slowly drifting away in small groups, no doubt talking about the newspaper article.

And no doubt speculating on what the carriage was doing there and what I was doing with the carriage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-11-2020

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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.

“Is there a problem, Miss Victoria?” James asked as we reached the edge of the crowd.

“Yes, there’s a problem,” she said. “This.” She shook the newspaper she was holding, the very one that had the article in it about the upcoming demise of the neighborhood. “Where are all these people going to go when they tear down their homes and businesses? Did no one think this through when they made the decision to demolish everything?”

I looked at James, not sure what to make of this side of my employer, who, until now, and been calm and relaxed, with a sense of humor and fun lurking just beneath the surface. He gave me a long suffering look which lead me to believe that this was something I’d just have to get used to about her.

Thrusting the paper at one of the men near her she joined the two of us. “Something needs to be done,” she said, and even I could identify the stubborn tone of voice and set of her jaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-4-2020

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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.

Miss Madison was waiting for us, surrounded by a small crowd of locals.

The sight made my stomach clench a bit and I felt my muscles tense up; the crowd seemed a bit agitated

I glanced at James, who, being a good deal taller than I am, had a chance to perhaps see above the press of people around our employer. He seemed at ease with the situation and I tried to relax and follow his lead.

As we neared we could hear voices, angry and up in arms, with Miss Victoria’s voice soothing and calm, trying to put their fears – for that’s what I was hearing, I realized – to rest.

“Is there a problem, Miss Victoria?” James asked as we reached the edge of the crowd.

They parted a bit when they noticed us and I could see Miss Madison; she was unharmed but looked angry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-27-2020

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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.

 

“Will she be all right back there with the carriage? This isn’t safest neighborhood.”

“She’ll be fine,” he assured me. “She can hold her own and we’re not so far away that we can’t get there to help her if we’re needed.”

It didn’t take us long to get my sodden belongings gathered up into soggy bundles;  the couple of pots and pans and few dishes and such that I owned were wrapped up in them as well. My other belongings – a few books and pictures – had been spared the worst of it so I took off my coat to wrap them in for the trip to the carriage where Miss Victoria was waiting for us, surrounded by a small crowd of locals.

The sight made my stomach clench a bit and I felt my muscles tense up; the crowd seemed a bit agitated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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