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Rainbow Snippet for 4-4-2020

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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.

This picks up from last week.

I climbed down after him as he opened the door to the carriage and helped Miss Madison down the steps, the lady doing her best to keep her skirts off of the wet cobblestones while simultaneously holding her cape closed against the wind.

A door opened, spilling light out into the storm.

“Hurry, Miss Victoria. It won’t do for you to be seen at dinner with your dress all wet.”

“Then why did you send it along for me to change into?” Nevertheless she hurried to the door. “Besides, it will be dry by the time you’re done fussing over my hair and makeup.”

The other woman didn’t exactly “Tsk” at her, or if she did the sound of the sleet hitting the cobblestones covered it, and James chuckled.

“Anne has her hands full with that one, that’s for sure.” He shook his head but the fond tone in his voice took any censure from his words. “Go on inside,” he said. “I’ll take the carriage to the stable and turn Jasper over to the grooms and be in shortly. Your gear will be safe and out of the weather.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-28-2020

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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.

The horse didn’t seem to need any guidance as we traveled through the nearly deserted streets. The lanterns on the corners of the carriage barely made an impression on the darkness and as the wind battered rain against the glass in front of us and the canvas slaps over and beside us I was glad indeed to not be out in the elements and grateful to my employer for the invitation to dinner, especially as my little shanty would be cold and drafty and likely wet, or at least damp, instead of warm and dry.

It seemed no time at all before we were turning into a driveway that led behind a large house that I couldn’t help but think of as a mansion. I thought he would let Miss Madison out at the front but instead we drove around to the back before the horse came to a halt and James opened the side doors to the driver’s box and I was reminded of the cold and wind.

I climbed down after him as he opened the door to the carriage and helped Miss Madison down the steps, the lady doing her best to keep her skirts off of the wet cobblestones while simultaneously holding her cape closed against the wind.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-21-2020

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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.

“She said I should know what I’m getting myself into?” I asked cautiously. I didn’t want him to think I was prying for information.

He laughed. “She did make it sound rather dire, didn’t she?” He shook his head. “We’re… an odd bunch. You’ll learn soon enough that Miss Victoria is not a classist. Oh, she can be formal and upper crust when the occasion calls for it, although she tries to avoid those occasions. Her grandfather’s not been doing well, but feels up to dressing for dinner tonight or else she’d be eating with the servants.”

Eating with the servants? I turned that over in my mind. Granted, I didn’t know all that much about how the upper class conducted things in their households but I was fairly sure that something like that was unheard of to the point of being scandalous.

But at least the mention of her granda solved the mystery of her marital status. She was most likely taking care of him in his old age, something that might put off potential suitors.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-14-2020

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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.

“I gather she spends a lot of time there?”

James laughed. “She usually takes a lunch with her, or Martha will send me with food for her around midday. She’d probably be there all night if she wasn’t made to come home for supper.” He grinned. “Every once in a while her father comes over to make sure she’s not setting herself up a sleeping room in there or we’d never see her.”

I chuckled politely and took another drink of tea. It felt strange to be learning all this, kind of like I was spying on my new employer. But on the other hand, I was curious about her and he seemed willing to talk. He also seemed to be genuinely fond of her.

“She said I should know what I’m getting myself into?” I asked cautiously. I didn’t want him to think I was prying for information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-7-2020

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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.

“Fancy a swallow of tea?”

“Thank you,” I said, taking it from him, feeling a bit bewildered. I was most definitely a lower class than he was but here he was treating me as if I was his equal.

The tea was hot and sweet and got rid of a chill I hadn’t noticed, having been so caught up in the fact that I was going to be working on building an airship. I handed the bottle back to him but he waved it off. “I’ve another. Martha – she’s the cook – always sends me out with a couple of them in case I have to wait a while, because it’s rare to get Miss Victoria out of the warehouse so quickly. It’s a good job you were there – it’s harder to get her out of the warehouse proper.”

“I gather she spends a lot of time there?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-29-2020

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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.

“…Is there someone waiting at home for you?”

I shook my head. “No, ma’am. There’s no one.”

“Then come and be welcome in my home.” She turned to look at the coachman. “Do try not to scare him too much, won’t you? He comes highly recommended.”

And just like that my tools and I were whisked out the door and to a waiting carriage. It wouldn’t have been proper for me to ride with her so my tools were loaded into the luggage rack and I sat in the driver’s box with James. I braced myself for a cold wet ride but to my surprise he pulled up a wind shield of glass and drew a cover over our heads with flaps that came down to protect the sides of our box.

“Miss Victoria doesn’t like the thought of others braving the elements while she sits inside,” he explained in response to my bewildered look. “She’d be up here with me working things out in her mind until she came up with this arrangement.” He handed me a heavy blanket to help keep out the chill, then reached down and pulled a bottle from next to the heated bricks at our feet and handed it to me. “Fancy a swallow of tea?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-22-2020

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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.

“I was also told to inform you that your grandfather will be dining at the table tonight as well.”

I saw her eyes light up. “He’s feeling better, then?” There was something in her voice that I couldn’t quite identify, not quite hope, but more as if she were scared to hope.

“He’s a bit stronger today,” James said slowly, obviously not trying to get her hopes up too much. “He’s at least wanting to be up and about.”

“That’s an improvement.”

“Indeed it is.” He shook his head at her boiler suit. “There’s a change of clothes for you in the carriage. Anne will be waiting to help you with your hair and makeup.”

“Come along, Mr. McKelvy,” my new boss said as she collected her cloak from a closet and swung it about her shoulders, lifting the hood up over her head. “You might as well meet the rest of the people in my employ so you know what you’re getting yourself into.” She paused and turned to look at me. “I’m sorry. I should have asked first. Is there someone waiting at home for you?”

 

 

 

 

 

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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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