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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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Rainbow Snippet for 4-11-2020

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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.

This picks up from last week.

I turned toward the house, feeling a bit uncertain, but saw Miss Madison waiting for me, much to the other woman’s impatience, so I made my way to them and was ushered into a warm outer kitchen, where the other woman – Anne – was helping Miss Madison out of her cape. 

“Mr. McKelvy, I’d like you to meet Anne, the woman who insists on trying to make a lady out of me. Anne, this is Daniel McKelvy. I’ve just hired him to help me in the warehouse.” 

“I’m pleased to make your acquaintance, Mr. McKelvy.”

“The pleasure is mine, Miss.” She was older than I’d expected, forties or early fifties I’d wager, and there was something matronly about her.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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