I’m bringing back this lovely steampunk short that I originally wrote for the #DirtyGoggles Blog Hop (circa May 2013) at a friend’s request.
The Girl in the Glass
by Stacy Bennett
The ghostly image flickered inside the glass tube as Thinman spun dials and flicked levers.
“What kind of ‘werk is it?” Jasper asked, picking dust off Thinman’s jacket. The black tailcoat did little to hide Thinman’s skeletal bronze frame or the steadily whirling flywheels within.
“What’s its function?”
“It’s a girl, sir.” The mechanical voice was almost patronizing.
“It’s, … she’s human?” Jasper’s heart slammed against his sternum, notably lacking the click-whirr-hiss that pervaded the rest of his world.
“I can’t refine the image further, sir.”
Jasper leaned closer, lifting his goggles to his forehead which forced his black hair into a spiky plume.
There hadn’t been a human on Portalune since the Exodus. Except for Jasper, of course. Stowed away on the first rocket to land, he’d been asleep, unnoticed, the night everyone disappeared. Thinman said war had called everyone home, though the blue-green orb remained untroubled from Jasper’s vantage.
Pale lips moved inside the dirty tube, silently pleading. “Where’s the message coming from?” Continue reading “A Steampunk Request”