Of Umbrellas, Spiders, and Dark Times

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“I’m going to catch the Spider, James.” Elizabeth called from our bedroom.

She was referring to the city’s most used means of transportation, one that the public was assured was as safe as the zepplins that dotted the sky. I had my doubts.

I folded the Daily Argus I’d been reading and grunted in displeasure when she swept into the sanctuary of my study.

“Oh don’t be like that. You know the trams are perfectly safe.”

“Sure, if you stay in well-lit areas and are home before dark.” I retorted.

“I’ve read the same public service announcements you have and frankly, I’m not impressed. I won’t be intimidated into a self-imposed curfew.”

“Well, what about Red Robb?”

“If he exists at all, which I have doubts about, he only kills prostitutes. Trust me. I’ll be fine.”

My wife kissed me softly on the cheek and gathered her coat and umbrella.

“The Argus didn’t say that it was supposed to rain tonight.” I said, nodding to her umbrella.

A pitying smile was her only answer and her only company as she walked out.

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  1. Avatar Marli

    Condoms are not the only protection a girl has ….I remember I used to take a walking stick ,ha,ha. Well written. The husbands trepidation shows through but he falls short of taking her to wherever.

  2. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    Nice little hints throughout at the steampunk world that surrounds this essentially normal human relationship…

    Tantalising questions ripe for sequelling – who is Red Robb? Why is tram health and safety questionable? What’s with the umbrella?

    Very nice indeed – MH :)

  3. Avatar Foolhearted

    I have to echo Marli, if the husband is so concerned… go with her!

  4. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    the husband is building a two-way communication device in the study, so he can’t go with her! :P nice established relationship, some dark villain, and some mistrust. This could become a series!

  5. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    She seems to know that her journey on the Spider won’t go well.
    Yes, I like the essentially normal relationship within the Steampunk world. Not really a gaslight romance (m still excited to hear from this couple and the Jack the Ripper type Red Robb.

  6. Avatar cthulhuburger

    What a cad! A gentleman would have accompanied his lady, though this gentlewoman can clearly look after herself.

  7. Avatar code dreamboat

    definitely digg the steampunk vibe, without being overt / blatant about it. Great dialogue as well, very easy to follow.