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That was the only word Georgette could think of to describe the mountain of a man standing before her. The blacksmith-turned-airship-captain was a disfigured hulk, made all the more repulsive by the stub that was all that remained of his left arm.

But she had to admit that the man had talent commanding a crew. Especially when they were trying to outrun one of the fastest trains in the Northern Territory.

“What’re you gawping at, lass?” he barked. “Back to it. No time for woolgathering!”

Georgette turned her attention back to feeding the furnace, reaching up periodically to wipe the smoky haze from her goggles.

They were running way hotter than normal, and she just hoped that the airship’s envelope wasn’t glowing too much as a result of the overtaxed engines.

We’re dead if anyone on that train spots us, she thought. We’re most likely dead, anyway, even if we get there before they do. She was surprised the volatile gas above them hadn’t already ignited.

Maybe we’ll get lucky.


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  1. Avatar Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)

    Oh I love this! Beautifully done, sir. Just one nitpicky point, it’s gawking not gawping, right?

  2. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Nope, I definitely meant ‘gawping.’ It basically means ‘open-mouthed astonishment.’ :-)

  3. Avatar Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)

    Learn something new everyday. XD

  4. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Aye. It’s a good goal. :-)

  5. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Tidy little scene full of hopes and dreams and questions. How’d she get on this airship crew and what is the prize at the end for winning this race?

  6. Avatar airborne

    Love what you did with the characters here, the fact that they’re complete opposites makes it all the more interesting :)

  7. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    @Elsha - All good questions. I may have to develop this further to answer them. :)

    @airborne — Thanks! I kind of like the rough and gruff captain.

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