Airships: From Ashes

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Hawkeye picked up the papers, examined it briefly, and sighed. Ripping the cap off a nightflare, he held the papers to the fizzing, sparking glow and dropped the burning fragments to the floor. He tossed the flare into the room, and said nothing as they limped out.

They found themselves on a balcony overlooking the the city. A quick scramble later, they were on the roof of the next building, and neither of them looked back as the factory erupted into flame.

There was something between them that was easier to say with silence than words, so she offered him an arm. They walked together into the night.

Later, they would have to find Jerem, she thought, and there was still the matter of finding and destroying the rest of the Earl’s weapons.

But that could wait. Tonight, it was her and Hawkeye. She brushed up against him briefly, and he smiled questioningly.

“You know, I think you still owe me a dance.”

He nodded, eyes twinkling. The smile grew a little.

“Yes, Elletra, I think I do.”


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  1. Avatar HSAR

    … and that’s the curtain, folks.

    To the Princess Binky Lemontwist, who started the series, my deepest and most sincere thanks. You are more than half of this series.

    To the readers, my deepest condolences. I know that feeling when I come to the end of a book, and I want to read more. Perhaps we’ll meet Elletra and Hawkeye again someday – but for the time being, they exist happily in this series alone.

    Never stop writing.

  2. Avatar HSAR

    I have forgotten to credit memento, who wrote #72 “Send-Off”, and is thus entitled to credit as co-author. Thank you, also.

    Airships comprises 27,324 words across 157 chapters. Thank you for reading.

    Never stop writing.

  3. Avatar Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)

    This journey has been an incandescent thrill, HSAR. The end is always bittersweet but there is always a promise in the end too. It marks a beginning as well. So here is to endings and beginnings.

  4. Avatar Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)

    And memento, I warmly shake you by the metaphorical hand for your addition to this world.

  5. Avatar HSAR

    I’m very proud to have brought this wonderful journey to an end. Closure is important, for all that we sometimes dread it.

    After all, the end is just as much a part of the journey as the beginning.

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