A 1000 Words Short Story

by Stephanie Flint

Copyright 2012 Stephanie Flint. Originally written and published under the maiden name, Stephanie Bibb.

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The laboratory was cluttered with baubles and brass, ticking clocks and winding gears. Dust dulled the bronze gleam of metal. Master Woodworth ran his fingers through his hair, wishing the constable had spoken of the doctor’s disappearance sooner. It would be hard enough to find the doctor without a month’s worth of inventions to sort through.

A clockwork bee zipped through the air, crashing into the curly headed magister. He flicked aside the metal contraption, and its copper wings twitched once, then failed. It fell with a click to the floor.

“Is this normal for the doctor’s work?” Woodworth asked.

“Very much so, I’m afraid. Could not keep a wife, nor took the time to marry her.” The magister kicked aside the clutter. Bits of metal and jewels spilled from a wooden crate. Despite the oddity of jewelry in a scientist’s laboratory, the magister continued through the winding maze of trinkets.

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