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The

Steam Punk




by

J. A. Childress










This is for me, and for you.

1 An Incident in an Alley


An explosion shook the barn near the Zeloma manor, startling a flock of birds from their roost in a nearby palm tree. Blue and black smoke plumed out of the now shattered side of the barn, and with it came the boisterous curses of a young man.

The door to the barn opened and then fell off its hinges with a crash. A young woman stood there in a rather plain but well-made dress. Her snowy white hair was pulled back from a dark tan face and her pale blue eyes squinted against the dust issuing from the room. She waved a hand in front of her to clear some of the air as she stepped into the barn.

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