The Plant – a Steampunk Story – Excerpt from Chapter Fourteen

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Later that day, Richard and Jack met at the malt shop to celebrate their narrow escape from perpetual detention with two vanilla floats. “To tell you the truth, this stuff is getting kind of tiresome, man,” Jack complained. “I love making up a good story as much as the next guy, but it’s exhausting having… Continue reading

Door Number Eight – Excerpt from Chapter Two

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“Sorry, Taylor, but I kind of…hhm…have plans for the evening,” she blushed to the root of her hair. Since Taylor looked at her, still confused, she felt obligated to clarify. “I have a date. He’s meeting me at eight, in fact I have to hurry, I’m already late.” “What on earth do you mean? It… Continue reading

The Plant – A Steampunk Story – Excerpt from Chapter 15

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It’s not that people don’t expect life to change, it is the way that change comes about that always catches us unprepared. Sometimes it is as trivial as rain on the day of the picnic that everybody had spent months planning, or as significant as a shift in circumstances that makes one’s life plans lose… Continue reading

The Plant – A Steampunk Story – Excerpt from Chapter 16

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When it was finished, the little knot of gears spun conscientiously, making weird noises through a cluster of pipes. The entire device wasn’t bigger than a fist, and it moved about on a multitude of little mechanical legs, like a giant bug carrying a pan flute. Richard took the little mechanical creature to the hot… Continue reading

Door Number Eight – Excerpt from chapter one

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The room was practically empty, with the exception of a large swivel chair marking its center and another old fashioned wing back chair placed nearby, almost as an afterthought. The contrast between the two pieces, one made of red leather stretched tighter than a drum around severe modern contours and the other overstuffed, covered in… Continue reading

The Plant – Excerpt from Chapter 11

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“What do you mean the plant ate Brenda?!” Jack jumped to his feet, forgetting he was in a library, where quietude and decorum were strictly enforced. “And why is that supposed to be the good news?” he looked at his friend, wretched. “What do you think the plant is going to do with the capability… Continue reading

The Plant – A Steampunk Story – Excerpt from Chapter 14

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As smitten as Richard was with the plant’s surreal qualities, he had to admit that Jack had a point. In less than a year, quietly but irrevocably, the plant had set roots not only inside the factory assets, which it adapted to its own needs, but in a broader sense, into the very life of… Continue reading

The Plant – Excerpt from Chapter Three

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There was a place inside this knot of metal limbs, a clearing almost, a hollow, from which he could see the entire manifold branching overhead, and when he sat there, on a little concrete base that for some reason had remained unoccupied, it made him feel as if the entire power distribution system was an… Continue reading

Fair / Chapter 31 – Denouement

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The meeting room of the Council Hall was filled with the electricity of anticipation but eerily quiet, as if the solemnity of the event muffled the usual banter and pleasantries. A request for a full plenum from Mrs. Eberhart was a rare occurrence, and even if quite a few of the ladies of the Circle… Continue reading

The Plant – A Steampunk Story

A story of man versus plant, plant versus machine and all the complexities in between. In the end the plant wins, since life always finds a way to elevate itself. But so does man. And so does the machine. Or whatever you want to call what it became. Find it on Amazon and Smashwords