Welcome back to Hidebound Hump Day and the next episode of the steampunk serial. The next random “thing” a reader left to drive the plot of this story should come as no surprise — “steam engine.” Let’s see if I use it in a way you expect. (winks)
Previously with Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers
Chapter 6. The handsome innkeeper, Ignatius Belle, has caught Felicity’s eye. Yet Copper is decidedly distrustful of the tall man. Who is right? Is Felicity thinking with her head or her… erm… heart? What about that sheriff? Can we trust him? More worrisome than whom to trust and not, Cornelis disappeared with a disconcerting “flat” pop.
Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers
7 — Steam Engine
After the men left, Copper and I set about putting the disaster of a kitchen to rights. I had a lot of thinking to do, and it helped if my hands were busy. It also helped distract me from worrying about Cornelis Drebbel. Copper told me she had not seen him since “the naughty monkey” knocked him down the stairs.