Saturday, February 20, 2021
Here’s to the weekend, my chuckaboos! I know a lot of you, here in these United States have been shouting “Balderdash!” at Old Man Winter. Even the desert where I reinvented my life two years ago had bitter cold and snow. Not to worry. All is well here.
It occurs to me that an extensive Delta Pearl recap is in order. Past chapters are coming into play more and more, as the steampunk riverboat draws closer to her destination. So, I’m sharing some “reminder” segments. For even more, you can click on the Delta Pearl category button on the right side of the page. All of the following snippets have a direct relationship to the next new episode.
The Delta Pearl — Reminders
“So, what tinkering materials did you gentlemen find?” I asked, with an apprehensive glance at the sky.
I tried to sound calm, but the color and texture of that cloud was distressingly familiar. Eliza’s expression became serious when she looked at it too. She made eye contact with me, but didn’t speak. I was sure she remembered when last there was such a cloud.
“We’re going to try and make a telectroscope. You know, the optical telephone Louis Figuier imagined,” Victor started.
“A telephone device for distance seeing,” Randall interjected upon seeing my knitted brow.
“A device that allows objects or people anywhere in the world to be seen anywhere ― by anybody? How marvelous!” Eliza exclaimed, and my puzzled expression shifted to her.
Victor to Émeraude:
“Are you unharmed, Émeraude? I felt the most terrible sensations. It felt like I was on a giant, powerful magnet. As it would be if someone tried to force such a device to touch another magnet, but one of the opposite pole. I could feel the approaching power, and then the way the two repelled one another,” Victor told me.”
Victor made a frustrated noise. He looked upward and shook his head sadly.
“I saw the rocket, and what looked like it might be a man attached to it,” my inventor replied. “Blue John sometimes helped with the project Randall Needleman and I started with the supplies we got in Cairo, Illinois.”
“You mean the electro telescope?” I interrupted, feeling certain I had gotten the name of the gadget wrong.
“Telectroscope,” Victor corrected the term softly. “The rocket was a second part of that creation. The blasted rocket wasn’t designed with any safety features! I never meant a human to fly with it. I thought perhaps one of the clockworks, but I didn’t feel comfortable with even that!”
Of course, Victor had done most of the work. The image of him, essentially pretending that Randall and Blue were helping, came to my mind. It would have been amusing under other circumstances.
“I meant to eventually send it into that brown cloud,” Victor continued. “After you were abducted in that net, I knew it had to connect to something. That there were more than vapors in the cloud. I was sure it, and whomever controls it, would come back. When it does, I hoped I could use the rocket to get the telectroscope up there and use it to have a look around.”
“Blue John was ranting like a lunatic. I didn’t understand half of what he said. The only part I heard clearly was ‘It’s coming.’ And as nonsensical as it sounds, I could have sworn he said ‘the other pearl.’ For a moment I thought he meant the Delta Pearl, but that’s insane,” Victor commented. “Then he bolted away with the telectroscope and the rocket.”
Eliza knew about my clockwork spider from when Amethyst exposed the fact that her Pharaoh Diamond had been replaced with a fake. So, I explained to Eliza how the malachite scarab had dropped the strip of hole-punched papyrus to me while I was trapped in the net, and that Victor had identified it as a template for a music box cylinder.
“Maybe someone who is connected to that cloud and the malachite scarab is trying to send me a message,” I offered.
“An innocent in need of rescue, do you think? Or is it a villain intent on taunting you?” she asked. “We need to know what notes the papyrus would play if it was a music box.”
Eliza to Émeraude:
“Your purple spider was in my suite. For a moment I thought she was just bubbling around. But she started having a clockwork fit, dancing and tapping. Then I saw that she was having a one-spider collie shangle on top of my music box. I knew she must be trying to tell me something, but I had no idea what. When she ran off, I thought she had gone to you. Maybe you can get her to explain herself.”
Next of course, the clockwork creatures abandoned the Delta Pearl and went up, apparently into that ugly brown cloud. Also, last time the Dealer revealed their origin. Yes, all these details and more will continue to weave together in upcoming weeks.
The latest installment of Dead of Winter:
Journey 2, Penllyn
At the beginning of 2021, I started monthly, serialized novelettes of an epic fantasy, “Dead of Winter.” Journey 1, Forlorn Peak was released then. This week I published, Journey 2, Penllyn. For that announcement click here. (Description and other information is included in that post.)
Journey 2, Penllyn
Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
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