Look at me actually getting this out there two weeks in a row. It has been a ROUGH December but I got in some fun by driving out to Cincinnati to see the art museum (top notch) and the festival of lights at the zoo (also fantastic) and up to Chillicothe to explore the Adena Mansion’s holiday event.
Last week we had Jacob’s point of view from my steampunk holiday story. Here is some of Al’s.
As much as he might wish Jacob would retire and find other work, Al knew the airships were in his blood; he could never deny Jacob the sky. Al missed Jacob when he was gone, but it made the times he was home that much more sweet, like a rare wine to be savored.
“You’re going to be up all night, aren’t you?” Al jumped at the sound of Grace’s voice. She swept into the room, her coat gone, no doubt hung up, but snow still clung to her boots. Her dark hair seemed mashed a bit, probably from the fur hat she usually wore in winter.
As Chief Tactician for the airship DeGrasse, Jacob Scarberry has spent the last six months on a wearying tour of duty. He’s missing home, and his prosthetic leg is conducting the December cold straight to his core. But with the holidays coming up, he’s looking forward to a well-earned leave, sharing some Christmas surprises with his lover, Dr. H. Alphus Troyer, and welcoming in the dawn of the 20th century.
A professor at Ohio University, Al is already on Christmas break, and his unconventional household is in a festive frenzy. Al is a bit less joyous, his anticipation of Jacob’s return warring with uncertainty over the special gift he had commissioned for him. Would Jacob appreciate it, or will it put a strain on their relationship?
Suddenly Al’s worries become trivial when the newspapers report an attack on the DeGrasse. With Jacob fighting for his life miles away, Al is left to wonder whether Jacob will return at all, or whether the planned festivities will become holiday heartbreak instead.
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