Sophronia Belle Lyon drinks tea, creates mechanicals, shoot when she can, travels widely, and writes Steam Pulp Literary Tributes. A certain mysterious man with fabulous shoulders is the genius who inspires her never say die heroes and eccentric inventors. She was a Cauldron Spirit in 4th Grade and has taken apart her share of clocks. Airships carried her to Italy by way of Iceland and Luxembourg. She was privileged to miss the Swiss Alps due to the misfortune of steaming through them at midnight in pitch darkness.
Even Fun’s wife Annabelle and their leader, Phoebe Moore Campbell, might be sucked into this mass conformity. Can Fun fight bigotry and escape the horrors of ethnic cleansing while pursuing a new technology that can help the Desert Demon and his devotees command land, sea, and air in their quest for domination?
Set in the world of Gedlund and The Great Restoration, this short piece is another of Gus's unique misadventures as a private detective in a world that mixes elements of Victorian culture and high-fantasy.