In honour of the Bard’s birthday yesterday, here’s a snippet of What you Will, my Shakespeare and steampunk inspired short story.
Sir!” Soames voice broke in on my thoughts again. He was a good first officer but it seemed he never let a man have time to think. “Starboard side—looks like some poor soul’s copped it.”
The wreckage stood out like a great wen on the coastline, half in the sea and half on the strand, but this was no seagoing vessel. “Bloody pleasure flyers,” I said, and Soames nodded in reply.
I’d seen the like before—small, swift aircraft, rich men’s playthings, damned capricious unless you had the touch with flying them. This one had clearly proved too much for her crew to handle. Still, it pulled at my heartstrings to see such a neat little machine ditched and smouldering. Maybe the snow storm we’d had in the night had done for her.
More lovely excerpts linked at the Rainbow Snippets group.