Hi, everyone. Today is Bastille Day; the French equivalent of our Independence Day here in the United States. In honor of the occasion, I wish to share a snippet from “Two Days in June, Part 1,” one of my stories in an anthology entitled Thirty Days Later, published by Thinking Ink Press. Enjoy!
“A toast to fallen comrades, my friends. General Lamarque has gone to his reward.”
Grantaire drains Bahorel’s glass and smacks his lips in satisfaction as he returns it to his dismayed companion.
“What do you know of the funeral plans?” Combeferre inquires. “Surely there will be a procession, with catafalque and all.”
“Indeed,” Feuilly joins in. “The people of Paris will want to pay their respects.”
“We must find out,” Enjolras speaks with authority. “For we may well use this somber occasion to make a change for the better, all over France.”
Grantaire sees the familiar light in his friend’s eye and shakes his head.
“Innkeeper,” he calls out genially. “More of your wine, and good meat pies, for all. Plotting has ever been hungry work.”
With that, he throws some coins on the table. The innkeeper’s daughter snatches them up when she brings the requested items, barely acknowledging Grantaire as she slaps greasy trays on tables.
And so it is that the night wears on, in discussion of weapons, gunpowder and treason. Revolution has ever been thus.
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Hang on to the edge of your seat with the latest anthology of Steampunk flash fiction, featuring pairs of stories thirty days apart. Filled with rayguns and corsets, ghosts and gamblers, dragons and airships, Thirty Days Later is the latest from the Treehouse Writers, fifteen talented authors, artists and poets returning with a sequel to Twelve Hours Later, the must-read Steampunk anthology of 2015. Thirty Days Later features stories of intrigue and deceit, of comeuppance and conspiracy, of myths and monsters, of defectors and dilettantes, of time travel and time relentlessly passing. Join us again in another nail-biting exploration of the churning worlds of gears, steam, action, and adventure!
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