You are about to read a little short story. It’s Fantasy with some Steampunk elements, I guess, and (without spoiling too much) is attempting to follow Vogler’s version of the Hero’s Journey. I say attempting, because I did not do one important plot point that would usually be required.
Some reading notes before we get started: I’m using Danish Dialogue style. This means that dialogue is written as thus:
— Good morning, Johso, I greeted him, — is anything wrong?
— Yes, master! Machine number five broke just after you left, I don’t know what happened!
— Did you turn it off?
— Yes, of course, immediately!
The same dialogue in standard style would look like this:
„Good morning, Johso“, I greeted him, „is anything wrong?“
„Yes, master! Machine number five broke just after you left, I don’t know what happened!“
„Did you turn it off?“
„Yes, of course, immediately!„
While the Danish style looks mighty silly with a middle dialogue tag and creates some confusion by not having a special character in front of the dialogue tag, I do think it’s somewhat easier to read as it separates explanatory blocks from dialogue blocks. Also, I tend to forget to close my „“ quotation marks, but that totally isn’t the reason why I like just using the Danish style.
That out of the way, the story starts here: