Tuesday Tales – Picture Prompt

Badge for TT - very smallHi everyone and welcome to Tuesday Tales!  This week we wrote to a picture prompt of our choosing.  Once again we are with Gideon in my untitled Steampunk Romance.  The beautiful Emma just visited Gideon with the news of a lucrative payoff if Gideon build the contraption to kill General Hellwig.  Now what will he do?

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Gideon strolled down the lane beneath the brilliant red, gold, and pumpkin orange autumn leaves as he contemplated his situation.  He tugged his wool overcoat tighter to block out the chill.  He felt duty bound to escort the lovely Emma back to the Hellwig’s mansion.  Twice in one day he emerged from the safety of his home.  It was definitely unusual behavior for the recluse.

He blew out a heavy breath.  How did his quiet morning suddenly escalate to him agreeing to build a contraption meant for murder?  Despite the nagging intuition that General Hellwig couldn’t have ordered Sophia’s execution, Katarina’s admission that he did was certainly incentive for him agree to the plan.  The beautiful, spirited Emma encouraging him certainly didn’t deter him by any means.  Just the thought of the blonde dredged up desires in Gideon he hadn’t felt in a long time.  He shook his senses back into order.  He wasn’t doing this for Emma.  This mission was to avenge Sophia.  Wasn’t it?

Gideon changed the direction of his thoughts.  What would he build?  He needed to design an item that would attract Hellwig, make it irresistible for him to take part of.  What would that be?

Then he remembered.  While on leave, Hellwig would gather his most favored pilots for a night of revelry.  He would offer his prized cigars to the boys then proceed to smoke several himself.  He loved nothing more than a good cigar.  He spent an obscene amount of money to import them in for his pleasure.  Money he obviously stole from the poor of London.

Gideon chuckled to himself as he reached the town house.  He pushed the front door of his home open.  The answer was simple.  He would build a humidor for General Hellwig.  And it would kill him.

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About triciaandersen

I am the author and illustrator of the children's book "The Peculiar Princess". I am also the author of two adult fantasy romance novels, "The Sorceress of Savon" and "The Woodcutter King of Muladin". Along with being an author I am married to a wonderful guy and have three beautiful children. I coach youth track and field, sew and chase my children around to their various activities.

Posted on November 11, 2013, in author, books, fiction, novel, romance, story, Uncategorized, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. I am loving this! A murderous humidor! Genius.

  2. I wonder, when push comes to shove whether he will really use his killing device. Great scene.

  3. Great scene and internal thoughts. Guess even back in Victorian England at least Gideon knew smoking could kill you. One way or another.

  4. Love the leisurely pace and execution of his thoughts…it’s a winding plot to murder, and a very clever one, too.

  5. Intriguing story line. You’ve roped us all into your story. And a humidor! I never would have thought of using that to create a murderous weapon. Great touch!

  6. Very well written …. interesting to find out how he’s gonna use the humidor (had to google that one, LOL) in his plot!
    Nice use of the pic prompt as well.

  7. oooh la la. Good, diabolical plan- kill the dude with his favorite thing in the world!!

  8. I love that, killed by his own desire for cigars. I hate cigars! This is a great piece, Tricia. Love how the story is evolving.

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