A. P. Roberts (aproberts) wrote in runaway_tales,
A. P. Roberts

Author: AP Roberts
Challenge: Banana Nut #4 - hinge
Topping/Extra: Chopped Nuts, Pocky
Rating: PG
Word Count: 54
Genre: Steampunk
World: Innis Seun (AU)
Title: Captain?
Summary: It is almost time to leave and Barbara cannot find the Captain.

Back to School Challenge for Chopped Nuts

Barbara slowly pushed the door of the Captain's cabin open a few centimetres, flinching as the hinges creaked and groaned.

“Captain?” She pushed the door a bit further. “Captain? Are you there? Captain? It's time to leave Captain.”

She opened the door a bit wider and screamed when she saw the blood.

Author: AP Roberts
Challenge: Banana Nut #3 - Pulley
Topping/Extra: Chopped Nuts
Rating: G
Word Count: 473
Genre: Steam Punk
World: Innis Seun (AU)
Title: Maybe So...
Summary: Barbara may not be interested in machines, but she is interested in something else.

Back to School Challenge for Chopped Nuts

Barbara watched as Jack set the machine in motion. She wished she was of a more mechanical mindset. However, as it was, she had no mind for machines.

“And voila!” Jack made a flourish with his hands. “The life energies of the mice have been switched. Isn't it amazing?”

Barbara didn't want to come off as stupid or uneducated. Because, truth be told, Barbara had been taught by the best tutors available. She was fluent in several languages and was passible in at least 50. She knew the location and language of every known country. But she had no idea how this machine worked. Not that she wanted Jack to know this.

“I know what you're thinking,” Jack said, interrupting her thoughts. “You were probably told about me and you are wondering why the machine hasn't exploded.”

“I wasn't thinking that, although I am now. Do your machines explode often?” Barbara took a step back from the machine.

“I would rather not say. Regardless, I am very confident that this machine will not explode.”

“Oh,” Barbara breathed out slowly. She began to slowly walk around the machine, examining each part as she came to it. There were a lot of gears and hinges and pullies. There were suction cups and beakers. Everything seemed to be connected in some way, but she still didn't know how the machine worked.

“You still seem hesitant.” Jack swallowed, his adam's apple bobbing up and down.

Barbara smiled at him, trying to alleviate his fears. “I am just wondering how your machine works.”

Jack's smile seemed to light up the room. “It is really quite simple. You pull this lever which moves the rope on the pulley allowing the water to fall into this beaker which is heated by this flame here...”

Barbara tuned him out as he went on about the function of every part of his machine. It was really quite endearing the way his eyes lit up as he talked.

She shook her head to clear those thoughts out of her mind. There was no time for thoughts like those. And besides, she would be leaving soon and Jack would be staying here.

“And then these suction cups take the life energy out and send it down this tube here to be passed through these suction cups into the recipient.” Jack took a deep breath. “Of course, with mice it is a fairly quick process as their life energy is smaller than say, that of an elephant or even a human. The larger the life force, the longer the process.”

“Oh, of course.” Barbara nodded, watching as Jack's smile grew.

Well, the ship wouldn't be leaving for another day or two. Maybe she could spare some time for those kinds of thoughts.

Author: AP Roberts
Challenge: Banana Nut #5- crank
Topping/Extra: Chopped Nuts
Rating: G
Word Count: 347
Genre: Steampunk
World: Innis Seun (AU)
Title: The New Captain
Summary: Barbara did not ask for this role.

Back to School Challenge for Chopped Nuts

Barbara grumbled as she made herself ready for the day. She wasn't suppose to be doing this. She was suppose to translate texts and maps, not use them to navigate. She was only suppose to be the translator, not the captain.

She opened the door to her cabin. The crew had tried to convince her to move to the captain's cabin but every time she passed the door, she remembered what had happened. She didn't want constant reminders of what she had found.

Climbing the stairs to the deck, Barbara spotted the first mate, Talbot, who was turning the crank to move the wings. He would know what was going on, he usually did.

“Talbot!” She called out as she reached the deck. Walking briskly, as ladies never run, Barbara easily reached Talbot's side. “Please tell me once more why I need to be captain?”

Talbot let out a soft laugh. “As of yet, you are the only one touched by the curse. You are the only one who has seen, touched and read the texts. You are the only one who has touched the map. If anyone of us were to become captain, we would need to know all that is contained in the texts and maps. To do this, we would need to touch them and to do so would curse us as well. After what happened, we are, none of us, willing to take on the job. You, on the other hand, have already been cursed so it wouldn't harm you none to lead the expedition.”

Talbot went back to adjusting the wings. When he finished, he looked back at Barbara. “Is there anything else I can help you with Captain?”

“No... well, yes.” Barbara thought over her words for a moment. “Do I need to do anything other than navigate? Because, while I do have some knowledge, I do not know how airships are run.”

Talbot laughed. “No Captain. I will take care of that, you just focus on getting us where we need to go.”
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