A Loud Noise and Chief D. Shabani [Part 4]
(Books by Authors Who Never Existed: A Steampunk Hybrid story)
By the author of BARD: Owner of the Gemstone
Tobey presses his face against the glass pane of the attic’s window. He watches with interest, as a very tall man, wearing tinted goggles, and a dark violet stovepipe hat with a badge, walks towards his house.
The man dwarves everyone he passes. Few reach the shoulders of his storm blue overcoat. The man’s pale, albino face is accentuated by the stiff uniform collar that hides his neck.
Chief Dimoso Shabuni is one of Tobey’s favourite people. Huge, like himself, Chief Shabuni is also contemplative, and has the ability to pounce at any moment; just like him.
As he watches out the attack window the entire house shakes. Tobey has to claw onto the frame not to fall off the windowsill. Once the shaking subsides, he dashes downstairs. The bronze faced man is still standing with his clamp hand reaching for one of the special books. Mom is holding onto a chair gasping, but seems fine. He glances around. A few vases are knocked over, and pictures hang at a slight angle but nothing seems to be missing. He dashes around the rest of the house until he gets to the basement. Where the slab of ice used to be, is now only a small, ornate box. Tobey hisses.
Chief Shabuni blinks behind his goggles. The Claw’s house just shook before his eyes. He sees four figures wearing black body suits and green tinted goggles race towards a running steam engine truck. He also notices that each one has a katana belted to their waists, and another along their backs. On their shoulders they carry a rectangular object with two, two-by-six planks.