(Books by Authors Who Never Existed: A Steampunk Hybrid story)
By the author of BARD: Owner of the Gemstone
Mr. TLC observes the humans talking in the kitchen. He knows, when speaking cat to his human mom, he needs to repeat instructions over and over again. Unfortunately, as with most humans, she doesn’t have the cognitive ability to understand the superior language, right away. Worse, if she doesn’t have her hearing horn in, he has to gently swat her, to get her attention.
He hears Chief Shabuni talking on his steam cell to Mr. Clockwinder. Tobey can’t wait for the clockmaker to arrive, so they can discuss the man with the brass face. He listens more intently, as the Chief’s voice becomes frustrated. The Chief just said that, since the clockmaker can’t get here today, they’ll transport the automaton to his shop tomorrow.
Tobey turns his attention to the hourglass on the brass faced man’s top hat. As the grains trickle down, the needle of the pressure gauge hanging around his neck, show an increase in pressure.