A couple of days late, I know, but arguably better late than never, I've finished the files and am releasing The Fair Automaton as a short story into the world.
Until Sunday, that is.
Yep, it's a Cyber Week(ish) Freebie in honour of the UK's busiest shopping day -- which I missed, and did no online shopping on anyway -- mostly because it has a cool sci-fi sounding name that's always amused me.
You might remember this story as being painstakingly handwritten for National Stationery Week -- or you may not, because over 10 pages of my handwriting is enough to make anyone run for the hills.
It's been repackaged as a digital short story in a variety of formats, and these files will be available until Sunday, wherein I'll take them down again and whatever happens to them in the future is in the lap of the gods. Or, indeed, myself, when I eventually get enough stories written to release as a collection. But still. Until Sunday.
Imagine it being said in a booming voice.
The Fair Automaton
The day the travelling fair rolls into town, North is determined to show his boyfriend Seith all he loves about it. But while Seith's reaction isn't what North hoped for, he finds something amazing to attract him instead: a speaking, smiling mechanical man — an automaton.
Despite Seith's disdain, North can't help returning time and again to discover more of the machine's personality — and uncover more of its secrets. It's not long before he finds himself becoming fond of it, but it's all perfectly harmless, right?
Until the machine breaks down, and North is blamed for it. Is discovery of the machine's ultimate secret worth the cost of the personality North loves?
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