All was silent on the morning of the ball at the Steampunk Festival. All the festival goers were resplendent in their top hats, bowlers with goggles, bustled dresses and robot arms. Lord Stiletto stalked the halls looking for The Rabbit.
It was The Rabbit, whiskers twitching that watched Stiletto from the shadows. He knew the man with the fabled book collection and the new robotic steam arm meant trouble.
The Girl with the red hair spoke to Gregory Cobblestone sizing up the situation. To the world of Gavle, she was a maker and seller of unique Steampunk artefacts, but really she was working for The Rabbit.
Gregory sighed, surrounded by the huge steam trains, like behemoths, waiting for the events to take place.
“Where was Stiletto?”
Lord Stiletto was working his way around the halls, looking for books for his collection, but really keeping all his senses aware for The Rabbit.
The Rabbit was a pan dimensional mastermind, looking for recruits for his inter galactic organisation. Each world he visited he found suitable adherents and on Earth it was the world of Steampunk that threw up the best agents.
The Rabbit had other problems. He needed a source of plutonium for his ship’s batteries and he knew that Sweden had hidden stores secreted in underground bunkers in the Gavle region. Far enough away from Stockholm, in case of leaks, but well protected by hundreds of metres of rock and lead shielding.
Unbeknown to all except the Girl with the red hair, there was a secret entrance to the plutonium store hidden somewhere within the Railway Museum.
A young man, Henrik, engaged Gregory in a long conversation obviously trying to divert him from the machinations of The Rabbit.
He asked if Gregory would read from his new book, but then grabbed the text from the surprised author, and began to read it out loud, modulating his voice to scramble the auditory neural signals of anybody within a ten metre radius.
Returning through the halls, Lord Stiletto felt a sudden warm and wet sensation at the back of his neck, filling him with horror. Someone had slipped a squid through the gap between his collar and his neck. Stiletto felt the bite of hundreds of sharp suckers as they cut into his skin, crushing and choking his gasping throat.
The concealed blade in the rim of his pale grey top hat was in his sturdy grip as he sliced calmly through the grasping suckered arms and felt cool copper-based blood mixing with his warm iron blood as it soaked into his spotless cravat and shirt.
Stiletto, showered and re-suited. A carefully presented cravat, to cover his bloody throat, and he was down in good time for the evening’s banquet.
Gregory and Stiletto were seated with Sarah, Lady Bane and Duke Magnus and Lady Susanna of Sweden. On the finger of Lady Bane was a large silver ring in the form of a rabbit. The silver beast curling around her finger, ears and feet standing proud. The significance was not lost on the two observant adventurers.
Next day it was quiet in the morning and Lord Stiletto was back to his mind reading tricks. He had caught the girl with the red hair in an unguarded moment and discovered the entrance to the plutonium.
Unknown to Stiletto, The Rabbit was up to his mind reading tricks again and had caught Lord Stiletto in an unguarded moment and discovered the entrance to the plutonium.
###Star Alert, Inter Galactic News Flash.###
The promising planet, known to its inhabitants as The Earth, blew up under mysterious circumstances. News breaking suggest terrorists initiated a chain reaction from a government plutonium store which instigated a reaction in the core of the planet.
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