I’m amazed sometimes at how well Mariah can plug into the rumor mill of New Babbage. She’s certainly much better at it than I am, and it can often come in very handy–such as now. I’d heard Loki mention at the ball last month that the Van Creed had appropriated his property here in New Babbage. Just now, though, Mariah told me rumor has it that Mr. Hopkins of the Van Creed has been seen here in the city.
Mr. Hopkins. The man who endangered the entire city with that Aether Pump. The man who kidnapped Gadget. The man who shot and killed the Malkuth knight Sebastian in front of a dozen or more witnesses.
He has much to answer for.
Unfortunately, while rumor can tell one where someone has been, it’s usually not very good at predicting where someone will be. The best I can do, for now, is to keep discretely checking Loki’s Absinthe Bar.
The coal shortage continues to worsen. While our downstairs fireplace can burn wood, the kitchen stove and the upstairs heating elements are designed to burn coal. So far, we’re managing at night with burning just a little coal to take the edge off the cold, as well as using all of the blankets we can find. If this continues, though, there could be real trouble–especially for the factories.
((If you haven’t figured it out by now, the whole thing about the coal is a setup for the next ‘Designing Worlds’ episode, which is a special episode set here in New Babbage (and which I’m in *grin*). This episode should be broadcast this coming Monday at 2:00 SLT at the ‘Designing Worlds’ studio. I don’t have absolute confirmation of that yet–once I do, I’ll post it here on the BAR. I hope to see at least some of you there! If you can’t make it, never fear–the episodes are usually posted on the web a day or two after broadcast, and I’ll post the URL once it’s up.))