Here we are again with more from The Desert Fox and The Iberico Clavel, latest book in the Iron Angel series, which begins with The Strange Fate of Capricious Jones. By the way, for those of you in or near New Jersey, I’ll be appearing at the Steampunk World’s Fair in May! Now, without further delay, Desert Fox.
The sheets, once equally rich, now worn thin, spoke of how long ago that wealth had been won. The woman kneeling next to the bed noticed neither. The old man coughed, one more horrid, wracking expectoration, and then fell still, unmoving.
For Alondra Vega, death was as old a friend as any of the nastier parts of life. She steeled herself and lifted a small hand mirror to the old man’s lips. For a count of ten she held the mirror there. When it did not fog, she pulled it away and pulled the old, worn black silk over the old man’s face.