My flash piece, Flowers for Clockwork Street, is up today at Every Day Fiction!
It does have a romantic slant to it. *gasps!* I know. I'm not the sort of person to wake up and think, "Hmm, I know. I'm going to write a romance today!" but that was just how the story unfolded. In fact, it wasn't even supposed to be a romance. The original thought rolling around in my head was that the girl was going to be evil somehow. I didn't quite know where the plot was going or what it even was until I had to identify the girl and the words 'The Daughter of the Earl of Clockworkstreet' just sort of plopped out onto the paper. It all just sorta...clicked from there. I think that's important to note because the romance is, in a way, a little stock, but I think the setting really pulls it together and is a good example of how transformative the element of setting can be.
And, as a side note, I promise, despite the evidence presented, I do know how to spell lightning :)