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#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory



“It is easy to go down into Hell; night and day, the gates of dark Death stand wide; but to climb back again, to retrace one’s steps to the upper air – there’s the rub, the task.”
–  Virgil

Happy Saturday! Lil’ Virgil there for your weekend inspiration and here’s my #RainbowSnippets post for this week – if you’re new to this, Rainbow Snippets is a chance to read and share 6 sentences of LGBTQIA+ fiction every Saturday. There’s a huge variety from Steampunk, like mine, to Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Comedy and everything in between. You can join the fun and read all the other fabulous snippets at the wonderfully friendly and supportive official facebook group here 🙂

So, here is the next snippet from Jack and Marjory – my novella-in-progress which gives two of my Bi-Gendered characters a chance to tell something of their own little side-adventure, which actually had a massive impact on the history of Ire in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of way.

If you missed last week’s snippet you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

If you want to start from the beginning you can do so here:


Who’d have thought a career path in the criminal underworld would involve so much fresh air and exercise? Jack and Marjory are cursing their way along the picturesque Way Of The Roses en route to  pick up the smuggled teaset for the leader of the revolution…


We stopped for a swig of tea and a breather up at  Crook O’ Lune Point. We was all ready to be seduced and fall into the arms of our good friend Mr. Thomas Gray, but in the end Madame Nature proved The Tart ; throwin’ late campion at our feet and baring her silver birch legs coquettishly until we threw down our poetry book and screamed ‘take me now’ to the heather.

The view down over the weir is incredible from there, speakin’ as they who used to work Pit down the Chobam Treacle Mines, deekin’ the enormity of all that land an’ sky fair takes the breath out of the old coppers.

A couple of buzzards rose up over Lawson’s Meadow and disappeared against the yellow- gold beeches of Aughton Woods and, further down, the early morning mist began to fade, showing the white  steel of the aqueduct and its pretty red-painted roses, carrying water from Thirlmere to Manchester. We shuddered at the thought of the problems they were having over there right now; Sugar Zombies was the whisper on the street, none of our business though we s’posed.

What was our business was the watchtower on the north bank, beside the weir towards Ingleton – dressed as we were in exquisitely tailored tweeds, carefully cultivated to look ambiguous and deflect attention, we was unlikely to attract a second glance from The Good Folk stationed there, but, all the same, better not to give them the first glance to begin with.


being an entertaining and informative piece of travel writing by a couple of rogues on the run as they attempt to avoid the machinations of wizards, monarchs and a ruthless band of beatnik poets, deflect a civil war and deliver a priceless, historical tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.


Wishing you all a most splendiferous week and don’t forget to check in at the #rainbowsnippets facebook group for more fabulous snippets of LGBTQIA+ fiction 🙂 


rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at

book cover image by Renphoto 


12 responses

  1. I’m curious about those sugar zombies!

    Liked by 1 person

    February 17, 2019 at 4:42 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Oh ho! Stay tuned… the trouble in Manchester may turn out to be a lot more ‘their business’ than they anticipate! 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      February 18, 2019 at 8:28 am

  2. Love the unique voice, how it breathes life and character into the setting.

    Liked by 1 person

    February 17, 2019 at 5:54 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! I’ve tried really hard to capture the vibrancy of Romano-Cockney vernacular I grew up surrounded by; I’m really glad you think it works 🙂


      February 18, 2019 at 8:25 am

  3. Madame Nature being a tart had me chuckling there. Not sure I want to meet these sugar zombies, but I’ve a bad feeling we will.

    Liked by 1 person

    February 21, 2019 at 5:31 am

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, glad that brought a chuckle 🙂 As for the sugar zombies – hold that though! 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      February 22, 2019 at 10:53 am

  4. The sugar zombies intrigue me.

    Liked by 1 person

    February 23, 2019 at 2:42 am

    • smithandskarry1

      They’re going to interest Jack and Marjory a lot more in the not too distant future as well! 😉


      February 26, 2019 at 9:55 am

  5. Definitely intrigued by the sugar zombies reference

    Liked by 1 person

    February 23, 2019 at 4:29 am

    • smithandskarry1

      I’m afraid there’ll be a long wait but hopefully they’ll be worth it! 🙂


      February 26, 2019 at 9:54 am

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