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#RainbowSnippets: Jack and Marjory

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Happy Saturday!

I hope you’re enjoying the last of the Augusteriness and are all set for whatever September is going to bring 😀

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:

To recap, Jack and Marjory have pretty much failed on their mission to deliver the teaset to Max, Max is now going to be hung for being an evil revolutionary and tea-addict and J&M are now heading into the ‘great unknown’ of The Golden Lion and possible poetic peril…  but, being as this is a travel guide (of sorts XD), in this next snippet they’re going to give a little history of the place which is about to “welcome them in with gently smiling jaws…”


The Golden Lion in Lancaster is haunted. How could it not be ? This innocuous looking white washed Coffee House on the corner of Brewery Lane has been the last-brew stopping place for every condemned person sentenced to death in Lancaster since the 15th century. 

Of course back then, hangings took place on The Moors( where they now begin the festive Wizmas Witchhunts) ; open carts, carrying live bodies and their coffins, would trundle along Moor Lane and up Moor Gate and stop at the Lion so that the prisoner could enjoy a last brew of caffeine-free chicory or dandelion root coffee in the company of their friends and family, who would then troupe merrily up the hill to give the poor git a good send off.  

Michael’s friend, Bill Pugman ( generally better known for his satirical  ‘Modern Morel’ series depicting various stages of mushroom soup addiction) did a frightful interpretation of the scene in oils that was eventually painted over with Rake a la Mode and that fetched a storm in the Litchfield Gallery. 

Nowadays, the gruesome business gets done at  the, imaginatively named, Hanging Corner, up by the castle, but they still gets a last drink in The Lion. 


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 🙂 


book cover image by Renphoto 

9 responses

  1. ‘Rake a la mode’! How scandalous!

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    August 31, 2019 at 11:20 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Far more interesting than bleak depressing scenes of folk on the way to the gallows at any rate! 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      September 6, 2019 at 10:58 am

  2. Lol, great snip.

    Liked by 1 person

    September 1, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! 🙂


      September 6, 2019 at 10:58 am

  3. Now that’s certainly an intriguing tradition. 💕 (And hopefully it provides opportunity for a last ditch escape.)

    Liked by 1 person

    September 1, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Fingers (and tentacles) crossed someone will realise that opportunity eh? XD

      Liked by 1 person

      September 6, 2019 at 11:00 am

  4. The reason for the Golden Lion being haunted is chilling, well done (and I was in any number of pubs in Ireland and Wales last month that were no doubt haunted too)

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    September 7, 2019 at 3:19 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Oh fantastic! I adore haunted pubs, do share the names and locations if you can remember them! 😀


      September 10, 2019 at 10:09 am

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