Tales from the Archives 2012 Christmas Special
By: Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
Written & Narrated by: Philippa Ballantine
Format: Podcast, 23:14 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk
Series: A special episode in Tales of the Archives Vol. 2 podcasts for Christmas, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series
Recommendation: This is a story centered around one of the Ministry Seven, Verity. Wonderful to see her again and continue with a few pieces from her first story.
It's Christmas Eve, and Verity Fitzroy finds herself distracted from her duties with the Ministry Seven. When she endangers her fellow urchins, she begins to question her role in their life.
My Thoughts and Summary:
Christmas Eve, 1891.
Verity is in the snow watching for the home owner or anyone to return while four of her fellow urchins search inside for evidence for Harrison Thorn, in order to arrest the owner. Waiting in the boring cold her mind wonders back to her ever distracting past, and what she thinks might affect her future as well - her uncle thought to be dead but alive and a murderer. Then Verity recognizes the sound of a familiar ticking noise in the back of her head. Verity's distraction results in trouble, and she questions her time with her family with the Ministry Seven.
I'm a Verity fan. I've said before in the short story about Verity, and I'll say it again now, there is something special about this girl. I love her. She hears the ticking of clockworks and cogs, and it seems she might be the only one. There is a new element dropped here, and I'm curious of the connection to Verity and her piece she took from her Uncles. Oooo, so good. And makes me WANT more from Verity and what she's connected too.
We get a touch of Verity's family past, her parents. We also we see Harrison Thorn here, and Dr. Josepha Blackwell. Oh Dr. Blackwell and her machines... giving Verity a taste of what she thought if she never met the boys, for the boys safety...or is it?
Oh there is a neat little warning device she has with the boys inside. I really liked this. Then there's Dr. Blackwell's machine that Verity uses. Oh so interesting in this world of mechanics. And, it seems Verity has a knack for wanting to investigate mechanical items. Sounds like the girl has a great future.
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I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.