CHAPTER 4: Porte de Versailles

Zauberdof and Flinsterhuf by Antonia Sara Zenkevitch
Zauberdof and Flinsterhuf by Antonia Sara Zenkevitch; digital illustration for ‘The Library of Lost Wands’ by the same author

For those who like their fantasy & steampunk, here’s chapter 4 of Library of Lost Wands. Previous chapters and illustrations are also available. Hope you enjoy …

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Plaintive hoots and rustlings came from the onboard owlery, joined by the clicks and bangs of carriage doors as strangers alighted or joined the train. They had arrived at Porte de Versailles in Paris. The clock chimed one. Late though the hour, suits and cloaks from many nations milled around the platform, their muted conversations sounding like the hum of an agitated beehive. Whispers were all the more guarded because not all on the platform were aware that the Eagle Engine and its carriages were different. Muggles believed this to be the metro line’s terminus. They were repelled from getting close to this triumph of magical engineering by an overwhelming fear of getting on the wrong train. They had no idea that the Eagle and the enigmas she carried would, in a few short hours, continue on through an archway which…

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