TITLE: The Story of Bean
GENRE: Fantasy/steam punk
Bean, after catching Fredrick, is quite eager to find out who and what he is.
“What is it that you do?” Bean inquired.
“What do you mean,” Fredrick replied.
“Are you a gentleman of trade or a gentleman of fortune?”
“Both I suppose.”
“You suppose? Are you unsure?” Bean asked.
Fredrick laughed, “I suppose I am both, but I am more a gentleman of fortune.”
“I suppose spies cannot be considered gentleman as they deal in secrets,” Bean replied with a smile.
“Spy, who said I was a spy?!”
“Fredrick, you are invisible. What trade other than secrets would an invisible man be in?”
“Quite right,” Fredrick admitted. “Yes, my trade would be in secrets, but I promise I only use my ability for the good of the empire.”
“The good of empire requires you to spy on young ladies?” Bean mocked.
“No,” Fredrick chuckled ackwardly. “It does not. It was an unfortunate accident that brought me here.”
“I see.” Bean thought for a moment. “Well I am glad I met you.”
“Yes, you have been one of the few interesting happenings of the past three years. I am usually getting into trouble for being unnaturally un-lady-like.”
“Un-naturally-un-lady-like?” Fredrick questioned. “Did your mother teach you nothing?”
“I have no mother,” Bean replied, attempting not to feel the emptiness that ached in her stomach.
“I am sorry.”
“Why are you sorry? You could not have known.”
“I am sorry you are without a mother. You must miss her.”
“How do you miss something you never had?”