Do I Want Trouble?

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Jimmy saw the two De Dion Bouton’s heading his way, trouble that’s what they meant, he flipped open his cigarette case and lit up a Capstan full strength. Then he rolled his sleeve’s up, exposing a magnificent set of naval tattoo’s.

Roll’em off lady and I’ll do me best, Damm’ed Bouton’s. He knew them inside out, but they always found some trick to play on him.

Infernal combustion engines, they stunk. Jimmy preferred the steam engine, that the Marquis de Boution had started out with. Perhaps he would take that job on the old sewerage ship at Southampton.

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. Snow's Fissures and Fractures

    I love how knowledgeable your story sounds. So many information laid out so casually. Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was all down to the prompt, but thank you for reading. Mike

    2. Michael Humphris

      It was all down to the prompt, but thank you for reading. Mike

  2. FabricatingFiction

    Jimmy sounds like he needs a break.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Yep, I think he is going back to a life on the sea, he just can not yet steam out of his system..

  3. Carolyn Page

    A man deep in thought. Perhaps the tattoos on his arm gave him up. He was a naval man through and through.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Carolyn.

  4. mickwynn2013

    Going back to sea I can understand, but a sewerage ship? Those engines must have been really hard to work on.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Mick
      The SS Shieldhall is rather a special ship, with triple expansion steam engines and is operated by a team of volunteers, she is a pretty unique lady.

  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Maybe strong forearms and naval tattoos will work better than combustion engines with the ladies at the end…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Bjorn
      The Steam Ship SS Shieldhall is a rather special lady.

  6. gahlearner

    Great voice, that sailor really comes to life.

  7. rgayer55

    I like it. Sometimes we want to hang on to the things we know and love best.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is certainly true, for there’s magic in them steam engines

  8. draliman

    I like “Infernal” combustion engines! Sounds like he’d be a lot happier back at sea.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I think you are right, it the life of a sailor for him

  9. penshift

    He’s lucky to have never come across one of the 1800’s hydrogen powered combustion engines! (We all are, at that) Lots of nice little details!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I think that he will still prefer steam power, but at least the hydrogen would deliver water for his boilers.

      1. penshift

        True, modern ones would manage that with less chance of exploding. 🙂 The original model… Well, lets by glad progress has been made. Can’t Blame him either; steamers were their own class of ship.

  10. Michael

    Thanks Penshift

  11. Alice Audrey

    What a well delineated period piece. I really felt the setting even without your specifically naming it.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, Alice

  12. rogershipp

    Your historical context for the dilemma of your character… simply amazing! Well done !

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, It’s all down to the power of the Internet, and the fact that I loved researching some subjects. Thank you, Roger

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