Steampunk Family

Revolution Reset

August 25, 2012
This entry is part of a series, Voyage to Antafrica»

Captain Charette addressed Lady Aubergine. “I beg your pardon, Madame, but may I render any assistance?”

Annabelle translated for her, and then for Eglantine.

“Yes, actually,” the lady replied. “I should like to use whatever made, well I suppose this must be your father,” she smiled at him, “whatever made your father’s voice so loud.Unless he is always like that?”

Annabelle laughed. “He is generally loud, but not that loud! Do you have a megaphone on your ship?”

Adolphus, who could not wait to get into the Renard racer, ran back for the megaphone while Claire introduced her parents to Lady Aubergine, and Madame introduced Captain Charette (“without whom we never would have found you!”) to Eglantine and the children.

Adolphus returned at last, eyes alight with excitement.

“Thank you,” Lady Aubergine said, then turned to the assembled crowd.

“Good people,” she began, “you come with news of great importance. Queen Drysi and her Court Magician” (boos and hisses from the crowd) “have fled, the Capsicum Guard is dispersed, and the Nightshade Court is in shambles. You tell me that the noble families returning are to their plantations, abandoning the ruined palace.”

Annabelle, translating for her parents and the Captain, hesitated. “Um, some of that is sort of our fault.”

Her father fixed her with a stern eye. “Now children, what have I told you about interfering in other people’s governments?”

“I believe you told them not to get caught,” his wife replied. “Now shush.”

“I am deeply honored by your faith in me and in the ancient house of Aubergine. My ancestors lead the people of the soil in times past as we carved our place in the wilderness, harnessed the waters and made Y Tir the fruitful and peaceful home that we know. My friends, my countrymen,” Lady Aubergine continued, “that great work is done.  Have the last two rulers built anything?”

The crowd shouted “No!”

“Have they righted great wrongs or conquered great dangers?”

“No!” and a great many other, ruder comments were delivered by the mob.

“Good friends, what we have learned from Queen Drysi and her mother is this – the people of the soil need no queen. Y Tir needs no ruler. The Nightshade Court has taken from you. It had nothing to give. What you have given in tribute to keep the Tomato queens in comfort, give now to each other. Give each to your ability to keep your community strong. Give back to the land that it grows in fruitfulness and beauty. Govern yourselves, and let no queen, no soldier take what the land gives you! You are strong and wise. Let Y Tir guide you. Generosity and kindness are the land’s gifts. Accept and return those gifts and all will be well.”
Entries in this series:
  1. On Grandmothers
  2. With A Bang!
  3. In Search of Ancient Angiosperms
  4. Assault on the Galley
  5. The Sorrows of Chef
  6. Faeries, Helpful Siblings, and other Mythological Creatures
  7. Meanwhile, Back in the Lab
  8. A Day of Discovery
  9. The Children’s Hypothesis
  10. A Research Date
  11. Aboard the Schmetterling
  12. The Cave
  13. The Cage
  14. Knee of the Yeti
  15. Kidnapped!
  16. A Clue
  17. The Yeti and the Comb
  18. Fighting the Count
  19. Fighting the Yeti
  20. Falling
  21. Breadcrumbs
  22. The Search is On
  23. Flight to Saigon
  24. On the Streets of Saigon
  25. The Sad Man
  26. At the Grandiere Club Aeronautique
  27. If you Give a Count a Cookie
  28. Out of Cookies
  29. Stuck!
  30. Airships Float?
  31. Where is Claire?
  32. Drowning
  33. Into the Drink!
  34. Boat!
  35. Mushroom Trip
  36. Ambush
  37. The Variegated Strangler
  38. In a Strange Land
  39. Hand over Hand
  40. The Last of the Gouda
  41. An Unusual Breakfast
  42. Downstream
  43. What's for Dinner?
  44. Axe and Fire
  45. Meanwhile, Back at the Airship
  46. Over the Gobi
  47. Return of the Grandmothers
  48. Warning from Huang
  49. Anxious Hours
  50. Ulrik Prepares
  51. Destruction by Dawn
  52. Finding Philomena
  53. No Luck in Pekin
  54. The Children Rescue...Something
  55. Corndog Liberation
  56. The Fate of Corndogs
  57. Have you Tea?
  58. Antafrican Hosptitality
  59. Onion Porridge
  60. Homesick
  61. On the Hunt
  62. Farm Living
  63. Singing for Supper
  64. You Say Potato...
  65. Curiosity is the Foundation of Discovery
  66. An Awkward Position
  67. Trouble Comes Riding
  68. Capsicum Capture
  69. To the Palace
  70. The Death of the Lincoln
  71. War Wings
  72. A Long Way Down
  73. Enter the Lightning
  74. Before the Queen
  75. You are a Tomato!
  76. A Sunken Ship
  77. Eglantine Aubergine
  78. Children of the Soil
  79. At Night in the Nightshade Court
  80. At Night in the Nightshade Court
  81. At Night in the Nightshade Court
  82. The Price of Popcorn
  83. Ulrik and Chef
  84. Fire!
  85. Claire's Bluff
  86. Tomato Queen and Aubergine
  87. It's Going to Blow!
  88. Rhodri in the Gardens
  89. The Servant's Fountain
  90. History Revealed
  91. Fight at the Fountain
  92. Repercussions
  93. Father Discovers the Yeti
  94. Aboard the Lucy Stone
  95. Summoned
  96. The Queen's Accusation
  97. The Queen's Rage
  98. The Khan
  99. The Last War Wing
  100. Eglantine Departs
  101. Thumping Rhodri
  102. Bad News from the Boys
  103. Where's the Count?
  104. In Search of the Count
  105. Spying on the Queen
  106. Confronting the Count
  107. Orphaned?
  108. Orphaned?
  109. Montesanto's Experiments
  110. Montesanto's Experiments
  111. The Queen's Tantrum
  112. Bettina's Tantrum
  113. The Flaming Queen
  114. Uprising!
  115. Uprising!
  116. Escape
  117. On the Run
  118. The Mysterious Coach
  119. Red Racer!
  120. Revolution Reset
  121. By the Acid Sea
  122. Farewell Antafrica
  123. Home Again!
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