Yoon Ha Lee’s doing some tiny!fic writing prompts on Patreon. Here’s one of mine.
“Either your information is bad or you’re a plain idiot.” The enchanter’s knuckle-runes glowed a shade darker as he whispered, making the sheets of metal the green of old glass. “This is spring steel. The Cadois aren’t making weapons out of this.”
The spy smirked. An enemy ship’s hold was no place for an argument. “Just do your job.”
As the ‘chant worked his fingers and mumbled his spells, the spy did the thing he hated most — he explained himself.
“The Great Horloge needs a new mainspring, and this metal is going to be used for it. Every clock in Cadogna is set to the Horloge. Your enchantment is giving us control over the entire country’s time. So do it right.”