Olivia Libris here, author of ‘The Vital Chapter’.
I understand that some of you are busily engaged in the task of recreating the missing chapter of my book, in order to enter our diminutive contest. I await your entries with eager anticipation, having completely forgotten my own version of events and having foolishly failed to save a copy. May this be a lesson to us all.
I’m delighted to inform you that The Case of the Missing Chapter itself (a one twelfth scale room in a carrying case) has now been transferred to its new owner – a story-teller par excellence, who took delivery of it yesterday.
The competition, however, continues apace and you have only a few remaining weeks to enter. See full details by clicking here.
One final note: The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that a few more words were missing from the version of the story printed in last week’s post. In Chapter 3, Harvey’s response to Algy when discussing a possible move to Africa was erroneously omitted. This fault has now been rectified and the correct version of the conversation is reprinted below for your edification.
“Oh such adventures are just fine for a young fellow like yourself, my dear Harvey. Nothing to hold you here, no family or obligations to consider. I’m delighted for you, old boy. Wouldn’t do for me, though. There’s this old pile to keep up, the staff to consider, all the horses… and I couldn’t ask Josephine to up sticks and adjust to such a difficult climate.”
“Pah! Loads of lovely ladies over there!” returned Harvey. “They have a whale of a time. As for this old place – sell it up and start afresh. You’ll make your fortune. Nothing to lose.”
“Well I’ll give it some thought,” Algernon replied, and promptly left the room and headed back to his study.
I look forward very much to reading your competition entries. Please continue writing and sharing the information among your like-minded acquaintances.
P.S. Might I be vulgar enough to insert a brief mention of the splendid Steampunk Dolls House Etsy shop which can be found at this link, where many of Steampunk – Shrunk’s extraordinary one-off creations are available for purchase worldwide?