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Franklin’s Monsters, Act IV: Apples of Love

Franklin’s Monsters, Act IV: Apples of Love

Grantville, 1633 While tying his bag behind his saddle, Pierre Le Blanc said to his wife, “Odette, I am not at all comfortable with my leaving you and your sister alone here in Grantville for a month or two. It just does not seem like a good idea. What if...
Franklin’s Monsters, Act III: The Power to Fly

Franklin’s Monsters, Act III: The Power to Fly

Paris, spring, 1633 An Art Studio in Saint-Germain-des Prés   “Walls, walls, and more walls!” An overcast dreary day did little to illuminate a wall-sized canvas with large swaths of fabric still untouched by paint, and even less to brighten...
Franklin’s Monsters, Act II, Daumenkino Days

Franklin’s Monsters, Act II, Daumenkino Days

Late Autumn, 1632 Grantville, Downtown, Twentieth Century ArtThe door chimed. Samuel Franklin looked up from the couch where he was working on a flip-book, as he did every day before his boss, Lyman Seeley, came in. It was a young girl, a local down-timer. She was...