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2014 Story 58

From Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers:

58. STEEPED IN DEBT TO THE CHIMNEY-POTS by Steve Berman   This is Berman's second story featuring the sprite Tupp Smatterpit and his human friend Lind. (They were introduced in Berman's story "The Price of Glamour," which can be found in his collection Second Thoughts.) After their dangerous meet-cute in the previous story, Tupp is still attempting to pay off the debt Lind owes the Fey Folk who live in London, many of whom he stole from before making Tupp's acquaintance. The attraction between the two was hinted at in the first story and is in full unrequited-love mode in this tale.  Berman plays up the longing each has for the other, as well as the reasoning each has for not telling the other of his feelings (specious reasoning at best, but that's what the best drama is made out of, isn't it?)  I enjoy both of these characters, and like the way Berman works the time-period and setting to the story's advantage: the Folk dwell in London in secret, so this isn't really alternate history or steampunk so much as it is very period piece urban fantasy.  I'd still like to see more of Tupp and Lind's adventures, especially given where the story ends.

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