Friday, March 04, 2011

Day 4: Gimcrack

It means "A showy but useless or worthless object". And it sounds oh-so-steampunk, so I couldn't resist:

Stewart slaved for hours, nay, days on his hat. It may have begun as a plain black top hat, but it metamorphosed into the finest, most gleaming, and most ornate example of millinery that had ever graced this good earth. Brian had showed him up last time, with that disgusting light-up monstrosity. But Stewart would prevail. Stewart, after all, had class.

Finished, it was rather heavy, with a tendency towards falling over, and it kept his head perhaps too warm. Stewart beamed. The weight and the heat were worth it for the awed questions: “Is your hat a grandfather clock?”

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