Why aren't my engines running?
Chapter 4: Storm Brewing
Location: Engine room
Timeline: Day 1
Akito tapped his chin with a mechanical finger. The soot-covered engineer was trying to figure out why the pistons weren't moving, using his high-tech headgear. But the goggles, they did nothing.
Meanwhile Valmier and Erm were cowering in fear from the flames of the furnace. One moment they would dim to almost nothing, and then suddently they would burst into huge blue fingers of fire.
For some foggy reason nothing was working properly, and until something changed the Steamhawke wasn't going anywhere.
A powerful force unlocked the hatch to the engine room and kicked it open. Captain Daenelia was standing there with her hands on her hips. "Why aren't my engines running?" she bellowed.
"We don't know cap'n" Akito said as he turned to look at her.
"Where's Brem then?"
A loud crash from above echoed down to where Daenelia stood which caused her to look up. She could see there were pipes and other oddities and there, amongst it all was Brem, covered in dirt and with tools hanging from his belt and other places within his reach.
"Mr de Berg" she shouted up to him, "Would you be so kind as to get down here at once?"
She stood waiting as Brem carefully negotiated his way down. She did not shout at him while he was climbin, in case he'd fall down and break something. No, she'd wait with breaking limbs until he was safely on the floor. Then he could fix the engines.
"Why aren't..." she started.
"... The engines running. I know, I know." Brem said while wiping his hands on a stained cloth. "Looks like they just gave out." He shrugged. "They should work. But it is as if the steam distribution is not working properly, mainly because the fire can't be maintained at a steady temperature. Still, with the little heat there is, there should be something moving." He refrained from getting to technical with the Captain. She wouldn't understand.
"How are you fixing it?" Daenelia asked. The parts of the engines that should be moving looked so odd when they were, well, not moving. "Mr de Berg, I hate to push you. But we need to get out of here."
"I'm an engineer, captain, not a miracle worker. But let me see what I can do." Brem span towards Erm. "Erm, do something!"
Erm shrugged and pulled the main leaver to intiate the pistons. To everyone's surprise the entire row of pistons on the ceiling started thrusting back and forth in unison.
"Good work master Brem" Daenelia said over her shoulder as she left the engine room. "Let's take off straight away."
"But... why did that work?" asked a frightened Erm. "Don't ask stupid questions" barked Brem.