Steamfluffs (Author:Oculus)

STEAMFLUFFS

~or Steampunk Fluffies~

By Oculus

Featuring art by Carpdime and EmotionalSupportFluffy

CHIMNEY

You are Chimney
You are a fluffy
You are given the name Chimney by your owner, Oliver

Oliver is an orphan. Oliver never knew his father, and his mother died at childbirth. Word around the boys is that he’s the son of a common whore
at the age of six, Oliver was scouted by the Master Sweep to work for his business, sweeping the many chimneys and vents in a burgeoning London
it is a hard job but, with no parents, and without a cent to his name, working as a sweep is the only way Oliver can eke out a living

Oliver remembers the first time he went up a chimney
A boy two years older than him, a veteran, recommended going in completely naked, as the clothes would only drag him down. Oliver balks at this idea
the space was thin, as he used his knees and hands to slowly worm his way up
with brush in hand, he keeps sweeping away the cakes of soot in the chimney, following the instruction from the master
surviving the first ordeal, Oliver comes out
Coughing. With tears in his eyes
but alive. He hadn’t fallen, and he had been careful

it was during his third sweep that Oliver met you
The Master had been tasked with cleaning the factories owned by Hassenfeld Biochemical
the chimney of this particular factory is long and arduous
more than one boy was needed to clean the chimneys, and there were nooks and crannies that had to be taken care of
the briefing was unusual as an official from the enterprise was also present
with top hat, clean clothes and gloves, he was clearly a gentleman. And he seemed to be talking to the master about something
it seemed like a minor oddity at first, but the reason behind this became clear later on

The chimney of this factory was filled with vents, all of which were caked in soot, and aside from the main chimney, which had to be cleared, some of the younger boys had to crawl into these vents
it was in one of these vents that Oliver noticed an odd peculiarity
horse hooves, in the soot

Oliver had seen horses, but he could not imagine how a horse could fit itself into a vent
and not too long after he pondered that, he discovers you
a grey coloured fluffy, but blackened by the surrounding soot

“H-huwwo nice yung mistah. Fwuffy am scawed. Fwuffy nu wan twubbwe, onwy wan nummies an’ pway.”

Oliver should have screamed or cried. Or anything unexpected, given the bizarreness of finding a miniature horse in a vent. And one that was talking

“What a most peculiar thing.”

but Oliver had read a book about a talking horse. And that same book also mentioned the island of Lilliput, and its miniature denizens.
not knowing the book to be fiction, he takes it that this horse belonged to that island of Liliput

“Pwez! Nu huwt fwuffy!”

you cover your eyes with your hooves

“Don’t cry, you poor thing. You must be a long way from Liliput."
"Wha’ am Wiwiput?”

Strange, thought Oliver. The creature knows nothing about that island.
No matter

In an act of kindness, Oliver carries you, as he clears the final bit of soot

~

“Ah, splendid job, Mr Gamfield! I see that your boys have managed to recover a few of our fluffy ponies.”
“Ponies? By jove! Are you telling me that these miniature babbling creatures are horses?”

indeed, Oliver was not the only who found a pony in the chimneys and vents
some of the other boys had found similar fluffy ponies in the chimney of the factory

“Indeed! We have been experimenting with these creatures as a means of augmenting the labour force. As you know, the young boys are needed to run the vents, but some of the vents are particularly tight and hard to crawl through.
Then, I received word that some of our subjects had escaped into the chimneys of our factory. Considering their survival, and how their fluff has helped soaked up some of the soot, I can see the potential in providing your boys with our lovely ponies.”

Oliver is holding you in your arms. He feels a bit curious
in a rather independent fashion, Oliver raises a hand and asks

“Can we keep these ponies?”

The Master was about to lower Oliver’s hand forcefully and chastise him, but the official stops him
with a smile on his face, the official says

“Of course! The fluffies are for you to keep."

he then turns to master sweep

"As a matter of fact, Mr Gamfield, I would like to offer a minor proposition. Something that can help you and your boys earn a bit more than the paltry amount you get for clearing soot.”

And so, every boy in Gamfield’s business now has a fluffy pony
including you, who now belongs to Oliver
the work is difficult, and you have to run the vents that Oliver can’t, to collect the soot in your fluff
then return to the base, where you are washed down by a washerwoman, and quickly dried, before going up the vents again to check for blockages

“Nu wike wawa.”
“Be still, you little rapscallion.”

as the mistress washes you down, Oliver is currently reading a book regarding identifying blockages
lately, the Master has found a new job and occupation for the boys to take up
aside from the usual chimney sweep business, the development of the analytical engine in recent years has seen the implementation of more elaborate and complex structures in London.
the vents have started to be more complicated, to reflect the clockwork and steam machines integrated into the architecture
aside from clearing soot from chimneys and vents, there is now a business in looking for leaks in steam vents, as well as identifying blockages in said vents

its hard work
but every day, after a long day at work, the boys are given their pay
with you in tow, Oliver takes you to the soup kitchen, where he manages to buy a bowl of soup, and a bit of bread
it is not enough sustenance for a young boy

“Please sir, can I have some more?”

the cook eyes Oliver, feeling a little furious
but, and despite being washed down, Oliver’s clothes still have the charred remains from the chimney
and he is holding you in his arms

"You’re one of Gamfield’s boys, aren’t you? Your lads did a pretty good job on one of the warehouses.

Here’s an extra piece of bread for the good work."

the additional morsel is barely enough for one boy
but Oliver still divided the bread between the two of you, and make sure you get your fill of soup and bread

“Fank 'ou, daddeh.”

as you slowly nibble at the piece bread, drenched in soup, you contemplate on the day that Oliver had found you

unbeknownst to Oliver, you were actually part of a contingent of rejected ponies that were going to be sent to the incinerator
the biochemical factory that chimney boys were cleaning also doubles as a breeding mill, with much of the breeding down in the bowels of the factory
the mares held at this mill are all belong to the third to fourth generation of Hassenfeld Biochemical, or Hasbio’s, continued fluffy breeding programme
currently, the programme has managed to sustain the breeding and sale of high quality fluffy ponies that can be kept as pets
however, every litter of foals always has a runt, as well as a few fluffies of an undesirable colour, notably the colours of grey, brown, mottled green and so on

on the day that you were supposed to be incinerated, a careless worker had forgotten to lock the cage some of your kin were housed in, and the lot of you scampered away into the labyrinthine maze of vents within the factory
obviously, the factory workers were prepared to chase you down, and have the lot of you exterminated
but one of the Hasbio officials has noticed a potential purpose for you lot

as you keep chewing at the piece of bread, you can feel Oliver rub the back of your head, then your face
despite having little in the world, he cannot help but beam as he sees you appreciate the morsel of food

the two of you then return to a workhouse, where both of you retire for the night

“Fwuffy wuv 'ou, Owivah.”
“I love you too, Chimney.”

clutching you in his arms, both of you fall asleep

~

ZWEISTEIN

You don’t really have a name
Some have called you “Zweistein’s Monster”
But one thing is certain
You are a Progenitor

you live a simple, but mundane life
in the shed that Zweistein owns, you sleep, you wake up
graze and ruminate
day by day, the doctor and assistants assess you for your mental and physical health
and then, you sleep again

Donovan Zweistein is a kind man
he is also a brilliant man
and one of the most captivating discoveries, a decade or so ago, was the full and complete development of the Difference Engine by Charles Babbage
and its successor, the Analytical Engine
these mechanical devices, intricate and byzantine, yet beautiful, are capable of computations and formulas far beyond the understanding of the average man
and its application in modern science cannot be underestimated
in fact, one of the first discoveries utilizing the Analytical Engine, was the complete sequencing of various animal genomes
something that Zweistein has been involved in

this discovery has motivated Zweistein
for Zweistein is, himself, contracted to Hassenfeld Biochemical

you have been many things, in many lives before
but your strongest memory was as a horse
a Shetland pony, owned by Donovan
miniature yet proud. Loyal and strong
and very, very fluffy

and one day, you died
you cannot remember how. Perhaps it was an accident. Or perhaps it had been an altercation
whatever the case, the life had been taken from you in a snap
Donovan was heavily affected by this loss, and wept for your soul for ages

Donovan is a brilliant man, and he has been working with the sequencing of the genomes, as well as various chemicals
and, fuelled by his memory of the time he spent with you, along with a hypothesis funded by Hassenfeld, Donovan is about to do a most daring, and possibly profane, experiment

he has taken the body parts of various animals
the feathers of a selkie chicken. The sinew of a boar. The ears of a rabbit.
the blood of a guinea pig. The blood of an orangutan. The blood of a dog.

and the brain of his Shetland pony
suspended in a preservative until this right moment, he has now removed it, and placed it within a skull he had fashioned for this purpose
affixing two bolts to each side, and wiring the body that has been stitched together, Zweistein waited for a violent rainstorm to come, while setting up the conductor
and like Prometheus bestowing fire upon humanity, a flash of lightning sears through the sky, and starts up the beating heart

when he first saw you, he at first felt disgust at you
a wretch
a miserable monster he had created.

Zweistein held up the curtain of the bed; and your eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on him. Your jaws opened, and you muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled your cheeks.
And for a few days, you could only manage a simple, silent cry, your first words

“Wan…. Die…… wan…. Die….”

~

your routine as a progenitor is simple
you graze the fields
you speak with your master
but there are times when your master has need of your one talent

as his hands dig into your thick fluff and massage your back, your mind goes back to the days following your awakening

~

“Wan…. Die…… wan…. Die….”

Zweistein is a bit concerned

the readings from the engine were supposed to be right
and he had already ran the tests on simpler reactions with the chemicals on the other bits
however, when put together into this being that has been stitched together from the various parts, the chimera wasn’t responding
was the brain affected by years of stasis in the fluid? Were the parts all rejecting each other?
it would be the case, but the introduction of certain chemicals was supposed to keep that in unison together ideally
ideally, that is the key word

Zweistein is at his table, frustrated. His hand is on his forehead, his posture slumped, looking over the compilation of notes, and the readings from the analytical engine
in the background, the engine could be heard, as it clicks and clacks away, processing more genetic data for the doctors studies

“Wan… die…”

oh god, how he wished this bastard would shut up

in a fit of frustration, the doctor grabs a piece of paper, crumples it up into a ball, and throws it at you

looking at the crumpled paper, the roughly spherical shape registers a memory in you, speaking to the part of you that once had a life as a canine
and for the first time, you manage something new in your vocabulary

“Wan… pway?”

~

the mare is primed
she is a bit nervous

but Zweistein received the mare from a colleague of his about a week ago
a telegram that had been sent prior to the delivery revolved around a discussion he had regarding the exposure of genetic material from an older source to a newer bloodline, but from a different progenitor
and this mare was a descendant of said different progenitor

Donovan had already administered a hormone to her half an hour earlier
the mare, once frightened by the sight of you, is also in heat

“Fwuffy nu wike dis… bu…bu… fwuffy wan speshuw huggies….”

to ease the mare, Zweistein places a blindfold over her

upon seeing the mare, her rear exposed to you
the one instinct in you, unique to all heterosexual life forms, reacts

"H….huggies….”

your virility is strong, a reproductive organ that the doctor had carefully developed
as you mount yourself upon the mare, your virility penetrates the mare’s organ, as the unmistakeable sounds of sex filled the stable

“Enf… enf…. Enf.”

the mare, still blindfolded, is frightened. But being in heat, the act is still consensual, and she is largely unaware of who, or what, is mounting her

“Fwuffy a-a-am scawed… b….bu…… feew guud….”

over time, her fear gives way to pleasure

“Enf… enf… enf…”

and you release

the mare collapses. Exhausted, but satisfied
as for you, Zweistein slowly guides you aware from the mare, and back to the shed, where an assistant will massage you, as well as examine you further

in time, the mare will give birth to a fresh set of fluffy foals, this time with DNA from a Progenitor
you have previously fathered a generation of fluffy ponies, which have, in turn, fathered their own generation, carefully managed and monitored by the company
and now, you have procreated with the descendant of a similar progenitor, exposing new genetic material to that line

for your efforts, Victor provides you with a meal that a part of you remembers

“Sk-skettis…”

as you slowly eat the dish, morsel by morsel, Donovan strokes your mane
proud of his virile, yet bizarre, abomination

~

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DOLLY

You are a fluffy
But you are not any ordinary fluffy

You are Dolly
You are the property of Laura Hassenfeld
Laura is the Daughter of Sir Percival Clayton Hassenfeld the Fourth of Haddockspike Manor
Sir Hassenfeld is one of the current proprietors of the Hassenfeld conglomerate
it was under Hassenfeld that the company had created its famous Biochemical subsidiary
and, more importantly, he had overseen the creation, and propagation of Hasbio’s Fluffy Pony product

You are Laura’s pride and joy
after years of extensive breeding and artificial selection, specific pedigrees of fluffies have been bred for the gentry
well-trained and well-mannered, you represent the heights of man’s mastery over the natural order, as a talking animal companion that distinguishes itself from a mangy dog or uncouth cat
you have been with Laura ever since her twelfth birthday, and she has always cherished you

and then, one day, the incident happened
while ice-skating at a lake, your mistress, in an act of poor thinking, decided to carry you across the ice
you, being the judicious fluffy that you are, refused
but that didn’t stop Laura
nor did it stop the bumbling Norwegian who crashed into the two of you

Laura survived, as did you, but the weight of the man’s body, as well as the blades of the ice-skates had damaged your legs, to the point that they could no longer be used
the veterinarian who attended to your wounds put your chances of survival as being slim
even though you did survive amputation, the loss of your legs indicate that you would be entirely dependent on your owners for the rest of your natural life
the veterinarian recommended euthanasia, to spare you the potential misery
but Laura refused this
she had grown overly attached to you, as a fluffy, and could not bring herself to see her fluffy die in such a manner

it just so happened to be that Laura is familiar with technology
while not well-versed in the scientific fields of biology, let alone biological engineering, Laura has a fascination for clockwork and steamwork
despite receiving training to be a gentlewoman, her father had allowed her study the mechanical sciences, provided it was as a hobby
this, however, has allowed Laura to tinker with various devices in her own private laboratory

one of the first things she attempted to invent for you was a wheeled sedan of sorts
placing you within the seat, the steam engine came to life, which startled you

“SCREEE! NU WIKE! NU WIKE! Mummah, git fwuffy away from buwnie munstah!”

suffice to say is that it took quite the grace period before you could get used to this particular sedan

Laura is currently working on a device that while powered by steam, has four legs, and can actually be controlled by your muscles
that is one of Laura’s pet projects
her other pet project has been working on your other set of legs
the ones you mainly use

your body, thus, is a complex thing
you still have your own brain and mind
but, and to accommodate the loss of your legs, your mistress added these weird clockwork legs
covered with a wool that matches your fluff
the legs are connected to an analytical engine on your back

because the legs are clockwork, and thus, inorganic, you cannot control your legs
to be able to walk, or just do about anything, your mistress has to insert a punch code to allow you to move

~

You are currently at a tea party with your mistress
being a member of the gentry, Laura has to entertain the various guests that visit the Haddockspike manor
these can range to friends of her fathers, to her own childhood friends and fellow ladies

“Have you heard Laura, of the business going on down in Leeds?”

that was one of Laura’s friends
its late evening. The three one of you having a light evening meal of tea, biscuits and scones

“No I haven’t Catherine. What is going on in Leeds?”
“They’re building some sort of port at Leeds.”
“A port? But there’s no body of water there.”

“Not for vessels, Laura. It is for airships. More people are traveling by balloon these days, and the government is seeing the need to create facilities designed for this mode of travel.”
“So, a port for aircraft. Like, an ‘airport’?”
“You could say that yes”

“Dowwy tink dat big bawwoons am siwwy.”

like all fluffies, you speak fluffspeak
but your fluffspeak has an air of elegance, noting your social status

“Oh, is that so, Dolly? Why would you even consider that?”
“Dummehs tink dat dey can fwy wike biwdies. Dummehs hab nu cawe for da huwties dey may git ib dey hab huwties from faww.”
“From a fall? Don’t be crass, Dolly.”

feeling a little bit concerned about your insistence on trying to have a conversation about a subject far beyond your understanding, Laura whispers into your ear the one request you dislike

"Bu’ now? Fwuffy nu wike, mummah.”
“Please, Dolly. I always like it when you do this. And I think Catherine here hasn’t seen you do this before.”

you want to refuse
but Laura pouts
she has this incredibly cute face that makes it impossible for you to deny her

“Otay mummah.”

you sigh, resigned to your mistress’s decision

Laura then places you on the floor, arranging your legs such that they’re no longer at rest, but are ‘standing’ on all fours

Laura proceeds to insert the punch code into the miniature analytical engine located near your abdomen

you “stand” on your prosthetic hind legs
you “raise” your fore legs

within the mechanical body attached to the legs, a music box plays
mimicking a stiff ballerina, you jerk through the motions, and mimic a part from Swan Lake

Catherine is laughing, remarking at the little ballerina display Laura is making you do

“Your fluffy is the most precious thing! I wish my fluffy could do that!”

~

it is night time
Laura and you have retired to her bedroom
she has removed your clockwork legs, and has currently placed you on your favourite pillow
she is stroking your mane

you puff up your cheeks, as you voice your protest

“Mummah am a meanie! Fwuffy nu wike dancies!”

“I’m sorry, Dolly.

Would a hug make things better?”

as she embraces you, you feel a little better
you hate the dances. You hate the fact that you cannot control your legs
and you hate the fact that you are like a literal pillow

but seeing your mistress’s smiling face is worth the trouble

~

swift

SWIFT

You are Swift
You are the fastest fluffy alive
you are the daughter of the fluffy pair of Whisper and Wind

your life has always been about racing
even at a young age, while raised with other show foals in the aristocracy, you always wanted to compete with others
this competitive spirit contributed to you being picked for the first fluffy races sponsored by Hassenfeld

and true enough, you won those races
some had have considered you to be as fast as Mercury
the suffragettes, knowing your gender, insist you are more like the goddess Iris

but there is one thing that you always wanted to do
and that is to conquer the air
your wings are useless, but that never deterred you
when you were a foal, you kept jumping, while flapping your wings
you got hurt a few times, and stopped after a while, but you never stopped dreaming

it is a good thing that your owner is none other than Captain Sullivan
the captain is a member of Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force and has experience with the Airships of the British Empire
in recent years, and thanks to the development of better technology, they have mastered the creation of flying dreadnoughts
in addition to having the greatest fleet of passenger airships on the planet, the Empire also boasts the strongest air force
even the newly reunified German states have yet to compete with the might of the British Empire in the air

the captain often takes you aboard airships
the two of you are currently heading towards Calais, and are halfway through the English Channel
you are currently aboard a passenger airship. Thanks to improvements in airship technology, the craft is like a cruise liner, but held afloat by the giant helium blimp above it
the captain is wearing his flight jacket, his military uniform underneath it, as well as his signature aviator goggles
you too are wearing similar goggles, though the only other thing you’re wearing is your leash, and a rather odd mechanism strapped to your back

an inquisitive noblewoman notices that the captain has a cyan fluffy pony as she remarks

“Upon my word, Captain, I had no idea that you owned one of these fluffy ponies!”

the captain smiles
he lifts you, and presents you on the table for the woman to see

“Pweashure to meet ‘ou, faiw wady!”

even though you speak in fluffspeak, you maintain the courtesy that the captain has taught you, as you do a little curtsy

“How polite! Better than those ragamuffin fluffies in the seedier areas of London.”
“She’s magnificent, isn’t she? I purchased her as a showfoal from a while back. Said to be of good pedigree.”
“She’s a Waggytail, isn’t she?”
“That is correct, my lady. A Waggytail, one of the purebreeds from the Colony of New Zealand.”
“How old is she?”

before the captain can answer, there is a loud shriek near the starboard of the airship deck

“……my dolly!”

a little girl cries, as her favourite doll is swept by the wind
seeing this as an opportunity to act, you gallop off the table, and head straight out
the captains runs for you, but you’re a bit too fast
as you reach the railing, and with a quick moment of your hooves, you bring the goggles down to protect your eyes
and, within seconds, you jump off the ship

some of the people cry out, fearing the infamous stupidity of the fluffy pony
but they astounded by what they see next

although your actual fluffy wings are useless, Sullivan is also an aeronautical engineer
and his knowledge of aircraft also includes knowing about gliders, and ornithopters
while the wingspan of the fluffy Pegasus cannot support flight, the natural weight of the fluffy, as well as the similarity of the wings to bird wings, led Sullivan to test out a theory
one that worked, one fine day

within moments, the spring-loaded mechanism on the back of your body unfurls a strong set of canvas wings
these artificial wings are controlled by the muscles in your natural wings
and with grace, you reach for the falling doll, and grab it in your mouth
then, using the momentum gained from the free fall, you swoop up!
you can reel the rush of air going against you, as you enjoy that thrill of being able to defeat gravity, even for a temporary moment

and safely land on the starboard of the ship!

the crowd cheers! A flying fluffy – whoever would have thought such a thing?

as you return the doll to the little girl, she smiles, and pets you on the forehead
Captain Sullivan comes to see you
he is prepared to scold you later for pulling off such a dangerous stunt, but, at the same time, he does marvel and appreciate your daring

“Fwuffy hab nu guud wing pwaces. Bu’ daddeh gib speshul wings, and fwuffy can fwy!”

alas, you can speak only in fluffspeak as you address the crowd
that, and despite your talents, you’re not that bright

“Captain, how long has Swift been able to fly?!”
“I have trained the little lass on this mechanism for a little while now. The Air Force is doing more research and testing on pegasi being able to fly with the aid of these mechanisms. Of course, the average Carpdime tabby fluffy wouldn’t be able to fly, but we’ve had some success with purebreds like the Waggytail.”

Captain Sullivan looks at you with pride, as you prance up and down, enjoying the attention
for the moment, you do not know what is going on in the depths of his mind
for the Captain, as well as the other higher-ups in the air force, have been looking at training similar pegasi to you as a means of carrying ordnance
as a potential weapon of war, dropping bombs over the enemies of the Empire
and given your unwavering loyalty, and your ability to accept orders without question, you would make a fine weapon of war

but for now, you are a happy fluffy pony, who just saved a little girl’s dolly

~

WORLD’S FAIR

“Welcome to the World’s Fair in London!”

It is 18XX. The British empire under Queen Victoria reigns supreme throughout the world in all the fields of science, technology and even the arts. To commemorate Great Britain’s status as a world power, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce conceived of this fair as a celebration of modern industrial technology and design. The fair took place at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, and featured participants from around the world, from America to Japan, to come and display the technological and artistic marvels of the new age.

The successful invention of the Difference Engine in 1824, along with the Analytical Engine, has seen a rapid development of the Empire, thanks to combined power of its navy, and its fleet of rigid airships. In addition, the existence of the analytical engine has seen the beginning of an Information Revolution little more than a century after Industrial Revolution. One of the devices being exhibited at the Fair is a prototype of an Analytical engine that combines information received by telegrams, with improved jacquard looms, to develop a potential international network of information.

And of course, one of the bigger influences that the invention of the analytical engine has is on genetic engineering.

The Hassenfeld Company has a few exhibits at this fair, to showcase the many developments of the company across its subsidiaries. But the most attention has been given to its well-known Biochemical subsidiary, which is at the current forefront of genetic engineering in the 19th century. It is, after all, the Hassenfeld Biochemical company that has invented the fluffy pony, with the invention being attributed to a collective of daring biologists across Europe, all under Hassenfeld.

Dr Zweistein does not like the crowd of onlookers gawking at his creation. Nor does Zweistein’s Progenitor. At twice the height and size of the average fluffy pony, Zweistein’s Progenitor is a beast that, while having the fluff of a fluffy pony, and a mouth and shape matching one, moves at a sluggish pace. A chimera of different animal parts literally stitched together, some wonder how this beast can stay alive, not to mention procreate.

“D…daddeh? Fwuffy nu wike…. Tuu many hummehs…”

Zweistein keeps patting his creation, and whisper in its ear.
“They’re not going to hurt you. Be calm.”

Earlier, Zweistein had administer a sedative to keep the progenitor docile. Thankfully, it has worked, though the doctor is a bit concerned that his creation is still aware of its surroundings. Though faint, the doctor can hear a soft mumble from a rather scared fluffy.

“M-munstah…”

~

On the other side of the fair is Oliver with Chimney. The master sweep, having managed to earn a little extra from the new service he provides as a repairman, in addition to chimney sweeping, is now able to take some of his boys to see the Fair, though in groups.

“Su many bwightie pwaces, daddeh!” gasps Chimney, as Oliver himself is taken in by the sights.

Of course, Mr Gamsfeld is also here on official business. While the fair has its own engineers, Mr. Gamsfeld has the additional task of making sure the vents and machinery on display at this fair go without a hitch. But it doesn’t hurt to let his boys have at least one great pleasure, before they go back to their miserable lives of sweeping chimneys.

Swift is having the time of her life. There is a fluffy pony talent show going on, and Swift is one of the fluffies that was entered for the competition. Aside from a rather instinctual ability to use her canvas wings properly, Swift is able to show her other talents, including being able to balance a plate on her head and body, and later, break the record for the number of times a ball can be bounced by a fluffy pony on its head. Swift is in the limelight, and she is loving it.

And then, she meets her rival.

Swift has met Dolly before. Laura’s elder sister is the fiancé of Captain Sullivan, and, occasionally, the two fluffies have met together, whenever Captain pokes his head around Haddockspike Manor. One would think that, with fluffies being social creatures, they would naturally bond.

“Oh. It am onwy, Swiff, da wuffian. How uncoof(uncouth).”

“Nu! Dowwy am a dummeh!”

The relationship between Swift and Dolly is a bit complex. But for today, they must put aside their differences.
Laura’s Dolly has garnered attention too. Her work on mannequin legs is part of a larger project in developing clockwork prosthetics for the disabled. And today, after months of preparation, the two fluffies are on the stage. Standing on their hind legs, the two fluffies perform a choreographed cake walk, occasionally bringing their forelegs together. The crowd claps, as both fluffies bow before the audience.

Upon the falling of the curtain, the two fluffies blow raspberries at each other.

“Dummeh!”
“Wuffian!”

~

Oliver is currently in the garden next to the Crystal Palace. The crowds at the Fair have been packed and yet, remain oddly organized. For the poorer fairgoers remain at one end of the grounds, followed by the working and middle classes in the centre. Further on up, the gentry and aristocrats mingle around in a part of the garden cordoned off from the rest off the riffraff. In a reflection of the social strata of London, there is a clear but unspoken demarcation between the lines.

Although Oliver has been enjoying the fair, he is still reading from the book that Glamsfeld had provided him. Despite working as a chimney sweep for many years now, Oliver has developed an interest in engineering, as well as the technical arts. He hopes to get better at the art of fixing difficult clockwork and steam engines.

It is perhaps this focus that prevents Oliver from noticing that Chimney saw a Monarch butterfly. Like an excited puppy, Chimney races after the butterfly, trying to catch it. As he does so, he starts to get buried in the crowd. Oliver, sensing an absence, turns around, and notices that Chimney was running away.

“Chimney! Wait!!”

Chimney keeps running, oblivious to his surroundings. As he keeps running, he slowly passes by the various professions in London. Whore, Chimney sweep, worker, foreman, soldier, journalist, lawyer, teacher, engineer, businessman, officer and eventually, gentleman.

“Haha! Fwuffy git yu!”

But of course, the butterfly flies away, high above the crowd.

Chimney looks left and right. Seeing the men in top hats and coats, and woman in elegant dress, he realizes that he is very, very lost. Most fluffies would cry in this instant. But Chimney, and with a little daring, walks to the nearest fluffy he can see in a nearby tent.

“Huwwo pwetty fwen!“

Dolly is currently seated on a pillow in a special tent that Laura has rented for herself. After the rather exhausting dance her mistress had made her do, she is getting a much-needed reprieve on her favourite pillow. She is just about to sip some tea from a teacup when she heard the loud babbling coming from another fluffy. And judging by its accent, it is clearly not well-trained.

“Wut ‘ou wan? Dis nu pwace for ‘ou,” asks Dolly.
“Pawdon nice miss, but whewe am Chimney Daddeh?”

If this was any other fluffy of the gentry, particularly a snobbish one, Dolly would turn her head up in the air, and continue her drink. However, Dolly, feeling a little empathy for a humble fluffy of the working classes, rings a bell next to her. This activates a minor electrical signal, which triggers a buzzing in the pocket of her master.

Laura comes in and sees the fluffy on the ground.

“Well hello there. I take it you’re lost?”

~

Oliver is currently outside the cordon and is facing a copper.

“Go on about your business lad. This is a restricted property.”
“But kind sir, my fluffy pony wandered into that area!”
“None of my business, young lad.”

As he says this, Laura comes past the cordon, carrying Chimney in her arms.

“Chimney!”
“Daddeh!”

As boy and fluffy are reunited in a heatful embrace, Oliver looks to Laura in gratitude.

“Thank you, miss!”
“You’re welcome, young man.”

For a moment, their eyes meet. Oliver, with his grey eyes, and his face holding some remnants of soot, with his hands, covered in callouses from climbing the chimney walks. Laura, with her blue eyes, and dainty hands, which have, at most, been exposed to clockwork, but without much risk.

“Laura! Your sister is looking for you!”

The captain’s call breaks the brief stare both parties had, as they return to their respective places in society.
The one thing that Laura remembers is the book that Oliver is reading, and remarks to herself that the boy is reading a slightly outdated manual. Her own hope is that she can provide a more relevant and updated manual, should the two ever meet, unlikely as that may be.
For Oliver, he has met the most beautiful woman in his life. However, knowing her to be a member of the gentry, he is resigned to thinking that he might never meet her again, unless he can do better as a technician.

As both parties resume their proper place within the fair, the sun slowly sets. However, the gaslights go up, and the light from the pageantry illuminates the evening sky.

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Dear god that’s a mouthful, don’t mind me, just bookmarking this.

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Just as my Policefluffs stories are set in a cyberpunk setting, I’ve been meaning to do Steampunk fluffy story. Some notes:

  • Chimney was the first character I thought of when trying to imagine a fluffy in the Victorian era. I later found out that BDB did a similar chimneysweep fluffy, but hers was a pegasus: https://www.reddit.com/r/fluffycommunity/comments/iv0ptz/chimneysweep_fluffy_artistblackdragonblood_or_bdb/

  • Also, Chimney does not carry a brush he is the brush.

  • It is obvious what Zweistein is named after. That being said, Zweistein’s Progenitor is meant to represent how genetic engineering of fluffies could be achieved in a steampunk world. The particular genetics for this progenitor is based off this diagram by ESF regarding fluffy genetics. I might try other combinations by other artists in future. Also, the Progenitor is meant to be a commentary on how the fluffy pony is seen by many in the fandom as a chimera

  • Initially, Dolly was going to be something like this earlier steampunk fluffy I saw on the booru, but such a fluffy would have no need for food or energy. The other idea was based off a certain infamous comic by Ring_of_fire of a smarty turned into a doll. I eventually settled for a pillowed fluffy with clockwork legs

  • Swift is inspired by Shadysmarty’s Wisperwind. In particular, she is inspired by how Waggytail drew Wisperwind. I have uploaded a quick gallery of this character here: https://www.reddit.com/r/fluffycommunity/comments/iv0q4p/smawtymustdies_wisperwind_as_drawn_by_waggytail/ and also here

  • The astute reader may also notice the reference to one other fast pegasus in fluffy lore.

  • At the time, steampunk had only two tags on the booru and this was the third. But, and now with the new site, this is the first steampunk fluffy story on Fluffycommunity!

The story is currently using the site’s unique formatting. Readers who want the greentext original can read it on the reddit or my pastebin.

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If you think this is a mouthful you should read Wan Pway?. That was my longest one-shot!

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I have, it was G O O D.

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I.AM.IN.LOVE.

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I wonder if I should conver this to greentexts, like in the original. Thought?

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Is there a sequel to this?

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Not at the moment Dx. I have been tempted to continue Steamfluffs, but I also have a few other story projects thats taking my focus (with the chief one being Avocado xD )

But I definitely hope I can write more Steamfluffs someday :slight_smile:

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Updated to include @Carpdime 's pic of Dolly and Laura as well as @emotionalsupportfluffy 's design of Swift.

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This was fun to read, thank you :slight_smile:

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