Today marks the publication of my steampunk flash story "Father Francis and His Mechanical Bees" at Every Day Fiction. This story was so much fun to write. The idea came to me when I was out watering the backyard vegetable garden and a bee almost flew in my ear. It got me wondering what the world would be like without bees. The story went from there. There's a dirigible, a swarm of, yes, mechanical bees, and an AI who thinks she's Annie Oakley. I hope you enjoy.