Red-capped Jeroboam soldered the gear. He wound the mechanism and let it go. The device turned and whirred as he expected, so he put it down to tinker on it further.
“What are you making, gnome?” asked a human customer.
“A device that tells time. Wind it up in the morning, and it will work all day.”
“Sounds like witchcraft.”
The gnome squinted. “You could make one too, if you’d get over that ‘witch’ crap.”
This was written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #119, Tinker. As an avid D&D player, I immediately thought of tinkering gnomes and couldn’t put that idea down!