The first half of the Steamy Sixteen is over and here are the results:

In Match #26, #35 – “Just inside the door…” by Elia Winters beat out #15 – “Dumb Luck: a Steampunk Short Story” by A. E. McCollough easily (13-3).

Match #27 was a slugfest, with “Dana stood at the edge…” by Katey Springle Lempka ultimately coming out on top of #10 -“What’s this?…” by Laurel Schlitt (66-59).

Match #28 had the lightest voting of this round, #19 – with “The Bounty” by Rachel Klingberg just slipping past #3 – “There she stood…” by Brittany (3-2).

Match #29 was heavily contested, ending with #27 – “Nuts and Bolts of the Heart” by GoldfishGal over “Silence, broken by the awkward ticks…” by Lady Jane Summers (27-22).

So, four move on to the Aetheric Eight and four more are left behind. Voting on the second half of the Steamy Sixteen is live in Matches 30-33.