Sadly I somehow neglected to write a review of Kelly Robson's fine novella, Waters of Versailles, when I first read it for the Nebula awards. I will rectify that now for the World Fantasy Awards.
Our protagonist is an upper-class commoner and artisan who aspires to nobility in Louis XVI's court. He is cultivating noble women, and providing a service by taming a water sprite and convincing it to pump water through pipes of his devising, allowing modern plumbing in the palace of Versailles. It's a fine speculative story that shows the utility of plumbing through this unusual route to get it. The character and plot development are excellent as well. It's just a very satisfying story to read, so go right away and read it while the link is still good. Four stars from me!