Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
I looked up from my meal and glanced from Silver to his daughter. Dragon lifted her head too but the drakes continued to rip and tear at the rare chunks of meat on the plate. Silver shook his head as he sat, “I never thought of feeding them instead of...”
His daughter frowned but absently reached out to pet a drake. He looked at his daughter and sighed, “I need something, my daughter had an... assignation with a mage name Poulo. While she was... recovering, he took a flask of liquid fire from my workroom.”
I looked at his blushing daughter, “How do you know he took it?”
Silver sighed, “My watcher saw him and he refuses to speak with me or my daughter.”
I thought about breaking into a mages home or workroom and sighed as I looked at Silver, “A day and night with your daughter.”
He raised an eyebrow as she opened her mouth. I smiled, “If she could do it for a strange mage she can be my paramour for a day and night.”
Silver looked at his daughter and sat back, “Your choice.”
She looked at me and narrowed her eyes, “Fine.”
I nodded and looked at Silver, “Describe the flask.”
Silver smiled but didn’t look at his daughter, “Silver with an engraved sunburst. Two hands tall, a hand wide and two fingers thick. It will be warm to the touch and I need to caution you not the open it.”
I nodded and stood as I picked up Dragon, “call your children Dragon, we have work.”
I started towards the door as the drakes leaped into the air to follow. I made a side trip to a small room I leased and then headed towards what was called Wizard’s Walk. It was an area with fancy gardens and towers. I slipped into the bushes near a garish tower and watched the lines of magic as they glowed and shifted. Dragon took flight as the drakes settled in a tree.
It was past midnight before I moved towards the tower. I avoided the lines of magic on and above the ground as I got closer. I stopped next to the stone wall and studied the glow it gave off. I pulled out a ball of string and tossed the end into the air in time for Dragon to catch it. She flew up past the line of windows and then over a thick roof beam before tucking her wings and dropping.
I caught her and took the end of the string before putting her on my shoulder. I tied the string to a strong cord that I had made special. I pulled the cord up and over the beam. When the end was back in my hand I removed the string and made a loop. I slipped a foot into the loop and began pulling myself up. When I reached the windows I stopped, I held myself in place and use one hand to toss a light gauze onto a window sill.
The gauze was made from spider silk so the mage spells would ignore it. I lightly stepped onto the gauze and carefully checked the room, I finally stepped down and crossed to the door. I checked it before opening it and stepping out, magic lines of spells went everywhere. Only one door was free of magic and I silently crossed to it.
I checked the door carefully and cracked it open to see a tall rangy mage working at a bench. I slipped in quietly and moved towards him, I stopped behind him and listened to his angry muttering before blowing dust from a small pouch onto his neck. He barely noticed and a moment later was silent and stiff as the paralytic powder took effect.
I turned and looked around before moving to what looked like a heavily warded bench. I saw the flask right away as well as several other bottles and vials warded as strongly. I grinned as I pulled out a silk bag and another small pouch. This one held what could only be called insect dust. It was extreme fine and I sprinkled it over the flask and the rest of the bench.
The ward spells seemed to slid down onto the bench a moment later and I began collecting. I turned and stopped as I saw the small cage, inside was Silver’s amber griffin, it was crouching and looked pitiful. I checked and it wasn’t warded so I opened the cage and slipped him into my shirt. I walked out and went back to the window and my waiting cord.
This time I slipped my foot in the loop and easily let my weight carry me to the ground. I pulled the cord over the beam and coiled it before walking away. The drakes landed on me and clung to me as I slipped back into the shadows. I went home and let Dragon and the drakes fly to their beds as I pulled the amber griffin out. I set him on my bed as I undressed and climbed in.
I was up early and dressed nice before leaving with the silk bag and my constant companions. I slipped the lock on the mage shop easily and walked in. I avoided his alarms and traps as I moved through the shop and into the back. I set the bag on the kitchen table and shooed the drakes off as I looked around. I started making breakfast and a few minutes later the mage walked in blinking with his daughter clutching his sleeve.
He looked at me and then at the bag on the table before smiling and crossing to sit. His daughter hesitated and then went to sit with him as he began pulling out bottles, vials and finally his flask. He sighed and nodded as he looked at me, his daughter looked a little wide eyed but stood and crossed to me. She kissed me softly, “We can use my bed.”
I smiled, “First my lovely paramour, you need to dress. We are going to go shopping and then enjoy a picnic in the King’s garden. This afternoon we are taking a nice carriage ride outside the city and this evening we will have dinner in the Black Knight Inn. Tonight we sleep in my apartment.”
Her mouth had dropped open and Silver chuckled. I nodded to the amber griffin on a shelf, “I freed your griffin too.”
Silver glanced at the small griffin and then grinned, “That isn’t mine.”
I looked at him and then at the griffin. Silver chuckled, “It seems to like you if it hasn’t gone back to its master.”
I sighed and murmured, “One more.”Chapter three
I woke with Dragon rubbing my face and turned to look at Jasmine sleeping beside me. I never expected Silver’s daughter to become a permanent part of my life but she had. I nodded to Dragon and she leaped into the air. I slipped out of bed and crossed to the table against the wall. I looked at the tiny scroll a small jeweled hawk had delivered. There was no sign of magic on the scroll so I unrolled it.
Sinclair, I need you to steal a scroll for me. It will be found in the royal library in the guarded section. It is in a sealed case with several traps to guard it. It will have three wax seals that must not be broken. There will be a royal ribbon around it and you must remove this with out untying it. This scroll was to be removed and sold but it must never be read so I ask for your help.
I burned the note and looked at Jasmine and sighed before moving to get dressed. She had been here several times and had awaken with me gone a few of those times. I slipped out and moved through the quiet early morning streets. I glanced up a couple of times to see Dragon, Griffin or the drakes flitting from cover to cover. The royal library was very large and only open during the day.
It was simple to pick the lock and slip in. I quietly moved along the bookshelves and stopped to glance around the last one. I smiled when I saw the old watchman sitting in a chair and leaning against the wall. I silently moved to the door beside him and checked it before using a small oil bulb. I squirted a tiny bit of lamp oil on the hinges and picked the lock. I looked at the sleeping guard once more before slowly opening the door.
The room was large with three high windows. Tall bookshelves lined each wall and glass cases dotted the center of the room. One look and I walked to the only glass case with wavy lines of magic in and around it. I slowly walked around the case before pulling out a small wrapped skin. I opened it and pulled out a tiny vial and a small wooden dowel.
I opened the vial and poured a tiny bit of the clear liquid onto the case before careful standing the dowel up in the liquid. While I waited I moved to the wall with the windows and climbed up and opened one. I climbed down as Dragon flew in and settled on my shoulder. I stopped climbing when I saw an interesting book and absently slipped it into my shirt.
I went back to the case and pulled out a small metal rod. On one end was a tiny metal bulb and on the other was a diamond. I carefully used the diamond end to scratch a large circle around the wooden dowel stuck to the glass. I held the dowel and used the other end of the rod to tap around the scratch. I lifted the piece of glass out with the dowel and set it down on the floor.
I looked inside the case carefully before reaching in. I turned the scroll to look at it before pulling my hand out. Out of a small kit I pulled another small rod with a tiny blade on one end. I put everything else away before reaching into the case with the new rod. I turned the scroll over and carefully sliced the ribbon on the back side. I was extremely careful not to cut the scroll and used the rod to slip the cut ribbon off.
I lifted the scroll out and put everything I had brought away except the dowel. I slipped the scroll into my shirt and climbed up to the window. Dragon cocked her head and I looked at her. She shook her head as she looked at me and I frowned. I looked at the window carefully and saw very faint almost hair thin lines of magic. I pulled the scroll and held it out, “Wait for me to come out.”
Dragon leaped and her hind legs snatched the scroll as she flew through the window. I climbed down and moved to the door, I peeked out to see the guard missing. I slipped out and moved to the opposite side of the library than the one I had come in at. I had a bad feeling and pulled the other book out and slipped it onto a shelf, I also put my thieves kit on the shelf.
I moved to a door and slipped out, I had gone barely a dozen feet before men appeared. A smug looking mage walked behind them, “I told you he would do it.”
I glanced at him and then at the city guards, “Do what?”
They snarled and reached for me only to draw back as I drew my dagger, “Tell me my crime.”
The mage started to gesture and I grinned and threw salt in his face. He screamed as he was bathed in flames and several guards threw him down and rolled him on the ground. I looked at the guards, “What have I done?”
A sergeant cleared his throat, “we were told you were going to steal a scroll.”
I shook my head and sheathed my dagger before stripping. I turned around and shook out my clothes, “No scroll, no book, nothing.”
The guards looked at each other and then at the moaning mage. The sergeant cleared his throat, “What were you doing in the library?”
I blushed and looked around, “Promise not to tell?”
He frowned and I shrugged, “I was looking in the old texts for the original manuscript for mad king Terence.”
The guards all laughed, the manuscript I mentioned was supposed to tell where he hid a treasure. I blushed, “It was worth a try.”
The sergeant shook his head, “Get dressed and go home.”
I dressed quickly and started walking, the guards turned to the mage as I turned the corner. Dragon dropped from the roof and I caught the scroll as she landed on my shoulder. I glanced up at Griffin and the drakes, “I want the jeweled hawk that brought the note to me.”
They disappeared and I tucked the scroll into my shirt. When I walked into Silver’s kitchen he looked up and Jasmine turned. She smiled, “out working?”
I raised an eyebrow and she blushed, “Sorry.”
I sat across from Silver and slid the scroll across, “I got a note this morning saying you wanted this.”
He frowned and looked at the scroll before turning it with a finger to see the seals. He hissed, “That was supposed to be destroyed!”
I shrugged and he looked at me, “I didn’t send a note.”
I nodded and pulled Jasmine onto my lap, “I thought as much when the city guards and that mage that stole from you appeared.”
Silver frowned and tucked the scroll inside his robe, “what are you going to do?”
I smiled, “Go to the library for my kit and another book and then find whoever set me up.”
I kissed Jasmine and stood, “see you tomorrow?”
Silver nodded and I left thinking about the other mage. I walked into the library and made my way to the shelf with the book and my tools. I slipped both into my shirt before going to one of the reading chairs. I sat and opened the book and began reading. It wasn’t long before the guard sergeant and a commander appeared, I looked at them and closed the book, “Yes?”
The commander cleared his throat, “An important scroll was stolen.”
I held up the book, “I’m only here to read this.”
They looked at each other and the sergeant reached for the book. When he saw the title he snorted and the commander shook his head. I took the book as they walked off murmuring angrily. After I slipped out of the library Dragon chased the jeweled hawk down to me. I caught it and lifted it to look into its face, “Silver didn’t send you. You will lead my friends to your master, do you understand?”
It crouched and hunched its head in fright. I sighed and glanced at Dragon on my shoulder before looking at the small hawk, “You show my friends the mage and I will give you sanctuary.”
It looked at me and then at Dragon before giving a choppy nod. I opened my hand and it straightened before leaping into the air and spreading its rainbow colored wings. The drakes and Griffin appeared to fly around it and I sighed, “I think we know where it will lead us.”
Dragon gave a nod before dropping off me and flying after the others. I headed towards the Wizard’s Walk and mage Poulo’s tower. I thought about ways in and smiled, when I reached the tower Dragon and the others were waiting. Dragon dropped to my shoulder and rubbed her head against my cheek and I smiled, “keep watch outside.”
I walked around the tower to the servants entrance and smiled when I didn’t see any magic signs. I picked the simple lock and slipped inside, I checked everything before moving across a kitchen with the cook busily making a meal. I slipped up the narrow servants stairs and stopped when I reached the mage’s quarters at the top. I silently opened the door and stepped into the room.
I crossed to the work room and saw the smug mage from earlier. I tossed salt through the doorway and into the thin spider web of magic, it burst into flames as I walked through it. The mage spun and began a spell and I tossed more salt. He exploded in rainbow sparks and ribbons of colored light. He screamed and fell to the floor and started rolling around.
I walked closer and stomped down to crush his throat. I sprinkled salt all over his body and waited until he stilled. I squatted and poured salt into his mouth before pulling a candle out. I lit it and slowing melted the wax to seal his mouth and nose. I stood and looked around before walking out, it was simple to slip by the cook and leave.
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