Gender: Male Age: 54 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Stealing the beggars chest|
I juggled the toys as a pregnant Jasmine held Melody and tried to pick up the picnic basket. I shook my head and hooked the handle with a foot before lifting it. Jasmine grinned as she took it and turned to start walking, “so why did father want to look at all the animals?”
I walked with her as I kept looking around the commons, “he said something about them changing because they eat I think.”
She laughed, “I think he is getting in over his head.”
The boy and girl ahead of us laughed and shifted and I moved to block Jasmine and stopped her, “pick another mark.”
The two stopped smiling and the boy frowned, “I don’t...”
I smiled, “does the name Sinclair mean anything?”
He glanced around as the girl hissed, “he is...”
The boy hissed and I shook my head, “to late. Come to my home in one mark or I will have to hunt you down and I don’t think you want that.”
They looked at each other and stepped aside. Jasmine looked at me with a smile as she absently changed our daughter’s summoning spell, “and should I ask what you plan to do with two thieves?”
I tossed a toy close to Melody and her magic swirled and brought it to her fist before she tried to suck on it. I grinned, “do you really want to know?”
She shook her head as she caught another spell our daughter tried to do to summon Dragon and the others, “I guess not.”
I grinned, “actually I was planning a large theft.”
She looked at me, “we don’t need the money.”
I grinned, “festival is coming.”
She shifted Melody and whispered a spell that made the picnic basket float after us. I knew she was curious and smiled before whistling. Melody did her giggling laugh and Jasmine sighed, “what are you going to do?”
I grinned again, “they are going to steal the beggars chest and pour it into the god fountains during festival.”
Jasmine laughed and shook her head, “and what happens to the beggars expecting their pieces of copper?”
I smiled smugly, “I happen to know that a certain baron in charge this year was planning to take most of the money. He is already pledged to provide two coppers for every beggar if there was not enough in the chest. If there is he gets what is left after paying each beggar a copper.”
She looked at me, “so if you steal the chest...”
I laughed as we walked between fountains and statues at the front of our home, “he has to pay the coppers out of his own pocket. More to the point, if the chest is taken he has to pay a matching fee to the King’s orphans.”
She laughed as we walked into the house and her mother turned from speaking to the three cats, “about time you got home.”
I smiled sweetly, “if you wanted to go with us all you had to do was ask. Instead you have been trying to get the cats to spy on Silver.”
She sniffed and Jasmine shook her head, “mother.”
I carried the toys and picnic blanket into the kitchen and set everything on the table. I grinned as I looked at the cats that followed, “would one of you go tell Dragon and the others we are back and I need them?”
The ruby cat nodded and headed for the door that opened on its own. I shook my head and looked at the others, “I wish you would tell me how you did that.”
They sat smugly and I headed into my study, “we need to plan a theft.”
I sat at the small writing desk and used a parchment and drew merchant’s square. I looked up when Dragon landed on my shoulder and looked around, “everyone else back?”
She nodded and I reached up to rub her cheek, “Melody is taking a nap so you are here buttering me up?”
She chirped and I grinned before looking at the door where the two young thieves stood, “good you are here.”
Jasmine handed them small plates of sweetbread and glasses of cider before pushing them into the room, “I’m taking mother out so she doesn’t spy.”
I grinned and watched her leave before looking at the two nervous children, “ready for a large heist?”
They looked at each other before coming to the desk and looking at the parchment. The square was crowded, just the way we wanted. I moved through the people smoothly and bumped a man and sliced the seems on his purse. Coins spilled out and people shifted and looked as he stopped and tried to pick them up.
I stopped beside the stand and ten seconds later the lock on the iron band was open. I moved around as the boy and girl appeared carrying a empty chest hidden under an enchanted gauze. Dragon, Griffin and the drakes cried out as they danced in the air above and several people tripped over something unseen and fell on the outside of the square.
The new chest lifted at the other end of the stand and I grabbed an end handle on the chest and pulled. The heavy chest slid out from under the band and the new chest slid in. The boy caught the other end of the heavy chest and flicked the gauze like cloth over it. The girl paused and seemed to drop a few coppers into the chest.
Her other hand closed the lock on the iron band. She walked away as the boy and I left holding the chest that seemed to have vanished between us. After we were out of the square we walked calmly through the streets and back to my house. I grinned when the large crowd of children appeared and we set the chest on the edge of a fountain basin.
I nodded to the boy who looked around before bending as he pulled the gauze away and started picking the lock. A minute later he lifted the lid and grinned as his sister appeared. I gestured and they grabbed handfuls and started walking and dropping coins into the fountains. The children laughed as they lined up to grab coins to give to the gods.
I looked up at one of the windows to see Gloria watching and waved. She shook her head and disappeared and I went back to watching the children. The guard that stopped beside me looked and smiled before tossing a few coins from his purse, “well done.”
I smiled, “anyone see?”
He shook his head, “they are taking it away for counting in a few hours.”
I looked around, “Duke Mesker asked to witness the chest opening in front of the king?”
He grinned, “now it is half the court.”
I smiled in satisfaction, “now the greedy bastard can pay for everything out of his own pocket.”
The guard grinned, “the captain said he would pay your fee to the orphanage like you asked.”
I nodded and laughed as several children started splashing water and playing. The baron was furious when the new chest was opened to see it was empty. He tried to blame the city guards. Duke Mesker cleared his throat and reminded him he had refused to pay for a guard to watch the chest.
He had tried putting off paying the beggars but the king wouldn’t have it. I stood on the edge of the square with Jasmine and my daughter as beggars filed in and across to receive their coppers. I didn’t say anything and neither did anyone else when most switched shirts to return a second and third time.
Parties were going on all through the city and bright lights glowed from manors and estates. I glanced at Daniel and Tami before walking out of the shadows in the alley. Dragon was sitting on the wooden gate into the baron’s small estate and dropped to my shoulder as I opened it. I looked back and the two thieves crossed to join me.
We crossed to the manor that was dark since the baron was out at another noble’s party. I glanced up and looked at the girl. She turned and started climbing the rough stone blocks and the boy followed and then me. On the second floor the girl climbed onto a balcony and we followed. I caught the boy as he moved to the window and touched his shirt.
He frowned and then nodded as he pulled out the wire frame glasses and put them on. They didn’t alter his vison but they did let him see the strands magic left. He hissed when he looked at the window and I grinned. I moved to the window and pulled the tiny silver pen knives from a silver case in a pocket.
I made sure they watched as I pulled the strands off the window and stuck them in the frame. The boy nodded and I let him slip a very thin bar through between the windows and lift the locking latch. He opened the window and slipped in before gesturing to us. I let the girl go first and followed as he crossed to the far door.
The manor was dark and had that long unused feel as we silently made our way down to the lower floor. At the end of the dark hall was a door with three bars and six locks. I watched as he looked and then pulled a small case with silver pens knives like I had used before. He dragged the magic strands to the doorframe where he pinned them.
The girl moved forward to pick the six locks and they quietly lifted the three locking bars. The boy picked the lock on the door and opened it to peek in. He opened it wider and I pulled out a tiny mage lantern and lifted one side. He grinned and we walked in and across to the chest against one wall.
He looked it over before kneeling to pick the lock. When he started to open it I caught his hand, “traps.”
He looked and I knelt to traced the edge of the lid. The girl hissed and I touched a small hole in the iron band across the top. I pulled a small round pin and slipped it into the hole before nodding to the boy. He cautiously opened the chest and gasped at the gold and silver. I pulled out canvas bags, “fill them.”
Five minutes later my pack was much heavier and the chest was closed and locked. I waited and watched at the door as they replaced the bars and then the six locks. The boy carefully move the magic strands back into place. Upstairs we closed and locked the window and moved the spell strands back into place.
We lowered the pack using cord and then slipped out. I led the way through the streets and stopped at the mage hall. The front doors were wide open as mages enjoyed a party and I walked in with the two following me timidly. I waved at the few mages I knew and stopped at a low table. I took the pack off before I started dividing the money.
When I was done I helped them put their share back in the bags. After they slipped out I straightened and a dozen mages laughed. Several stepped forward including Edmond and I started counting and handing the coins to them. I left with a huge chest that just floated behind me as I walked through semi crowded streets.
I banged on the thick doors to the king’s orphanage and an older woman opened the door, “there is no party...”
I pushed her out of the way as I walked in, “there is now.”
The children turned from what they had been doing as I stopped and turned to the chest. I pointed to a tiny girl, “come here.”
She was trembling as she stood and walked to me. I opened the chest and looked inside, “I need someone for a lovely young lady.”
A small bright silver flying cat leaped and flew out and I caught it. I turned to the wide eyed girl and held it out, “you must always care for it and it can never be taken away.”
She nodded and I set it in her hands before looking around and pointing to an older boy, “come here.”
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