Gender: Male Age: 54 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Emperor’s birthday|
The Grinning Cat was full with people coming to celebrate the emperor’s birthday. Daniel and Tami were with me at my table by the kitchen door. The table was covered with mage creatures laying on each other after eating a meal. I was watching Melody closely but her companion seemed to have her attention.
Ash was petting the Emerald cat who had crawled into her carrier. Tami leaned close and whispered, “Merchant Mcfercen announced that he was firing workers.”
I nodded, “and Merchant Gregorson has let it slip that he would hire any that left early.”
She grinned, “so...”
I smiled sweetly, “so I have a job tonight. I have a contract with Silver and a dozen other mages.”
She laughed, “something for the orphanage and the street kids again?”
I grinned, “I was thinking of stuffed animated cats.”
She bumped my shoulder as I reached out and touched Melody, “no magic.”
She frowned before sighing, “okay.”
Her companion patted her arm as I glanced at Ash and quickly reached out to catch her hand and shake, “no!”
The crowd quieted as she pouted and I sighed, “where is your mother?”
She looked over my shoulder and I turned as Jasmine cleared her throat. I grinned, “about time. Ash keeps trying to pull in magic from the cat.”
She bent to kiss me before reaching out to touch Ash, “she won’t hurt them.”
I snorted as I stood and stepped back, “I think the girls are giving me grey hair.”
Jasmine smiled and kissed me before turning to take my place, “get used to it.”
I looked at her and was tempted to stay. She smiled back at me, “go play.”
I grinned and bent to give her a quick kiss, “wait until I come home.”
I moved towards the door as Jewel and the drakes took to the air. It was nice to have them back as company. Outside the atmosphere was full of people celebrating and shouting. I moved into quieter streets as I headed towards the merchant’s factory. Merchant Mcfercen was firing workers because skilled workers were expensive.
He was bringing in surfs he had purchased. I thought it was time I helped relieve him of the burden that came with being wealthy. I slowed and stood in the shadows of an alley. The factory was dark but there was one light on in a window. I glanced around at the drakes, “want to go peek in the windows?”
They leaped into the air and spread out as they crossed the street. I reached up to caress Jewel, “lets try the back door.”
I moved out and walked down the street before crossing and walking down the alley. The door was in the dark but I saw the faint strands of magic. That made me frown as I looked at the strands. I removed my pack and pulled out the small mage lantern. I knelt and pulled out a couple of silver pen knives.
I opened the lantern and began to move or bypass the magic strands. Once my way was clear I picked the lock and opened the door. I closed the lantern and put my pack on and stepped into the factory. A drake landed on my shoulder and rubbed against my neck. It pointed towards the stairs and then up a ladder to a walk above us.
I smiled and nodded as I headed towards the ladder. The stairs had faint strands of magic but the ladder was clear. I climbed to the walk and silently made my way to above the office. I looked down before using the ladder against the warehouse wall. I was careful as I silently moved to the front and laid down to wait and watch.
All around me the drakes settled and watched the office door. It was an hour before the merchant came out and turned to lock the door. He held a wand and touched it to the door before turning to touch the stair rail. He walked down and touched the rail at the bottom again before heading for the back door.
I smiled as I realized that was how he had magical traps. I waited a little while before turning and dropping to the landing in front of the door. I pulled the mage lantern again and used the knives to move the magic to one side. I picked the lock and opened the door to look in. I stepped in and looked around before realizing the inner wall was to close.
I began checking it and found the strands of magic on the hidden door. I shifted them to one side before looking for and finding the catch. I opened the door and shook my head at the magic strands on the floor, the merchant was very paranoid. Since I was here I guess he was right. I knelt and began moving the strands as I made my way across to a large chest.
It had three thick iron bands with locks and two locking hasps from the lid. I looked at the ends and grinned as I pulled a small wood knife. It was a knife enchanted to slice only wood and a gift from Jasmine. I made four long cuts before I pried the end out and looked inside. I began pulling bags of money out and putting them in my pack.
My pack was full and bulging when I was done. I moved it to the doorway before replacing the magic strands for the trap and closing the hidden door. I moved to the desk and found his ledger and took it as I searched his desk. I left and closed the door and reset the magic strands before tying a cord to my pack and lowering it to the floor.
I dropped the cord and turned to jump and climb onto the office roof. I walked to the back and climbed the ladder to the walk and retraced my steps. After I climbed down the other ladder I went to put my heavy pack on. I grinned as I walked to the front and unlocked and opened the large doors. They weren’t trapped and the lock was on the inside and simple.
I looked around before whistling and men came out of the shadows. Wagons started coming as the men began loading crates of finished goods. After all the finished goods they began taking the materials and then the equipment and machines the merchant used. Finally they took any and all the furniture, tables and chairs and the few desks.
I left the doors wide open as I walked away and headed to another merchant. She was a nice old lady and for my order had brought in a few helpers. They had made dozens of life size cats and even a few that were twice the size of the others. I paid her several gold pieces from my pack and they helped me carry the bags of stuffed animals.
We went to the mage hall and found it full of mages having a party. I grinned as Silver shouted and the mages quieted. I pulled my pack off and began setting bags of money on a low table. I smiled as Jasmine appeared with Melody and Ash as well as a long line of orphans and street children. I turned to help the ladies with the large bags of stuffed animals.
There were more than a dozen mages that knelt as they sorted through the stuffed animals and encouraged the children to pick one and enchant it. It was like our own birthday celebration and then we had a surprise as the king and queen appeared with dozens of nobles. They had brought stuffed animals too.
Guards led more children in to pick an animal for a mage to enchant. There was juice and sweets for all the children. Suddenly four formally dressed imperial guards appeared with workers following carrying long wide crates. One bowed and handed me a letter as the workers opened the crates that were full of animated stuffed creatures.
Jasmine leaned against me while the king looked over my shoulder. The letter was from the young emperor to be, “Mr Sinclair it has come to our attention that you are planning to provide magical creatures to children. Since your gift to me I have seen how much I enjoy my friend. Anyway the mage guild has provided us with enough presents for each city.”
I glanced at the crates before looking at the letter again, “Please find a child to care for the animals.”
I grinned and looked at Jasmine, “line the children up again.”
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