A Gentleman's Game

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“Now that is a woman,” Gerard commented under his breath as he stepped into the Egyptian artifacts room of the museum. The klaxon of the security alarms was only a slight irritation as his gaze swept the open space, searching for his prize.

There, in the far case. Shimmering with a gentle blue glow, the hue of an evening sky lit by a marvelous full moon. It was magical. Or so he had been told.

He glanced briefly at his watch. With the guard incapacitated he would be offered just a few extra seconds of relief in his escape, but not much more. He still had to act quickly.

He approached the case and peered inside. Contained within the glass encasement was a very small, yet intricately ornate sapphire ring.

“Midrala,” he whispered, “beloved ornament of my people. You will soon be returned.”

He pulled out a cutting tool and began the delicate work of slicing a hole through the casing.

“You know, the alarm’s been tripped,” a soft female voice behind him said. “You can just break the glass.”

Gerard smiled.

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  1. Avatar kaellinn18

    Haha, what goes around comes around. Another good entry in this series. My only recommendation is to remove the part where he’s talking to himself. It just doesn’t seem like something a thief would be doing, especially with the alarm going off.

  2. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    This is a very intriguing little series now, twisty, turny, but always amusing…

    Good work with this, the character of Gerald is really well characterised here, a true gentleman. Is this another female voice? Popular museum tonight…

    MH :)

  3. Avatar Ruby Slippers

    Does the original thief return? More please!

  4. Avatar Ridcully Calvert

    I like it. The hint of magic is interesting, although it almost takes the edge off the tension between the two characters (well three if you count the unfortunate guard)

  5. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Ooh, so she’s doubled back out of curiosity? Cute continuation, and I like the added mystery of the artifact and what sounds like a personal or family connection.

  6. Avatar Mr.Gabriel

    And she returns. I smell an attraction…

  7. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    That’s not very professional, but quite dangerous and kind of romantic. What will their relationship be?

  8. Avatar Catherine

    Is it the original thief? Isn’t anyone worried the alarm was tripped? I must read on!

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