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September 27, 2018

Fiction: Jerks, lords, daggers and stolen gold bars

This week's Words for Wednesday words are: bespoke, fence, poster, drained, splice, ergonomic and/or bridle, bent, wallow, derail, stoned and savings.

Fiction: Jerks, lords, daggers and stolen gold bars

The face on the poster is haggard and thin unlike Eddy who is not yet thirty but looking at the portrait, she might as well be sixty or six. Underneath is written: 'Wanted for robbery and assault. Armed and Dangerous. Contact the police immediately if seen.' She rips the poster down, crumbles it and throws it to the ground. The jerk only lost a tip of his ears, how is that assault? He doesn't deserve a name so she calls him the 'jerk.'

Just a week ago, Eddy was a guest at Lord Danton's manor for a party held in honor of his twin daughters' birthdays. The jerk had secured Eddy an invitation and it was their plan to rob his godfather, Lord Danton.

When the birthday girls were being serenaded with a three layered cake, Eddy made her way up the two flights of stairs and into Lord Danton's office where she pulled a framed painting off the wall to reveal a safe. Eddy had no trouble hearing the clicks as she turned the dial. Her one talent was that she could hear through anything and at a great distance. She had the safe open just before the birthday girls started opening their first present. Eddy gathered the ten pieces of gold into the black sack that she had previously hid in her glove. But the tenth one didn't quite fit into the sack. She stuffed it down the front of her dress. It was a good thing she wasn't well endowed like her mother. She closed the safe and hung the painting back into place and was at the door but the jerk ushered her back inside the office and closed the door. How did he got up here without her having heard him?

"You can't leave through the front," he said. Eddy almost dropped the sack. "Lord Danton had called the police and they are almost here. Leave through the windows. Hurry!" She heard footsteps climbing the stairs. They were no ordinary steps. She had heard them enough times to know they were steps of authority. The birthday girls were still opening presents.

If Eddy was caught with the gold, she would not be able to get away. She walked over to the windows. They were four stories up but outside, there was a ledge and beside it was a tree. She could climb down easily. This was her second escape route but she didn't think she would need to use it. "Go and I'll distract them," he said with a smile that revealed his bright teeth. He pushed one of the windows open. "Hurry!" The footsteps were coming closer. Outside a dog barked.

The jerk grabbed the sack from her and said "Let me hold that for you." Eddy gave him a small grin and started to climb backward out the window. When she got her feet steady on the ledge, she held out her hand for the sack but the jerk sneered at her and backed farther into the room. The door opened and five man in navy uniforms entered. "There's the thief! Seize her before she gets away!" The jerk shouted while pointing a finger at Eddy.

Eddy wanted to scream but she took a breath and let it out. She should not have gotten a partner. Why didn't she listen to herself? She turned to reach for the nearest branch when two pairs of hands grabbed her and pulled her up and back into the room where they held her arms behind her. The jerk stood there with a smug look on his face.

Lord Danton rushed into the room and opened the safe at once. "Where is my gold?" He demanded. Eddy shrugged. She turned to the jerk but he had nothing in his hand. Where was the sack? She didn't see him move.

"I believed her accomplice took it and left her behind," the jerk said with such a calm voice that Eddy almost believed him. She wanted to protest but she had no way of proving her innocence or his guilt.

Lord Danton's nostrils flared, sending a corner of his mustache shivering. Then he said, "You three, go out and find the other thief. I want my gold back." The jerk did mentioned Lord Danton was also a magistrate. Three of the policemen saluted and left the room. "Now then, Miss, I hope you will be so kind as to tell me how you got into my safe. No one have the combination, not even my wife. How did you found out?"

If Eddy had anything to say, she didn't have the voice to say it. Years ago, she had lost her ability to speak after a long illness.

"Nothing? Then take some time to think it over. Take her to the station and lock her up." Lord Danton gestured to the remaining two policemen. Then he turned to the jerk. "Thank you, Holden for..." Eddy stopped listening as the policemen led her toward the door. The jerk had betrayed her. She knew she shouldn't have gotten a partner. She twisted around and punched one policemen in the face and kicked the other in the stomach. She pulled out two daggers from her boots and threw them at the jerk. One caught the edge of his right ear and stuck on the wall behind him. The other landed on the painting. The jerk screamed. Blood gushed between his fingers as he pressed a hand over his injured ear. Eddy ran out the door.

"Fools! What are you waiting for? Catch her!" Lord Danton shouted. Eddy could hear the jerk whining like a baby.

Eddy was about to go down the stairs but two pairs of hands grabbed her and pulled her arms behind her so hard that she would have scream if she thought any sound could come out.

"Take her to the station at once and make sure to keep an eye on her." Lord Danton looked furious standing in the office doorway.

Out in the street in the cool air, Eddy had a sudden realization - she was alone and the jerk had let her take all the blame. Well, she was guilty but the gold was stolen from her so technically, she was not entirely at fault.

The two policemen escorted her into a black automobile where it immediately took off. But it moved too fast and she was not used to it like she was with a horse and carriage. Her head ached and her stomach was churning and before she could stop herself, Eddy puked on the floor. The policeman beside her shouted. The automobile stopped with a jolt. Eddy was pulled out of the vehicle. The policeman driver got out and peered into the backseat at the mess. "Will you look at this? The smell will never come out." The unlucky policeman who sat beside Eddy was wiping his shoes. Some bits must have gotten on them. Eddy almost laughed. Then she ran. She heard them calling her but she didn't stop. When she found a corner dark enough to hide, she ran into it. She crunched down on the ground and waited. The policemen ran pass her. She didn't leave her hiding place until she was sure she couldn't hear them anymore.

Eddy glances around to see if anyone notice her but no one did. She keeps her head down as she heads back to the abandon train station where she have been staying. At the tracks, she turns toward booth #7 and goes inside. She dusts a few debris from the ground and lifts up a metal plate where she pulls out a leather case from the hole in the ground. She spreads out the five daggers and the gold bar. The sixth and seventh daggers are still in Lord Danton's possession. She thought of the jerk's face and remembers how he sneered at her. The jerk drained her of patience and not to mention the gold she had rightfully stole. She wants to wallow in self pity but that would mean she had lost and he had won. No, she had not lost. Some day, she will destroy him. For now, she must find a way to get out of the city.

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8 comments:

  1. Wow. Lots of unexpected twists and turns here. I loved it - and would be very, very happy to read more of Eddie's story.

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    1. I did had Eddy's name as Eddie one time but I like the spelling of Eddy better.

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  2. Lots of action in your story, now who has that gold?

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    1. the gold is...I don't know, haven't written that yet.

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  3. Excellent story! I can't wait for the next chapter!

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    1. yes, I think there will be a next chapter.

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  4. That's great! Eddy would make a wonderful heroine for a novel.

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    1. I think Eddy makes a great heroine too. I'll write more about her but I don't know about a novel.

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