The Long Chron – Online Edition – Chapter Seventeen

“Or we could maybe go about doing some form of Love Con, since the guy obviously has a thing for you.  Of course, in retrospect, maybe he was –“

“Hey there, big con, why don’t we first work on getting back into the city so we can find someplace safe to sleep for the night?” I ask, noting the darkening sky above us.

“Oh, that’s nothing.  You saw the river?  Wait for about half an hour when things are nice and dark and we should be able to sneak back in.”

“You think Geoffrey will still be waiting around for us to give us a place to sleep?”

“Doesn’t matter, we’re not staying there.”

“Why not?”

“Because, I have a hard time believing that The Wizard doesn’t know Geoff is hiding things from him.  He’s probably got that library all staked out just waiting for us to come back.”

“Okay, so what are we going to do for the night?  The rectory?”

“Naw, we need to stay as far away from there as possible, too.  I’m sure the Father is right that the peasants don’t usually like to break into church grounds, but once they tell The Wizard they saw us go in there, he’ll threaten each of them until someone finally comes in and turns over every table.”

“Well what the heck are we going to do for the night?  We definitely can’t stay out here.”

“Simple.  That tavern we stopped off in when we first got into town was renting out rooms.”

“But won’t she recognize us and turn us in to The Wizard just like anyone else?”

“Doubtful.  I’d guess they were all focused on what we were wearing.  In these gross tunics we should blend right in.  So, we’ll just pull an old school Protection Racket to pay, right? I can’t imagine anyone’s tried that out around here yet.”

“Isn’t that what The Wizard is doing?”

“Well, yeah, but—“

“Plus, did you see the woman running the counter?  There’s no chance we would be able to strong arm her into thinking she’d be safer by paying us money.”

“Well, I don’t see you coming up with any better plans.”

“Couldn’t we just pay her?  She seemed to be pretty interested in the change I offered her.  I’ve got a ton of it in my bag.”

“You mean as in actually paying for the room?”

“Yeah.  That not okay with you?”

“Absolutely not!  I’m still not happy we paid for lunch.”

“What if I let you work a Three Card Monte to get us some drinks for the night?”

He pauses to think about this briefly.  “Deal!” he says, holding out his hand to shake on it.

“Yeah, because we both know how much a handshake with you is worth.”

“Have I ever led you wrong before?”

“Have you ever led me right?” I laugh as I shake his hand.

“Alright, why don’t we go set ourselves for breaking into town?”

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