Recap: While under orders to figure out the mystery of what happened in an abandoned mansion, Tyla, royal historian, met Zayn, opportunistic burglar, and the two began to figure out that the Royal Advisor, Vellenio, had been planning to create a transformation potion in order to steal someone’s else identity for nefarious purposes.
While freeing Edwin Travellyn, Zayn found himself surrounded by suspicious guards.
Zayn knew that Vellenio hadn’t told him to fetch any bowl from the dungeon, but he nearly second-guessed himself while Tyla did such an impressive imitation, causing even the stoic guard captain to blink twice in astonishment, and he took the opportunity to demand, “Where’s the bowl that Edwin was eating out of – didn’t you just hear that Vellenio needs it for the ceremony?”
One of the guards grabbed a not-yet-dry, used bowl from the side table, and held it out uncertainly for Zayn to grab and dash off with, relying on a mixture of the flimsiest explanation and their total confusion to escape, bounding up the stairs as though his feet had wings, feeling immense relief that none of them was following to try and pry a somewhat cohesive explanation out of him for his very odd recent behaviour.
Tyla was at the top of the stairs, as well as Edwin, which he had not expected, and Tyla responded with a smirk to his bewildered stare, but he was far from upset, since their risky plan had not ended in disappointment, yet.
Tyla had not expected to slip in and out from under her nemesis’ nose like that, but somehow, against all odds, they had succeeded, and once they had snuck back out through the side gate onto public land, she couldn’t help but let out a whoop of elation, which Zayn gestured to her to mute.
While she held back her desire to jump up and down or clap, she couldn’t restrain the frenzy of whispered questions to Edwin, who was likewise eager to explain everything to her, despite Zayn’s frequent concerned glances behind them.
Edwin confirmed most of Tyla’s suspicions, revealing that Vellenio had intended to use his stolen identity to summon the Fairy Queen, instigate a human-fae war, and emerge at the end as the new king of the land, a plan that Tyla and Zayn had helped foil.
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Tyla had never been comfortable being the center of attention, and typically preferred researching past events rather than participating in current ones, so she was not entirely thrilled that the King was holding this Banquet of Recognition in her and Zayn’s honour for having rescued Edwin, figuring out the mystery of what had happened to his family, sending the royal guards after a very confused and still Vellenio-shaped Vellenio, and ultimately saving the kingdom from a war. With a heavy sigh, she pushed open the door to the banquet hall, and prepared to awkwardly smile at all of the attention that would soon be directed at her.
Zayn was snacking on hors d’oeuvres, enjoying the party before it even properly began. He had accepted the job to find a particular artifact at a mansion that he would have otherwise eagerly burgled anyways without thinking twice, but now, he was seriously thinking about branching off into a more respectable line of work, assuming that his preferred boss would accept his job application.
His sensitive hearing noticed the sound of a door being opened and closed as quietly as possible, and Tyla timidly entered the room, looking around uncertainly, then gave him a warm smile when she noticed him.
He grabbed a couple pastries from a tray, crossed the room, gave her one, and made his proposition, which she mulled over for a moment, before responding, “Actually, the idea of us continuing to work together to solve mysteries isn’t the worst idea that you’ve ever had.”
While writing, I challenged myself to include these prompts:
GirlieOnTheEdge’s Six Sentence Story challenge – bowl
Pensitivity101’s Three Things Challenge – try, dry, pry
Fandango’s One Word Challenge – wing
Word of the Day Challenge – disappointment
Your Daily Word Prompt – astonish
Your Daily Word Prompt – while
Ragtag Daily Prompt – nemesis