Tuesday Tales – Christmas Prompt
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Snowflakes floated across the thick lead windows and settled on the cobble stone street. The sounds of laughter danced between the bright flickering candlelight. Carolers filled the streets with song. If the merrymakers were not journeying to celebrate the General’s birthday, they were reveling in the upcoming Christmastide.
Gideon huffed, leaving a small vapor cloud in its wake. The fact that Katarina was throwing her husband’s birthday during the holiday made what she was about even more sinister. And then to pin his death on me in front of all her guest. I would never escape.
He felt a small hand squeeze his. He glanced down into Emma’s eyes. A strand of hair escaped her hood and fluttered in the cold breeze. He couldn’t help but smile. I will stop Katarina. And then I will make this beautiful nymph mine forever.
“What trouble are you getting into tonight?” a deep voice behind them rumbled.
Gideon’s grin cracked wider. “Only the most nefarious kind, good sir. And you?”
Edgar chuckled. “I believe I’ll join you. Dastardly mischief appeals to me.” Edgar grew serious. “The humidor is in the middle of the ballroom, Gideon. There is no way to access it without being seen.”
Gideon turned the corner towards the mansion looming ahead of them in the dark. The windows twinkled with candles. Many of the guests mulled around outside in the courtyard before stepping inside for the festivities. He led Edgar and Emma up the walk much to the astonishment of those standing there. He winked at them as he reached for the brass knob of the front door. “Then, my friend. There is only one solution. We will be seen. I’m sure the General will be pleased to see his recluse soldier.”
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