The Spirit Thief

Eli Monpress is proficient. he is fascinating. And he is a thief.

But not only any thief. he is the best thief of the age - and he is additionally a wizard. And with assistance from his companions - a swordsman with the main robust magic sword on the earth yet no magical skill of his personal, and a demonseed who can step via shadows and punch via partitions - he'll positioned his plan into impression.

The first step is to extend the scale of the bounty on his head, so he will have to scouse borrow a few enormous issues. yet he will commence small. he will simply scouse borrow whatever that not anyone will pass over - a minimum of for a while.

Something like a king.

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A couple of ft away, Eli lounged within the sun, leaning opposed to the branches that concealed their tumbledown stone shack and grinning like an fool. The thief’s eyes flicked down, and Josef observed his starting. “Match and raise,” he growled, tossing gold criteria at the grass in entrance of him. Eli’s grin faltered a fragment, and he picked up a couple of rectangular cash from his personal stack. “You’re exhibiting a knight,” he stated, pointing on the face-up card via Josef’s foot. “That’s 5 issues no less than. probably you’re stressed, yet in Daggerback, it’s the bottom hand that wins. ” He paused, twirling the cash among his lengthy palms, likely oblivious to the chance of taunting a guy whose day-by-day gown incorporated over fifty kilos of edged weaponry. “You can take the wager again, should you want,” he stated, his voice certainly dripping with generosity. “I won’t brain. ” “No. ” Josef crouched at the back of his playing cards. “You’re no longer getting me with that back. ” “Have it your way,” Eli acknowledged, tossing his cash into the pot. “Let’s see who was once correct. ” Josef threw his hand down, including a bearded guy with a employees and an outdated geezer with a crown to his gallant knight within the grass. “Bachelor celebration: wizard, king, knight. That’s ten points,” he acknowledged, grinning. Eli smirked and deftly flipped his playing cards like a fan. “Wizard, king, and my stunning girl. ” He scooped up the queen card he’d laid face-up within the grass after the 1st around of bets, and his smirk turned insupportable. “Nine issues. ” Josef glowered murderously as Eli rubbed his fingers jointly and reached out to assemble his winnings. “Grand sweep,” Nico stated quietly, and the 2 males iced up. “Hunter, weaver, shepherdess. ” She named every one card as she laid it within the grass. “Three issues. ” Eli sighed and shoved the pile of gold towards Nico. Now it was once Josef’s flip to smile. “Too undesirable, Eli,” he acknowledged, leaning again opposed to one of many mossy timber that ringed their tiny clearing. “Next time, you want to fear much less approximately bluffing me and extra approximately now not wasting your blouse. ” “I don’t brain wasting to Nico,” Eli stated, tossing her the final of the cash. “She’s a stronger winner than you're. ” Josef grunted and nodded over his shoulder towards the citadel, the place the spires have been slightly obvious in the course of the thick timber. “Speaking of successful, have these idiots gotten again to us? We’ve been sitting right here for nearly every week, and if i must spend one other day taking part in Daggerback with you lot, the identify could begin to sound like a good idea. ” “Actually, the flag went up fifteen mins ago,” Eli stated casually. “I simply desired to see if i may win the remainder of your gold ahead of telling you. ” Josef jumped to his toes. yes sufficient, a wide flag dangled from the pinnacle of the second one tower, its white folds mendacity limp opposed to the slate shingles, twitching within the breeze. Eli winked at Josef’s murderous glare and walked whistling into the hut. The king used to be mendacity at the airborne dirt and dust flooring, taking a look depressing as regularly. Eli had left him lower than the watchful flicker of the fireplace, which, in alternate for Eli holding Nico outdoor for many of the day, used to be prepared to ensure their royal prisoner didn’t get away.

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