Hello and welcome to Friday Fictioneers, dear readers! Time once again for me to tell you a short story based on the photo prompt provided by the lovely Rochelle. Since I spent my time reading Rick Riordan’s new book, House of Hades, into the wee hours of the morning last night, my brain is full of Greek and Roman stuffs, making it impossible to write about anything else.
Thank you to everyone who voted in the October Story Time Poll. It was a close vote, the but winner is…Ever After! I will post the extended version of this story at the end of the month! (And for those of you who voted for Biggest Mistake…perhaps I will consider writing to stories this month, since the vote was so close. 😉
And now on to the prompt! Enjoy.
“Thief!” The cry rang out across the market square.
Felix ducked under a cart full of clay pots and rolled to the other side, leaning on the wheel while he caught his breath. He really hoped this astrolabe was worth it. His fingers twitched around the dials, but Cato was the smart one, not him. He was only good at stealing things. Behind him shouts rose up.
The tradesman had summoned the Vigiles Urbani, the watchmen of the city. Being caught by them would be bad. Jumping to his feet, Felix stuffed the astrolabe inside his tunic and started running.