[Closed] Bumps in the Night

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Tammar stepped past the two men to return the candlelighter to its rack behind the door, hanging it neatly next to her walking stick. She reached for her nonexistent apron pocket again as she turned around, then frowned and tugged her dressing-gown more tightly closed, knotting the ties more securely.

"Kwu," she said, nodding to the pandaren woman's shape at the bottom of the stairs, "would you please go fetch Dicco while I make sure these gentlemen are comfortable?" With that, the gnome woman moved swiftly back around Piero's chair and ascended the steps to her platform behind the counter.

She seemed to settle into herself somehow as she laid her hands on the brightly-polished wood. "Can I get either of you something to drink?"

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Razahir glanced over at Heiros, unsure of what to make of Tammar's sudden, bizzare behavior, scratching at his neck with a clawed finger as he tried to stay with the gnome's unexpected calm manner.  He stood there for several moments, his jaw opening and shutting like a fish for a moment before he found his voice.  

"Ah, no, thank you," he said, "It's a bit early yet....and....don't you want to see what was taken?  Or if anything's been damaged?  For someone who was just robbed you seem to be taking this quite well...."

He looked back over to Heiros, an eyebrow cocked in his direction in a silent question as to the gnome's state of mind.  

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Kwu hovered at the bottom of the stairs, uneasy and silent. This was not exactly what she expected to wake up to. The circumstances were murky and didn't seem like they'd be getting cleared up any time soon, which hardly helped her lost sense of balance. She blinked a moment and realized Tammar had asked her something. Gears started turning as she clued back into the situation at hand and she nodded, mumbling an "of course" and swiftly turning on heel and shuffling back up the wooden steps.

Since most were already downstairs it was fairly clear the only closed door left was Dicco's, Miss Abha's office apparently, though she had come to learn it wasn't entirely uncommon to borrow it from time to time. Within a couple steps she was rapping on the door with her knuckles and after a moment and a thought of the sounds of the morning she decided to knock a bit harder for a second set just to make sure. "Dicco? Are you alright in there? It seems the morning is turning into something of an event and we could use you."

[A] Kwu, Ebonspell, [H] Vispiasting, Kureya, Rauuhya

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Dicco shivered at the sounds of Kwu's voice.  He had curled far into a ball against the wall.  He had woken not long ago remembering the feeling of the knife in his back surrounded by the smell of the wet blankets.   He hadn't moved since then, trying to make sense of what had happened and muster the courage to see if that evil woman had gone and if everyone was alright.  Kwu didn't seem anxious surely she new by now what had happened. He called tentatively trying to sound brave, "Oh.. oh okay Kwu.. someone came in here in the night bb..bbut I'm okay.  G..g..go downstairs and I'll be down shortly"

Meanwhile, downstairs Piero looked up at the gnome standing on what he figured was a step behind the counter, "Thank you for the offer miss, but I am fine.  As I told the gentleman here.  Roughly an hour ago I noticed someone shimmy out of one of the windows above us, figuring they were up to no good I called out and gave chase, but was set upon with some sort of poison dart from a partner I didn't see.  She was carrying a box about so big." He said as he held out his hands about six inches apart.  "Is that something that could have come from here?"

 

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Deciding the pair present no immediate danger, and that the man seated in the chair seems unconcerned for his own condition, Heiros allows the small ball of energy to shrink and disappear.  Giving a slight shake of the head back to Raze, Heiros finds a chair for himself. 

"I am not here all the time, so I am not one to know if something is missing", he replied to the seated man's question.  "I can say I don't have any packages that size with me this time."

Then he sits quietly to wait, watching Tammar and listening for sounds of Dicco on the stairs.

[A] Heiros, Kianthys, Caperstaff, Oengus, Atheleys, Duenyen, Quiryn [H] Shadowpass, Kraea, Kintaile, Tunin

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Tammar laced her fingers together as she listened to Piero's account, her posture stiff and straight. She pressed her teeth tightly together as he described the box, her heart beating loudly in her ears. Surely not. But what he described was too small to be one of Dicco's toolboxes or a chest, and too large to be -- but she shied away from even contemplating it. The music box was right where she had left it; she had seen it on the nightstand when she woke up. So that only left...

Wordlessly, she shook her head and climbed down from the platform, disappearing from view, though those sitting in the shop could see the storage closet door swing open.

The gnome woman emerged from around the end of the counter with her hands clasped tightly together, her face impassive.

"The cash box is gone. A week's revenue." She clutched the front of her dressing gown, tugging it closer around her chest. "It seems the gentleman was correct in his assessment."

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"O-oh... Well... alright Dicco, as long as you're okay now. I will see you downstairs then." The pandaren turned and took a few steps before glancing backed to the closed door and sighing lightly. It took a second but she managed to force herself to descend the stairs and not to simply burst in on the boy and investigate. If someone had done something to him... But she shook her head, traumatizing Dicco and worrying over him would only worsen the situation. As she rounded the landing at the bottom of the steps she glancedup in time to see Tammar pop around the corner of the counter and...

Kwu couldn't help but squeak, quickly smacking a paw over her mouth to keep from gasping exageratedly. It's not that she was trying to make a scene, but to hear Tammar say so... It just made it so final, so real. Someone had managed to sneak in and prowl through the shop and take their hard earned coin, and she did nothing. Not long ago she would have been back on the Wandering Isle, sleeping lightly if not meditating through the night. But now, with the shop, and her engineering during the day and the few chances she took to sit in and practice with the monks by the lake, there was just so much more to do and she was so much more drained.

Her lip began twitching lightly. She should have been meditating, she would have heard, or felt, something. She could have chased them off or called the guard, their money would remain and Dicco... what had happened to Dicco, was he really alright? It took a deep breath, but she managed to maintain at least an outwardly neutral, if concerned look. There was, after all, still this man to deal with, if she could at least hold off the painful realization of her failure for a few more hours, somewhere away from the eyes of her friends at least, then that would have to do.

[A] Kwu, Ebonspell, [H] Vispiasting, Kureya, Rauuhya

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Tammar nearly jumped out of her skin at Kwu's muffled exclamation behind her, whirling around, wide-eyed, to face the pandaren. Kwu was always so quiet in her moving around the shop that Tammar hadn't heard her come back downstairs.

Pressing her hand to her chest, the gnome frowned in momentary annoyance before turning back to face the two visitors.

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Razahir frowned at the announcement of the missing cash box.  It was a shame that a ruffian would come in the dead of night, break in, and steal a cash box.  And then use paralytic poison on a passerby calling out an alarm.  Who was a worgen.  From Kul Tiras.  Already, things were beginning to not add up.  While it wasn't beyond the pale two people would steal from a business in a city, it seemed odd that two thugs intent on a week's worth of profits would have the wherewithal, let alone the means, to acquire a paralytic poison and then use it on a passerby.  Who they then proceeded to beat down instead of fleeing, which would have been the whole point of the paralytic poison in the first place, allowing them to lose any pursuit quietly, without a fuss.  He cast a glance over at Piero, looking for his reaction before casting a sympathetic look towards Tammar and Kwu.

"I'm sorry.  I'm so, so sorry.  Is there anything I can do to help?"

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Heiros stirs in his chair impatiently.  "I do not hear anything from upstairs.  Did Dicco answer you when you went upstairs, Kwu?"

[A] Heiros, Kianthys, Caperstaff, Oengus, Atheleys, Duenyen, Quiryn [H] Shadowpass, Kraea, Kintaile, Tunin

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Kwu turned a touch to face Heiros as she answered, tail twitching lightly in her nervousness. "A-ah y-y-y-es, He's a-awake a-and he s-s-should be down shortly."

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Heiros forces himself still, only offering a grunt and lift of the head as acknowledgement of hearing Kwu's reply.  Then he suddenly stands.

"It has come to my mind that with differences in weight and physiology, that Dicco may have been poisoned as well and be able to answer but not walk.  I will go make sure."

It would be like him not to mention it if that were true, he thinks to himself as he noisily clomps his way up the stairs.

[A] Heiros, Kianthys, Caperstaff, Oengus, Atheleys, Duenyen, Quiryn [H] Shadowpass, Kraea, Kintaile, Tunin

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Dicco listened intently for Kwu's lightly padded steps decending.  When he sure he wouldn't be interupted he quietly poked his head out the door inspecting the hallway, the coast was clear.  He scooped up the pile of blankets he had used for bedding and scurried into his own room.  He was so ashamed at how useless he was and even more ashamed at the dampend blankets in his arms.  Tammar didn't want him around any more as it was, and he was sure that she would be even more angry with him if she knew that he could have stopped whoever it was who snuck in through the night, and finally he knew she would be absolutely furious at the soiled sheets.. she liked everything just so.  Why was he so useless.  Useless, useless Dicco.  Once securely in his own room again he quickly stripped off dumping the pungent blankets in the bottom of his cupboard and climbed into the small washtub in the corner of the room.  Using one of the useful spells Mayaan had taught him he summoned a bracingly cold spray of water from the air and quickly scrubbed himself, trying to clean himself of both the sweaty urine smell and the embarassment that it carried with it. 

Feeling sufficiently clean he carefully moved aside Kwu's belongings and found himself a clean shirt and pants.  He dressed quickly and climbed into his own bed, pulling the covers around his shoulder and crawling as hard as he could against the wall, shivering.  He heard the unmistakable steps of a draenei on the stairs and drew himself into a ball.  Heiros obviously was coming up.. please don't let him come in.. please don't let him come in.

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Still standing behind the counter downstairs, Tammar pressed her lips together and shook her head curtly.

"I appreciate the offer, Mr. Godwyn, but I don't know that there's anything really to be done, is there?" She took up one of the towels from its rack and began re-folding it, trying to keep her hands from shaking.

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Finding the door to the office partly open, Heiros inquires,  "Dicco?", and opens the door wide.  Calling up, some energy for light, he looks around and sees nothing out of place.  But there is no Dicco. 

For a moment, Heiros remains still.  Could the intruders have returned and spirited Dicco away?  But surely Dicco would have made some sound, some signal that something was wrong, since he knew others were awake and moving about in the building.

Moving back towards the stairs once again, he now notices a hint of moisture on the air and the faint scent of soap as if someone had been washing.  Opening, the door to Dicco's room, Heiros raises his light and looks around.  "Dicco?"

[A] Heiros, Kianthys, Caperstaff, Oengus, Atheleys, Duenyen, Quiryn [H] Shadowpass, Kraea, Kintaile, Tunin

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Dicco saw the door to his room widen a crack and just knew in his heart that Heiros would be coming it.  That snitch, always poking his nose in, he wouldn't take it.  Heiros would tell the others and they would be mad and disappointed in Dicco. Balling himself up as small as he could he yelled, tears already stinging his eyes, "Go away Heiros.. just go away."

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Dicco saw the door to his room widen a crack and just knew in his heart that Heiros would be coming it.  That snitch, always poking his nose in, he wouldn't take it.  Heiros would tell the others and they would be mad and disappointed in Dicco. Balling himself up as small as he could he yelled, tears already stinging his eyes, "Go away Heiros.. just go away."

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Heiros closes the door behind him.

"So you wish to yell?  Yell if you wish.  I will wait.  But do not expect me to leave until I am sure you are alright.  And I expect you to tell me what you saw or heard earlier this night.  If you do not wish to speak with me, then you should go downstairs and speak with those who wait there.  It is your choice."

Leaning against the door, he waits for Dicco to speak.

[A] Heiros, Kianthys, Caperstaff, Oengus, Atheleys, Duenyen, Quiryn [H] Shadowpass, Kraea, Kintaile, Tunin

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Sobbing now at Heiros' perceived harshness Dicco grabbed his pillow and threw it at the closed door with a soft thump.  "I don't want to go down there... I won't.."  Dicco felt the tears he had dammed up inside him burst, crying loudly at the draenei, "I'm not supposed to be scared like that anymore, but.. but.. she had a knife. I don't want them to see."  Burying his face against the mattress he cried, between sobs, "I can't let them see.. see me like this."

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Heiros steps back into the room.

"So you will speak with me then?  Although, I'm not sure why you believe anyone would think less of you.  Being subdued by someone who is apparently fairly skilled is nothing that brings shame.  Fear is not always a bad thing either.  What else can you tell me about this visitor in the night?"

 

[A] Heiros, Kianthys, Caperstaff, Oengus, Atheleys, Duenyen, Quiryn [H] Shadowpass, Kraea, Kintaile, Tunin

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Dicco could only shake his head as he cried against the mattress for several moments before glaring at Heiros and riffling around in this things, withdrawing his spanner with keeper crystal embedded in the end.  Glaring at Heiros he clutched the spanner slightly and the crystal glowed slightly as he sent his sobbing voice wide over the network of crystals, Shaatnez.. can you.. can you come to Stormwind please?

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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In the room next to Dicco's, the crystal set in Tammar's haircomb glowed faintly on the nightstand, but its owner was downstairs and unable to hear Dicco's message.

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Shaatnez looked up from his workbench with a start, his fingers pausing in the middle of the leather braid he was weaving. It was late at night and he hadn't heard from the youngling since he had dropped him off in Stormwind the previous afternoon.

What's wrong, Dicco? he said in a narrow sending, his voice full of concern.

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Piero listened to the thumps and yells from upstairs, he looked over to the proprietor of the shop standing behind the counter.  Shrugging off the worgen still standing close by him, he pushed himself up with a wince and hobbled toward her, "I.. I hope there isn't too much trouble going on up there.  I know it seems out of place, but could I.. could I have that drink you offered earlier? I would hate to put you to the trouble, but I need something to shake this fog from my head a little."

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Dicco's eyes still fixed at the other draenei in his room as he replied to Shaatnez, Not... not really Mr Shaatnez.  There was someone in the shop last night.. she.. she had a knife and.. and came into my room.  I want to go to Dalaran, please.

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Shaatnez' eyes widened, and he fumbled for a set of clips to hold his work in place until he could get back to it. He took a few quick steps away from the bench, then thought better of it and went back to tuck the half-finished piece into a drawer before hurrying out the door.

A knife? he sent to Dicco as he punched up a flight path that would send his rocket zooming down ahead of him to the city.  Are you hurt? Is Tammar okay? Hang on, I'll be there as soon as I can. Suiting actions to words, the older draenei broke into a trot, heading toward the tunnel that led up to street level. His hooves rang on the paving stones as he emerged from the Underbelly and headed for the Silver Enclave, giving silent thanks for the city of mages that allowed for such rapid travel.

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In the shop, Tammar gave Piero her sweetest customer-service smile. "Of course. An iced cola should be just the thing," she said, her hands already going through the almost-automatic steps to produce the fizzy drink.

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Piero fumbled in his pocket for a coin which he slid across the counter returning the gnomes smile, positioning himself on a stool in the corner he turned to face the crowd, making sure he kept the store owner in sight.  "I don't want to seem presumptuous and I know this time is stressful for everyone, but I feel I should introduce myself.  My name is Piero Consilio and I truly wish we could have met under less stressful circumstance.  I also don't want to rush anyone but.." He glanced up to the ceiling, "this other person Dicco, while he maybe in shock, at least sounds like he is unharmed; this leads me to ask what we should do next?"

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Dicco still glaring at the intrusion of Heiros, wiped away tears with his sleeve.  He focused on the crystal once more, I'm scared Shaatnez.  I.. I don't know about Tammar..  Heiros is here and.. Kwu is alright too. I just want to leave..

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Razahir looked around at everyone before responding to Piero, bowing slightly to the other worgen.  "I would recommend we call the City Guard and, at the very least, report this.  And I'd like to get a more thorough description of what happened from both yourself.  After all, you may have been the only one to get a look at both attackers since they both attacked you.  But I believe we should leave it up to Miss Tammar here to decide, it is her shop, after all."  He gestured towards the gnome with another respectful nod of his head.  

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Heiros observes Dicco's actions in silence for a time.

"So someone enters this building, steals the cashbox, and possibly other items not yet discovered.  In doing so, she attacks you in your sleep because you were in a room that usually doesn't have anyone sleeping in it.  After leaving, she or a friend poisoned and subdued someone that observed her leaving.  Tammar is trying to pretend that nothing happened, or that nothing can be done.  Meanwhile, the only person here that had any contact with the intruder finds it too inconvenient to talk about.

I see you have no problem talking to someone else with your crystal, however.  I suppose you are complaining about us in general and me in particular....  As you are avoiding us, you might consider something.  There are words to describe someone that treats with disdain those who have been helpful to that person as they go through life.  Yes, there are words, but none of them are kind."

With that, Heiros turns and leaves.  As he heads back down the stairs, he mutters under his breath, "Maybe I was better off in Northrend with the Kalu'ak."

[A] Heiros, Kianthys, Caperstaff, Oengus, Atheleys, Duenyen, Quiryn [H] Shadowpass, Kraea, Kintaile, Tunin

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Piero watched the shop-keeper, his gambit had paid off, she had moved through the motions of making his drink and had seemed to relax somewhat.  From his previous visit to the shop he knew she did not like loud noises and seemed to carry tension balled as tightly as her fists, searching for those apron pockets.  He knew how to play this one like a lute.

Piero set his drink on the counter with a small nod and smile to Tammar before pushing himself off the stool with a wince.  Once more he supressed a quiet growl at what he was quickly coming to consider as his main adversary. He spoke in a calm level voice.  The deep resonating tones flowing from his mouth like an aromatic dark chocolate. "Thank you for your suggestion Mr Goodwyn." His brow furrowed as if trying to recall the name the worgen used. "It is indeed up to Miss Tammar," he turned to face the gnome with a look of inquiry, as if trying to make sure he was pronouncing the name of the proprietor correctly, "But as to answering your questions, that is rather a large presumption. I am quite a private person and do not quite relish the thought of interrogation a number of times over this.  To be frank I would rather forget my part in the evening and try and move forward with my life, such as it is."  He shuffled his weight uneasy, giving an exaggeration of the pain he felt.  "While I appreciate your assistance to a stranger in the night and I have no objection to you sitting in while I speak with the guards, if you feel like you need to know what happened, but as to offering more than that, I must respectfully decline."  He spoke the last around the barest hint of a sneer.  What a useful tool this one was becoming, now to attempt to rile him further..

Turning his back on the worgen he reseated himself on the stool and attempted his most beatific smile. He leaned slightly across the counter and spoke barely above a whisper to the gnome, "Thank you for the cola.  It really is wonderful, you have a genuine talent."

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Razahir walks over to his usual position near the bookcase, leaning against it and folding his arms as he listens to Piero respond, nodding slightly.  He suppresses a frown as he watches the other worgen turn his back on him, not even waiting on a response before going back to striking up a conversation with Tammar.  He waited, his ears twitching until he was certain Piero had finished speaking before responding.  

"Of course, Mr. Consilio, my apologies.  I meant should Miss Tamar not pursue things with the city guard, I would like to pursue this on my own, and at least attempt to recover some of what was stolen.  If she allows, naturally," he bows his head respectfully to Tammar again before continuing, "Should she decide to leave it to the guard, I would be more than happy to let them pick up the investigation and not get in their way.  I simply want to help out in any way I can because, well, I have something of a vested interest in the well-being of this place.  This is an excellent establishment, one of the few I visit in the city, and the only place for treats like these, with wonderful people, and I would loathe to see it suffer as a result of a few miscreants.  But if you'd like to move on with your life, I understand that as well."  He gave Piero a smile as he finished, his hand offering a dismissive wave.  

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Dicco's anger flared at Heiros' words, how could he speak so? Didn't he know what he was doing? Couldn't he just talk to Dicco, not over his head like a little kid.  All he wanted from the other draenei was to be told it would all be okay, just a smidge of compassion, but no.. all that stupid sneaking snitch could do was say he treated others with disdain.  He was right, they hated him and with Heiros' comment solidifying in his mind he knew he no longer belonged in the cosy little shop.  Every time, every time he thought he had found a home he made such a mess of it.  He longed for that feeling of comfort he knew back on draenor and hoped and prayed he could find it in Dalaran.  Tears stinging his eyes for different reasons now he threw back the blanket and yelled at the departing draenei, "Disdain? You should look in a mirror.. you.. you SNITCH!"  With that he slammed the door and flew back to the mattress, pulling the covers around his shoulders and weeping openly.  Please hurry Shaatnez... please.

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