If you’re to blame, blame someone else. If someone else is to blame, blame them. If no one is to blame, blame yourself.
~ V. Shnodgrate, Renowned PL Poet
We didn’t exactly go into the night, see, but you know what I’m trying to say.
After forcing us to our feet, and binding our hands–with some sort of cord that I was tempted to try to break–Prince Beef’s guards led us back to the palace.
The leader of the guards was Toby.
How did I know, you ask?
He kept saying it.
“Haha, Prince Beef will love Toby after this,” he said.
“I can’t believe that was so easy for Toby, to capture the convicts.”
“Toby will probably get a statue after this. In gold, too.”
And on and on. All the way back to the palace.
The professor hated Toby with a passion, which is odd, since heartless people don’t have passions, I hear.
Anyways, it was still rather late at night, or early in the morning, depending on how you look at things.
“So, you stole that sword?” Clara hissed at me as we moved along in step.
Toby was still singing his praises.
“Well, it’s more complicated than that,” I assured her. “See, I stole it to stop it from being stolen.”
There was silence for a few.
Finally: “Next time you want to play stupid, count me out.”
She snapped that. Like a dog, for instance.
“I promise to do that,” this professor answered.
Then I added: “Too bad you had to touch that scabbard. And work so late in the Tea Shop, or none of this would’ve happened. You must blame yourself, see.”
She turned on me with shock. “How dare–”
“And that’s the thing,” I said. “What were you doing in the Tea Shop that late?”
“Hey, you two.”
It was Toby. Now, Toby has bunches of floppy blond hair on his head. It’s a wonder he can see. Or hear. Or even smell, really.
“Enough yelling. Be quiet. Like the night.”
But just before we entered the palace doors, Clara said something that I seriously didn’t think about:
“I can’t wait to see how you and Toby handle the fact that the katana is lost!!”
And with that, she moved her head in a weird, tossing fashion, and we were in the palace.