Flash Fiction: Robbed Twice (416 words)

apprentice, never master

“Here,” Terius said and dropped a book into Jaera’s lap.

Jaera looked at him out of the corner of her eye as he leaned against the rail beside her. She was curled up on a crate, back to the rail, out of the way while she watched the crew change tack. The ocean spray was kicking up hard behind her as the ship angled into its turn and she had to put a hand on the crate  to keep her balance against the swells. Glancing down at the book, then back to him, she eyed both warily.

“Begging your pardon?” she said haltingly.

He watched her for a minute, mouth curved into a dry smile she couldn’t quite read, arms crossed over his chest. “I will never understand how you can be so honestly polite in daylight, and still steal books out of my room in the middle of the…

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