One story, and as many Merriam Webster ‘Word of the Day’ entries (from September so far) as I can fit into it. Enjoy!
Torr stood casually leaning against a pillar, eyes darting around the city walls, eyeing the Crown’s so-called ‘impregnable’ security force. Amateurs, the lot of ‘em, he thought, spitting derisively.
Still, their plan was tantamount to treason and for it to work, they needed access to the walls. Torr watched their movements about the walls, their patterns, idly scratching his jaw. Just as he was beginning to get a sense of their routine, the pointed blade of a knife jabbed at his side.
“Gimme all your money, darling,” murmured a smoky voice in his ear.
Recognising the culprit, he rolled his eyes and turned to his so-called attacker. “That low on prospects, eh Mara? Young men at the lido not payin’ as well these days?”
Mara pouted, and sheathed her knife. Torr watched it disappear into the folds of her skirts, marveling that a dress apparently without pockets could hide such secrets. “No fun, Torr. They all skitter and fall all over themselves to help me that they never notice their missing purses.” She smiled slowly, a shark’s grin full of teeth and mischief. “Who else are we waiting for?”
Returning to the business at hand, Torr responded, “Pyotr and Remy were bivouacked outside th’ walls last night, they’ll be ‘ere soon. An’ I’ve not seen Jon, the drunkard’s prob’ly at Martha’s rathskeller, ‘preparin’ as ‘e calls it.” He spat at the ground again, grinning at Mara as she wrinkled her nose.
“Fine. No need to exacerbate the problem by hauling his drunk arse out before we’re ready, then. Are we ready?”
Torr peered at the walls again, crawling with all its little toy soldiers and their tin weapons. “I reckon, yeah.”
Mara tucked an errant strand of hair behind her ear and smiled maliciously. “What are we waiting for then? Let’s take this city!”
Words used: Tantamount, exacerbate, lido, rathskeller, impregnable, bivouac, culprit. To see their definitions, and more of Merriam Webster’s ‘Word of the Day’ entries, see here.
To see previous Word Fiend posts, see here and here.