Juniper, Kelkathian, and Azdekious are part of my Dragons Next Door setting; its landing page is here.
“What… what the seventeen different sparks?” Kelkathian and Azdekious stared at each other, and then at the van they had suddenly found themselves in. “This isn’t team C.”
“This isn’t Team B.” Kelkathian gave a headshake, and wormed out of the backpack. Juniper was unconscious, looking for all the world as if she was napping at home in her bed. “Can’t be team A.”
“You’re telling me we were guarding against three teams of kidnappers…”
“And a fourth one came out of nowhere. I am indeed telling you that.” Kelkathian dropped carefully to the floor. The back of the van was filled with plumbing supplies, all of it with the appropriate level of wear for an actual plumber, but something about it still felt wrong to Kel.
“Is she waking up back there?” The voice came from the driver’s seat; Kel ducked into Juniper’s jacket while the passenger turned around. “I thought I heard something.”
“Must be dreaming, then, ’cause she’s still out like a light.”
“Hunh. Thought a rich kid would be harder to grab than that.”
Kel peeked over Junie’s pocket and saw the driver’s face – nothing exciting, nothing important, and her othersight told her he was nothing but human. Very human, strong and tough and so normal it was almost painful, but this wasn’t a dweomer or an elf or an elkin or really anything but a normal human kidnapper…
…who thought Juniper was a rich kid.
“You’re sure her parents have money?” The passenger seemed to have the same qualms about this plan that Kelkathian did.
“They live in Smokey Knoll. You tell me a human that could afford a house there who wasn’t filthy rich.”
The car screeched to a halt. “This is a Smokey Knoll kid?” The passenger’s voice was a hiss. That was your cunning plan? To grab a kid from Smokey Knoll?”
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