It’s all about class

In this age of scoundrels and scumbags, Lucinda is the most elegant and sophisticated of all the international jewel thieves. Her great-grandmother had learnt the trade under the tutelage of Prince Rupert de Anzio as he and his entourage cut a swathe through the castles and stately homes of late nineteenth century Europe, and her knowledge and skills have been handed down through the generations and honed to perfection to accommodate changing technologies.
Over the decades, anything from a galloping horse to a private jet would serve as a means of getaway.
Lucinda feels that newly-liberated Faberge Eggs warrant the dignity and old-fashioned luxury of rail.

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21 Responses to It’s all about class

  1. draliman says:

    I get a real sense of a “lady thief” (I guess that’s the correct feminine form for the more usual “gentleman thief”). Someone taking real pride in their work who sees their “trade” as an art form and most definitely looks down on the “smash and grab” thugs of modern times. Someone you could almost admire!
    Great story!

    • Definitely a lady. Quite aristocratic, my dear. But probably a war orphan with a burning desire to get her revenge on the evil warlord who murdered her parents and forced her sister into prostitution. She uses the proceeds of her activities to fund a democracy-loving group of-clean cut and drug-free revolutionary heroes trying to bring the aforementioned warlord, now Supreme President and Commander-in-Chief of his oppressed country, to justice.
      Or maybe she’s just a crook.

  2. Sarah Ann says:

    Lovely illustration of class. Of course the eggs have to go by train. Anything else would surely be too violent for them.

  3. Dear Patrick,

    If this were a movie character I’d cast Helen Mirren in the role. Elegant.



  4. Love the rail … this was great..

  5. I absolutely could imagine Fabergé eggs in this case.

  6. vbholmes says:

    A first-class lady and her first-class loot definitely deserve a first-class compartment.

  7. Sandra says:

    Lovely voice in this – just perfect for the story.

  8. kz says:

    nice 🙂 i loved the character and the ending.

  9. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Mr. Prinsloo,

    Rail is perfect, as is your story for the prompt.



  10. Very elegantly written and totally charming.

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