World of Warcraft – On the Rooftops

Alinash checked one last time on his rabbit, Mister McHoppers, before slipping out the window. Harrier was already in the other room with the boss, and he wasn’t going to stay for that.

He pressed his hat down firmly on his head, and climbed up the wall to the roof. He wasn’t sure where he would go. He didn’t care as long as it wasn’t home. I hate home. That wasn’t true— at least not all the time. Maybe it was a little true on nights like tonight. He thought about going to see Star, but she was usually busy by this time. Still, he thought maybe he should go check. Even if she was busy, the bar downstairs had some of the best stout in Stormwind.

It was good to make the decision in his head to go there as his feet were already taking him in that direction. He climbed over the rooftops with ease, dropping down to the lower ones, and jumping lightly over small gaps.

He stopped dead in his tracks when the air started shimmering a few yards ahead of him. He turned to scramble back up from the higher roof he had just dropped down from when a female voice called out.

“Stop.”

He’d heard that voice before, but where. He dropped back down and turned around to see who it was. He didn’t immediately recognize her.

She spoke again. “Can I ask why you haven’t returned to my father yet?”

Father? What was she— Oh.

“Well?”

Alinash shrugged, “I don’t know who your father is.”

Her brow shot up, “Then what were you doing in my home?”

“Umm, I.. Umm.”

She crossed her arms. “What’s your name?”

“Wilhelm.”

“Liar.”

“You don’t know that. I was raised by humans.”

“You were raised by humans, but were in Silvermoon long enough for your eyes to turn green, and that was after our alliance with the humans failed? You’re not good at this. What’s your real name?” She walked up to him and pushed his hat off his head, revealing his ears.

He bent to pick up his hat. Our alliance. He had learned before that her father was in Silvermoon. He looked at her more closely. She definitely had brown eyes and short rounded ears.

“I’ve already heard you speak. You can’t pretend you’re mute now. Now, I’ll ask again. What is your name?”

“Thal’inas.”

“Thal’inas what?”

“What does it matter?”

“It matters because you broke into my home.”

“How did you find me? It’s been months since I did that.”

She smiled. “You already know one of my secrets. I can’t give them all away.”

“What secret?”

She said some strange words, and the air around her shimmered. She was dressed the same, her face looked almost the same. Her green eyes glowed and her ears were pointed and long. “Unless you are stupid, you figured it out.”

“I’m not stupid.”

“Good, then tell me why you were breaking into my home if you don’t know my father.”

“I was looking for something of mine.”

She looked at him expectantly. “And that is?”

He sighed. He wasn’t about to face off with a mage on the rooftops of Stormwind in the middle of the night. Especially not a Sin’dorei mage. He opted to tell the truth. “A necklace. My old landlady took my things while I was out of town for longer than I predicted and sold them, or gave them away, or something. I saw you walking down the street while wearing my most prized possession.”

“Really then? Which necklace is that?” He could tell by the way she said it that she didn’t believe him.

“It’s silver filigree pendant with green and white gems. It used to belong to my mother.”

Her expression softened, but only slightly. “Come to the house tomorrow night. Please use the same door you did last time. I don’t want my guard to be alerted. I will let you in.”

Alinash opened his mouth to ask questions, but the air shimmered and she disappeared. Did she want payment? Was she just going to give him his stupid bauble? Certainly, she’d want something for it. He frowned. I hate payments. He’d have to go find out tomorrow.

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