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'Venus in the Temple'
The Cursed Mirror of Balshazar, the Fatal Orchid of the Seven Evil Blessings, Lady Palladin's notorious 'Malchance Opals,' the 'Poisoned Wedding Veil of the Borgias,' and dozens more such supposedly-cursed artifacts, each carrying their own long histories of terrible sadness and sudden, violent death: Venus Delacroix and I had stolen them all.
It was proper money that we'd made, too. A fortune, in fact. Whoever this patron was, he was certainly not short of funds. All these sinister objects: why did he want them? The question had long troubled me, but never quite enough to stop. Venus, though, had always responded with a careless shrug. For her, it was all about the fun of the game. We had both spent the money as fast as we'd made it. Games of chance; pleasures of the flesh. No looking back to see what might be gaining on us.
Now, here she was, whistling Mozart's 'Queen of the Night' aria, her high-heeled snakeskin boots clicking across the ancient tiled floors, her knife blade ready to pry the fabled rubies from the stone goddess's breast.
None of the other thefts had troubled me as much as this one. Outside the temple, the stars stared down upon us like a million evil eyes. The night winds had a sound they'd never had before, like a recorded scream, playing in reverse. Still, when I looked upon my companion's calm, composed face, I felt my fear dissipate like an early morning mist in the light of day. How I loved, right up until the end, her bright red lips, the jagged scar upon her cheek, and her perfect disrespect for karma, chance, and death.
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