The situation in Abah’s Landing has eased somewhat – the Iron Wheel is moving their men out – but pass on to Papa that he should still avoid the region for a while longer. I’ll let him know when. You can tell him, too, that I had the chance to kill Nicolas, but I let him go. If Papa wants to remedy that error, I can tell him where to find his former friend. I just didn’t think it was my choice to make.
There’s a change in the air here, though; people are calming down all around town. A witch hunt raining down makes everything muddy – the merchant lords all have their fingers in some sticky pie or another, so no one wanted close scrutiny. So the ‘Landing is breathing a sigh of relief, but the Den is downright giddy as the Wheel pulls out. A few nights ago, we were sitting around drinking, and I was told about an initiation challenge – apparently I wasn’t put through it because of the situation when I arrived. They started making jokes about how I wasn’t really one of them, because I hadn’t done the initiation. Couldn’t let that stand, right?
And that’s how I ended up getting arrested for theft and got to be naked in public when all my stolen clothing was repossessed by the guards. The usual tactic is to carry a spare change of clothes, but I left all my things in the Den and walked back, crossed the place in my underwear, and retrieved my clothes from the banker while everyone laughed and applauded. They certainly couldn’t say I didn’t commit; now I’m officially a full member of the club.
Speaking of questionable choices I’ve made lately… I succumbed to the wiles of a wild dog, and now I have a pet. I didn’t mean to, but he’s been showing up and wanting to follow me ever since I hit the ‘Landing docks. The locals call them jackals, but the dock workers say they named this one Mischief… honestly, I do feel like a sucker, but how could I turn away a pet named Mischief? Besides, he’s adorable and kills mice. And I’m going to let him crawl all over your clothes when I come home next time, just to annoy you. Turnabout is fair play and all that – don’t tell me since I’ve been away you haven’t ‘borrowed’ everything I own that’s still in the house.
Have to run – the spices Mother requested are double-bagged and separated from the rest of the items in the package; it should arrive shortly after this letter. As usual, your real gift is hidden in the center of the bolt of cloth. This fabric’s a nice damask you should enjoy – the dock handler who slipped it to me assures me it’s very fine quality.