Zuzy's soft snores echoed through the small, four-room apartment she shared with Flinch. It was located just a few doors down from the hangar where they worked, in sight of Blarg's larger house across the street. The lower level of the building was occupied by the other two mechanics, Defix and Deter.
Flinch crept down the stairs, avoiding the creaky steps that would alert Zuzy to his nighttime escapades. They'd been at Blarg's for long enough that Flinch knew all the traps Zuzy had laid for him in the beginning and he was smart enough to be aware of new ones she would throw up to catch him. A faint shimmer on the bottom step brought a smile to his face.
"Oh, Zuzy," he muttered as he leapt lithely over the last step and turned around to look at it. Sure enough, a magic trap had been cast on it the night before. Flinch snorted a laugh and shook his head. "Silly sis." Then he turned and walked out the front door.
As the door closed behind him, Zuzy stepped out from the hallway and stared after him. She descended the steps, stopping just where Flinch had. Her fingers found a hair-thin wire that was barely visible to the naked eye and toyed with it. It was rigged to a quiet alarm in her room. Briefly, she contemplated following her brother to try to catch him in his devious deeds, but when she thought about it, she realized she no longer cared. With a shrug and a sad heart, she walked back to her room and went to sleep.
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