And Three Makes Trouble
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It was a
beautiful night, warm and balmy, with a hint of jasmine in the air; a
night for a midnight swim and perhaps a long romantic walk followed
by some champagne and caviar. So when Amanda had arrived on his
doorstep, dressed in a long fur coat and glint in her eye…well, he
really should have known better.
don’t believe I let you talk me into this,” Duncan muttered,
grunting under Amanda’s weight as he gave her a leg up.
darling, you know I need this score,” Amanda purred as she neatly
pulled herself on top of the wall. “I wouldn’t usually ask but…”
yes, I know,” Duncan, said, resisting the urge to roll his eyes.
“You’re never going to let me forget that, are you?”
girl’s got to have her rainy day jewels, Duncan,” Amanda said
firmly. “One feels practically naked without them.” A rope
slithered to the ground and Duncan reluctantly hauled himself up
smirked as he irritably dusted himself off. “Stop pouting, darling.
This will be fun…it’ll be just like old times.”
hope not,” Duncan said dryly. “We forgot to bring a shovel.”
be such a pessimist,” she said as she gathered up the rope and let
it fall into the manicured gardens. “Besides, posses have gone out
of fashion; nowadays they just give you eight to ten.”
you, Amanda, I feel so much better now” But the sarcasm was
wasted, as Amanda was already shinning down the rope.
under his breath, he followed her down and eyed the châteaux
that was their target. “So, let me get this straight. This Mr…”
bigwig in corporate sales,” Duncan continued. “He seems to be
doing very well for a salesman?”
this isn’t the half of it, darling, the frightful man has houses in
London and Rome as well. He really is disgustingly wealthy.”
sighed. “And the collection?” he prompted.
on the black market, very hush, hush. I would never have heard of it
if it weren’t that an old friend of mine was involved in the
guessing this man isn’t insured,” Duncan said, feeling a moment
tell me you’re feeling sorry for him. The man bought stolen
goods, Duncan, he isn’t exactly an innocent.”
not what I’m worried about,” he muttered. “Don’t you think
that a man who—” Duncan stiffened as he felt the presence of
another immortal come into range, and slowly reached into his coat.
moon, starry sky, a perfect night for a spot of breaking and
entering,” a dry voice said from the shadows.
Duncan said wearily, relaxing as the elder immortal stepped from the
gloom. “Why am I not surprised?”
shrugged, his innocent expression melting into a mischievous grin.
“You didn’t think I’d miss this, did you? Duncan MacLeod, cat
glared at Amanda, not fooled for a moment by guileless pout on her
so maybe you weren’t my first choice for this little heist,” she
admitted with a little smile, which quickly disappeared when she
noticed the expression on his face. “Well, let’s face it,
darling, Methos doesn’t quite suffer under the same burden of
ethics as you do.”
smirked. “I do believe I resemble that remark”
helping, Methos,” Amanda said lightly as Duncan growled.
an observation…so, how are we going to do this?” Methos asked,
rubbing his hands together.
echoed Duncan, not quite believing the turn his night was taking.
“What’s this we business.”
look at me,” Methos said. “She was the one that suggested it.”
laughed nervously. “Yes, well, let’s not dwell on that, shall
felt a moment of suspicion as he looked at the air of innocence that
suddenly emanated from the duo. “What are you two up to?” he
asked. “And since when did you two suddenly start planning
robberies together – no, forget I asked that,” he added hastily.
“I don’t want to know.”
Duncan, don’t be like that,” Amanda said cajolingly, draping her
arms around his neck. “It’s just that, when I originally planned
this heist, I asked Methos to my lookout and he suggested I’d
bring you along for extra back-up just in case…you know,
things went wrong…”
next thing you’ll be telling me is that Joe is our getaway driver,”
Duncan snorted before noticing the guilty look on Amanda’s face.
“Amanda, tell me you didn’t.”
no,” Amanda admitted under her breath.
groaned. “Thank God for little mercies. You’re impossible, do you
but you still love me, don’t you?” Amanda said, pecking him on
sniggered and Duncan threw him a dirty look. “Don’t think I’m
letting you off the hook that easily, old man.”
since when did this become my fault? I’m just the lookout,
remember?” Methos protested. “I look, you burgle, that’s the
it’s got your paws all over it,” Duncan said, shaking his head in
defeat. “I don’t believe I’m saying this, but lets get this
A smile bloomed on Amanda’s face. “Oh thank you, darling, you
won’t regret this.”
smiled grimly. “I don’t plan to,” he said, clamping a hand on
Methos’s shoulder, who grimaced under the pressure. “Come on,
wait a minute,” Methos said, digging his heels in. “I’m
supposed to stay here and keep watch, remember?”
of plan,” Duncan said, smirking. “Now you’re going to stay with
us and keep watch. Think how much more efficient it
I’d like to oblige you, MacLeod, I’ve left my safecracking days
behind me. It just wasn’t the same after old Butch and Sundance
bought the farm.”
like you need the practise then, we wouldn’t want you getting all
rusty,” Duncan drawled as he dragged the reluctant immortal across
you stop that,” Methos spluttered, wrenching his shoulder
away. “I’m perfectly capable of walking under my own steam, thank
you very much.”
to hear it, I wouldn’t like to think you’re getting doddery in
your old age.”
boys, could you keep it down a little,” Amanda hissed
worriedly. “We don’t want to announce our arrival to the entire
Mac, keep it down.”
threw Methos a disbelieving look. “How old are you, three?”
Methos put a finger to his lips as he dodged out of his reach and
linked arms with Amanda. “We have a house to burgle, MacLeod, try
to show a little professionalism.”
briefly wondered if it wasn’t too late to turn back as he watched
them skip across the grass. What the hell had he’s been
thinking when he introduced these two? It must have been a brief
moment of insanity.
the one he was having now.
up,” he said, laughing despite himself, and Amanda extended her
other arm, grabbing his hand as he joined them.
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