the smuggler’s bible

Chapter Seven: The Pip King’s Hoard

Tattersail and Hognut escaped the dungeon as the cursed timepiece’s red hand struck three o’clock—the shattering position. In the end, it was through simple kindness that they achieved the Pip King’s hoard. Hognut shared his last crumb of ship’s biscuit with a hungry mouse who led them through the impenetrable gauntlet of traps.

And do you know what they found there?

That’s right. One solitary, blank domino—the king’s beloved daughter, transformed by alchemy. Oh, they managed to cure the poor girl, and broke her father’s spell of madness in the bargain. But that’s another story for another Christmas.