the smuggler’s bible


“You said ‘Dagger Alley,’” Shelby whines, “not ‘Get Robbed For Sure 100% Alley.’”

“Jesus, calm down. You sound insane.”

“So does us being here.”

“We’ll just poke around a little,” Wendell says, “find something to take to the party and—“

“Probably bruises and shame.”

“—And then we’ll leave. You want her to think we’re cool, right?”

“Of course,” Shelby says, grimacing. “But at what cost?”

Turns out the whole place is actually pretty tame. Shelby picks out a ceramic shark and puts it back three times before screwing up the courage to talk to someone and buy it.