This was a great day. Yao grinned, looking down at the bag. Lockets, necklaces, shoes with a couple of expensive diamonds on, even money he'd managed to snag off people. They were just so blind and ignorant, not noticing anything until way later. It was almost embarrassing how easy it was to steal from them...
Yao couldn't help a chuckle as he passed this inventor's shop on his way home. He shot a glance and noticed it was empty right now, so he snuck in, just looking around.
That could be handy.... Oh and that looked valuable... Yao smirked and quickly snagged this rather beautiful clock. Or it at least looked like a clock. With these inventors who knew what this device could do...
As he heard noises in the back he looked up, seeing the back of a person. He quickly left the shop before he was seen.
This was a great day. Alfred's signature grin spread across his face as he got the shop owner to agree to a great price for the 'clock' he'd brought in. It was beautiful something anyone would be proud to have in their home. The table top time teller was also something a little more ~ A recording device of sorts. It could record an hours worth of conversation with a proper disk inserted into the face. Of course, that was really the value in the thing, but only the man who made it knew how it actually worked! That man being Alfred himself of course. There was one other person who could probably figure it out, he always could, but that....was something else entirely.
"Just lemme show you how it works" the Blonde youth called back to the shopkeep as he hurried back to the front. Out of the corner of his eye he caught a glimpse of a lady heading out of the shop, the door chiming behind her. Oh, that sucked, lost the old man a customer...
...Where did the clock go?
"Sonofa- OIII!" Dashing out the front door, Alfred paused only a moment to try and catch sight of that thieving she-bandit! Spotting a bouncing ponytail he took off after the woman, sure she was the one. She even had a sack of something. It could be in there. "EXCUSE MEEEEEEEEEE!!!!" He darted through the drifters on the busy street, gaining on the woman quickly.
Yao heard the other and ran faster. No way was he gonna let himself get caught. He was short but he was fast. Yao turned his head for a second, noticing that the other was still gaining on him... Dammit and he was taller than Yao too. Shit, he had to think fast... He frowned and hurried off into a darker back alley, hoping he'd shake the other off by hiding.
The alley was dark and kinda filthy, but Yao had been in worse neighborhoods. He kept the clock and the other valuables safe in his bag, keeping as quiet as possible, hiding behind a dumpster in the darkest corner he could find.
"H-HEY!" Alfred cursed under his breath as that sneaky wench took off. He couldn't believe this was freaking happening to him! Man, why did these things have to happen to him? He just wanted to make some good quick cash, butnoooooooo. No, today just wasn't his day was it? Just that lady wait until he got his hands on her. Oooooh, that bitch was gonna get it.
Stumbling to a stop, the youth panicked as he realized he'd lost sight of her. She'd slipped into a large crowd. Fuck Eyes darting every which way, he cried out as he spotted the flick of her ponytail flee down a side alley. Alfred pushed through the throng of people , throwing out quick apologies to those he shoved to make his was through. Reaching the edge of the street he rushed into the alley, and wrinkled his nose at the stench that seemed to coat the place. It was a dark little side street, but it was long. Not seeing the lass nor hearing the echos of footsteps he was sure she was still in the narrow corridor with him.
Clearing his throat, he drew out one of his biggest knives, and slowly stalked down the grimy path ready to strike out at any attack. "Look lady. Just gimme back the clock and I'll let you go. Being a thief isn't a great thing, but we all have to make a livin'. Just gimme back what is mine!" He grew more tense as he approached a dark corner with a trashcan nestled right in the corner. Eying the ground, he kicked a rock and debris at it making quite a racket to shake out any 'rats'.
Yao said nothing, didn't move a muscle. He could hear the other coming closer so he looked around. Was there anywhere he could climb up?
There! He smiled, seeing he might be able to jump up and latch onto one of the balconies that were low enough. He was agile and could jump high so he figured it should work out fine. He saw the other and took out his own knife just in case, quickly getting up and climbing onto the dumpster before leaping up to grab onto the balcony.
His hands got hold of the edge and he started pulling himself up as quickly as possible.