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Things were not going well. He'd knicked his hand on a sharp edge at the first hotel and had to swap to this one at the last minute. He had also forgotten his lucky pick, and his second set was missing a crucial tool. No, Adrian was definitely not having a smooth run of it today.

He was still jimmying the lock several minutes later, and the noise was attracting attention. A tourist -- recognisable by the wide-brimmed hat and extra large sunglasses she wore -- was staring in his direction. Adrian swore under his breath, affected a grin, and waved at her.

"Locked myself out," he called, bringing forth a slight blush, and thanking the Gods that he'd practiced that. He heaved a sigh of relief as she nodded hesitantly and went about her business.

Finally, the lock clicked, and he pushed open the door.

"Good morning," the gentleman on the other side said, quite amiably. He was wearing a moustache, a bathrobe, and a pair of terry cloth hotel slippers, and sipping calmly at what smelled like a delicious cup of coffee. The aroma prickled Adrian's nostrils, and he involuntarily took a deep breath. The stranger noticed.

"Oh my, forgive my manners," he said. "Would you like a cup?"

Adrian wrinkled his brow slightly. "I--" he began, confused. "I, yes? Thank you? That would be lovely?" He cleared his throat, but said nothing. His gaze slid across the room, expertly noting the whereabouts and approximate value of the man's belongings. The man in the kitchen didn't notice.

"I must say, this is a rather lovely hotel," he began, once more addressing Adrian. "They really do provide you with everything you might need." He emphasised his words with a nod, encompassing the room and Adrian as one. "And so polite," he continued. "I mean-- you are a burglar, aren't you?"

Adrian started, grateful he didn't have the coffee in front of him yet. "A-a burglar?" His mind raced ahead, leaving his tongue to fumble for words. "I- wha-why would, I mean, uhh." He blushed, discomforted. This time it was a deep stain of crimson that was not at all for show, and the man took pity on him.

"I mean, you broke in, right? Surely you're a burglar? And at first, I thought, what-ho, that's jolly rude of you; but then I remembered the sign. And you're a bit alright, aren't you, really? I mean, for a burglar?" He looked worried for the first time.

Adrian merely blinked. His tongue had still not caught up to his brain, and his mouth hung slightly slack. Eventually, he managed to get out two words. "What sign?"

The moustached man gestured vaguely. "The one in the foyer," he said. "I thought it was a bit of a joke at first, but then I was here, working away, and I hear the lock jiggle, and here you are. It was a bit startling, but never mind. The sign in the foyer said 'take care of burglars', so I suppose I'd best do that. Is there anything I can do for you?"

"Thank the Gods for poor grammar and miscommunications," thought Adrian, eyeing an iPad and Apple Watch as the man talked. His luck, it seemed, had turned around.
Day three of FFM:

Prompt: "Take care of burglars" from Lost in Translation: Misadventures in English Abroad by Charlie Croker; combined with the optional topic of communication.
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Very humorous! Congrats on the DD.
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on your DD, honey. :heart:
akrasiel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Professional Writer
squanpie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, I love this! From the gradual realisation in the first paragraph, right through to Adrian's (thoroughly justified) confusion - then that punchline! Excellent! :lmao:
KiriHearts Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017
"And you're a bit alright, aren't you, really? I mean, for a burglar?" I interpreted this line to mean that he was okay getting burgled, but it had better be a fantastic burglar or he wasn't really getting his money's worth.
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017   Writer
Ha! I love this. Adrian's confusion on being offered coffee is the best part.
DC-26 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017
Wonderful punch line.
This feels like Wodehouse - so effortlessly clever.
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