-Sakuramori, outside Ms. Ashford's Residence, 9:25 A.M.-
Having arrived in Sakuramori after driving all the way from Capital Crocus, Victoria parked her Centaur just outside Octavia Ashford's house. Wearing her blue Steel Matron t-shirt and black skirt with white tennis shoes plus her backpack which had been emptied of supplies because she was expecting to carry items in it, Victoria climbed off of the hovercycle and walked up to Ms. Ashford's door. She was just about to knock on it when the door opened to reveal Ms. Ashford herself.
"Oh hi Victoria! I didn't expect you here so soon!" Ms. Ashford greeted Victoria. The older brunette had called Victoria around 6:30 A.M. with a job for her. All Victoria had to do was take some books on old artwork to Ms. Ashford's niece Anna, who lived in an upscale part of Capital Crocus.
"I got here as quickly as I could, Ms. Ashford. I didn't want to keep you waiting too long for me." Victoria told the client. Ms. Ashford was one of Victoria's favorite clients, so whenever she called with an offer of work the Sabertooth mage dropped what she was doing and hurried to Sakuramori to take the job.
"Trust me, you didn't keep me waiting at all. To be honest, I expected you to get here some time around noon." The client told her.
"I wasn't able to sleep very much last night, so when you called I decided to get here as quickly as I could instead of try to force myself to sleep when it just wasn't happening." Victoria explained why she had gotten such an early start. Ms. Ashford smiled a little.
"Well, since you're here, I'll give you the books that I'd like for you to take to my niece. In addition to being fascinated by artifacts from ancient civilizations, Anna's an art connoisseur and she really likes old artwork by artists like Rembrandt and Renoir." Ms. Ashford listed names of artists that the Sabertooth mage had never heard of before today.
"Let me go inside and I'll get them for you as soon as I can!" Ms. Ashford said before stepping inside her house while Victoria waited patiently for her return. Within minutes Ms. Ashford arrived with a quartet of books. Victoria took off her backpack, unzipped it, carefully put the four books inside the backpack in a way that ensured they would not get damaged, zipped it closed, then finally put it on her back. The Sabertooth mage then looked at the client and waited for any special instructions that she needed to know before she set out.
"All I need you to do is take those books of art to my niece and come back to me once you make the delivery. I'll be waiting here for your return." Ms. Ashford instructed the Sabertooth mage on what was expected of her. Ms. Ashford was straightforward about what she wanted from her hired helpers, which was part of why Victoria liked working for her. The other part was that the collector of antiquities paid well and always kept her end of the bargain.
"All right then, Ms. Ashford. I'll be on my way to Capital Crocus." Victoria said. She walked over to the Centaur, climbed onto it, and cranked it up. Ms. Ashford waved goodbye as Victoria put the Centaur in reverse, gently turned it until the vehicle's front was facing the road she needed to take, and then gently increased throttle until the hovercycle was in motion. It was going to be a long drive to Capital Crocus, but the payday would make it worthwhile.
-Capital Crocus, two hours and twenty minutes later-
Victoria had run into a slight delay thanks to a traffic slowdown on one of the roads leading into the city, but now she was moving along at a good pace towards Anna Ashford's house. This job had not been action-packed, but considering who she was working for and what she had to do, the Sabertooth mage was not too upset by the job. It promised to be easy work with a good payday, which was a winning combination for the brunette.
Victoria continued to drive through the city until she reached the turn for Monarch's Lane, the neighborhood where Anna Ashford lived. Victoria had the green arrow by the time she pulled up to the traffic line, so she turned left onto the lane and made it across the four-way road without incident. Now all she had to do was get to 1837 Monarch's Lane and turn into the driveway of Anna's house and the toughest part of the job would be over.
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