In my mind, these are the same characters that are in The Would Be Thief. Perhaps this was their first encounter?
Sara regarded the object carefully. She had no idea what it was but its beauty touched her somehow. Sitting on a black stand made of iron, the orb pulsed softly with the deepest, richest blue she had ever seen. As she watched, the dark blue misted out as a powder blue took its place. The continuous cycling from light to dark blue was mesmerizing.
A bump startled her out of her trance and she scuttled behind a statue as two men rounded the corner. Who else was in here?
She peered carefully around the corner at their backs. There was a taller, older man judging from the grey streaking his brown hair and a younger, blonde man speaking in excited whispers. She strained to hear snatches of conversation.
“…don’t even know what it does,” the older man was saying.
“….if I could take it, I could test….”
“Absolutely not! That’s out of the question! The brotherhood…..”
Her ears perked up at the mention of the brotherhood. There was only one brotherhood that got referred to as the brotherhood and that was the Astyrian Brotherhood. Now she was deeply interested. She leaned forward as much as she dared to hear what the younger man was saying.
“……finish my research on my own, I don’t need the brotherhood or the Society…….”
Now she was on full alert. Whatever the object was it sounded valuable.
“….very fragile…..cannot be moved…….” The older man was saying.
The blond man turned and strode toward the door, each thundering step betraying his anger and impatience.
“Alexander, wait!” The older man ran after him as he disappeared through the doorway.
Sara scrambled out of her hiding place, her mind made up. She murmured a stasis spell to keep it safe as she grabbed the glowing glass ball and lowered it gently into her bag. She could hear voices coming closer again as she climbed back out the window she had climbed in through and made her way quickly down the tree.
By the time she heard the alarm raised, she had already made it over the fence and was sprinting into the woods.