Summary: Elaine Carrick is an apprentice to a magical art restorer. When she is given her first assignment without supervision, things go further awry than she could have guessed: the portrait is stolen right from under her nose. None of the other paintings were touched, and the thief was in and out in a matter of seconds.
Who could possibly have got past both Elaine and the locking spells on the studio undetected?
This story was written for Prompt 1 in the Mysterious May challenge, and it won first place in that category! It was also nominated for two QSQs in 2012 (Best General story and Best OC).
This was great, Minna. I loved the characters, I loved the story itself. It seemed kind of simple, but it took me to those mystery books I read as a kid-- Enid Blyton, and the like. Great fic :D
Author's Response: Aw, thanks BB. =D I think, much as I enjoy complex mysteries, I'm not very good at trying to write them, so yeah, this is definitely a simple mystery. Glad you liked it anyway, though. =)