"Ummm, we are visitors to this village. We came from the emperor." I said, hoping I sounded realistic.

The boy narrowed his eyes. "The emperor is dead."

"Oh. Well in that case we'd better get back and pray for his soul."

We turned and ran again. I saw a nearby building with a padlock on it.

"In here!" I ripped a hairpin from my hair and jammed it in. Deftly I twisted and the lock turned. We all ran in to hide.

The End

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