The sunlight caught on the chess piece, the faceted crystal creating an odd irregular prism. She looked at the centre of the piece, scanning it for the hidden message that she was certain Ged had left. Turning it slowly between her thumb and forefinger, she tried to find the correct angle to unlock the crystal, as she was trained to do so many years before.
So engrossed was she, she did not hear Yuri enter the room, she did not know to conceal the chess piece and her efforts until it was too late.
“What are you doing Anna?”
She started, and instinctively attempted to palm the chess piece, drawing too much attention to it;
“Yuri, you startled me! Isn’t the sunlight beautiful this afternoon?”
“Indeed, my dear. Come, tell me what you have in your hand, sister?”
Her shoulders fell, she knew that he had detected her poor legerdemain. She also knew that Yuri had never been schooled as she was, would never understand the truth. She rose trying to drop the piece into the pleats of her dress without him noticing.