Caging Kat

Caging Kat by Kayleigh Jamison

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Authors: Kayleigh Jamison
Once a year, the gods of Olympus host a masquerade ball on the remote island of Arcadia.  Invitations are precious, and coveted; those who accept them are given a wish.  One night, one place of magic, and one chance to make dreams come true.
     
    Kat did her best to suppress a groan as she took a quick survey of the ballroom.  This was going to be easy.  Too damn easy , she thought bitterly.  Her hazel, almond-shaped eyes caught the flash of another extravagantly crafted diamond necklace, fastened to the throat of a slender, masked girl, who twirled by in the arms of an equally slender, masked gentleman.  She shook her head, then ran one exquisitely manicured hand through her chin-length, red hair.  Like shooting fish in a barrel .  But, as her mother always said whenever she retrieved a liquor bottle from the microwave -- under the sink -- beneath the sofa cushions – d esperate times call for desperate measures .
    Her profession – and she used the term loosely, since she could never put it on her tax forms – had gotten boring of late.  Seriously boring.  Being the most sought after art thief on the black market had been extremely appealing in her youth, but after the fifth or sixth Van Gogh…she’d lost interest.  It wasn’t that she’d had a moral change of heart; hell no, she could care less whose wall Starry Night hung on, but there just wasn’t any challenge in it anymore. 
    By the time she’d realized it though, she was stuck.  At twenty-nine, she had never held a real job in her life.  She’d dropped out of college after her second year, when she’d successfully stolen the Ancient Roman urn out of the Walter’s and sold it for twelve million dollars.  Who gave a shit about Calculus 102 anyway, even if she was driving to and from class in a brand new Ferrari?  Scratch that, especially if she was driving to and from class in a brand new Ferrari.
    And that was her other problem.  Living off the grid in America these days was damn near impossible.  She’d already had to switch her identity and run like hell twice, because her careless flaunting of her wealth tended to raise eyebrows.  The old family inheritance/trust fund baby excuse only worked for so long before people started wondering why she wasn’t on the cover of People next to Paris Hilton and the other spoiled little rich girls. 
    Ninety five percent of Kat’s money now rested safely in offshore banks, scattered across the globe.  Ten million here, thirteen million there…she pitied the poor soul who ever tried to track her down.  Not even she could access her accounts without jumping through more hoops than Shamu at Sea World.  So, when her damned house had burned down in a freak accident last month, she’d been up shit creek without a paddle.  She couldn’t make an insurance claim without raising some red flags about her financials.  She couldn’t sue the dumbass who’d plowed into her house driving a propane truck for the same reason.  She didn’t keep enough funds readily accessible to buy a new place.  Always have a rainy day fund, dear , her mother had said whenever she’d revealed another hiding place for her booze. 
    Kat had never made a rainy day fund.  And now , she found herself living in some flea-bag dump motel while she scrambled for money to get herself a new place to live.  She was worth at least a billion.  And she was currently homeless.
    Get a job?  Part of her actually wanted to.  Despite the fact that most Americans would kill for the independence she had, she found herself wanting a normal, working class life.  She’d watch TV and sigh with longing at the women who put on their power suits and black pumps every day for their nine to fives, then came home and cooked dinner for the two point five kids and husband, before putting out the trash just beyond the white picket fence and letting the dog out in the backyard to take a piss.  The funny thing about corporate America was that no

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