Ada Conners is a bold and beautiful adventurer and archeologist. One day on an excavation in Egypt she stumbled upon a brilliant golden puzzle box. While she celebrated her discovery with her colleagues the box was stolen along with her daughter Abigail. Refusing to leave the matter to the authorities Ada developed a costumed identity and went out in search of her daughter.
But Abigail Conners wasn’t just a helpless captive. Using her incredible intellect, she solved the ancient puzzle box and was rewarded with a divine blessing by the God Thoth. Given magical mastery over mind and memory Abigail used her newfound powers to make her escape just as her mother broke in and attacked her kidnappers.
With Ada’s brawn and Abigail’s brain the two were quickly reunited and upon discovering her mother’s costumed antics Abigail begged Ada to continue, only this time with Abigail as her sidekick. Now the mother daughter duo fight crime as the Silver Seeker and Golden Girl!
The Seeker Cycle parked behind the Blackpool Museum of Science and History. Its namesake heroine was nowhere to be seen, instead it was her trusty sidekick who dismounted the bike. She was a gorgeous brunette with her hair done up in a pair of pigtails by golden bands. She had pale skin, a freckled face and bright emerald eyes. She was dressed in a golden leotard with bronze padding on the sides that clung closely to her shapely form. A Bronze belt hung from her waist loaded with gadgets, most of which were her own design. Her legs were bare save for golden boots stopping just below her knees with matching gloves on her hands. A shimmering bronze cape hung from her shoulders and stopped just below her rear and a golden mask covered most of the freckles on her face.
The heroine proudly walked into the museum’s back entrance and headed for the office of the Head Curator. The grey haired and bespectacled woman waited for her with a tall and grizzled detective standing next to her desk.
“Ms. Hartford, Detective Grayman, what do you have for me?” Golden Girl said confidently.
“Ah, Golden Girl, how nice of you to join-“
“Where’s Seeker?” The detective asked, gruffly cutting off the director.
Golden Girl did her best not to let her irritation show. Detective Grayman wasn’t the biggest fan of her and her mother’s vigilante antics and was even less happy with the “Gaudy Golden Brat” that would steal his shine from time to time. “Silver Seeker is occupied at the moment, but I’m happy to help.” She said before she turned back to the curator. “You said you received a message meant for us?”
“Not just any message I’m afraid.” Ms. Hartford explained as she handed the heroine a blue envelope. “It seems to be a challenge.”
‘A challenge?’ A look inside the revealed a simple note written in blue pen a with a black lipstick mark at the bottom.
‘My Dearest Silver Seeker,
You are cordially invited to my heist of the Eye of Aphrodite this Saturday at Midnight. If it’s not too far past her bedtime, your usual +1 can attend as well.
“The Sapphire Sorceress.” Golden Girl hissed as she crunched the letter in her hands. The villainess had been a particular thorn in the dynamic duo’s sides. When she wasn’t trying to make off with magical artifacts, she was often busy flirting with the Silver Seeker a fact that often-left Golden Girl nauseous.
“Easy on the evidence, kid!” Detective Grayman barked as he snatched the letter away from her.
“I’m an adult!” GG shot back, happy with herself for not mentioning her real age while she was at it. At eighteen and an accomplished crime fighter she was starting to get fed up with being treated like a child.
“Uh huh, call me when you’re old enough to drink.” The detective shot back.
GG fumed in silence, neither wanting to confirm or deny anything about her identity with an answer. Thankfully Ms. Hartford gave her a reprieve from the awkward silence. “Do you know why she would call you two out like this? I know she’s a famous thief, but I’ve never heard of her announcing her crimes in advance before.”
“If she’s being this cocky it’s not without reason, she thinks she has something up her sleeve we can’t deal with.” Golden Girl said. ‘That or she’s planning on stealing something she thinks we can’t deal with.’ She thought. “What exactly is the Eye of Aphrodite?”
“The Eye of Aphrodite is an extremely valuable ruby, one of a pair, though the other was sadly lost years ago.” The curator explained. “They were once featured in the eyes of a marble statue in the Goddess’ temple. It was said they would glow whenever a visitor to the temple gained Aphrodite’s favor and onlookers would be overwhelmed with … amorous urges before she would take them as her consort.
“That sounds like something the Sapphire Sorceress would want, she’s always looking for new ways to manipulate people.” Golden Girl said. ‘Pretty sure I know who her first target would be too.’
“If this thing really is magic, we should move it to a different location, replace it with a fake until we can catch the broad.” Grayman suggested.
“I don’t think that will get us very far, Detective.” Golden Girl said. “The Sorceress has her own magical senses and would likely catch on to a fake. Also, it’s not like she hasn’t gotten moles into the police force before. If she’s coming when she says she is I think we-“
“The force is clean as a whistle!” The detective shot back. “Just cause some old witch got the drop on us once doesn’t mean I need to take strategic advice from a kid.”
Golden Girl was quickly reaching her limits with the detective. “Yeah, I’m sure the academy gave you plenty of training for dealing with magical super crimes.” She shot back, voice dripping in sarcasm.
“Why don’t we hold off on the planning for now.” Ms. Hartford suggested. “This message was intended for Silver Seeker after all.” She turned to Golden Girl. “Thank you for coming to see us, please pass this along to Seeker and we can make our next move from there.”
Golden Girl held back a sigh. The curator was being nicer about it than the detective or the Sorceress, but it still felt like she was being looked down on. If she could earn the divine blessing of a God, why couldn’t she earn the respect of some people? Despite her frustrations she managed to stay civil with the older woman. “Very well, I’ll let the Seeker know about this and we should get back to you shortly.” She said before making her exit.
When Golden Girl arrived at home, she went up to her room and dialed up her mother. The older heroine was half the world away, back in Egypt on another expedition. Ada had offered to bring her along, but Abigail had opted to stay home under the guise of spending time with her friends. In truth she had wanted to try her hand at solo heroics for once, her super sight had led her to a couple of break ins, helped her stop a mugging and a rape, but those were all mediocre criminals. For the Sorceress she wouldn’t mind having her mother as back up.
“Hello Abi!” Her mother said. Despite the late hour on her side of the globe she still greeted her daughter warmly. “How are you, darling? The house is still in one piece, I hope?”
“More or less,” Abigail joked, “another wild party might bring her down though.”
“Just as long as you’re happy living on the streets.” Her mother replied dryly.
“I’ll manage, hey are you alone right now? There’s a SS and GG situation I need to talk to you about.”
“What is it?” Her mother asked, her tone becoming serious. Ada listened quietly as her daughter explained the details until she got to the time of the planned heist. “Saturday? Damn…”
“What’s wrong, I thought you planned to be home by Friday anyway.”
“There’s a heavy storm coming into Cairo.” Her mother explained. “We’re expecting hail and lightning. Flights are already being cancelled and I doubt mine is going to be any different.”
Golden Girl frowned at the news, but her head quickly filled with hope. The Sapphire Sorceress was a pain, but she was hardly invincible. What if she brought her down alone? “You know, with the museum’s permission I might be able to set up some traps for the Sapphire Sorceress. With the homefield advantage I could-“
“No.” Her mother said firmly.
“I’m an adult, I can fight crime by myself!” Abigail insisted.
“The fact that you’re an adult is all the more reason I don’t want you anywhere near that pervert alone.” Ada countered.
“I’m pretty sure I’m not her type. Considering what she’s planning on stealing I’m probably safer than you would be.”
“You listen to me, Abigail Miranda Conners.” Her mother said. The use of her full name never boded well. “I know that you’re getting older, and I was willing to turn a blind eye to your solo hero antics as long as it was just petty crooks…”
Abigail blushed “You know about that?”
“I can still read the local news online darling, but that’s not the point. The point is I’m your mother and as long as you live under my roof and use my money to fund those gadgets of yours, I get to put limits on your hero work. I forbid you to take on the Sapphire Sorceress alone. Am I clear?”
“Crystal.” Abigail huffed.
“It’s for your own good Abi, I’ll try to get out of here early if I can, but if not then we’ll catch up with her later. Let the museum and the police know we may be unable to catch her in the act.”
Abigail collapsed against her bed in defeat. “Will do. Anything else?”
“I love you.” Her mother added warmly.
“Love you too, bye Mom.” Abigail said as she hung up. It was so unfair! She had beaten men into submission, invented dozens of gadgets and solved crimes that would have left Sherlock Holmes dumbfounded. What did she have to do to earn some respect? It didn’t take long for her to reach the obvious answer. Swapping her civilian phone for what she affectionately called the Golden Line she made a call and altered her voice ever so slightly. “Hello, Ms. Hartford? This is the Silver Seeker…”