"Hold up a minute," I said, "who hired you?"
"If you must know, it was a man wearing a scarlet cloak," he replied.
I burst out laughing.
"Looks like you had an encounter with the Scarlet Man, bro. Check this out." I pulled the note from The Scarlet Man out of my pocket. "I got this right before we raided your ship."
He read the note then looked up at me. "Your name is caleb?"
"caleb Larkmagnet at your service." I take a dramatic bow. "Now, tell me your name."
"My name is Gearwire Sprocketfeather."
I stare at him blankly.
"Aaalrighty then, let's take a look at whatever's in this box." I opened the box and set the lid on a crate, then we looked inside...