The New Commission

Prompt  ….

Thank you  artycaptures for this week’s photo prompt.

J and J were professionals. They had successfully delivered many rare articles, antiques and corporate documents to those who hired them. They did not figure on any of the police data bases and as such were never suspected. They belonged to a small community of people who still practiced the ancient arts and ostentatiously provided consultations to those in distress.

Recently they were commissioned to deliver articles from the defense-research department in North-Korea. Their many successes in South-Africa and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at Boston were probably the reason for this commission.

They planned the heist after a thorough background study and decided that they needed new equipment with more power – we need a freshly prepared hand of glory* that can shed its light directly at what we seek and open locks, bolts and bands at our spell.


The prisoner with the claw-hand was finally hanged. He had no relatives or friends and his body was disposed by the prison authorities.

Few knew that the disposed body had a missing right hand.

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*A Hand of Glory is the dried pickled right hand of a skilled thief / robber who has been hanged. It is used as a candle or candle holder & has special magical properties. It is believed to be highly potent if it is a claw-hand. Descriptions of its preparation are pretty gruesome.  The fingers themselves are used as a wick with the back of the hand used as a rest with the fingers turned upwards, or it is placed in some kind of holder with the hand straight and the fingers upright. If the hand is used as a candle holder the fingers are bent around a candle made from the fat of the dead man with the dead man’s hair as the wick.

Thank you Priceless Joy



16 thoughts on “The New Commission

    • Truly gruesome. It is a Northumbrian myth that I read some time ago – probably just fiction (I embellished it a bit). We also have some criminal tribes and it would be interesting to know their legends and myths.

      Thanks for the read and interest.

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