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Bandette vs Lupin

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A starry night fell over the City of Love, Paris. It was home to many things, such as croissants, baguettes, the Eiffel Tower, and it was home to one of the greatest thieves of history, Arsene Lupin. The legendary phantom thief had stole many things and swindled many riches from many people, inspiring a new generation of thieves to surpass his exploits.

One such thief was his grandson, Lupin the 3rd, who was currently at the Louvre, sneaking around the halls with his usual grace. He moved his watch towards his mouth and shifted his eyes. "Jigen, any problems at your end?" He asked.

"Not a problem, boss." Jigen Daisuke, Lupin's right hand man, spoke from his comm. "You're in the clear."

"Good to hear," The grandson of Lupin the 1st smirked as he then spotted the case that held the famous necklace that was rumored to be worn by Marie Antoinette herself. "And I just found the prize..." He pulled out a disc from his pocket and flung it into the air, letting it cling to the wall as the lasers surrounding the case shorted out. He then causally strolled towards the object of his desire and slowly lifted the glass case upwards. "Hmph. This was almost too easy."

"Indeed, monsieur!" A female's voice answered him, making him nearly drop the case. Lupin quickly turned to face a red-headed girl clad in a red mini-dress, a yellow cape, and a domino mask over her eyes. She was smiling widely at him, eyeing him curiously. "Pardon me, but you resemble someone that I know quite well."

"Yeah, I get that a lot. Look, little lady-"

"Non, non! Let me guess! You are... Jerry Lewis!"

Lupin blinked at her in confusion. "Now, hold on-"

"Oh? Am I wrong? Let me try again! You are... Inspector Clouseau!"

"Listen here, missy, I am not an officer! I'm-!"

"Arsene Lupin le Troisieme!"

The master thief raised an eyebrow at the redhead dramatically pointing at him. "Got it in one, and allow me to make a guess of my own. You're one of those French super-heroines, aren't you?" Lupin set the case down as the redhead shook her head.

"Alas, I am not. I am simply a fellow thief, like yourself, dear Arsene." The masked redhead then waltzed around Lupin as she eyed the necklace. "And you are here to steal the diamond necklace, no?"

Lupin wanted to facepalm at this scene happening. He did not have time for this game she was playing. "Look, miss-"

"I am Bandette!" The redhead leaned forwards with a smile. "And it is an honor to meet a legend in the flesh!" She reached out and grabbed Lupin's hand, shaking it. "Bonjour!"

The man slowly pried his hand away from Bandette and frowned. "Yes, I get that all the time, too. Now, go play pretend somewhere else. I am busy taking this beauty away for people that actually want it." Lupin turned around and raised his arm, only for a bare wrist to greet him. "Huh?! Hey, what the-?!"

"And Bonjour to you too, monsieur!" The redheaded thief spoke into Lupin's watch in a friendly tone. "You are Arsene's friend, are you not?"

"Hey, what the hell?!" Jigen's surprised voice rang back. "Who the hell are you? Where's Lupin?"

"Your friend is right beside me, good sir." Bandette chirped in a chipper tone. "And may I be bold to ask for your name?" She then danced away from the now-annoyed thief's attempts to grab his watch from her. "Goodness, Arsene! Did your mother not teach you that it is rude to interrupt?"

"You give that back, damn it!" Lupin shouted, red-faced.

Bandette wagged a finger at him. "You didn't say please."

Lupin bit back a curse as he let out a sigh. "...Please." He grit out.

Bandette then tossed the watch back to him and walked over to the case and placed it back onto the display. "There, Arsene, was that so hard?"

"Hey, what are you-"

He was cut off by something being gently inserted into his mouth. It tasted like...chocolate?! Lupin just stared at the redhead in disbelief as she made her way towards the window. "Mmmph?" He let out a muffled cry.

"You should have more sweets! A candy bar is good for the soul." Bandette then stopped at the windowsill, pulling something from her cape and holding it up for Lupin to see. It was the...diamond necklace?! "And don't bother yourself with the one in the display, Arsene. Replicas are not as good as the real thing. Au revoir~!" She waved goodbye and jumped out of the window.

"GURK!" Lupin pulled the chocolate bar out of his mouth and let out a growl. "Damn it to hell, how did she do that!? I didn't even see her go near the case!" He clenched his fists in anger.

"Boss, we got bigger problems, Security is on its way!"

Lupin shook his head as he began to make his getaway. "Mark my words, Bandette. You won't pull a fast one like that again! Or my name isn't Lupin the Third!" The red-jacketed thief ran down the hall as he was en route to his escape. No matter. There were plenty of fishes in the sea of France, after all. All he had to do was to keep his guard up around the little redheaded weasel called Bandette. No one would outdo him in his own game!

 

As Lupin and Jigen drove away from the Louvre, Bandette was watching them with an intrigued gaze, petting her dog. "Well, well. Looks like we have competition, don't we, Pimento?" The dog barked happily as she smiled widely.