"It's mornings like these when I wonder why I bothered picking you over the other girls. They'd have given their left foot to have the chance to finish that line," he says angrily.

"I'm prettier than they are," you say confidently.

"A pretty bother since we started this." Duglin sighs. "I'm sure I'll regret this, but take this gold for the guard outside of the Diamond Quarter. I've known others who've had luck bribing him in the past." Duglin hands you a heavy poach of gold. "Be careful with that. With all the expenses this gambit has incurred, it's the last of my stores. Now, away with you, and good luck. May you bring us both an unfair fortune."

You leave Duglin's stall, and move only a short while before a diminutive merchant leaps from his booth in front of your path, cradling the most beautiful necklace you've ever seen in his dirty palms. Its metal chain is more than shining, it's radiating light.

"A necklace such as this could never truly hope to compete with your beauty, but won't you please give it the opportunity to try?" he says, in what's probably the most charming voice he can muster.

You look down at the gold pouch you with which you were just entrusted. Surely Duglin would find the money for bribes elsewhere. After all, his investment to date is far too high to waste over one tiny bag of gold.

Purchase the necklace. You were only ever in this for the baubles, and if it turns out to be magical, its value may even be far greater than for what this merchant is selling it.

Leave the necklace, and continue to the guard.

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