September 1--Johannes Vermeer, Study of a Young Woman. Gabe wished she would stop looking at him like that. She had that little smile on her lips and the way she glanced at him over her shoulder almost made him stop, turn away, and leave the painting. He didn't. He carefully felt around the frame then lifted it from the wall. No alarm sounded as he knew it would not. His hands were steady as they levered out the little stops that held the stretchers in place, then he used a blade to score the canvas as close to the nails as possible so that he still had some unpainted canvas. The old paint and varnish had already cracked so he wasn't concerned about damaging it as he rolled it and slid it into the fishing rod case he wore slung over his back. There were rods in there already, long pieces, so that the canvas wasn't visible if someone asked him to open it on the way out.
Can you tell I'm listening to an audiobook about art theft? Quel surprise. I'm off to pesto. Have a lovely day.