thief | john shelby
you’re part of a gang that pick pockets and john has a crush on you
Small Heath on a Sunday was jam-packed with people. Everyone was either out doing their business, eating outside at their favourite restaurant, doing some shopping or just going for a walk. It was the day where most of the husbands weren’t working so it was perfect for family time. It was also perfect for you and your gang to pick pocket as many people as you could. It wasn’t the most ideal lifestyle but, people have valuables. Especially the rich, who were often sat outside some fancy pub drinking.
You and a few members of your gang had decided to go down to the rich end of Small Heath. The rich end still wasn’t that much better than the poor but the houses were decent and the people were most definitely better off.
Something about the rich end always made you nervous. It wasn’t that you could get caught at any moment, it was the Shelby brothers, who were often down there visiting their aunt. They knew about what your gang did after John had caught you trying to steal his watch, they promised not to say anything but they mentioned that if you ever stole from Polly then there would be trouble.
Most people were threatened by them, you wasn’t. It was just something about John that made you anxious. You hadn’t spoken much but when you did it was quick and rushed, usually by him. He would ramble quickly before saying sorry and walking away. His other brothers dismissed you and the rest of your gang, not really caring for you. Arthur would sometimes say hello if he saw you, Tommy however never spoke to you. The only time he had was when he was shouting at you for trying to rob the watch.