Inside, her dragon's blood burns, desperate to take wing; driving fast with the wind blowing through her hair helps satiate the demands of her inner dragon.
"Hey, beautiful," she says, coming up behind him, "Can I buy you a drink?"
"You can do a lot more than that, sweetheart," Amit answers, not missing a beat. He gets up from his seat to give her a friendly hug. "What the hell are you doing out here?"
"I bought a motorcycle today, I was just taking it out for a ride," she answers, "What are you doing here?"
"Working," he answers.
Their families have always been close, and Tearney knows that Amit has followed his father Tobin's footsteps and is walking the path of the professional criminal. She leans in close to him and whispers, "Are you going to rob this place?"
"This place?" Amit laughs, and then leans in to whisper in her ear, and nuzzling her neck a little while he's there, "No, I'm just killing time here until after midnight. Then I'm heading in to Sunset Valley to pick something up."
"You don't want to do that," she warns.
"Of course I do," Amit smiles, "You're the one always pushing me away. Why is that, Tea?"
"Because you flirt with everyone, and I don't want to just be another notch on your belt," Tearney answers, knowing that's only partially true.
"You're not like all the others, Tea," Amit says, "You're a dragon, for one. Let me taste your fire."
He's just being playful, she knows, but she struggles with her inner dragon constantly, and having it made light of outrages her. "You want to taste my fire?" she snarls, "You have no idea what it's like, to carry this around inside me. I burn, all the time, and the only thing that puts that fire out is pain. I'm constantly fighting back the urge to hit people, to get into brawls where I can bite and scratch. I don't want to be celibate, Amit, but I can't see any other way around it. I don't think I could control myself."
Amit takes her anger in stride. "I've got a room at the motel," he says, taking her arm gently, "You can bite and scratch me all night."
"That's not funny," she says, twisting her arm away from him.
"I'm not joking, Tea," he answers, "I want to help you."
"Oh, I'm sure," he answers, pulling her hair.
Tearney wrestles him into the bed, and gives him a taste of her fire.
It was rough, and it was painful, and it sated the dragon. Amit lay quiet beneath her, Tearney nestled under his arm, listening to his heart beat.
"Amit?" she spoke his name softly.
"Mmm?" His fingers were drawing lazy circles on her back.
"Are you okay?"
"Never better," he smiles, "I'm - oh, crap, it's time." A low buzz was coming from his pants, crumpled on the floor.
"What? To a robbery?" Tearney laughs, "I'm not criminal."
"Criminal is such an ugly word," Amit says, "I prefer outlaw. It's so much sexier, don't you think. Anyway, this job is piece of cake. Just follow my lead and you'll be fine."
Tearney has to admit the idea of sneaking into a place late at night to steal something excites her. "What are you stealing?" she asks, as though it matters.
Amit flashes a wicked smile, "It's a surprise. You'll love it."
"Oooh," she breathed when he showed her the golden cobra statuette from Egypt. "Can I take it?"
Tearney looks him in the eyes. He's a skilled liar, but she can usually see through him, and he seems to be telling the truth. He really did come out here to steal this ancient, priceless cobra just for her. "I can't believe you'd do this for me," she says.
"I'd do a lot more, Tea. Just give me a chance," he says, his lips brushing against her throat, "Let's make love, right here," he whispers, moving her toward the viewing bench.
"Are you crazy?" Tearney gasps, pushing away his groping hands, "Shouldn't we just finish the job and head back home?"
"You!" the intruding cops yells at him, "On the floor, now!"
"Tea, don't!" Amit shouts to no avail.
"Elfin magic," Amit explains, "My mom was always pushing my Dad to reconnect with his elfin heritage, and with her help, he learned a few spells that helped him in his trade. It's why he's never been caught."
"Maybe you should have done something before we got caught," Tearney observes.
"This is all my fault," Amit says, "I was distracted, I didn't sense the cop's approach. Once she saw us, it was too late. We can't use the teleportation spell in front of outsiders, it would ruin everything. But now we're alone, I'm going to get us out of here."
"Titania?" Amit notices the ancient fairy over Tearney's shoulder.
"Lesson learned," Amit answers, "I'll keep it professional from now on."
"You know you haven't completely escaped," Tobin says, "They know who you are, and where you're from. As soon as they notice you're gone, they will be here, looking for you. You can't stay here, either of you, you'll have to go into hiding."
"I have some...connections...out west. I've already made some calls for you, got you a place to hide out."
"Everyone's asleep," Aymeri says, "Your mother is a terrible liar. When the police come around here, asking questions about you, it's better that she not know that you came back here. They'll have the truth out of her in an instant."
Tearney nods sadly, knowing it's true. "I'm sorry," she apologizes again, "You must be so ashamed of me."
"I'm not ashamed, little dragon," Aymeri smiles, hugging her, "You have a lot to contend with, and you've held yourself so much better than I ever did. I had thousands of years to mature, you have but one human lifespan. I'm proud of you, daughter, I always will be."
Most of this chapter takes place in an alternate save in Sunset Valley. I made a copy of the REd Rendezvous in Twinbrook, made it a residential lot and moved copies of Amit and Tearney into it, along with some random Sims to be the bartender and customers.
The hotel room was set up in the 2nd floor of the bar. And the Sunset Valley museum was really the SV museum, I just changed the displays. And, yes, I know I did a sad curatorial job there, mixing Chinese, Greek and Egyptian pieces all in the same gallery. But, it's Sims, lol.
So, because it was an alt save, I'm not counting Tearney's fight with the cop as one of her weekly fights for the Fighter requirement.
Her generation will truly begin once we've made the move to Appaloosa Plains.
I'm currently working on that town, fiddling with the community lots, making over the residents and their houses, and building a house for Tea and Amit.