"The people of Al Simhara have a very negative view of MorcuCorp," Sage says hesitantly. More than once while talking to the locals she had felt ashamed of her association with her employer, "Madbouli had some crazy idea that MorcuCorp is run by the Landgraab family and the Illsiminati, whatever that is, and that you're trying to take over the world."
Joffrey laughs, with just a hint of bitterness, "World domination has long been the goal of the Landgraab family. We do run MorcuCorp. As for the Illsiminati, that's just a conspiracy theory. As far as I know, anyway. I'm not high enough on the chain of command to know everything."
"We...? You're a Landgraab?"
"I am. Joffrey Landgraab. I apologize for lying about my name when we first met. We don't like to reveal ourselves to employees until we're sure of their loyalty."
"And are you so sure you have mine?" Sage asks, raising an eyebrow, "I did the job I agreed to, but the more I learn about MorcuCorp, the less inclined I am to work for you again."
"I don't blame you in the least. MorcuCorp is probably the most evil entity currently operating on the planet."
Sage starts to speak, then closes her mouth, not sure how to respond to his rather open admission. "I don't understand, are you saying you don't like MorcuCorp? Or are you bragging about it?"
"You could leave," Sage suggests.
"You don't just walk away from MorcuCorp. Especially not when you're a Landgraab."
"Then why don't you work to change it?"
"I am, but I can't do it alone. I need allies. And that's why I hired you."
"You want me to help you take down MorcuCorp?" Sage laughs.
"Nothing so grand," Joffrey laughs with her, "What I need right now is for you to go to Champs les Sims and retrieve some documents for me."
"Champs le Sims?" Sage's voice trembles.
"Is something wrong? You aren't worried about Lefebvre accusing you of stealing from the museum?"
Sage shakes her head, "No, nothing's wrong. My..ex-husband...and I visited Champs les Sims together, and that's when our marriage started to fall apart, I guess. But I'm fine, I can go back there."
Joffrey's eyes light at the mention of her ex-husband, but he says nothing about it. "There's chateau there that belongs to my family. I need you to infiltrate the building and find some documents stored there."
"If it belongs to your family, why can't you just go there yourself?" Sage asks.
"I don't want MorcuCorp to know what I'm looking for, or why. I can't be seen anywhere near Champs les Sims."
"And what happens to me if I get caught breaking into MorcuCorp's property?"
"Me? I can't be the only tomb raider and housebreaker in your employ," Sage says, deliberately missing the subtext. His hand in hers makes her tremble, but she doesn't pull it away.
"You're the only one who's loyal to me, not MorcuCorp," Joffrey answers.
"You don't have to seduce me to buy my loyalty," Sage answers, "I want to help you."
"That's good to know, Ms. Bowman," Joffrey says. Then he kisses her, his lips soft against hers. "I'm ultimately after more than just your loyalty," he whispers in her ear as he nuzzles her neck. "But for now, your loyalty is what I need," he continues, business-like, pulling out of her arms.
Sage staggers, feeling faint; Joffrey steadies her, smiling. "This dossier has all the information you need. The chateau is extensively trapped. Only one person has ever gotten past them and gotten out alive, Wane McMottder. After his incursion, MorcuCorp fortified the security system. So be careful in there. Call me, often, to let me know how it's going."
"I will," Sage promises, getting a hold of herself, trying not to look as flustered and confused by him as she feels. She takes the dossier and turns to leave.
"Before you go," Joffrey calls after, "There will be various relics and gems lying about the chateau..."
Sage blushes, "I won't take anything," she says.
"You will," Joffrey laughs, "Take whatever you want. Make it look like a burglary. MorcuCorp will discover the chateau has been infiltrated eventually, it's best they think the motive was robbery."
She decides that if Joffrey wanted to be rid of her, he could come up with easier ways of doing it, and she proceeds with her mission, finding the documents he wanted in a chest in a locked office at the top floor of the building. Trusting him might be a stupid thing to do, but when she remembers his kiss, his hand in hers, she wants to believe in him, stupid or not.
"I've got the documents," she says when he picks up the phone.
"I was just dreaming about you," he answers, his voice thick with sleep. Sage didn't bother to check the time before she phoned.
"I'm sorry, I woke you."
"Don't be. Your voice is always welcome any time of day or night. I wish you were here with me. Or is that inappropriate for me to say while I'm in bed?"
Sage flushes, "You aren't afraid to cross boundaries," she says, laughing.
"Neither are you. Listen, as much as I'd love for you to hurry back here, I need you to stay in Champs les Sims for a few days. Visit the nectary, look like a tourist. Then hurry back."
Lefebvre put the word out around the village that Sage was willing to investigate dark basements, and Jules Fournier asks for her help searching the nectary cellars for long lost recipes. What she finds is a hidden chamber full of Egyptian paraphernalia. Since it doesn't help him make more nectar, Fournier doesn't care about her discovery, but Sage is intrigued enough to want to consult with her contacts in Al Simhara about it. When she gets a chance to visit Egypt again.
Since she's been spending so much time here, Sage buys a house.
Since I haven't mentioned it yet, here's the roll for Gen 7:
Second Chance (again), 3 kids. Primary career is sports. Secondary careers are Busker, then Inventor.
The goal is awesome, and the Fun is Runs in the Family. I've chosen Brave for the trait. Tearney had it, Sage has it, so it will Run in the Family in more ways than one.
Kieran is probably not the heir. The likely heir is the second child, still not conceived.