"Kieran will be fine with with my parents. And unless you change your mind about coming with me, you'll be here with him as well."
"Go with you? So I can sit by myself all waiting on you? I don't think so, Sage."
"Jeremy, this has always been my dream. I'm not giving that up."
Sage nods, "There's still a lot to discover there, and I wanted something more permanent that a tent at a campsite. But don't worry, I'm not rushing off again right away," she promises.
"It's just for two days," Sage yells.
"Two days to interview for this, and then what?" Jeremy asks, "Another long trip somewhere else?"
Sage can't answer, because Jeremy is probably right, and it's what she's hoping for.
"I knew you wanted to travel, I didn't know you wanted to live on the road," Jeremy sighs.
"My name is Joffrey Lannister," the young man introduces himself. Sage had expected someone older. "I represent MorcuCorp."
"Do you live here?" she asks, taking in her surroundings. Everything seems so clean and new, like a real estate demo house.
Lannister shakes his head, "No one lives here. The house belongs to MorcuCorp, we use it for meetings like this one."
"And what's the important assignment you have for me?"
"MorcuCorp once had a strong interests in Al Simhra, but local resistance pushed us out. The situation has eased somewhat, and we feel like now is the time to get back on the ground. We need you to help smooth the way."
"I don't know what you heard, but I'm not a diplomat..."
"And what kind of person is that?" Sage asks, trying not to get lost in his beautiful blue-green eyes. She heard a lot of strange things about MorcuCorp, and she wonders for a moment if he's been genetically engineered to be perfect.
"A person of questionable ethics?" Joffrey answers with a wicked smile.
"Excuse me? What are you accusing me of?" Sage asks.
Lannister laughs, "Of breaking into ancient tombs and making off with cultural treasures. Lefebvre suspects you even stole from the Museum while you were working for him." Sage frowns at his words, because they are all true. She had never given the ethics of her behavior a single thought. "Don't be ashamed," Joffrey continues, "You are the next Wane McMottder, I'm sure of it."
The offer was too good to resist and Sage took the job before Lannister could even tell her what he was paying. After they shook on it, Joffrey insisted she spend the night in the house rather than in a motel or campsite.
"Forgive me, I didn't know," Joffrey says, immediately dialing back to a neutral tone. Sage is almost disappointed that he drops the pursuit so easily.
Somehow his cold dispassion is worse than anger.
"What have I done to inspire such loyal from you, I wonder?" Lannister asks.
Sage is dumbfounded, "I may have 'questionable ethics', but I'm not a traitor," she says.
"I knew you were the right one for this assignment," Joffrey says, and Sage can hear his smile over the phone. "I want you to do the job, and plant the bribe."
"Let Madbouli and his superiors think you've turned. Now that he's revealed himself to you, it wouldn't be safe for you to back away from them now. Do the job, and do it with zeal. MorcuCorp will crush this resistance before it gets started."
"You want me to be an informant?" Sage asks in breathy wonder.
"You'll be an excellent spy."
"I can't be in a marriage where I only see my wife one day a week," he says, "I can't spend my life waiting on you to come home, only to have to say goodbye again the next day."
"Another chance for what?" he asks, exasperated, "You aren't going to change what you're doing. And if you did, if you stopped traveling all the time, you'd be as unhappy as I am now. This isn't working, and it's not going to work any better just by drawing it out even longer."
I haven't had a Sim divorce since Sims 2, and I only ever did that once. So, partner one is gone, next up will be partner 2. Poor Jeremy. But at least now he gets to pursue his career in Science (his LTW). My career roll for first partner was None.
My roll for the second partner is Artist.
So, the little flirtation with Joffrey Lannister was totally autonomous. I know there are no autonomous flower giving mods out there, but I keep forgetting to download it. So, while Sage and he were on a 'group outing' to the park, he popped out the flowers and turned it into a date. And he hugged her. But that was the only romantic interaction. But as soon as Sage met him, she rolled a want to kiss him, and that wish kind of colored the whole scene for me.
Joffrey is a clone of Harris Landgraab from Brooklyn Heights, the evil Governor who had himself cloned. There will be more about that to come in future chapters.
A cookie for anyone who recognizes where the name Joffrey Lannister comes from. =D
I've had a few issues with adventures. One is it takes a few days before metals and gems start spawning. And many quests have parts that require turning in metals and gems. I've had to resort to buying them from the relic merchant rather than wait round for days for stuff to spawn.
In Egypt I had issues with the quests that require you to hack a certain computer. When I got to the computer, no actions were available. I mean, no actions at all, but it glowed like a quest item. So I was unable to complete them.
I'm still keeping up with the Adventurer career despite setbacks.
Oh, I keep meaning to mention, Wane McMottder is an anagram of Ewan McDermott, my adventurer from my McDermott legacy. I had serious game issues that firced me to move neighborhoods during his generation, and I couldn't carry on with his career. He then moved on to the Author career, and I had him write non-fiction books about adventuring, like 'Traps and Triggers'.
Then, Becky came up with the Wane McMottder name, mentioning his books in her Archers of Barnacle Bay legacy.