The Squeaky Clean Legacy, 17.2a: The Truth Shall Make You Fret, Part 1

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The Squeaky Clean Legacy, 17.2a: The Truth Shall Make You Fret, Part 1

  1. 1. The Squeaky Clean Legacy, Chapter 17.2 “The truth shall make you fret” Part One
  2. 2. As
you
may
remember,
our
last
chapter
ended
with
Genera7on
Nine
 heiress
Elaine
Goodytwoshoes
falling
in
love
with
Angus
Pleasant.

  3. 3. Elaine:

Palomides?

I’ve
got
the
most
exci7ng
news!
 What
do
you
mean,
you
already
know?

  4. 4. Palomides:

Hi,
Elaine.

I
think
some
people
want
to
talk
to
you
inside.

  5. 5. Gawaine:

Now
what
is
all
this
I
hear
about
Angus
Pleasant?
 Elaine:

How
did
you
know?

  6. 6. Gawaine:

Elaine,
EVERYBODY
knows!

  7. 7. Parsifal:

It’s
not
as
though
the
public
displays
of
affec7on
are
subtle.

 Gawaine:

They
certainly
aren’t.
 Parsifal:

And
we
are
greatly
concerned
about
you.

  8. 8. Gawaine:

For
one
thing,
we’re
worried
that
he’ll
skewer
you
to
death
 with
his
nose.
 Parsifal:

And
I
do
wish
you
would
think
about
your
future
children.

  9. 9. Gawaine:

So
as
your
brothers,
we’ve
decided
to
talk
some
sense
into
 you.

We
are
sworn
to
protect
you,
from
yourself
if
necessary.

  10. 10. Gawaine:

In
addi7on
to
which,
you
would
be
breaking
legacy
tradi7on.
 Palomides:

In
addi7on
to
which,
I
just
don’t
like
him.


  11. 11. Parsifal:

Elaine,
I
talked
to
Uncle
LyUon.

He
checked
through
everything
 and
there
isn’t
one
single
instance
of
a
Goodytwoshoes
heiress
marrying
 a
playable.


 I’m
so
sorry.

  12. 12. Elaine:

You’re
all
just
envious
because
I
have
someone
who
loves
me
and
 none
of
you
do.
 Palomides:

Says
who?

  13. 13. Palomides:

I’ve
been
da7ng
Stacie
for
weeks.
 Elaine:

I
didn’t
know
that.
 Palomides:

You
didn’t
ask.

  14. 14. Elaine:

You’re
da7ng
the
girl
who
brings
the
groceries?
 Palomides:

What’s
wrong
with
groceries?

I
love
groceries.

I
bet
there
 are
a
lot
of
men
who
wish
their
girlfriends
would
bring
them
groceries.




  15. 15. Palomides:

She’ll
also
preUy
and
nice
and
great
company.

I
don’t
care
 what
she
does
for
a
living.


  16. 16. Palomides:

And
I
have
to
admit,
she
also
pays
some
terrific
compliments.

  17. 17. Gawaine:

So
as
your
eldest
brother,
I’m
going
to
have
to
forbid
you
to
 see
Angus
Pleasant
again.

  18. 18. Elaine:

You
forbid
me?

What
do
you
mean,
forbid?

I’m
not
a
liUle
girl
 anymore,
Gawaine.

You’re
the
eldest,
but
I
am
the
heiress.



  19. 19. Elaine:

And
Angus
and
I
love
each
other,
which
is
something
you’ll
never
 understand,
and
you
can’t
stop
us!

  20. 20. Palomides:

Elaine,
please
listen.

I
don’t
like
him.

I
don’t
know
why
I
 don’t,
but
I
don’t.

Something
about
him
really
creeps
me
out.

  21. 21. Elaine:

Never
mind!

I
can
see
you
all
you
care
about
is
the
legacy.

You
 don’t
care
about
me!

You
don’t
want
me
to
be
happy!

You
just
don’t
 understand.

  22. 22. Gawaine:

Elaine?

Wait!

Elaine!

We
didn’t
mean.
.
.
 Argh.

  23. 23. Parsifal:

Well,
that
probably
could
have
gone
beUer.

  24. 24. Raquel
Centowski:

Mr.
Goodytwoshoes?

I’m
here
to
arrest
you
for
being
 a
chauvinis7c,
insensi7ve
jerk.
 Gawaine:

You’ve
been
talking
to
my
sister,
haven’t
you?

  25. 25. Raquel:

Just
kidding.

I’m
really
coming
to
take
you
to
the
secret
society.
 Gawaine:

It
doesn’t
maUer.

I
probably
deserve
it.

  26. 26. You
won’t
see
much
of
the
other
boys
this
7me,
but
as
unpleasant
as
 Bunthorne
can
be,
he
has
endeared
himself
to
me
by
doing
this.

  27. 27. A
LOT.

He
has
become
the
fraternity’s
unofficial
cowhunter.


 Bunthorne:

The
ques7on
is,
cudbreath,
are
you
feeling
lucky?


  28. 28. Over
at
Goodygirls,
a
lot
of
da7ng
is
taking
place.

  29. 29. Because
Elaine
is
right.

There
really
isn’t
anything
Gawaine,
Parsifal,
and
 Palomides
can
do
to
stop
her.



  30. 30. (Linus
Hanby
is
also
right.

Elaine
is
very
cute.)

  31. 31. Elaine:

Don’t
worry,
Angus.

I
won’t
let
them
break
us
up.

They
just
don’t
 understand
us.
 Angus:

You’re
swell,
Elaine.

Did
you
know
you
smell
like
(
uh. . . What’s  that over there?)
um,
roses?
 Elaine:

You
are
so
sweet!

Mm,
come
here.

  32. 32. Regina:

Sigh.

Don’t
mind
me.

I’m
just
on
my
way
to
class.

  33. 33. Angus:

I
wonder.
.
.


  34. 34. .
.
.who
HE
is?

  35. 35. Elaine:

Ian!

I
thought
you
didn’t
really
mean
it
about
being
friends.
 Ian:

Of
course
I
did.

I
don’t
say
things
I
don’t
mean.
 Elaine:
What
a
nice
surprise!

I
wish
you’d
come
five
minutes
earlier.

I
could
 have
introduced
you
to
Angus.
 Ian:

Angus?
 Elaine:

He’s
my
boyfriend.

  36. 36. Ian:

Oh,
right.

I
think
Palomides
men7oned
him.

If
you
like
him,
he
must
 be
very
nice.



  37. 37. Elaine:

You’re
the
only
one
to
say
that.

Palomides
doesn’t
like
him,
for
 some
reason.

I
don’t
know
why.

Angus
says
I’m
perfect
and
adorable.
 Ian:

Mm‐hm.

Yes,
it
can
be
rough
when
your
family
doesn’t
like
 someone
you
love.
 Elaine:

He
says
I’m
fascina7ng.


 Ian:

That’s
good.

I
remember
you
said
something
like
that
once.
 Elaine:

He
was
just
here
and
he
said
I
smell
like
roses.

  38. 38. Ian:

No.

No,
I’m
sorry,
Elaine,
but
that
is
just
stupid.

People
do
not
smell
 like
flowers.

You
definitely
don’t.

  39. 39. Ian:

People
pay
stupid
compliments
all
the
7me.

They
say
things
like
 “your
eyes
are
as
blue
as
the
sky”
when
they
aren’t
at
all.
I
don’t
like
that.

 It
rubs
me
the
wrong
way.

It’s
like
lying,
and
I
can’t
stand
people
who
lie.
 I
didn’t
say
you
smelled
bad.

I
said
you
didn’t
smell
like
roses.
Why
would
 you
want
to?

Have
you
smelled
a
big
bowl
of
potpourri?




  40. 40. Elaine:

You
say
Angus
is
lying
and
I
don’t
smell
like
flowers.

How
do
you
 know?

  41. 41. Ian:
You
don’t
believe
me?

All
right.

There
is
a
floral
smell
there,
but
it’s
 not
roses.

It’s
lavender,
and
it’s
probably
in
your
shampoo,
along
with
a
 few
other
things.

You
use
a
grapefruit
shower
gel,
and
I’m
gebng.
.
.
 baby
powder,
and
those
are
all
overlays
on
top
of
your
actual
scent,
 which
is
close
to
a
really
premium
handmade
Tahi7an
vanilla
ice
cream.



  42. 42. Ian:

I
used
to
run
a
restaurant,
and.
.
.well,
with
one
thing
and
another,
I
 have
a
very
acute
sense
of
smell.

Put
it
that
way.


 Sorry,
that
was
probably
a
liUle
freaky,
but
you
asked.



  43. 43. Elaine:

Thank
you.
.
.
I
think?
 Anyway,
thank
you
for
being
so
kind
about
Angus.
It
makes
me
sad
that
 my
brothers
don’t
like
him
and
I
don’t
have
anyone
I
can
talk
to
about
it.

 Ian:

You’re
welcome.

Wait,
did
I
just
volunteer
for
something?
 Yes.


  44. 44. I
men7oned
that
a
lot
of
da7ng
goes
on
at
Goodygirls.

Nino
Caliente
is
 always
good
for
a
Dream
Date,
and
he’s
beginning
to
grow
on
me.

  45. 45. And
of
course,
there
are
always
Lenore
and
Zane,
being
sickly
sweet
and
 sen7mental
all
over
the
place.

  46. 46. Regina:

Sigh.

I’m
on
my
way
to
class
now,
guys.

Don’t
mind
me.

  47. 47. The
other
good
thing
about
all
those
dates
is
the
date
gids.

  48. 48. Zane
led
a
mirror,
which
is
a
first.

  49. 49. Hey,
Angus
led
a
piano!

Not
too
shabby!
 (Note
the
almost‐Ming
vase
on
the
porch
behind
him.)

  50. 50. But
Nino
is
the
most
generous
donor
by
far.

  51. 51. I
know
exactly
how
much
he
and
his
brother
have,
and
I
have
no
idea
 how
he
affords
all
the
high‐end
electronics.
 Nino:

Plas7c,
baby!
 Oh,
well,
there
is
that.

Romance
Sims
don’t
worry
about
things
like
 finance
charges
and
APR.

  52. 52. Penelope:

Just
think
of
it,
Dinadan.

If
you
could
have
anything
you
wanted,
 what
would
it
be?
 Dinadan:

Grandchildren.
 Penelope:

Other
than
that.
 Dinadan:

More
grandchildren.

  53. 53. Life
has
gone
on
as
usual
at
the
Squeaky
Clean
house,
and
since
there
is
 only
one
kid
led
at
home,
there
is
plenty
of
7me
for
Penelope
to
write
 her
novel.

  54. 54. Excuse
me,
finish
her
novel.
 Penelope:

And
it’s
not
even
November!

  55. 55. No
way
of
knowing
what
Penelope’s
novel
was
about,
but
since
the
 family
has
tended
towards
Romance
novels,
it’s
probably
one
of
those
 7me‐travel
romances.



  56. 56. We
also
have
kiUens
on
the
way.

  57. 57. Nothing
like
kiUens.


  58. 58. I
took
a
lot
of
pictures
of
Penelope
because
I
knew
she
would
age
up
 really
soon.

  59. 59. She
and
Dinadan
are
both
so
cute,
and
so
cute
together,
that
I
really
 didn’t
want
to
see
them
age.

  60. 60. However,
they
didn’t
seem
to
care.

Penelope
kept
wan7ng
to
Age
Up
 Well,
and
they
invited
a
lot
of
friends
and
rela7ves
to
their
joint
birthday
 party.

  61. 61. Including,
of
course,
Penelope’s
two
brothers.

  62. 62. Penelope:

Glad
you
could
make
it,
Brainbox!
 Ulysses:

Squeak!

  63. 63. Penelope:

AGH.


 Her
father
Jack
Buccaneer
hasn’t
aged
in
a
long
7me,
because
he
and
 Sophia
moved
out
and
re7red.

This
means
that
barring
accidents,
they
 will
be
there
when
the
legacy
closes
out
Genera7on
Ten.
 Ulysses:

*poofs
into
human
form
in
the
background*

  64. 64. Iron
gray
hair,
whole
oufit,
has
to
go.

  65. 65. Dinadan’s
hair
didn’t
change
at
all.

It’s
the
only
7me
I
have
ever
closed
 the
game
in
the
middle
of
a
party.

I
went
looking
for
his
hair,
which
is
a
 hard
to
find
Myos
mesh,
in
gray.

Because
this
was
driving
me
crazy.

  66. 66. Ulysses:

Looking
great,
Dinadan!

  67. 67. I
think
they
both
look
great.

  68. 68. Penelope:

I
didn’t
mind
aging
up
at
all.

Why
were
you
worried?
 No
idea,
except
that
since
Dinadan’s
LTW
is
Have
Six
Grandchildren,
he
 isn’t
permaplat
yet.

  69. 69. Dinadan
always
thinks
like
a
Family
Sim.

  70. 70. Dinadan:

I
understand
you’ve
met
a
young
man,
Elaine.

Will
you
bring
him
 home
to
introduce
him
to
us?
 Elaine:

Daddy,
he’s
a
playable
and
my
brothers
don’t
approve
of
him.
 Dinadan:

I’d
s7ll
like
to
meet
him,
honey.

  71. 71. Ulysses
now
has
a
family
of
his
own.

With
no
mo7ves
dropping
at
night,
 he’s
able
to
maintain
a
serious
garden.

  72. 72. This
also
means
that
he
isn’t
around
for
the
birth
of
his
daughter
Molly.

  73. 73. Although
he
did
no7ce.

You
can’t
say
he
didn’t
no7ce.

  74. 74. DocNerd
also
had
to
age
Molly
up.

  75. 75. Molly
is
a
Scorpio,
and
has
a
personality
very
like
her
daddy’s:
7/3/9/6/1.
 She’s
not
going
to
win
Miss
Congeniality.
 She’s
named
ader
Molly
Bloom,
the
wife
of
the
main
character
in
James
 Joyce’s
novel
Ulysses.

  76. 76. Ulysses:

Aw,
she
doesn’t
need
a
nice
personality.



  77. 77. She
probably
doesn’t.
Between
Ulysses
and
DocNerd,
anyone
who
gives
 her
trouble
is
going
to
be
killed,
and
by
the
7me
she’s
a
child
she’ll
 probably
be
able
to
take
them
down
herself.

  78. 78. Plus,
owing
to
Daddy’s
farming
efforts,
that
kid
is
never
going
to
have
to
 skill
if
she
doesn’t
want
to.

  79. 79. Right
now,
she
doesn’t
mind.

  80. 80. Isn’t
she
adorable?

  81. 81. Gilbert:

Zane,
we
have
wished
to
see
you.

You
will
of
course
stay
to
 supper.

I
have
made
the
cassoulet.
 Zane:

Can
I
talk
to
you
first,
Dad?

  82. 82. Zane:

There
is
this
girl.

  83. 83. Gilbert:

This
would
be
la pe3te Lenore.
 Zane:

Yes.
 Gilbert:

You
meet
her
in
grade
school.
 Zane:

Yes.
 Gilbert:

You
date
her
in
high
school.
 Zane:

Yes.
 Gilbert:

It
is,
en effet,
the
same
girl.

  84. 84. Zane:

I
want
to
ask
her
to
marry
me,
Dad.

But
I
can’t
do
it
unless
I
know
 who
I
am.

  85. 85. Gilbert:

Who
you
are?
You
are
a
Jacquet.

You
are
the
son
of
myself
and
 the
beloved
Cassidy.

You
know
this.
Do
you
think
of
us
not
as
your
real
 papas?

This
would
make
me
very
sad.
 And
you,
Zane:

what
do
you
do
if
you
find
out
the
thing
that
makes
you
 unhappy?

The
thing
you
wish
you
did
not
know?


  86. 86. Zane:

Then
it’s
something
I
should
know,
and
something
Lenore
deserves
 to
know.


 I
really
love
her,
Dad.

  87. 87. Gilbert:

I
understand
this.
This
is
why
I
ask:

do
not
tell
Cassidy
what
you
 find.

Do
not
tell
me.

Not
unless
we
ask
it.


  88. 88. Gilbert:

I
know
liUle
of
Cassidy
before
I
meet
him.

It
does
not
maUer,
 yes?
I
know
he
was
unhappy.

I
know
he
is
not
now
unhappy.

I
do
not
 wish
him
to
be
again
unhappy,
you
understand.


 Zane:

All
right.

Whatever
I
find
out,
I
keep
it
to
myself.


  89. 89. Gilbert:

And
because
you
love
her—bonne chance.
 Zane:

And
Dad?

You
ARE
my
real
Dads.

I
just
want
to
know.

  90. 90. Cassidy:
How’s
college?

Are
you
da7ng
a
lot?

Jumping
on
couches?

 Having
fun?

  91. 91. Zane:

There
is
this
girl
.
.
.

 Dad,
do
you
ever
wonder
who
you
really
are?

  92. 92. Cassidy:

I
know
when
I’m
happy.
I
know
someone
loves
me.
That’s
who
I
 really
am.



  93. 93. Cassidy:

I don’t really need to know anything else.

  94. 94. Honeybun:

Rauraurau.
.
.

 Max:

Very
well,
I
will
answer
the
door.

  95. 95. Max:

I
do
not
know
you,
Mr.‐‐

  96. 96. Spider
Jerusalem:

Spider
Jerusalem.

Spider
Jerusalem
Ve7nari.

  97. 97. Max:

Then
you
are
en7rely
unwelcome.

A
Ve7nari
killed
my
father.

You
 have
five
minutes
to
depart
before
I
commit
a
violent
act
on
your
person.

  98. 98. Spider
Jerusalem:

Listen
up,
sunshine,
I
don’t
have
anything
to
do
with
 Cypress.

And
you
were
a
jerk
to
Cassidy,
too.


 I’m
here
because
someone
in
your
family
was
nice
to
me.

It
doesn’t
 happen
a
lot,
and
when
it
does,
I
remember
it.

I
pay
favors
back,
and
you
 want
what
I
have
whether
you
know
it
or
not,
so
you’d
beUer
let
me
in.

  99. 99. Spider
Jerusalem:
Idiot.  Max:

Five minutes.

  100. 100. Max:
It
is
a
raw
night,
Mr.
Ve7nari,
and
I
am
not
a
pa7ent
man.



  101. 101. Max:

If
you
have
business
with
me,
I
advise
you
to
dispatch
it
and
 depart.

  102. 102. Spider
Jerusalem:

I
like
the
pictures
on
the
wall.

Rela7ves
of
yours?

  103. 103. Max:

What.
Do.
You.
Want.

  104. 104. Spider
Jerusalem:

I
have
a
package
for
you.
 Max:

Do
tell.




  105. 105. Max:

Hic
.
.
.jacet
.
.
.
Secundus
.
.
.
Marius.
 This.

This
is
an
insult.

  106. 106. Spider
Jerusalem:

You
think
it’s
an
insult?

You
didn’t
want
your
father’s
urn?

 Because
that’s
not
the
impression
I
got.

Penelope
and
her
family
told
me
that
 prac7cally
the
only
thing
you
cared
about
was
the
memory
of
your
father.

You
don’t
 want
to
know
what
I
went
through
to
get
it
for
you.

If
you
want,
I
can
take
it
back.
 Max:

I
will
honor
it,
and
for
what
it
is
worth,
I
thank
you
for
returning
it
to
his
family,
 and
I
ask
you,
once
again,
to
leave.

 Spider
Jerusalem:

I’m
going.

But
you
might
like
to
watch
that
urn
around
midnight.
 Max:

Why
ought
I
do
to
that?

  107. 107. Spider
Jerusalem:

BECAUSE
I
HAVE
CONNECTIONS,
THAT
IS
WHY.

  108. 108. Over
at
the
Pleasantview
playables’
dorm,
life
progresses
as
usual.

 Perhaps
it
is
a
bit
beUer
than
usual.

  109. 109. S7ll,
nothing
can
make
the
Pleasant
brothers
get
along.

  110. 110. There
is
a
lot
of
this‐‐

  111. 111. And
Lionel
gives
back
as
good
as
he
gets.

  112. 112. Belle:

Congratula7ons,
Lionel!

Dionne
tells
me
you’re
gebng
straight
As
 in
your
classes
so
far.

 Lionel:

Thanks,
Belle.

I
had
a
lot
of
ground
to
make
up
from
high
school,
 and
I’m
in
remedial
everything,
but
I
think
it’s
paying
off.


  113. 113. Linus
Burb:

Um,
Alex.
.
.
I
was
wondering
if
you
wanted
to
go
have
lunch
 some7me.

  114. 114. Alexandra
Goth:

Lunch?

What
do
you
mean,
lunch?

We
live
in
the
same
 dorm.

We
have
lunch
together
almost
every
day.


 And
if
this
is
a
date,
forget
it.

I’m
seeing
Vespasian,
and
anyway,
you’re
 gay,
in
case
you
hadn’t
figured
that
out.

  115. 115. Linus:

Um,
what?

Me?
No!

I’m
athle7c!

I
like
football!

I’m
into
sports!



  116. 116. Alex:
Linus,
do
you
even
begin
to
realize
how
stupid
you
sound?
Oh,
God,
 this
is
coming
as
news
to
you,
isn’t
it?

Or
is
it?



  117. 117. Alex:

You sit in the hall talking with Ethan every day.  You’re there for  hours. OK, I could be wrong, but you look hungry.  You’re too shy and  messed up to say anything, and I bet he feels the same way.   
  118. 118. Linus:

But
you’re
wrong.

You
HAVE
to
be
wrong.

If
my
aunt
and
uncle
 Pleasant
find
out,
they’ll
hit
the
ceiling,
not
that
there’s
anything
to
find
out.

 Alex,
we
could
solve
this
if
you’d
only
date
me.


 Alex:

Nope.

I’m
your
friend,
but
there
are
limits
to
what
I’ll
do
for
you.

Your
 aunt
and
uncle
are—clueless,
is
the
nicest
way
I
can
put
it.

They’re
the
King
 and
Queen
of
Denial.

You
don’t
want
to
be
like
them.
 C’mon,
one
baby
step
at
a
7me.

Here’s
what
we
do‐‐

  119. 119. Alex:

Psst. Go ahead.  What we prac3ced.  Linus:

Oh,
uh,
hi,
um,
Ethan,
right?

My
friend
and
I
are
going
bowling.

 Would
you
like
to
come
along?

  120. 120. Ethan:

Yeah!

That
sounds
great!
 Alex:

See, that wasn’t so hard, was it? 
  121. 121. Alex:

See, no biggie, it’s not a date, it’s just an ou3ng.  Linus:
But you’re going to be with me the whole 3me, right?  Alex:

Guess again.  I’m mee3ng Vespasian and I want to dance with him.  It’s bowling, Linus, it’s the most harmless ac3vity in the world.      
  122. 122. Linus:

So
you
men7oned
something
about
what
bands
you
like,
and
we
both
 thought
Avatar
was
overrated,
but
do
you
like
sports?

 Ethan:

Not
.
.
.um,
yes.

Yes
I
do.

How
about
those
White
Sox,
huh?
You
think
 they
have
a
chance
this
year?

 Linus:

I
hope
not.
I’m
a
Cubs
fan.

We
get
used
to
disappointment.

Luckily,
it’s
 not
baseball
season
yet.
 Ethan:

Oh.

Well,
let’s
bowl,
ok?

  123. 123. Ethan:

Wow.

You
are
really
good
at
this.

  124. 124. Linus:

Either he’s crazy or he’s just trying to be nice.  I haven’t hit the gym  in two weeks.  Is he looking at me? He isn’t.  He can’t tell.   Agh, whatever.  If I focus, I can make this split.

  125. 125. Belle
is
a
lot
simpler
and
more
straighforward
and
she’s
da7ng
Houston
 by
now.

  126. 126. Belle:

You
placed
out
of
Basic
Wri7ng?

That’s
fantas7c!
 Lionel:
Yeah,
they
had
me
take
the
test
again
and
said
I
was
a
good
writer
 and
now
I
can
take
Freshman
Comp
with
everybody
else.

Mom
and
Dad
 can’t
believe
I’m
doing
well
in
college.

She
said
I’d
never
amount
to
 anything
and
I
want
her
to
see
she
was
wrong.

  127. 127. Lionel:

Plus it drives Angus crazy!  Whee! 
  128. 128. Angus:

Look
at
you,
Elaine!
You
are
so
adorable
and
cute.
 Elaine:

Oh,
STOP.
 Angus:

Thanks
for
asking
me
out
again.

Some7mes
I
just
want
to
get
 away
from
everyone
in
the
dorm.


  129. 129. Elaine:

I’m
not
ashamed
of
you,
Angus.

I
love
you.

It
doesn’t
maUer
 who
knows.

  130. 130. Elaine:

And
I
was
thinking—if
you’d
like
to
get
away
for
a
while,
let’s
go
 to
Woodland
Park.

It’s
so
preUy
there
and
it’s
where
my
mother
and
 father
got
engaged.
 Angus:

Actually—do
we
have
to?

I’d
rather
not.

  131. 131. Elaine:

Why
not?

  132. 132. Angus:

I
just
don’t
want
to
go
to
Pleasantview
right
now.

It’s
a
long
 drive,
and
I
have
a
lot
of
assignments
to
do.

It’s
like
everything
I
want
to
 get
away
from.



Is
that
OK?

  133. 133. Elaine:

Of
course
it
is.


 Angus:

I
knew
you’d
understand,
Princess.


You’re
so
sweet
to
me.

And
 so
beau7ful
and
fascina7ng
and
adorable.
And
your
eyes
are
blue
like
 eyes.

You’re
just
.
.
.swell,
Elaine.

So
can
we
forget
about
the
park
for
 today?


  134. 134. Elaine:
And
did
you
know
he
was
a
track
star
in
high
school?

He
doesn’t
 do
it
anymore
because
his
brother
Lionel
buUered
the
stairs
and
he
broke
 his
ankle.
 Ian:

Uh‐huh.
 Elaine:

Everyone
is
so
mean
to
him,
and
he’s
so
hardworking
and
good.

 It
isn’t
fair.

  135. 135. Elaine:
And
he
calls
me
“Princess.”
 Ian:

Doesn’t
everyone?
 Elaine:

No.
You
don’t.

It’s
terribly
rude
of
you,
but
I’ll
forgive
you.
This
 7me.

It’s
partly
a
joke
name.

My
brothers
tease
me
that
I’m
like
a
 princess
in
a
tower,
because
I’m
the
only
girl,
and
that
I’m
so
sensi7ve
 that
I
can
feel
a
pea
through
forty
maUresses.

  136. 136. Ian:

Sensi7ve
can
be
good,
but
the
tower
sounds
lonely.
 Agh,
did
I
just
make
that
move?

I
didn’t
mean
that
one,
and
I
can’t
take
it
 back
now.

  137. 137. Elaine:

Does
this
mean
I
won?

  138. 138. Ian:

No.

It
means
I
lost.

  139. 139. Zane:
Well,
here
goes.

I’m
sure
there’s
something
in
the
campus
library.

I
 found
my
original
birth
cer7ficate,
and
that’s
probably
a
good
place
to
 start.

  140. 140. Zane:

De
la.
.
.
Derrida
.
.
.
There’s
nothing
on
the
shelf
about
 “Devereaux,”
and
nothing
about
“Ve7nari,”
either.

  141. 141. Zane:

Online!

Of
course,
everything
is
probably
online.

And
then
I’ll
 know
and
I
can
ask
Lenore
to
marry
me.
 Castor
Nova:

He’s
got
a
one‐track
mind,
doesn’t
he?

  142. 142. Zane:

Let’s
start
with
my
Dads.

“Jacquet”—Maxis
pre‐made,
baking
 family,
nothing
unusual
there.

How
about
“Ve7nari?”
 OK,
all
the
Terry
PratcheU
stuff
probably
isn’t
relevant.

But
the
Legacy— that
sounds
genealogical.

That
might
help.

  143. 143. Zane:

Oh,
geez.

  144. 144. Zane:

Oh,
GEEZ.

  145. 145. Zane:

Dad
looked
ader
his
younger
brother
because
his
father
was
THAT
 bad?

I
wonder
what
would
have
happened
to
him
if
he
hadn’t
had
 another
chance
when
he
was
a
kid?

  146. 146. Zane:

Oh,
GEEZ.

  147. 147. Zane:

No
wonder
Papa
Gilbert
didn’t
want
me
to
look.

I
almost
wish
I
 didn’t
know
now.

  148. 148. Zane:

OK.

I
might
as
well
look
up
“Devereaux.”

It
can’t
possibly
be
 worse
than
that.

  149. 149. Zane:

Oh
.
.
.god.

  150. 150. Zane:

That
bad?

My
mother
was
worse
than
Cypress
Ve7nari?

What
 kind
of
parent
treats
their
children
that
way?


 OK,
I’m
ready
for
it.

How
bad
can
it
be?

  151. 151. Zane:

I’m
dead?

As
in,
dead
dead?

What’s
worse
than
that?

  152. 152. Zane:

Oh,
god,
I
can’t
believe
it.

  153. 153. Zane:

I’m
a
monster.

  154. 154. There’s
a
lot
of
happy
couple‐dom
going
on
at
the
Pleasantview
dorm.

  155. 155. I’m
sure
it
gets
annoying
ader
a
while.

  156. 156. Angus:

Don’t they ever let up?  How can Dionne really want to date  Lionel?  He’s Lionel.  He’s loud and he’s got taRoos, and he’ll never get  anywhere, that’s what Mom says.   
  157. 157. Angus:

Oh,
hi,
Dusty.


 Dusty:

Sorry,
I
have
a
class.

GoUa
run.

  158. 158. Angus:

We
should
really
catch
up,
Dusty.


Come
on,
I’ll
walk
you
outside.

 And
yes,
I
have
been
paying
aUen7on
in
class
and
taking
everything
 seriously.



  159. 159. Professor
Irascible:

Mr.
Pleasant?

I
thought
you
said
you
had
mono.

  160. 160. Professor
I:

Your
aUendance
grade
has
just
tanked,
young
man.

  161. 161. Dusty:

Color
me
underwhelmed,
Angus.

See
ya.

  162. 162. Linus:

Hey,
Ethan,
it’s
been
a
while
since
I
went
to
the
gym.

Would
you
 like
to
join
me?
 Ethan:

Sure!

  163. 163. Linus:

Could
you
spot
me?
 Ethan:

OK,
I’m
spobng
you.



  164. 164. Linus:

That
looks
a
liUle
too
fast
for
you.
 Ethan:

Stop,
Linus!

I
just
–have
to
stop.

  165. 165. Linus:

What’s
wrong?
 Ethan:

I
was
trying
to
be
athle7c,
but
it
was
a
really
dumb
idea.

I’m
 flabby
underneath
the
suit
and
I
couldn’t
tell
you
the
difference
between
 soccer
and
football.

I
was
just
trying
to
impress
you,
but
I
should
have
 known
beUer.

  166. 166. Linus:

You?

Were
trying
to
impress
me?

What
for?
 Ethan:

You’re
one
of
those
really
ac7ve
athle7c
guys,
and
gah,
never
 mind,
I
should
have
known
beUer.


 Linus:

Why
do
you
need
to
impress
anyone?

You’re
all
preppy
and
cute.
 Ethan:

Cute?

Really?

You
meant
to
say
“cute”?

  167. 167. Angus:

Oh,
not
them,
too.


 Linus:

I
didn’t
come
out
of
the
closet
to
be
subtle.

You
don’t
like
it,
eat
 somewhere
else.

  168. 168. Lionel:

Lighten
up.

Leave
Linus
alone.
 Angus:

I
didn’t
say
anything
to
Linus.
I
don’t
care.

Mom’s
not
going
to
 like
it,
but.
.
.


 Lionel:

You
know
what
I
think
of
Mom?

Mom
is
crazy,
that’s
what,
and
 so
is
Dad.

He
thinks
she’s
a
good
liUle
housewife.

SHE
thinks
she’s
a
 good
liUle
housewife.

Every
single
7me,
it
doesn’t
count,
because
she
 was
upset,
or
nervous,
or
she
had
too
much
juice.
 Angus:

Shut
up
about
Mom.
 Lionel:

Oh,
wake
UP,
Angus.
We
come
home
from
school,
she
says
she
 was
taking
a
nap,
there’s
underwear
all
over
the
stairs
.
..


  169. 169. Angus:

You
shut
up
about
Mom!


 Lionel:

I
don’t
care.

You
hit
me,
I’ll
hit
you
back
harder,
and
the
truth’s
 s7ll
the
truth.

You’re
going
to
be
as
big
of
a
liar
as
she
is
and
you
won’t
 even
know.
 Dionne:

Stop
it!

You
stop
it!

  170. 170. Angus:

He
was
saying
stuff
about
Mom.

Right
in
front
of
everyone.
 NOBODY
says
stuff
about
my
mother.

  171. 171. Dionne:

I
don’t
care,
Angus!

I
don’t
care
who
did
what
to
whom
or
who
 started
it.
The
next
person
who
lays
a
finger
on
anyone,
I’m
calling
 Security.

And
that
goes
for
you,
too,
Lionel.

Don’t
think
I
won’t
do
it,
 because
I
will.

  172. 172. Even
with
all
the
drama,
the
semester
eventually
comes
to
an
end,
even
 if
it
feels
like
the
longest
semester
on
the
planet.

Everyone
gets
4.0s,
 even
Belle,
who
finds
it
hard
to
focus.

  173. 173. Belle:

Angus?
Everyone
got
As.


 Dusty:

You
did
well.

You
should
be
proud
of
yourself.
 Angus:

That’s
just
it.

Everyone
did
well.

  174. 174. Elaine:

I
thought
maybe
since
you
didn’t
want
to
go
all
the
way
to
 Woodland
Park,
Chestnut
Park
isn’t
nearly
as
far,
and
it’s
almost
as
nice.

  175. 175. Elaine:

And
this
is
my
favorite
part
of
the
park.

Isn’t
it
preUy?

  176. 176. Elaine:

See?

  177. 177. Angus:

Yeah.

It’s
really
preUy,
Elaine.

I
like
it.

  178. 178. Elaine:

Sigh.  He’s supposed to know what I’m feeling.  If he doesn’t know,  it doesn’t count. 
  179. 179. Angus:

Thanks.

That
hurt.

I
got
into
another
fight
with
Lionel
and
he’s
 bigger
than
I
am.


 Elaine:
That’s
terrible!

What
was
it
all
about?
 Angus:

He
was
saying
things
about
our
mother.


I
really
don’t
want
to
 talk
about
it.

I
don’t
even
want
to
think
about
it.

  180. 180. Angus:

But
thank
goodness
I
have
you.

  181. 181. Elaine:

You
always
have
me,
Angus.
 Angus:

Well,
good,
because
I
really
need
you,
Princess.





  182. 182. Elaine:

Marry
me,
Angus.

I
knew
you
were
the
right
boy
for
me
when
 you
were
the
first
boy.

We
love
each
other
and
we’ll
take
care
of
each
 other,
and
we
won’t
need
anyone
but
each
other
and
I’ll
never
let
anyone
 hurt
you
again.



  183. 183. Elaine:

Please?

  184. 184. Angus:

You
love
me?

You
mean
that?
 Elaine:

Yes,
of
course.
 Angus:

And
you’ll
really
marry
me?
 Elaine:

Of
course,
silly,
that’s
why
I
asked.



  185. 185. Angus:

Then
yes.

I
promise.

I
will.

  186. 186. On to Part Two . . .

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