Emma wasn’t sure why shehad invited Simon, he waspractically a stranger.She was nervous enoughwithout him around as it was.It was her first age-up sincereuniting with her mother, andshe wasn’t sure what wasgoing to happen. It wassomething of a relief to bepresented with a cake, somecards and a few presents.
Really it was enough that she was here with her newparents, and had so much more to look forward to in lifenow. She blew the candles out, knowing she had goodschool grades now, an address to use to get a passport,driving license, a bank account and one day a job.
Everyone wished her well and commented on how wellshe looked as a young adult. She was happy of course,but suddenly had butterflies. Could she makeadulthood work after such a shady time as a teen?
Megan was used to reading between thelines – you had to in her line of work. Shewas getting an increasingly uneasy aboutthe news, both in the papers and on TV.They were reporting the peacefulprotests in some of the big districts, butshe had the feeling something importantwas wasn’t being said.
She felt that thetestimonials were beingedited, or pictures beingchosen too carefully…There was something off.
The fact that whatever wasgoing on was effecting simsfrom the rural swamps to therich suburbs and everything in-between… the papers werereporting it too calmly. In didn’tchime true.
She decided to consult Edward. He was a mentor and a friend, and was wellconnected. If anyone knew what was really going on, he would.For his part, Edward was flattered that he was now her first port of call. He admittedthere was something going on, and agreed to fill her in. She rushed next door to hearwhat he had to say.
“I’ve spent a lot of time cultivating friendships with Edward sat her some of the richest and most influential Sims in thedown and began country. Appaloosa is a bit of a backwater, but they to talk. often visit the nearby Riverview as a country retreat of sorts. Keeps me in the loop. A while back I heard things that worried me. About the drought and the vegetable plant disease. You know, the blight?
“Well you’d expect a sudden drought and shortage of vegetables to drive food prices sky high. But that didn’t happen. The government had stockpiled a ton of food and were ready for it.”“How couldthey have beenready for adrought and ablight no oneknew wascoming?” “Exactly. That got me wondering too. A bit of digging told me the answers were being kept in a secure facility in our own little backwater. Far away from the usual media spies or criminal masterminds… but I’m here. So I stole them.”
“What is in the documents we stole? What caused the drought and the blight?”“We’re both too young to remember,but weather round here wasn’t alwaysjust sunny. The big secret is this… thegovernment created a machine to keepthe weather artificially calm and warm.Unfortunately, it wasn’t built to be onpermanently. The original scientiststhought it could be used short term, forsports fixtures or something.It’s been completely misused.The drought and the blight, even the earthquake in Bridgeport are all symptoms of itbreaking down.”