New smartphones had come to Sunset Valley, and James used some of his promotion money to purchase three of the new gadgets for himself and his parents. He enjoyed the texting feature, especially when dealing with Darlene. He kept her at a distance; that night had been fun, and sure she was okay in bed, but she was nothing special. Her daughter, on the other hand, was much more James's style. Phyllis had shared her number with him through her mother's phone, and sometimes James texted her after he got off work late at night.
Phyllis: "James, hi! Fancy meeting you here!"
James: "Yeah! I like to come here sometime and just hang out."
No, it didn't. This place was deader than a cat that had been bricked up in a crypt for a hundred years, but James wasn't about to say that out loud.
James: "Maybe you could show me around, sometime. I really only know this place, I spent a lot of time studying when I was in school."
Phyllis: "I know, you were such a nerd, but you were also kind of a jock too. I never really knew what to think about you."
James: "Yeah, I was a bit of a nerd. But so were you, chemistry girl!"
Phyllis laughed, blushing a bit.
Phyllis: "You remembered!"
James: "Of course I remembered. Oh, hey, I've got a brand new fireplace and some powdered chemicals back home, I don't know if that's still your thing or not..."
He didn't even have to complete his question as Phyllis's excited jumping up and down answered it for him.
James: "Alright, I'll call a taxi then."
James: "I have a confession to make. I didn't actually ask you all the way out here just to play with fire."
Phyllis smiled, and wrapped her arms loosely around him.
Phyllis: "I know."
James returned the gentle hug, looking into Phyllis's eyes.
James: "You know, I had the biggest crush on you in high school."
Phyllis: "Really? Me too. I mean, on you, not on myself."
James: "I knew what you meant. And I kind of thought you might."
He leaned forward and kissed her gently on the lips, a gesture which she enthusiastically reciprocated.
Phyllis: "What's that creepy little thing?"
James: "Oh, just ignore that. It's my dad's."
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James, you're so creepy sometimes.
Yes, this means I have no plans to send him to university. He was pretty offended by not being given a science award! I do have definite plans for generation 3 to try their best to get to university at least once, though.