Sondra: "Look, something's going to change around here."
James: "What do you mean? Things are going fine. I've got a son, and you're a great help."
He gave her his best winning smile, which quickly faded when he saw the look on her face.
Sondra: "Right, that's exactly it. I'm the great help. I do everything while you just laze around and play at being a chef, or stay out all night at some party or other."
James: "I really appreciate it."
Sondra: "Well, you know what I'd appreciate? You actually stepping up and taking some responsibility. You're a grown man, with a family! But you take no interest in any of your children."
Sondra: "What about your daughters?"
James: "They're great. Alpha's always a help, and Epsilon seems to be learning lots of things."
Sondra: "You hardly pay any attention. Do you even know what Epsilon's first word was? You also still refuse to take her to see a doctor. I'm telling you, there's something not right about that girl. The way her hair is so faded out and brittle can't be healthy."
James: "So she has dry hair, so does half the population of the world. That's why they sell so many fancy hair products. She doesn't seem sick, I hear her laughing and stuff."
Sondra: "Half the time. And the other half she spends falling asleep at random, even if she'd just gotten up from a nap. Narcolepsy isn't normal, James."
He shrugged in response.
James: "What do you want me to do about it?"
Sondra: "See, this is what drives me crazy! You just don't care about them, it's like they exist only as a minor distraction to you. You know, I was at the store the other day. Know who I ran into?"
James was confused at the non sequitur, but played along anyway by shaking his head.
Sondra: "Rickey. We ended up talking, and you know what I realized?"
She didn't wait for James to respond before continuing.
Sondra: "I really don't know why I left him in the first place, especially not for you."
James: "I'm smarter than he is."
Sondra: "Of course you'd think so. You know what, James, I'm leaving you. It's over, we're done. I just can't deal with you anymore, not with how you treat everybody around you. There's something just not right here."
James: "Fine, leave then. I managed without you just fine, and I'll keep on managing when you're gone."
Sondra shook her head again, clearly not believing that.
Sondra: "Oh, really? Well fine, then, I'm glad we're in agreement. I already have most of my and Omicron's things packed, we're leaving now though. I'll send for the rest later."
Who did she think she was? Omicron wasn't going anywhere.
James: "Uh, no, I think you're misunderstanding something here. You're leaving, yes, but my son is staying here. He's mine, and I need an heir."
Sondra: "Like I'd leave him here with you. I've seen how you handle children."
James: "You won't have any say in the matter. Statute 687b, look it up. If I invoke that in court, I will ruin you, and you won't be able to come within fifty yards of him."
With Sondra gone, Alpha began taking up even more of the slack around the house. Housework, like laundry and the dishes, took second priority to taking care of her younger half-siblings.
Sondra had sent a strange doll in the mail to Omicron. James didn't care much for it, but also didn't care much about it - it would stop the baby crying for attention in the middle of the night, at least.
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Just in case anyone had forgotten, James is in fact a huge jerk. Still scheming and planning, even though he's made it to the top of his career. Could his new plans involve his son?
I'm not entirely happy with Sondra's breakup with James, from a story standpoint. It's really hard for me to write characters who break up for no good reason, and I had to do it three times this generation(well, twice, Epsilon had a pretty good reason). I think I made it work, but it could have been a lot better. Single rolls are just hard, story-wise, especially if you have a male heir, so you can't just get him knocked up. Severin Overlord has the monopoly on butt babies for the next while, I think. I'd just seem like a lazy copycat
I'm actually really surprised that nobody who commented on the last post seemed to notice either of the two hints I dropped to Anne's identity. The more obvious one was Epsilon's hair color, which isn't an EA default and was quite different from Anne's(dyed, obviously) hair color and anything from James's family. The trickier hint was Anne's necklace, which you can see her wearing as Anne here. As the Seer/Arcadia, it's visible here in chapter 26 and all through chapter 41.