Adjo and Mortimer Goth really hit it off at school, and Adjo invited him over after school to check out some video games.
The Goth family was a bit of legend in Sunset Valley, and Shanni’s eyes got wide when Adjo told her who was on his way over. “Goth?” she demanded. “Do you know how much money they have?”
Adjo honestly didn’t know. Less that the Landgraabs, more than the Samples. Something like that.
Shanni was there waiting for the two boys when they arrived home.
And she only had eyes for Mortimer. She asked him about his family and his opinions of their classmates. She hung on his every word.
Pretty soon, they only had eyes for each other.
Shanni didn’t even need to bother with meaningful glances in her brother’s direction. Adjo knew a lost cause when he saw one, and there was no point in getting between Shanni and her prey. He grabbed his guitar and went out.
Leaving Shanni to her important work.
Why did she keep doing this, Adjo asked himself. Shanni was more than just beautiful. She was smart and witty. She had a great sense of color and art. He’d even seen a few of her closely-guarded manuscripts, and she wasn’t a bad writer either. But she seemed to value herself only when she was grabbing the attention of some new guy.
Adjo wished she would find someone who really meant something to her and settle down. True love was worth working on. It wasn’t something to throw around.
Adjo set down his guitar. He knew what he had to do.