Chapter 43:

Vol. 2, Ch. 18: Dates & Carnal Chaos

The Integrity of the Super Club [Beta version]

“Romantic relationships aren’t about dates and carnal chaos, as fun as those things are. Romance is about a joining of individual lives.”Bookmark here

Those words from Dad still echoed in Rover’s mind, waking him in the dead of night.Bookmark here

“Even if you love her, is Quinn’s life the kind you truly wish to join your own life with, Rover?”Bookmark here

The boy stared through the dark at the ceiling over his bed. This was the third time in one night he’d woken up before daybreak.Bookmark here

“I don’t know, Dad,” Rover said as he lay there—the same reply he had given his father earlier.Bookmark here

“That means you don’t know Quinn enough. I suggest using dates and carnal chaos as tools for finding that answer, as long as you remember what your end goal should be, and that is being able to answer my question with a confident ‘yes’ or ‘no.’”Bookmark here

While dating was the obvious route, Rover still blushed at the thought of “carnal chaos,” and he buried his face into his pillow with a moan.Bookmark here

I really wanna be with her. Her whole situation scares me, though, and that’s the problem. She’s an exiled convict and a felon, and she keeps doing high-profile, illegal things. Being with her means making her life part of mine, so…I need to make a decision. I gotta find out if being with Quintegrity is worth joining my life with hers.Bookmark here

Therefore, a date was in order.Bookmark here

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Rover arranged to meet Quintegrity in the Megms Shores village neighborhood that morning. He stepped off the bus near the meetup point, inhaling the fresh riverfront air that the southernmost region of Southbound was known for. Far from the big city and bordering agricultural outskirts, the slower pace of life gave Megms Shores its own charm.Bookmark here

The warm sunshine and short walk to the riverside docks gave the boy an opportunity to observe the rustic aspects of bait shops, seafood shanties, fruit and veggie booths, and country saloons. Most of the motorcars on the brick roadways were older, smoggier, and noisier varieties. Yet, they were sturdier, braced with endurance against the elements and far more intimately understood by their owners. This choice of personal motorcars made way for the true vehicles in the area: massive and magnificent tractors and harvesters of all shapes and purposes. From the street Rover walked down, he gazed into the distance, seeing the splendid agricultural equipment grazing and blazing their paths over the hilly, majestic countryside.Bookmark here

A finger tapped Rover’s shoulder from behind.Bookmark here

“Watching the wildlife, babe?” Quintegrity snickered.Bookmark here

What the girl wore halted the answer Rover was going to give. She had on a sun hat with a big brim, its contours complimenting the surrounding hill profiles. Her sleeveless dress fluttered and flowed with the winds rolling up past the river, and its soft fabrics held the colors of pigments used for paintings of royal fruit bowls. Only her assault rifle-purse looked out of place, although it still suited her.Bookmark here

Rover had planned to say something about tractors, but he instead said, “You look really nice, Quintegrity.”Bookmark here

“Thank you!” Her blushing cheeks made her dress appear brighter. “I haven’t dressed like this in a while, and I thought this fieldtrip would be perfect for it.” Doing a couple twirls, the brick sidewalk clacked under her skeeterwood clog sandals. “You look good, too!”Bookmark here

“All I did was put on a polo shirt.”Bookmark here

“Collars and buttons make a dastardly duo.” Quintegrity linked her arm with Rover’s and pulled him closer as they walked. “Just like us.” She nuzzled his neck.Bookmark here

The sun began feeling extra hot to Rover. His sweat began to steam.Bookmark here

“Haaggh… Haaahh…ggrrhhaaahh…”Bookmark here

“Okay! Let’s hurry and meet the others!”Bookmark here

Rover snapped out of his steamy stupor. “Others…?”Bookmark here

“Mm-hmm.” She nodded. “When Graphite heard that we were coming to Megms Shores today, he told me his family owns a riverside cabin here, and he has permission to stay there whenever he wants. I thought it’d be a great opportunity for a Super Club fieldtrip! We also gotta introduce Snickerdoodle.”Bookmark here

“F-Field…trip…?”Bookmark here

As the hyper girl pulled Rover along by his hand, he felt his mood take a nosedive.Bookmark here

“But…this was supposed to be a date!”Bookmark here

Quintegrity stopped running. Letting go of Rover’s hand, she saw the disappointment on his face.Bookmark here

“Sorry,” she told him, looking at her feet. “I guess I didn’t think.” Her smile was small as she gazed out at the hilly countryside. “I’m still not fully used to being in a relationship, and sometimes my mind automatically locks on to Super Club stuff because that was my life before meeting you. I thought you’d appreciate a Super Club fieldtrip to, like, get away and discuss your plans to defeat CEO Claudius. But…our time together really should be time shared together.” She gave a shy grin, lifting her sunhat and bonking herself on the head. “Silly brain, not makin’ such obvious things obvious to me sometimes…”Bookmark here

“Romance is about a joining of individual lives.”Bookmark here

Sighing, Rover tried offering his own smile. “It’s okay. I can tell you were still thinking of me. I appreciate that. Still, I’d like to have a day with just you and spend some time not worrying about…things. Ya know?”Bookmark here

After a few seconds, Quintegrity’s grin perked up. “I’ll make it up to you someday. It’s a promise!”Bookmark here

The boy began to sweat once more as she took his hand again, and they headed into town, moving a little slower and taking their time now.Bookmark here

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Rover… Lvl 1,003Bookmark here

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