Allegra arrives Another roomer at Rooms to Let

(As we saw elsewhere, Joan Danvers moved back in to Rooms to Let when she graduated from SSU. We need to catch up on her story (hers and Peran's as it turns out, nudge nudge wink wink), but in the meantime we join Allegra Gorey just after her graduation.)

Allegra at the bus stop At the bus stop. The traditional post-graduate phone call.

"Hello, I'm looking for Brandi LeTourneau?"

"Speaking."

"Yes, I saw your classified in Annals of Ontological Relativity? 'Rooms to Let, knowledge-rich environment, ideal for scholarship'? I've just returned to the area from SSU, and I wondered if you still had a space open."

"We do, in fact. I have to warn you the terms are a bit unusual. You'll need to submit a resumé --"

"That shouldn't be a problem."

"-- and then there is a twenty-thousand Simoleon security deposit --"

"Oh my!"

"-- but after that room and board is free; all tenants contribute from their salaries to a common shared house fund. Is that acceptable to you?"

"Well, yes, I think so. And the rooms are well-equipped? I'm planning to eventually dominate the world through subtle control of the media and artistic styles, extensive criminal enterprises, and pheromones distributed from zeppelins disguised as cumulus clouds; and I'll need access to a good library and top-of-the-line equipment."

"No worries on that score, our facilities are extensive. You've heard of 'the Witch Queen'?"

"Who hasn't?"

"That was me, before I retired."

"You're kidding!"

"And the Mole Man lived here during some of his most famous exploits, before he got married and changed careers."

"Sounds ideal. I'll call a cab."

"Don't forget your resumé!"

Allegra outside Rooms to Let "I hope I fit in."

Brandi found Allegra's Honors diploma and widely-varied (and nefarious) interests quite acceptable. The twenty thousand Simoleons didn't hurt, either, although by now Rooms to Let is pretty much swimming in dough anyway.

The atmosphere was just what Allegra was looking for.

Whole lot o' skillin' goin' on Skilling in the evening. Brandi meditating,