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Entertainment Without Moral Passion

"Oh, Simon," Megan said. "You didn't."

Simon gave her just a hint of a pout, then drew himself up. "I did. He came up to me after the news broadcast and said he was impressed by how I handled my on-screen time..."

"You have got to be kidding me," Megan said, sitting down heavily on the edge of her favorite chair and putting her head in her hands.

"It's not like I've just sold myself, Megan!" Simon snapped. "They're recruiting paras for a reality show. He admitted that I was a good draw for the 'whatever happened to' crowd."

"Does he know you're not your brother Malik?" Megan said, peering between her fingers.

"Welllll," Simon said, avoiding her gaze.

"Oh, Simon," Megan said again, covering her eyes.

"Come on, Megan!" Simon said, sitting on the coffee table in front of her and trying to grab her hands. "Think of the ways I could show that I'm just a person, like anyone else! Think of the kids who need a role model!"

"Think of three months without getting laid," Megan said.

Simon slumped. "They said the cameras would only be in the house, except for a couple of special shows in the workplace," he said in a small voice.

"And you believe them?" Megan said. "Have you seen the spycams they've been using in some of the reality shows? They're the size of horseflies with all sorts of chameleon technology."

"Oh," Simon said. Then he brightened. "I could ask my mom for a scrambler!"

"Do you really want to start a tech war between your mom and the network gadgeteer?" Megan said. "I heard that one of Mother Necessity's granddaughters works for PARABI."

Simon mouthed "Mother Necessity" with more than a little awe. "Well, shit," he said after a moment's contemplation.

"It is PARABI that's doing this show, right?" Megan said, settling back in the cushions and eying Simon sideways.

"Um," Simon said, rubbing the back of his neck. "I'm not sure."

"Because if it's anyone but the Paranormal Broadcasting Incorporated doing a show about paras," Megan said thoughtfully, "I think you're pretty well screwed."

"Not everyone is interested in making paras look stupid," Simon said, bristling.

"No, some people want to make paras look crazy. Or dangerous. Or godlike. Or all of the above." Megan shrugged. "Find out before you sign the paper. Your mother will kill you otherwise."

Simon sagged like a Macy's Parade float hit by Blue Porcupine. "Yeah," he said, "you're right."

"What did Suzanne think of all this anyway?" Megan asked.

"She was a little distracted," Simon said, staring at the fake Persian rug on the floor. "Networking. I think she's going to do a story about the body or something."

Megan grunted.

"If everyone manages to live together through the whole time without a major fight," Simon said quietly, "we'll each get $25,000. That's enough for surgery, Megan, with what I've got saved."

Megan said, "Oh."

They sat in silence for a while.

Then Megan said, "So what's the name of the show?"

Simon quirked a sheepish smile at her. "'It's a Wonderful House.'"

Megan shook her head and let herself smile, just a little. "Oh, Simon," she said.

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Date: 2010-12-09 09:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Megan, you said it.

Oh, Simon.

Re: 0_o

Date: 2012-05-10 01:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_leaky_pen
I like that Megan voiced what the rest of us have been voicing for pretty much the entire story so far. :D

Date: 2010-12-09 12:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sythyry
This has so much potential for Doom that I'm ... shall we say ... jealous!

Date: 2010-12-09 06:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleri
Simon, Simon, this cannot _possibly_ end well...

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