"I'm glad you came home early," Jericho told me. "Eddie's still home so I'd like to hold a household meeting."
"What's this about?"
It wasn’t long before Howie turned up, followed by Eddie and Jericho. Eddie and Howie took seats on the couch.
“Does that mean I can’t have the sweet drum kit I’ve one eye on?” asked Eddie.
Jericho shrugged. “For the moment, no. If you can earn the money for it through tips, I won’t complain. In fact, you and Sam are more than pulling your weight. You two have regular jobs. It’s mainly Howie and I that need to bring in more money.”
Howie chimed in, “I know that none of my inventions so far have been worth that much. It’s just a matter of time before I develop something cool that will be worth a lot.”
Howie was still deep in thought about what he could do to earn some quick simoleons. My mind suddenly flashed to the missing pets. “Damn, that’s a pity,” I muttered.
“What’s a pity?”
“Not necessarily,” replied Howie. “We should be able to get the components for around 200 or so. I can put it together for Sammy. When he’s done, I should be able to install it somewhere else for 1500 to 2000.”
Jericho nodded, “That sounds quite reasonable. I’d heard those systems were expensive too, but it makes sense that the cost is getting them installed and working properly. Our budget can stand that, and if we can sell it again at a profit, that would work out well. I’d say, yes, we can buy that but everyone gets a say. Howie?”
Howie looked over at the pup he brought home. “I’d hate for our little guy to go missing and if he did, I’d want him found. I say yes, even if we have to go hungry a couple of days.”
“I want to know why no police equipment?”
“Our senior officer doesn’t think it’s worth police time to find the pets. But he hasn’t been the one talking to the owners and they are soon going to be ringing up to find out about their pets.” I shook my head, “I really don’t want to be telling them that their pets aren’t worth our time. Especially given they are pedigree pets. That’s why we can’t get official equipment from the police.”
“We can’t look at spending extra money on goodies like drums until we have a few months worth of the mortgage available. Besides, Eddie, you have a guitar and a piano. Won’t they do?”
Eddie sighed. “Well, I want that drum but I can work on improving my style with the instruments we do own. Yes, I still agree, even if I have to wait for my drum.”
It must have been obvious that something had changed in our relationship. Howie and Eddie looked at each other. “So, are you guys engaged or something?” Howie finally asked.
“We are engaged,” I started. “And something more,” Jericho finished.
“Damn, totally out of circulation?”
“Totally and forever out of circulation,” Jericho replied. “I’ve found that Sam is the one true love of my life.”
“Well, congratulations. The two of you are looking very happy about it,” said Eddie.
I looked at Jer who was looking at me. “We are,” we replied simultaneously.
“By the way, Jericho. My pay is 100 short this week. We are going to the police ball, it’s apparently a job requirement.”
“Probably,” replied Howie glumly.
“If it will prevent pumpkinitis, then we’ll find a way to buy you two tickets too,” promised Jericho. “That’s only another §100, and it would be nice to get out and meet more people around town. It’s not like classes which are §400 for just one or drum kits which are even more. That’s really all I wanted to talk to you guys about. Any reasonable ways to raise money fast should be considered.” Jericho gave my hand a light squeeze as he left the room.
“Hey, Howie. Where could we get the stuff you’d need to put together a security camera system?”
“Well, Sam, I think the consignment store had a boxed kit last time I was there. Probably someone bought it on SimsBay who then discovered that they couldn’t put it together properly. You have to be fairly competent with electronics to work with those kits, they are complicated as all hell.” Howie buffed his fingernails against his shirt. “I am very competent so it should be a piece of cake.”
“Before we go looking, let me ring Felipe and see if we can head over to his place to set it up.” Howie nodded. I pulled out my phone and rang Felipe.
“Here it is, Sammy. For a mere 200 and it’s a complete outfit. Four cameras and a central box that those cameras all record to.”
“Are the cameras water proof? Because all the pets stolen were in backyards, and it might rain before the thief crosses our path.”
“If we want to sell this kit again, we better not get the cameras wet. But they do have plastic shields to keep the worst off of the camera,” Howie replied. “I don’t think we can do better on price, so I’d recommend this.”
I nodded and Howie took his purchase to the cashier. As luck would have it, the shop had just sold a couple of Howie’s gadgets so we made a small net profit of 140. We hailed another taxi and headed off to Felipe’s house.
Without shirts cause who need clothes for a moment like this?