So, there we are, in the Overthere (only Ogres would call someplace The Overthere) power-pulling. We’ve got two orcs (a warrior type and a shadow-knight), me, Balthenie, a shaman, and the most loot happy wizard it’s ever been my displeasure to group with.
We just finished a massive over-pull (two stoneleer cocktrices, a sabertooth lioness, and a Sarnak) when I get a tell.
“Jahkari???” says Starfall. “Is that you?”
Ok, you have to understand, when I first started playing Everquest, a little over a year ago, I ended up hanging out with a couple of guys, Starfall and Saberarrow. The two of them were friends, and included me in their groups. Gradually, we got to be good friends. Eventually, Starfall asked my character, Jahkari, to marry him.
We did, and it was a lot of fun. Our old guild, Knights of Winter, gave us lots of wedding presents and we were pretty much inseperable for a while.
Then Starfall had some problems with his internet connection. He and Saber and some other guy were sharing a house together and the other guy moved out. All the utilities were in his name, and he left without paying them for a few months (or, so I’m given to understand). Starfall lives in Italy, where it can take up to two months to get a phoneline installed, once you order it.
I didn’t see him for a month. Except every once in a blue moon when he went over to a friend’s house and logged on from there.
Then he was back, for a while, but his work schedule was wonky, and we weren’t logging on for much at the same time.
Eventually, when Dark Ages of Camelot came out, he decided he was bored with EQ, and wandered off. I saw him, maybe two or three times after that.
That was almost a year ago.
Since then, I’ve taken my ranger, Jahkari, from 38 to 47th level (not really too great, actually) and my druid from 14th to almost 40 (quite great). I’ve taken a three month hiatus to get rid of a stalker (EQ stalker, not real life, but still annoying), started a new guild, seen it grow to about 40 or 50 members, and oh, did I mention got married to someone else?
Our group starts breaking up anyway, so I port over to Butcherblock to see Starfall. To talk, catch up. Yes, I told him Jahkari got remarried.
A few minutes after that, Soress logs on.
Oh, my head aches. Soress insists that he’s not worried, that he’s sure I’m not going to divorce him for Starfall, and yet ten minutes after he logs on, he’s over in West Karana where Starfall and I are killing the corrupt guards. Uh-huh. Not to mention he’s got like three expensive gifts for me. Errrrr.
Tune in next week for concluding episodes of “As Norrath Turns.”