A Proposal of Marriage
by Kerry Jane
Tonight, when I got home from installing
some programs on the computer I built for my mother (you'd think
she'd know by now how to stick a CD in a drive and follow the
instructions), Hearding said, "Check your guest book.
Somebody proposed marriage to you."
A guest book, full yet?
A few days ago, there was a message in
the guestbook that said, "Mairi sure is hot. -- A Secret
Admirer." I finally made Hearding confess that it was him,
and that he did it as a joke... so I figured Hearding had done
another 'joke' and proposed.
So I ran Mairi, who was at the tavern in
Skara Brae, down to the house, and looked in the guest book (it's
filled up to page 38 of 40... 2 more to go and I will have to get a
new one!). The first message read:
"Janey, will you marry me?
- A Secret Admirer"
The second message read:
"Take a number buddy!
- A Secret Admirer before that other secret admirer."
My first thought was:
"BWAAHAhahaaha!!" My second thought was: "Oh
S-word. It's Janey, not Mairi." And my third thought was:
"Who wrote that???" Hearding said he wrote the 2nd
one... joking, of course. I still have no idea who wrote the
first. It wasn't Hearding. It sure as hell wasn't Davian. So I am
completely clueless. Anyway, I thought it was kind of cute.
Davian said, "I'm jealous now. :P
Maybe I should propose." I said, "Don't bother, cause
I'd turn you down, too. :>" Hearding said, "I'm
jealous. I wish *I* had secret admirers." I told him:
"I'm sure you do, Hearding, but they are *secret* admirers,
But this got me thinking about the
implications of an in-game marriage. Janey was proposed to once
before - in Realm, by a guy named Bran. She turned him down. Not
because I didn't like him; we were great friends. But, I decided
a long time ago (the first week i played Realm, actually) that
Janey would never join a guild, and she would never be married.
There are reasons why I don't want to be
married in game. I want to spend time with who I want to spend
time with when I want to spend time with them. I don't want the
'husband' to be jealous that I spend most of my time with Davian
and Hearding - who are both men. They are my partners, and I'm
not giving them up. Not for anybody.
There are other, story-related reasons
why I wouldn't want to be married. What happens when one of us
decides we don't want to be married any more? Janey would never
get divorced. What happens when I decide I want to leave UO?
Janey would never up and leave a husband.
And then there's the thing... about
Separation of Characters... is the guy marrying *me* or Janey?
Cause *I* don't want to be married. Well I do, eventually, I
suppose... but not now, and certainly not to someone I've never
even met before. :> And Janey *is* me. Mostly, anyway.
However... someone besides Janey... I
would let them get married. And then, I would be able to kill
them off if I didn't want to be married any more... because I
wouldn't be so attached to that character. Oh, it would be a
grand and dramatic death... and surely the husband would mourn
her and seek revenge over her murderer. See... now *that* would
be a marriage with purpose.
November 2000 Imaginary Realities, the magazine of your mind.
© Copyright Information