Welcome to Outtakes for Chapter 3.17-Half Answer!
First off, Trick or Treating. I might have fibbed a little when I wrote that Taylor seems to have a little problem with Mariah. Based on what I witnessed, it's the other way around.
Then there's a shot I *loved.* But there was no way it fit anywhere in story.
For a bit of trivia: This chapter originally contained a plot bunny that bogged the first scene down so so so badly.
For those familiar with how Tarot readings work, notice that Christie both shuffled and dealt the cards which makes her the querent. (The questioner. But querent sounds so much more mysterious. lol) Mariah tells her the subject of the reading is pregnant but doesn't know whether she's going to keep it or not. As I've gone in and out of game the past few chapters Christie and Ruben have managed to give me the SP pregnancy pop up about 75% of the time after starting dating. 10% of the other times Ruben is in a relationship with Delphine in which they constantly argue. The final 15%? He's in a relationship with Delphine but has an affair with Christie.
Mariah originally threw out that she knows Christie is pregnant by Ruben, who's in a relationship with Delphine. She then threatened to fire Ruben if Christie didn't come clean to Delphine, but promised to ensure he'd keep his job when she did. There was also a bit about how Ruben was the librarian because he was a worthless Psychic and could be trusted no where else, no matter how pretty Delphine thought he was.
It was fun to play with what was going on in SP in this save, but it didn't fit Mariah's style and was cut out in the end. I also couldn't manage to work out *how* Mariah knew. She might not have any qualms about listening at keyholes, but there are things even she is too scrupulous to stick around to hear. ;)