Tracey Yu is hoping that her son, Marcus, can eventually settle down with a ‘nice’ girl… and stay away from Kit Knight.
Tracey is very concerned for her son’s future. Sure, he’s gotten away from Kit Knight, but his habitual dating isn’t really something Tracey enjoys enduring. She wants to see her son prosper and find love. Marcus is just a bit too easy-going for marriage and commitment, though. He isn’t like Shelly, who jumped at the chance to join a family with money. He’d rather sit back and relax, following the general flow of life.
To please his mother, he introduced her to his casual girlfriend, Valerie Alioto. They had dated briefly as teens, but moved too fast and made things awkward. They reunited at the end of University and Valerie even went with Marcus to his sister, Shelly’s, wedding to Cole Anderson. Now she was meeting his mother. It wasn’t that Marcus didn’t like Valerie, he just liked the slow, plodding pace of their relationship. No demands, no requirements, just fun and companionship.
Eventually, Valerie ended up moving in, not to put pressure on Marcus… not at all. She felt the same way about things as he did, but simply to put his mother’s mind at ease. Marcus wasn’t running around, dating random women, he was just taking it slow with Valerie.
Valerie was thankful, because she wasn’t much of a ‘house frau’. She burned everything she touched.
It was, however, very nice to be always at one another’s beck and call. They especially enjoyed the times that Tracey was at work. Neither felt any pressure to go beyond simply boyfriend and girlfriend. Marcus worked as a lazy photographer while Valerie was still looking around. Truth be told, she couldn’t tell Marcus what she really wanted in life.
Instead, she opened a gaming hall that was really a front of illegal betting and gambling. High-stakes card games were all the rage behind the hidden doors of the neon lights and pinball machines. The business made good money on its own, but Valerie was hoping to attract some… other attention. She wanted to meet with the illusive Gordon Saunders and offer her skills to him–she was quite adept at running fronts and even some extortion.
When Sade Saunders dropped by, needing to blow off some steam, Valerie invited her into the private rooms. It was daylight and nothing was going down. Still, Sade was Michael’s wife and Michael was Gordon’s eldest… a good way to get in.
Unfortunately, Valerie couldn’t have foreseen what came next. She began to feel sick and weak, then came the afternoon naps. She found herself unable to run the night games and instead had one of her trusted people on the job. She sat down with Marcus and tried to explain what had happened. That she was expecting an addition to their nonexistant family. Marcus was quite stunned.
The worst happened after that. Tracey Yu’s time was up. Marcus was bereft and Valerie was speechless. She felt for Marcus, but somehow, it seemed to work in her favor. Tracey would have been a wedge, a wall in her path to try and get to Gordon. It was well-known what had happened there. So, he wouldn’t see her kindly if Tracey were still around…
It was unfortunate Tracey did not know Valerie was expecting.
Note from Mao: Sorry for the impromptu hiatus. RL is insane right now and I’ve been very ill. Feeling better now, but I haven’t played since I finished this update. So they may be sparse. We’ll see. Valerie wants to be a criminal, but to do so, must somehow befriend Gordon. I think she and Marcus were a victim of ACR’s risky woohoo.