by Doug Hawley
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Duke and Carl/a agreed that
it is time that you should hear Sheilas
story thats me. Quite a bit of my
tale came out in smart car 7, so Ill mostly
write about other things.
One of the things that I didnt talk about
too much in my interview with Carl/a is my
relationship with Duke. I think that we could be
in love, but I dont want to rush into
anything. Im still seeing a Lake Oswego
city counselor, but Ive never leveled with
him about my secret identity as Rogue. Another
awkward aspect of our relationship is that hes
never been physical with me. Im not judging,
but it makes me wonder if hes hiding
something from me and maybe even from himself. My
understanding is that Duke still has a rather
kinky relationship with someone called Jane. I
dont know if hes interested in her,
or just their games. If hes addicted to
kink, we may not work out, but Im hopeful.
One thing that weve both noticed is that we
have grown into much better adults than we were
teens in high school. Duke went from nerd to stud,
and is a top mathematical consultant. I was not
quite anorexic in high school, but I was much too
thin from trying to attain some impossible ideal.
Im both healthier, and if Im to
believe my men friends, much more attractive now
that Ive got curves. In an odd twist, my
part time government transportation job has aided
the smart car innovations that have cut
automotive accidents to near zero.
Dukes one facet that I would really like to
change about him is his lack of reading.
Ironically with all of the writing that he has
done under his penname, Doug Hawley, he doesnt
read anything besides newspapers, and wastes
hours watching anime and science fiction on TV.
He claims that he read enough in school to last a
lifetime. On the plus side, anyone can write
anything about him without him finding out. I
should have dished more about him in smart car 7.
If you have followed the smart car series you
know that Ive got an antique Dodge
Challenger. It is like the car General Lee in the
TV show Dukes Of Hazzard from around
a hundred years ago, but it doesnt have a
hundred lives, or more accurately a hundred stand-ins
like the car on the show, so I take good care of
it. Im no Civil War buff, so I had called
it Duke after the show. I later changed it to
Deuce. Deuce is for fun when Im in my
secret identity as Rogue. Usually we are very
discreet and I use its cloaking software most of
the time when we are out and about. When we are
alone on the road, we go a little faster, maybe
even turn off the headlights for added danger. Ive
also got a few friends that secretly let me use
their property for my shenanigans.
My daily driver is Josie. I use the girly
option for her personality, because I mostly hang
out with men at work and in my social life, and I
was overdosing on testosterone. In some ways it
is great, because she knows the best places to
shop and is up on all of the fashions. The
downside is that she can say Youre
going out in THAT in the most shaming tone.
Not only is she particular about my appearance,
she wont go out in public unless she is
thoroughly detailed, and has picked out her
interior and exterior colors to go with whatever
Because Josie is always female, Dukes car
Carl/a was strongly Carl when they were
introduced. I suspect that Carl wants to put
moves on her, but I dont know if he is her
type. Im going to keep my eyes on those two.
Every once in awhile Carl tries to talk to Deuce
until he remembers that Deuce cant talk. He
is always embarrassed if someone notices.
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