Characters: James, Jefferson
Summary: James wants a piece of the stock market pie.
Notes: Canon. Will appear in one form or another in the next chapter, so can be considered a spoiler.
Word Count: 363
James knocked on the door to his father’s study as he opened the door. Jefferson looked up from his desk where he was going over the household ledger.
“What can I do for you, James?”
“Papa, how much money do we have in the bank?”
“Why do you ask?”
“Oh, I don’t want to buy anything,” James replied when he saw the look on his father’s face. “I was actually thinking about investing some of it in the stock market.”
Jefferson motioned towards the sofa, where James took a seat. “What’s brought this on? You’ve never really taken an interest in the household finances before.”
“Sterling and I met up for lunch today. He’s purchased some stocks, and he’s gotten some pretty good returns on all them. I guess I feel a little guilty at how much money Cindy’s spent on redoing the house, and I think we could replace some of it by making some investments.”
Jefferson looked at the books again, and made some calculations in his head. “Would we need a lot to get started?”
“I don’t think so. Before I spoke to Sterling’s broker I wanted to talk to you first and see what you thought of the idea.”
“I’m not comfortable with making a large investment to start, James. I don’t know if you know it, but your grandfather nearly ruined us financially when you were younger with his extravagant purchases. I don’t want to put the family in that situation again.”
James nodded. "I was thinking a few hundred to start. We can always reinvest the profits.”
Jefferson looked at the ledger in front of him again. “Why don’t you make an appointment for the two of us to see this stockbroker of Sterling’s? I read every day in the newspaper about how much money the fat cats in New Sim City are making. It would be nice to get a piece of it.”
“That’s what I was thinking too. Does early next week sound good to you?”
“That sounds perfect, son.”
James smiled at his father, and walked out of the study. Soon, this family won’t have to worry about money again for a long time.