at least that was the question i've always been asking myself since i was laid off by the tyrrell museum. well i finally have someone else's answer... though if you wish to share your take on this question please feel free to leave a comment on this post about it.
turns out i'm not the only one. though sadly this "person's" own life meltdown may have some effect on me too... a huge impact in fact!
so it went something like this people of the web wide world...
remember my first big date with lillian the albertosaur. well today was supposed to be the follow up... and though it happened, it sure didn't go according to the plan. if i thought the first date didn't go according to the plan this one was off the scale of off the plan... come to think of it, why doesn't ANYTHING ever work out like i plan it?
i was supposed to meet lillian in the middle of town, and from there take her to a super surprise destination. aren't you impressed. though i may have blown my imagined perfect date, this would have made up for it. alas things kinda went downhill from the point where i left the hotel to meet lillian.
when i arrived downtown my ears were welcome by a most unpleasant sound...
tyrannosaurid wailing... which to the human ear would sound more like a lower version of a tyrannosaurid bellow, but to me it was definitely crying...
not that i was surprised to see the source of the distress when i walked up to our meeting spot. lillian, the apple of my eye (i guess since i HATE fruit i should say steak of my eye?), was full on crying. tyrannosaur style mind you. there were no tears. not because we're tougher than humans. it's just we don't shed tears is all. if she could have, lillian would have been letting loose a waterfall worth.
of course this wasn't how i wanted the girl of my dreams to be feeling. if anything i wanted her to be happy all the time... but at the same time i saw her current sadness as an opportunity...
if i could be the one to cheer her up, well that'd make me all the more likely a mate for lillian! it sounded good in my head at the time, but i have to remind myself that my head isn't filled with the biggest of thinking machines though...walking up to her i found that cheering lillian up was not going to be easy. every approach i tried. consoling, joking, chatting, and even crying myself (due to so many failures) was only answered with more crying.
granted i want to emphasis (unlike what i said about humans not being whimps compared to tyrannosaurids crying... i was trying to be nice to my human readers out there... you are still not a multi ton carnivore full of emotion) that lillian's crying was both powerful and terrifying! though i may be a tyrannosaurid, i did grew up among humans, i found lillian's distort howls of pain quite intimidating. unlike normal, probably due to my desire to help lillian, i was not overcome with my usual chickeness and did not try to run away.
all the humans within earshot on the other hand were keeping a VERY safe distance from lillian, and i think the police were called at one point. i had to calm her down before they became involved... i've sadly had enough run ins with the police not to want another!
finally lillian calmed down enough to at least tell me the cause of her sorrow between wails. she'd gone in to work to make an appearance in the morning (as we were meeting up in the afternoon) only to have her world turned upside down...
before she'd even gotten through the museum's lobby she was intercepted by professor paradigm. now i don't remember the professor well at all (having only met him during my infancy as far as i can recall), but he rubs me the wrong way at the best of times. if he was trying to track me down specifically i can't imagine it going well... meaning i already dreaded what lillian was about to tell me about her run in with the professor.
the professor informed lillian to not bother to checking in at work. as of effective immediately she was no longer working for the annex corporation. naturally lillian was a little shocked, and not quite believing what she'd just heard. when she asked paradigm how and why it was him telling her this and not her supervisor.
lillian's telling me her story fell apart for a few tries here. she didn't word it in a way i could understand. it had something to do with paradigm reaching beyond a normal palaeontologist, but i didn't understand lillian between her sobbing and this wording... what did the reach of his arms have to do with this is thought. that was till it hit me. of course, he may not be just an ordinary palaeontologist...
boom and rang leaellynasaura had been obsessed with a conspiracy theory that pegged paradigm as the supposed head of something called palaeo-central. now those two hypsilophidonts are convinced this palaeo-central is real, but my boss ms. rhonwyn who works for a whole bunch of museums (it turns out!) is equally certain no such organization could exist within the museum world...
to be honest i'm not sure who to believe, but when i mentioned that possibility to lillian her answer puts me in the leaellynasaura camp oddly enough.
lillian immediately agreed that paradigm was way more than a PHD should be. though to be honest she did not once say anything specifically about palaeo-central.
lillian thought paradigm was in league with the pack of the primordial feather! (though based on my run in with his dinosaurian assistant lance, i'm personally certain paradigm has nothing to do with the pack!), and that his interference was another attempt by them to ruin her life.
i tried to convince lillian that the pack wasn't involved. it didn't help me prove it though that paradigm told lillian she still technically had her job with annex corp. he just said if she did not voluntarily leave their employ dire consequences would fall upon her. it sounded like the pack alright, but the player was wrong. sure the vague ominious threat screamed the pack, but a human professor. he just didn't fit the bill.
in both my experience and lillian's the pack had always approached us directly. why now send a human palaeontologist to do the dirty work (especially when that was the part the other coelurosaurs enjoyed so much?!?)?
i put my curiosity and conspiracy thinking on the back burner. the point was lillian was very very upset. why shouldn't she be frankly?
coming back to my question at the beginning of the post people of the innerweb. lillian had lost everything back at the tyrrell when the pack had made her lose her job (like me!). after a year of dead end job after another, and little hope she'd finally put her life back on the path she'd wanted she finally had a big break. only to have it robbed from her again today!
i tried to talk her through the idea of just looking for a new show or museum. this only made things worse. as she explained it to me several times it became apparent lillian had definately tried many times to find other venues to be a star in. they'd all been dead ends. annex corp. had been a miracle, they'd approached her with the ultimate deal. honestly she wasn't going to find another one better in 65 million years. in fact she'd already looked, and not only was the sweetness of the deal made clear but she'd been denied all the lesser positions to boot... what was she going to do now...
after a moment of thinking i had an idea, but i didn't like it. i didn't like it one bit! it was almost certainly going to cost me the chance to be with the girl i'd longed for so much. yet it was her best shot at happiness... what was a tiny t-rex to do?
the right thing of course. if that was what it was going to take to make lillian happy so be it. i'd take another one for the team (which as far as i can tell is just me! some team huh?) and give that possibility of happiness to lillian...
the sound of approaching sirens brought me back to the present. which was just as well. my plan was going to need some slight set up anyway. i might as well try and appreciate this time with lillian. cause it might end up being a long time before i'd get to go out with her again...
with the police on the look out for a "freaking out" dinosaur, i decided we'd take a round about and most important hidden route to our destination. alleys and side streets. which though easy for me due to my small size, were not necessarily quite as easy for lillian to navigate on account of her being a full grown albertosaur.
not that i minded having to wait for her, or slow down. it just gave me more of a chance to gaze upon her beauty. just look at that photo people of the innerweb. so hot!
the cool thing about melbourne is that it has a lot of BIG shopping malls. big enough even for a 8 meter long tyrannosaurid like lillian to wander through. so i'd take short cuts through them whenever possible to keep the authorities from tracking us down (though to be honest i think they stopped looking for us a few minutes after we started moving... how can we be a "threat" if we're not there?).
lillian wanted to take a break in the third food court we passed through. which suited me fine, but not the human shoppers sadly. so they all... uh how does one sugar coat this?... frankly i'm having trouble not making the people sound mean... ran away. i mean come on? why really?!? we were just minding our business. stupid tyrannosaur(id) stereotype! at least that didn't seem to bother lillian.
yet as we sat there lillian looked like she was going to get upset again... so to keep her mind off it, i told her she wasn't alone in her feelings... being the tough female tyrannosaurid that she was she tried to pretend admitting to emotions was just a guy thing... she also added there was no way she could know how it felt.
which is funny, because as you know from my (mis)adventures on this blog, if there is one thing i know about its broken dreams.
i spent a good hour recalling and telling lillian about my life of the past 2 years, and apart from the bit with whiro that she thought i'd made up, she was slightly moved. which i don't think she was expecting. i only say this because she said how surprised she was at being impressed and saddened by my ordeals. she thought her problems were the only in the world, but it turns out she's not alone.
doesn't everyone know that people of the innerweb? that everyone has problems...
anyways i think it constituted what TV or the movies would call a moment.
so a bit after this we resumed our trek to my surprise destination.
want to guess where that was people of the web wide world?
me and lillian are going to it. you could come too? (that's the only hint i'll give you. see if you can guess where we went?)
to be continued...