Chapter 17
The car sped past Avery, leaving a trail of dust.

She lifted her head and saw the blurry tail lights of the Rolls-Roice in the darkness.

Was that Elliot’s car?

She wiped the tears off her face, calmed herself down, and walked toward the house.

She saw the car parked in the courtyard when she arrived.

She waited outside in hopes of going in after Elliot had gone to his room.

Her eyes stung. She looked up at the stars shining brightly in the night sky.

It was a beautiful spring night.

Before she knew it, she had been standing outside for an hour.

The driver had already moved the car into the garage.

The lights in the living room were still on, but there was nobody in sight.

Avery felt normal, so she walked slowly into the house.

On the veranda on the second floor, Elliot, dressed in a grey robe, was sitting in his wheelchair. The last dregs of wine sat at the bottom of his wine glass.

He had watched Avery the entire hour that she had stood outside in the cold.

He could not figure out the thoughts that would lead her to spend an entire hour out in the cold. She was so still that she could have easily blended in with the trees that stood next to her.

Elliot had met countless intelligent minds in his lifetime because they were the only people worthy enough to stand by his side.

However, Avery was an exception.

He did not consider her bright because she had provoked him despite knowing what kind of man he was.

She was an extremely foolish woman.

Seeing her miserable, however, affected his mood in a peculiar way.

It was a feeling that he had never felt before.


was because of the cold wind, but Avery’s head felt heavy by the

thick blanket from the closet, wrapped herself

night, ridding herself of the chill from the

feeling a little sticky, she was

a shower, changed into clean clothes, and went

food to the dining room, and Mrs.

he had

Elliot hasn’t come

up her glass of milk and a piece of toast, then began to wolf down her

done eating in under

you that afraid of him, Madam?” Mrs. Cooper

don’t want to see him,” Avery said, then lifted her chin slightly and added, “Seeing him makes me

little more time together,” said Mrs. Cooper. “Will you be coming

I have something to do on campus today, so I won’t be

Cooper said. She left, intending to inform the driver

and said, “It’s fine. I’ll just take a cab. He can

for the odd jobs.

could not win against

said, “Thank you. You

up to Avery, tapped her on the shoulder, and said,

to bump in her best friend Tammy Lynch

they walked into campus together. “Tammy, I don’t think I can

of your family?

and said, “Actually, I never really wanted to

of marrying your boyfriend after graduation, right?” Tammy said. “When are you going to

Avery was taken aback.

her mother of what had happened

she was dating

“Do you know what it feels like to have someone completely destroy your trust? I thought he was the best man in

her arm around Avery’s waist when she saw her red eyes, and said, “Forget about that, Avery. We’re still young. Just think of it as a lesson learned. You’ll definitely

depending on myself than a man,”

completely love-struck

hope I can take care of

only double major I know who’s at top of the class in both majors. The sky’s the

flushed at the

left the campus together. They

arrived at the campus gates, Tammy instantly pointed


still remembered the

cars and beautiful people were pleasing to the

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