Chapter 1

It was the day of Avonsville socialite Avery Tate’s wedding, but there was no groom in sight.

The groom, Elliot Foster, had been in a vegetative state since a car crash half a year ago. His doctors said that he was not going to make it until the end of the year.

In a grief-stricken act, Elliot’s mother decided to arrange a marriage for her son before he met his untimely end.

The Fosters were one of the wealthiest families in Avonsville, but no socialite in her right mind would want to marry a man who was knocking on Death’s door.


Avery sat at the vanity with her slender figure gracefully dressed in a white wedding gown. With her elegant makeup that brought out the exquisiteness of her pale complexion, she looked as delicate as a budding red rose.

Yet, there was an uneasiness in her almond-shaped eyes.

There was only another 20 minutes until the ceremony, and Avery was frantically sliding her fingers across her phone screen, anxiously awaiting a text message.

She had a boyfriend before she was forced to marry Elliot, and it was a terrible coincidence that he just happened to be Elliot’s nephew, Cole Foster.

However, they had never made their relationship public.

Avery had texted Cole the night before in hopes that they would escape Avonsville together and elope. She had stayed up all night waiting, but she never got a reply.

She could wait no longer.

Avery rose from her seat, clenched her hand around her phone and made up an excuse to leave the room.

She hurried down the corridor and froze in her tracks as she walked past one of the rooms.

Avery heard the sound of her sister, Cassandra giggling delightedly through the slightly ajar room door.

and butter her up

you think she has a choice now that things have come this far?” Cole said as he held Cassandra in his arms and nuzzled his thin lips against her neck. “Even if she tries to back out now, the guards will drag her down the altar by the

snickered wickedly, then said, “Avery will lose her mind if she finds out that

in her head. She took a step back and almost

clenched her fists around her gown and held back the tears in her

into hospital when his company

made it sound like the marriage was for the good

was the fact that the boyfriend who said he

wonder Cole urged her to carry on with the wedding. He said that he would marry

and dreams were crushed, and she

in the room intensified, Avery clenched her fists, and her eyes

father’s sake. She

too stupid

would no longer allow them to take her

would take back all that


wedding gown with a bouquet of flowers in her hands, Avery walked down

and put on her own

crowd looked puzzled, but she paid them

was Mrs. Foster, and she

in the palm of his hand, did not have much longer to


was sent to Elliot’s

located in the heart of the city’s affluent district and

the mansion’s layout, Mrs. Cooper had dragged her to the

immediately drawn to the man on the large

out on his chiseled face, and he

was unusually pale from spending all that time indoors, but his handsome face made one unable to take their eyes off of

sick, Avery would have

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