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.


wind, but Avery’s head

closet, wrapped herself

all night, ridding herself of the chill

next morning, aside from feeling a little sticky,

a shower, changed into clean clothes, and went

to the dining

he had breakfast?” Avery

hasn’t come


done eating in

afraid of him, Madam?”

want to see him,” Avery said, then lifted her chin slightly and

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

something to do on campus today, so I won’t be having dinner at home

to take you there,” Mrs. Cooper said. She

immediately stopped her and said, “It’s fine. I’ll just take a cab.

drivers at home. One for Master Elliot and one for the odd jobs.

not win against

Avery turned to the driver and said, “Thank

off, a young woman ran up to Avery, tapped her on the shoulder, and

expect to bump in her best friend Tammy Lynch to

into campus together. “Tammy, I

because of your family? I heard about your dad.

“Actually, I never

boyfriend after graduation, right?” Tammy said.

Avery was taken aback.

her mother of what had happened

friends and classmates only knew that she was dating someone but had no idea who he

up,” Avery said. She then took a deep breath and said, “Do you know what it feels like to have someone completely destroy your trust? I thought he was

around Avery’s waist when she saw her red eyes, and said, “Forget about that, Avery.

myself than a man,”

some heartbreak to grow,” Tammy sighed. “You were completely love-struck before summer break, but look at the mature

said, “I just hope I can take care

course! You’re the only double major I know who’s at top of the class in both majors. The

flushed at

in the evening, Avery and Tammy left the campus together. They had planned to

gates, Tammy instantly pointed at the Portia parked

you off this morning? Is

remembered the

beautiful people were

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