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.


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

the closet, wrapped herself in it, and fell into a

all night, ridding herself of the chill from the night

feeling a

took a shower, changed into

the smell of food to the dining room, and Mrs. Cooper

had breakfast?” Avery

Master Elliot hasn’t come down

glass of milk and a piece of toast, then began to

done eating in under

you that afraid of him, Madam?”

Avery said, then lifted her chin slightly and added, “Seeing him makes

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

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

you there,” Mrs. Cooper said. She

said, “It’s fine. I’ll

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

not win

turned to the driver and said, “Thank you. You can head back now. I’ll

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

to bump in her best

to you,” Avery said as they walked into campus together. “Tammy, I don’t think I can go

of your

and said, “Actually, I never really wanted to go to graduate

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

Avery was taken aback.

her mother of what

that she was dating

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 the best man in the

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

better off depending on myself than a

love-struck before summer break, but look at the mature young lady you’ve turned

head and said, “I just hope I can take

know who’s at top of the class in both majors. The sky’s the limit

cheeks flushed at

Avery and Tammy left the campus

gates, Tammy instantly pointed at the Portia

that the Mr. Portia who dropped you off this morning? Is he here to


luxury cars and beautiful people were

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