The Elite

The Elite: Chapter 14

1newAfter a while of me sobbing gently onto Riley’s shoulder, and him gently stroking my back – saying nothing other than it’d be alright – I’d finally managed to collect myself. I walked over to his bed and sat, not quite sure how to explain what had just happened. “Umm… About that…” I began. He came over and sat beside me. “Don’t worry about it.” He said.

3As he leaned closer to me, I had a hard time meeting his eyes out of sheer embarrassment. I hardly ever, and I mean ever cried in front of anyone; I wasn’t happy with my lack of composure. “If you aren’t ready to talk about whatever happened, don’t force yourself. Are you alright?” He asked. I nodded sheepishly. “Then that’s all that matters.” He said.

2“Would you still like me to walk you over to the King?…” He began. “No!” I said quickly turning towards him, finally meeting his eyes. “I most definitely would not.” I’d barely had time to wrap my head around the thought of Sebastian being… the prince… The chance of running into him now while the king spoke to me was not something I think I could handle. I’ve shown enough emotions for one day.

5“Very well then, what should I tell him?” Riley asked. I ran a hand through my hair and began to brainstorm; saying that I’d forgotten, or didn’t feel like going would make me seem quite presumptuous. I figured a little lie wouldn’t hurt. “Could you tell him I wasn’t feeling well. Just say I’d eaten something that didn’t sit well with me… though I’d hate to make you lie…” I said.

6As I let out a sigh, wondering how exactly the King would react to such a statement, Riley reached for me. I wasn’t even sure whether or not the king was already mad at me, would this upset him more?

7new“Relax.” Riley says while gently resting his hand on my arm. “I’ll take care of it.” I looked down at his fingers and felt some of my stress disappear at his touch. “Thanks.” I said. “You’re more than welcome to stay here if you’d like.” He said. “If you get uncomfortable, there are some spare clothes in that drawer, he said pointing towards the back wall of the room. “I’ll see you when I get back.” He said while getting up and exiting.

***

8.1I accepted Riley’s kind offer and stayed in his room. I was definitely not up for running into the others and faking a smile. I also borrowed one of his hoodies, as he was right about me getting uncomfortable in those clothes.

8I felt emotionally and physically drained; as I lay on his bed I let my thoughts wander… Why had my initial reaction been to cry? It wasn’t the mere fact that Sebastian… or Stefano had withheld information, for I had done the very same thing… nor was it the fact that he was royalty; what girl in their right mind would be unhappy to hear that the guy they were dating was a prince? No… this feeling of humiliation stemmed from the fact that nearly every time Sebastian and I spoke, life in the kingdom was always broached as a topic of conversation.

9And I – idiotically – told him everything I thought was right and wrong with the country; wearing my heart on my sleeve, despite it being normally in my better nature to keep my true feelings and emotions to myself. I was so love-struck, I’d essentially poured my heart out to someone who could’ve only been interested in hearing these things to assess how well of a job his family was doing in the eyes of the public. Suddenly those hours of chatting that seemed to be in attempts to know one another out of mutual attraction warped into something tactical and cold. Did he even genuinely care?

10I eventually fell asleep amidst all the thinking I was doing. Riley! I thought with a jolt. As I got up, I noticed it was slightly darker both outside and in the room.

11newThe lights that had been on were now off, and it was well past four in the afternoon. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Riley sleeping on the couch.

12I’ve been here for over five hours… I tried to get up soundlessly, but the bed creaked rather loudly as I moved. Riley stirred awake.

13He yawned, “How are you feeling?” He asked once he finished stretching. I noticed, with a slight blush, as he raised his arms, that he wasn’t wearing a shirt.

14“Loads better.” I said, doing my best to avert my gaze from his chest. “How’d it go?” I asked, suddenly curious as to how his interaction with the King went.

15“Come on, I’ll fill you in over something to eat.” He replied.

16A short while later, we were in the kitchen and I was making some food. On the walk over Riley had told me that the king was more concerned than offended when he told him I wouldn’t be able to come. And at the moment, everyone in this wing, essentially all of the Elite, were over at the castle discussing the start of the contest… With the King, Queen… and the prince. I was grateful for being able to evade that encounter. I figured I’d just have Kala or Riley himself fill me in later.

17I ate in silence and Riley opted for just a coffee, saying he wasn’t hungry. Odd, as it was his suggestion to come here. He didn’t say anything else after filling me in and didn’t ask why I was so distressed earlier, he was giving me some space and I liked that.

19I was used to my family grilling me about what was bothering me until I broke, but I really would rather not say anything on my mind unless I myself wanted to share. Thinking of my family made a smile unconsciously.

20After I’d finished, Riley offered to walk me back, although no one was home and I certainly knew the way. I could tell he was discreetly checking if I was actually alright and not putting on an act. I kept my eyes on him as we walked.

21I was grateful to him in more ways than one. Before I could attempt to express my gratitude, he turned towards me as we were nearly at the door.

25“Well I’ll be off then, the others should be back soon.” He says. “Oh, right…” I said. “Take care.” He says as he begins to turn away. “Wait!” I say before he leaves, “Thanks… for um, lending me your hoodie.” I say. “I’ll be sure to get it back to you soon.” I was so great at dumping all my feelings to Sebastian, why couldn’t I express just how grateful I was to Riley? “No rush.” He says with a smirk and walks off.

26I enter my room and gently fold away Riley’s lent clothes and pull out a towel.

27I figured I’d let my thoughts wander some more in a hot shower… Would I be behind if I didn’t hear what I was missing along with everyone else? The guys already expressed interest in Gen this morning… What would the girls think about Sebastian?

***

28The others still weren’t back yet when I’d gotten out, but someone had definitely been in the room.

29A piece of paper lay on my bed, and after glancing around to make sure whomever left it wasn’t still here, I walked over to it.

30It was a letter from Gen… or should I say Princess Genevieve. It read:

 Dearest Irene,

I’ve heard from my father that you were supposed to have met with him this morning, but are unwell. If this is true, I wish you a speedy recovery. If this is not the case however, and your reluctance to meet with him stems from a desire to distance yourself from Sebastian and myself because of the truth about our lineage that we withheld – I’m sorry. If you feel betrayed or angry, I understand, but would rather you not feel this way. Will you give me a chance to clear up any misunderstandings? Meet me in the library whenever you come across this. Whether you decide to make an appearance or not, I’ll be waiting regardless.

Gen

 35I debated going, but my curiosity got the best of me and within ten minutes I was in the library. I wanted to hear what she had to say.

36I looked around but the princess was nowhere in sight.

37Suddenly the bookcase to my left shuddered and a portion of it opened.

38I walked over and peered behind the case into the newly revealed opening – it was pitch black. I took a breath and stepped forward into the darkness…

 

Thanks for reading! First off, I’ve posted an update, so make sure to check that out~ Secondly, I’d like to know what you thought. This chapter didn’t have much action, but I attempted to let you peer into Irene’s thoughts for a bit so you could understand her character better. The next chapter is much more eventful… or maybe informative is the better word~ There’ll be several flashbacks, and that’s all I shall disclose 🙂  If you don’t read the update, I’ll let you know here that instead of my usual two chapters a week I’ve cut down to one, and I’ll do my best to get it up on Fridays. Take care~
xoxo Amy

13 thoughts on “The Elite: Chapter 14

  1. Ooh, I’m sure there’ll be a triangle between Sebastian, Riley and Irene… Riley is quite sweet so I’m not sure who I’m rooting for, hehe. Maybe Sebastian? I wonder what Irene is going to talk about with the princess! Excited for more!

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  2. Ahh, I’m very glad that Irene gathered her thoughts together and got the the root of her reaction; it’s understandable that she would worry about if their time together was genuine. I think Stefano (should I call him that or Sebastian?) really does like and care for her though, he and Gen seem like such sweet people. And I see a love triangle beginning to form… Riley was very kind to Irene, but for some reason I’m not liking him as much as Stefano so far? Perhaps that’s because he doesn’t have that ‘mysterious and exciting’ aura. But I shall see!
    Great chapter 🙂 And please don’t worry about not being able to catch up on stories as quickly or update as frequently, take your time~

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    1. I’ve gotten so used to calling him Sebastian that I’ll probably continue to make Irene do the same, but either is fine as they are both his name XD Lol, Riley’s personality is quite the opposite of Seb’s, haha I’ll see if I can sway you from the Sebrene ship as time goes on 😉 I’ve been enjoying my binge reading as of late, but I’ll have to be cutting back, thanks for understanding~ and thanks for reading!

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  3. Hmmm now I completely get why Irene was so upset… she has a point for feeling this way! Gen is one smart girl, she understood the situation immediately! I’m really looking forward to see what she has to say, if Sebastian will be with her as well and what is hidden behing that secret door! 🤔
    And oh Riley, you flirt 😍

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    1. Yup~ Irene’s begun to doubt Sebastian’s intentions and whether or not he was genuine; who could blame her? I know I’d be furious if I thought someone asked me personal things for their own gain. And Genevieve is mature for her age, you’ll get to see some of their backstory next chapter. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  4. Wow, I am just an hour late and there are already 3 people earlier than me. I wasn’t ready as they seem to always steal my thoughts 😛
    Soo, I too don’t like Riley as much, I’m pretty sure it’s because Stefano/Sebastian is undoubtedly gorgeous and I always can’t get my eyes off his face. Yup, that may be the reason. Plus he’s so cute and speaks such a formal language.
    I like how you introduced us more to Irene’s character and the motives of her action. I can see how she doesn’t trust Sebastian anymore and feels betrayed.
    Genevieve wrote quite a fair letter. I wonder if Sebastian is in a library too or rather flirting with other girls?
    Can’t wait for this informative chapter!

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    1. Haha awww, I appreciate all of your comments ❤ I can't lie, I did spend a lot more extra time making Seb than Riley XD Thanks for appreciating his looks, haha! You'll get to see what Seb's up to, and what Gen has to say next chapter 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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    1. Yup, this chapter is definitely the calm before the storm~ Thanks! At the moment, I have only the base game without my expansions because my computer is a nightmare, so my CC is also quite limited but I’m glad you like it 🙂 I’m thinking of making a page crediting where I’ve gotten everything (poses, clothes, hair etc…) from, but it’ll take some time because most of the CC is an accumulation of random downloads over several years and I hardly save the links I get them from so I have to do some digging. If there’s anything in particular you liked I can let you know where I got it (though most of the hair came from random sim downloads from the exchange) because I have no clue how long it’ll take to get that page up and running.

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      1. Sorry for the belated reply~ I never got those hairs from a specific site – I just downloaded some sims from the exchange and when I installed them the hairs appeared as well. The best I can do is find the links to those sims for you, so you can dl them as well if you wish – but you’ll have to give me a bit more time as it is not as easy to find as I thought XD

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