The True Emotion Games

(Just so you know, this has nothing, I repeat nothing to do with the Hunger Games. It just happens to have a similar name) When Tess's boyfriend Sam dies, she is broken. And when her ex goes on a killing spree of all of her family, aiming for her next, she feels she has nothing else to live for. But right before she decides to end it all, she joins the True Emotion Games, a competition set up by Love/Hate (after all, they really are the same thing). She now has a purpose, a meaning. Find out what the True Emotion Games are (it's in the prologue, you don't even have to read more, I swear) and how Tess copes with them in the True Emotion Games.

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17. Chapter 15: Nutella Crepes :)

Chapter 15

Tess? Tess? C'mon, wake up! Why won't you wake up?!" The deep voice that spoke sounded slightly annoyed.
"Hey, I'm here! Why exactly am I here?" Came a minute later in a girl's voice. The girl sounded breathless, as if she had run to wherever they were. She sounded familiar although Tess couldn't pinpoint who she was.
"Oh, she fell down the stairs while I was talking to her at the Nook and I had to bring her here. She said she met you before." It was the guy.
"Oh! Her! Tess! Yeah, I remember. She had a girl and a guy friend with her. I remember she said that she was on a road trip with her friends and then the girl pulled her away really rudely. I wonder where they are now." Tess racked her brain for a situation like that, and then remembered. Charlie! So the guy must be Jackson. After all, he had said that they were best friends.
"Oh, she never told me that she was on a road trip and she never said anything about her friends. It seemed like something was bothering her though."
"Did you ask?"
"She said she couldn't talk about it, at least with me, and then she tried to leave but I stopped her and then she fell."
"Jeez, Jack! Not everyone tells you everything!" Charlie laughed.
"Well a lot of people do. Including you, Reilly." Must be her last name, Tess thought.
"What does that say?" she retorted.
"A lot, actually. Because you never tell anyone anything since..."
"Don't bring him up. Don't." Her tone sounded like a knife being dragged across the air, stacking up tension.
"Sorry." It was a mumble. Tess could tell that he was trying to get Charlie to talk about it, but he was too scared by that tone.
"Whatever," she replied dismissively.
"Why isn't she waking up?!!?!!?!?" Jackson whined in a baby voice.
"Jack, she had been out for what, ten minutes? Be patient!" Charlie was like a parent of a toddler where the toddler had been pestering her for days.
"It's been two hours."
"Well... That's normal if you suffer a concussion, right?"
"Charlie, you're not supposed to sleep when you have a concussion. Your brain could be messed up and... Agh, why am I even telling you this? It's not like you're listening!"
"Sorry, what?"
"I knew it! You weren't even listening!"
"Well you started talking about boring stuff. You know I tune out during boring stuff." Tess was positive Charlie was shrugging her shoulders. It sounded like the type of statement that came with a shrug.
"In my defense, you asked!"
"Whatever. How's Zee?" Tess was puzzled. Who was Zee?
"She's fine. Her dad is in England now though. She's annoyed because he barely pays attention to her. At least he brings back things."
"I wish he was my dad!"
"Why?"
"Then he could bring me back cool stuff from the bands I like, duh!"
"Zee doesn't even like music though."
"How does one not like music?" Charlie sounded insulted.
"She just doesn't. Why is that so hard for you to understand?!"
"Because I am a music hipster."
"Hipsters don't call themselves hipsters."
"I've taught you well."
"Obviously not, because-"
"Oh my god, guys! Would you let a girl get a little bit of sleep?" Tess finally burst out, having been awake but silent the whole time. Well, she had been out for the time before Charlie came but... Details, details!
"You're awake!" Charlie exclaimed.
"Well duh," she responded with a smile.
"How long have you been awake?" Jackson asked suspiciously.
"Just since Charlie came." Tess shrugged.
"Why didn't you say anything?" he wondered aloud.
"I was looking for juicy gossip," she responded with a wink.
"Hmm." The three of them were silent. Tess examined the room. It was just a room. Nothing special about it, really. The walls were a soft blue and the floor had no carpet, revealing the dark hardwood floor. She was laying in a white bed right next to the door on the left side of the room. The door was see-through. But that revealed nothing. Tess sat up in the bed. The sheets were soft. There was a window to the right, and a whirlwind of snow could be seen, drifting lazily through the air. Next to the bed, on the right, was a small square table with a glass of water on it. There was no light coming from a lightbulb or lamp in the room. Just from the fading daylight outside. It was warm, though. This puzzled Tess. Where the heck was she?
"Where exactly are we?" she asked hesitantly.
"This is my family's estate. We're in the medical wing now." Tess's eyes grew large at Jackson's response.
"Estate?" He scratched the back of his head uncomfortably.
"Yeah." She could sense that he didn't really like talking about it, so she dropped the subject.
"Can I go? Because I'm feeling great, really!"
"Well, we have to see what Marsha says about that," Charlie answered. And as if on cue, a woman with bright red hair shoved open the door and came to their side.
"Hi, I'm Marsha. I'm the nurse here."
"Hi. I'm Tess," she said in a small voice.
"So, I understand you had quite the fall, didn't you? Down the stairs at the 3C?"
"3C?"
"Yeah. The coffee place. Short for Cute, Cozy, Coffee. That's the name of it but everyone around here just calls if 3C. So you fell down the stairs?"
"Yes," Tess replied, taking a second though to think about how sweet of a name that was for a place. In the next moments, Marsha efficiently shooed Charlie and Jackson out of the room and did her medical check. It was boring but Marsha luckily made it quick and easy.
"Okay, Tess, it looks like everything is good with you. So you can go."
"Thank you!" Tess exclaimed. She hopped out of the bed and hugged Marsha. The nurse was taken off guard at first but hugged her back.
"It's my job, so no problem. But listen, if something else feels wrong, find Jackson and if you can't, go find a doctor." Marsha was grinning when she pulled away.
"I will," Tess promised.
"Good. Your shoes are next to the door and Jackson and Charlie should be right out in the hallway. If not, then just turn right and walk straight down the hallway until you get to the stairs. Go down the stairs and go left. There will be a sign that says kitchen on it. They should be either in the kitchen or his room which is right near the kitchen," Marsha told her.
"Okay." Tess walked over to the door where her shoes were and slipped them on, wincing at the soreness in her back and neck. She pushed open the door and stepped outside into the hallway. It had white walls and a navy carpet, that seemed to go on through the entire hallway. Tess was pretty sure if was called a runner. She was probably wrong. One thing she did know, though, was that Charlie and Jackson were nowhere in sight. She turned right and began to walk. There was no sign of the hallway ever ending. It was so long! Finally, she emerged into a more open space. There was a large, rather grand, staircase leading down but Tess could still walk to the other side. That doesn't explain it quite right. Did you ever see the Beauty and the Beast? Well in the castle, there was a grand staircase much like this one and you could walk to the other sides, exactly like this one. Just imagine this staircase area as that one. Tess went down the staircase cautiously, barely trusting her feet, afraid that she would trip again. But she did make it down the stairs fine, stopping for a moment to let a large breath out. She turned left and this revealed a more dimly lit little hallway. There was a sign on the wall that said "kitchen", just as Marsha had told her. Tess peeked in to the room next to the sign, the kitchen. And sure enough, Charlie and Jackson were sitting on stools at a counter talking to a guy who looked like a chef. They were laughing. Tess edged herself into the kitchen. The chef said something, which Charlie replied to quickly and earned her a laugh from Jackson. He turned his head and his eye caught hers.
"And so she makes it out!" Jackson exclaimed with a grin. The chef and Charlie both turned to look at her too.
"Yep," she replied awkwardly. Charlie patted the empty stool next to her with her hand.
"Come sit," she instructed her with a smile. But instead of sitting down, she pointed behind her at the door.
"I really should be going." Their faces fell.
"But... Why don't you stay for a bit? Robert is making crepes!" Tess looked between them.
"I wouldn't want to impose any-"
"You're not!" the three of them chirped.
"I guess it would be rude to leave so soon." Tess was smiling, as were the others.
"Yay! Come on. Come sit," Charlie invited her again to the seat next to her. This time, Tess took her up on her offer. She slid onto the stool next to the girl. Robert smiled at her warmly.
"What type of crepe would you like, m'dear?" he asked.
"What do you have?"
"There's cheese, plain, chocolate, Nutella-"
"Nutella!" Tess exclaimed immediately. He laughed.
"Nutella it is. Char, Jacky?"
"I'll have the same," Charlie answered.
"Me too," Jackson responded too.
"Okay, then."
"So, Tess, tell us about yourself," Jackson suggested after a moment. Tess froze.
"Like what?" She fought to keep a calm voice.
"Well you said you were on a road trip with your friends and now Jackson is being his nosy self," Charlie paused to poke him, "and he wants to know where your friends are." Charlie smirked at him.
"I wasn't going to outright saaaay that !" Jackson whined, punching her lightly in the arm.
"Yeah, but it's easier to say that," she argued.
"And ruder." Charlie opened her mouth to say retort something but Tess cut her off.
"No, it's fine. Yes I am on a road trip with my friends but I'm kind of mad at them so I came here without them." Tess bit her lip.
"Oh. Well if you need a place to stay, you're welcome here," Jackson offered. She shook her head.
"No, I'm probably going to go head back later today. Thank you, though." Robert set a plate in front of her with the crepe on it. Tess's face spread into a grin as he set the food in front of Charlie and Jackson.
"Here you go," Robert said smiling as he gave them knives and forks. And as Tess gladly took in all the feelings of having a home, she knew there was nothing else she could do but dig in. And she did.

 

Note: Sorry for so many notes. But oh meh gawd, over 600 people have read this or at least looked at it. That is a lotttttt of people, and honestly, I feel... so good right now. :) So thank you for that. I love comments and ideas and suggestions and all that jazz so... If you want to make me feel so super happy or you wanna talk about something or chat, leave a comment or email me or anything like that. I'm still game to add you as a character if you tell me, so do that if you want to be in the story.

Also, I need your opinion! I have two names for guys and two characters and I want to know which name for what character! So, since I don't want to reveal too much of the story, the two characters are just going to remain unknown, but known as #1 and #2. Does that make sense? The two names are Cole and Nick. So, if in the comments, you could vote Cole as #1 and Nick as #2, or Cole as #2 and Nick as #1, that would be fantastic. What's funny is that you don't really know what you're voting for, but that's okay...

Can I tell you a secret?

I have no idea really where I'm going with this story. I mean, I know how it will end, but I'm not really sure how I'm going to get there. Whatever, it's a spontaneous story!

I'm just surprised at myself that I've made it this far. 15 whole chapters!!! I'm giving myself some cool points for that. 

:)

Sorry for the long note.

Do you guys hate them? Or like them? I don't really know. But if you want to let me know through comments or even email, it could really help with the way I organize chapters and stuff.

And could you guys really give me some criticism? Or if you see a spelling error, could you let me know where so I can fix it? It would be much appreciated. Thank you.

I love you guys. 

And I mean that :)

-Cali 

P.S. I think I'm going to start signing my name at the bottom of a note. Cuz I'm cool like that. Lol :)

Has anybody ever had a Nutella crepe before?

Oh right. I said the note was over.

Sorry!

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