True Success

Riley Anderson is training for the Winter Olympics. She needs a break but doesn't find one until she bumps into Andy Davis, an ice resurfacer and a World Vision volunteer, who's trying to make in San Francisco.
The more their jobs collide together, so do their lives. But as their relationship grows, will it stay as their jobs get busier by the minute? Find out what will happen to these two Pixar kids.

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10. Chapter Ten

Riley had been playing ice hockey for every game of the Olympic season. There had been only two games when she wasn’t allowed to play; only because the manager ordered her to rest and save her energy for the future games. The USA had reached number one on the Olympics ice hockey league. Just ten more games left and, if the league doesn’t change, they will have gold for the ice hockey this Olympics season.

            Riley parents and Andy had been coming to every game they could. If they couldn’t, they would either ring or text Riley to let her know if they were coming or not. That helped her relax more on the ice and helped her focus on the game. And when the game was over, either Andy or her parents or all of them together would come and tell her how well she was doing.

            Today had been a good day. Thanks to Riley’s scoring the most points than her fellow players, America had just beaten the Swedish team. She was feeling good about herself for the first time in ages. She felt that all her hard work and dedication to ice hockey had really paid off. She couldn’t wait to meet Andy after she had finished. She assumed that he came to watch her because he didn’t send her a text or a call saying otherwise. But when she went out of the changing room, she couldn’t find him waiting or anyone else, for that matter.

            Riley knew her parents couldn’t come to watch her at the stadium today because they had work to do that couldn’t wait. Because Andy wasn’t there, she started to get worried.

 

 

Her emotions feared the worst.

            “So what if Andy isn’t here?” Joy said. “We’re achieving Riley’s lifelong dream, aren’t we?”

            The other emotions pondered this.

            “What if it’s all over?” Sadness moaned. “What will become of Riley, then?”

            “Check it out!” Disgust cried.

            They all looked ahead on the screen to see Andy approaching Riley.

            “I’m gonna give him what for!” Anger snapped. “Standing her up like this.”
            But before he could slam his fists on the console, Joy stopped him. “Let’s just let Andy explain himself first. Then I’ll let you know when you can touch the console.”

            Anger grunted as he resisted.

 

 

Andy gulped as he approached Riley. He expected her to throw an unhappy look at him, though he hoped she would listen. “Hey, Riley.”

            “Hello, stranger,” she said in a tone he expected.

            He sighed. “I’m not going to lie to you. I really wanted to come and watch you but I couldn’t. I got held up at the orphanage this morning. Just as I was on my way to come to see you, I was called by the staff and they offered me a job. It’s a well-paid job and I’m going to help the orphans more often.

            “As I was given a contract and being shown my duties for this new job, I have been trying to text you that I couldn’t make it. So I apologize if I got your hopes up.”

            Riley didn’t know what to say. She was glad that he was being completely honest and wasn’t trying to talk his way out of it, but she couldn’t let that happen again because it couldn’t but help make her feel that she was being taken advantage of. She told him all that and he promised not to do it again. As they walked back to her hotel, she asked him what he was going to do about the ice rink cleaning job. He was going to quit that job now he had a full-time job but was asked to help appoint his successor.

 

 

There were only three games left for Riley to play. Four, to be whole. She was ordered by the manager to rest for the last three games. She wasn’t fuming because she was ordered to rest; she was fuming because Andy had been sending her texts that he couldn’t attend a single game since the last game. She was grateful that he kept on warning her in advance but she was so disappointed that he couldn’t attend at all. It felt like she didn’t matter to Andy anymore. Though she was lucky she had been playing well for the Winter Olympic season and was making America proud, she felt she wasn’t being happy, let alone successful, with herself. She was wondering why she was feeling like this.

 

 

Sadness had been touching the console for ages. She had been touching it the most since Andy apologized six games ago. All the other emotions had their share of touching the console, except Joy. She was reaching the end of her own rope herself.

            Sadness saying now would be a good time for Riley to get sad, Anger saying she needed to be angry right now, Fear saying that she should be cautious and Disgust saying she should be disgusted that Andy is not coming to see her anymore.  Joy felt like she was losing control.

            “Oh, hey, look who’s here,” Disgust muttered, as she slammed her fist down on the console.

 

 

Riley looked up to see Andy approaching in the reception. She didn’t know how she was feeling about seeing him, but she knew that gladness was not one of them.

            “Hi, babe,” he greeted as elegant as he could. “Your parents said this was your last day off before your last three games. So I thought I’d check up on you.”

            “Fine.” Riley turned her head away from him.

            Andy knew she wouldn’t be too excited to see him, due to him not attending her games. “I know I’m the last person you want to see right now and I didn’t come all this way to make excuses but I have been very busy of late. A lot of kids getting adopted and me arranging events and – ”

            “Very interesting,” Riley muttered.

            Andy sighed. “Riley, I took this day off to come and spend time with you. I know you’re tired and exhausted, but can’t you give me one more chance to – ”

            “I’m sorry, Andy,” Riley said. “I really am. I know you’re trying to balance your life with your job and coming to see my games, but I can’t live like this! Either you are in my life or you are not! You can’t keep doing this to me! It’s distracting my game and my life!”

            Andy knew Riley was under a lot of pressure, but she was going too far and he couldn’t keep his front up any longer. “Well, how about I don’t turn up to your games? Will that make life any easier for you?”

            “Yes! It would!”

            That struck Andy’s heart like a lightning bolt. He had never been so insulted in his life. That was the last thing he needed after what he has been going on in his frustrating life.

 

 

It struck Andy’s emotions as well.

            “What are we going to do?” Andy’s Fear asked.

            “Well, she went too far,” Andy’s Joy said. “So I ain’t getting involved.”
            “I say we don’t let her get away with it,” Andy’s Anger snapped. He was about to hit the console, but was surprised when the Sadness stopped him.

            “If we do this,” he said, “it might make matters only worse. Let’s just walk away from the heated situation to let it cool down.” He touched the console.

 

 

Feeling very hurt and angry at what his girlfriend said to him, Andy decided to leave her. He was too hurt to even say goodbye to her.

            Riley just stood there, not knowing what to say. She was starting to regret what she said to her boyfriend, but, on the other hand, if she didn’t say anything, nothing would have changed. Though she started to think that if change was going to happen, it wouldn’t have been the change she hoped it would go. She didn’t know what was going on her life at the moment and she didn’t know how to handle it.

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