Complicated

Cataline Mercier Wintour had spent her whole life training to be an Olympic athlete, but when a tragic accident lands her and her party-oriented sister, Carson, across the country back in their old childhood home in Cape May, New Jersey. Cat can't help but give up on her dreams, but when she unexpectedly runs into striking, young, Frenchman Archer Corbett Henri Demonte and his group of strange friends her entire world is flipped upside down. Old secrets from the past start to unravel and when Cat becomes entrusted with the secrets of Archer and his friends things start to become a little complicated...

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16. Chapter 16

 

Chapter 16

 

    “I thought I told you to stay away from me.” I growled. I wasn’t sad anymore, all I wanted to do now was get over Archer and he still had to make that more complicated than it already was. All I could see when I looked at him was Grace’s mouth on his and her hands under his shirt. I wasn’t sad anymore, I was furious. Thunder erupted in the darkened sky above us as I clenched my fists.

    “I know and I’m not here to defend myself or talk about what happened,” my heart broke, no matter how angry I was, part of wished he would explain, “I’m here to ask you to go through with the spell.”

    I couldn’t lie, I had thought about going through with it just to see if it would change things between us, but it would just be too hard. I would have to see him all the time and it wasn’t just that, I would have to see him with Grace and that would destroy me. I didn’t care if I was accepted by every immortal in the city, it would feel like I was dying every time I saw them together.

    “I can’t,” I said shortly, “and you need to leave.” Archer nodded solemnly and turned away, pausing for only a moment.

    “Read the letter.” He said softly before walking through Cape May. I felt a drop of water on my hand as I looked up at the sky. It was beginning to rain.


 

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    “You still haven’t read the letter?!” Luc asked shocked.

    “No and frankly, I don’t want to. I don’t want to hear about what happened. I don’t want to know why it happened.” I said, staring down at the letter.

    “You don’t want him to say that it happened because he didn’t love you.” Luc said, reading my mind. I nodded, agreeing with him. I took a sip of  my coffee and exhaled deeply.

    “It happened. I just want to move on.” I sighed, placing my mug down on the table.

    “This may be a bit bold of me to say, Kitty-Cat,” my eyes met Luc’s, wondering what he was about to say, “but would you want to move on with me?” I almost spit out my coffee, instead I choked on it. Did Luc just ask me out?

    “You know what I am, so no secrets. And I know you just got out of your relationship with Archer, so this,” He said gesturing between us, “can be whatever you want it to be. I like you, Cat. I can’t deny it. So, ball’s in your court.” I stared at him for a moment, words no longer coming out of my mouth and if he haven’t grabbed my hand in that moment I probably would have passed out from lack of oxygen.

    “I don’t expect an answer right now, I know this was really sudden…”

    “Yes.” I said cutting him off.

    “Y..yes?” He sputtered. I squeezed his hand and smiled softly.

    “I like you too, Luc. And I can’t promise that I’m going to get one-hundred percent over Archer, but if you’re willing. I’d like to try and give this a shot.” Luc broke into a huge grin as he wrapped his arms around me. I wasn’t lying, I did like Luc. He was absolutely attractive and we were already really close, and he was right I did already know all of his secrets, but at the same time he wasn’t Archer; he would never be Archer, no one ever would.

    “Thank you,” He smiled at me, kissing my forehead, “I hate to cut this short Kitty-Cat, but I have to get going.” He said looking down at his phone. I nodded, rubbing my shoulder as he walked out, the pain flaring up again.


 

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    “Wait a minute, I thought you just got out of a relationship with Archer?” My sister asked, raising her eyebrow.

    “I did, but Luc asked me out, so I said yes. I want to move on from Archer.” Luc and I had been going out for about a month now and I was having fun, it wasn’t as serious as it was with Archer and I don’t think it would ever be that serious with Luc.

    “Ooh. My sister on the rebound! I never thought I’d see the day!” Carson squealed, hopping onto my bed. I sighed shaking my head at my sister, as much as I hated to admit she was right I was on the rebound, I was desperate to get over Archere. My sister on the other hand was too overly invested in my romantic life than her own. She and Daveed had been dating since before Archer and I had even met and yet in the past three months, she had mentioned Archer’s name more than Daveed’s. I heard my phone ring and my heart stopped as Archer’s name flashed across my screen with a picture of us that I had forgotten to change. I hadn’t talked to him since he told me to complete the transition the day I caught him with Grace. I inhaled deeply as I answered the phone.

    “Hello?” I asked quietly, shooing my sister out of the room.

    “Luc? Are you kidding me, Cat? He’s my best friend!” Archer growled through the phone.

    “First off, he asked me out, not the other way around and second, if you’re going to get so pissed that I’m with someone else you shouldn’t have been kissing Grace.” I snapped. The line was quiet for a moment and then he spoke.

    “You didn’t read the letter.” He sighed.

    “How did you…?”

    “Because if you had you would’ve known what really happened.”

    “Archer I…”

    “Please. Just read the letter, Cat.” He said deadpan and then the line went dead. I threw my phone down as I pulled the letter out of my drawer, my fingers running over the letter once again. I sliced open the envelope and pulled out the letter, my eyes scanning over Archer’s handwriting.

    

    Cat, if you’re reading this it means, hopefully, you’re willing to give me a chance to explain. What you saw between Grace and I wasn’t what it looked like. I know that’s hard to believe, but you have to trust me. By now you know because of what Grace is that she imprints. The only way for her to get rid of an imprint on someone is to have a physical “relationship” with someone. That’s what you saw. She wants to be in a relationship with Matthew, I was trying to help her because I knew you had a problem with her. The reason she continued to kiss me after you walked in is because ,as you, and now I, know is Grace is a manipulative bitch, pun intended.

    That part made me chuckle a little bit as I continued to read…

 

    I’m sorry for how this all happened, I really was going to tell you about it, which probably would’ve been better than this. I really care about you Cat and I really hope we can work this out, please give me a call.

~Archer

 

    I re-read those words over and over again as tears welled in my eyes. I wanted to be with Archer so much that it hurt, but I couldn’t. I was with Luc now, it wasn’t fair to him. He deserved a shot. I heard a knock on my door and ran down the stairs to answer. I opened the door and to no surprise of my own, Archer was there standing in the doorway.

    “Archer, I read your letter and…”

    “Just shut up.” He said softly as he pressed his lips against mine, sending fireworks through my body.

 
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