Chapter 0:

One Shot

Grounded


Elly, a brunette girl in a tailored suit, works quietly at her desk while everyone is out for lunch. It was quiet until a blonde girl carrying a clipboard comes running her way.Bookmark here

"This is bad! This is bad!" Kath repeats herself while panting.Bookmark here

"Kath?" Elly turns to her.Bookmark here

Kath is still catching her breath. "This is so bad, Elly!"Bookmark here

"What happened?"Bookmark here

"What happened?! Your fiance, of course!" Kath exclaims. Elly's eyelids droop. "Elly, I assure you he's cheating on you!"Bookmark here

"Don't be silly."Bookmark here

"I'm not kidding!" Kath points in the direction of the lunchroom. "I overheard him talking to that new girl!"Bookmark here

"They're just talking," Elly speaks in a weak, fatigued voice as she turns back to her papers.Bookmark here

"I know the difference, Elly. I can tell you they're totally flirting."Bookmark here

"Kath... I need to finish this today..."Bookmark here

"Are you not worried at all?!"Bookmark here

"There's nothing to be worried about. He can talk to anyone."Bookmark here

Kath grabs a nearby chair to sit beside Elly. "You two are getting married in two months! He shouldn't be flirting around like that!" Her scream is soft enough that only Elly can hear it, but loud enough to express her frustration.Bookmark here

"He's not flirting..." Elly feigns disinterest.Bookmark here

"And what about the ring?"Bookmark here

"The ring?" The question catches Elly's attention.Bookmark here

"The ring! He isn't wearing it!"Bookmark here

Elly stares at Kath stupefied. "He... Really?"Bookmark here

"Yes!" Kath presses.Bookmark here

"He-," After a few seconds of deep thought, Elly looks down at the ground. Visibly defeated, but refuses to admit. "Well, he's not the type to wear jewelry. Maybe he just keeps it in his pocket."
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"No way! This is not normal, Elly."Bookmark here

"Kath, I-"Bookmark here

Kath stands up and pushes her chair aside. "Go talk to him. Right now! I'll come with you."Bookmark here

"I'll talk to him when I get home."Bookmark here

"No! You talk to him and that wench right now!"Bookmark here

"Can we just not-"Bookmark here

Kath grabs Elly's right hand and pulls it up to help her stand.Bookmark here

"Ow!" Elly flinches in pain as part of her sleeve slides up, revealing swollen bruises on her wrist. Kath sees a glimpse of it before Elly pulls her hand back and fixes her sleeve.Bookmark here

"That son of a-" Kath fumes and turns around about to dash away but Elly stops her by her clothes.Bookmark here

"Kath! Wait!"Bookmark here

"Don't stop me! This is unacceptable! What kind of a man-"Bookmark here

"Shhh!" Elly spins Kath around and grabs her by the shoulders. "Kath. Come here. Listen. You can't tell anyone."Bookmark here

"Are you out of your mind? I am going to tell everyone!"Bookmark here

"Stop! No!"Bookmark here

"Why are you protecting him?! After what he did to you?!"Bookmark here

"Kath-"Bookmark here

"This is not right! This is-"Bookmark here

"KATH!" Elly shakes Kath's shoulders. "Promise me you won't tell anyone."Bookmark here

"I am trying to help you!"Bookmark here

"If you're really trying to help me..." Elly holds back her tears. "If you're really trying to help me, you will promise me you won't tell anyone."Bookmark here

"Why are you so stubborn?!"Bookmark here

"Because I'm getting married in two months!" Elly raises her voice. "And I am getting married. To him. No matter what." Her eyes start to water but not a droplet makes it down her cheek. "I don't want any more fights. I don't want any more pointless discussions."Bookmark here

Elly's grab loosen and slowly slides down Kath's arms.Bookmark here

"This is none of your business. I am fine. I don't need your help. I don't want to lose him now. I've prepared so much for this."Bookmark here

Elly finally lets go of her.Bookmark here

"Please, Kath... Don't ruin it."Bookmark here

Grounded


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