Chapter 4.14: Crystalline

Okay, before you read this, I want to apologize for it. I already had this chapter planned and all before I stopped writing so I felt like I had to follow through with it. I’m not very happy with this chapter but I feel like I need to get it out and over with to move on and get back into the story. There’s no pictures, and it’s also short – the first chapter less than 1000 words since early in Adelaide’s young adulthood. Chapters will more likely be shorter now anyway, but I’ll try to get the rest of them 1000 or more.

Also, I was going to do a Happy Pride thing for June’s month-aversary but I never ended up making one for June since I wasn’t on here much, so Happy Pride, everyone, even though it’s a little late. 😄 🌈

Anyway… here you go, I guess.

No way.

There’s no way.

Crystalline Academy? In Del Sol Valley?

That Crystalline Academy?

That place is amazing. It’s probably every actor or actress’s dream school to be able to go to. So many famous people have been made from there. I begged my moms to let me go there when I was fourteen and first learned of it, but they said there was no way they could drive me to Del Sol Valley every day for school. After that, I hadn’t really looked into it again – I didn’t even know they had a summer program.

“You’re serious?” I finally asked, staring at the man. I probably looked like some dumb star-struck fifteen year old girl, but I wasn’t thinking about that then. In fact, the only thing going through my mind was that I had actually just been asked to go to Crystalline’s summer program. As far as I knew, it was insanely elite.

“Why wouldn’t I be?”

There’s no way. This is… amazing.

I blinked, thinking of something to say. He simply smiled, giving me a small nod, before saying, “Well, consider it, alright?”

“I definitely will,” I replied finally.

The offer stayed clear in my memory even as the night went on. There were to be two showings tonight, which meant I still had another whole performance to do after the man from Crystalline Academy offered me the chance of a lifetime. Goddammit, my moms had better let me go. It’s literally the chance of a lifetime. That’s not an exaggeration, alright. Crystalline has an amazing reputation and many schools throughout all of Europe. They’re a big deal. Natalya Konečný – who is literally the biggest actress of our time, fight me – went to school at one of Crystalline’s academies. Of course, I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with my damn life yet, but I do know that I sure as hell want to go to Crystalline’s program this summer. I’ve got to get mom and mama to agree to let me go. I’ve just got to.

I half-registered our teacher announcing it was ten minutes until the second showing began, but my mind was still focused on Crystalline.

The second showing went by in a flash, even faster than the first one. It was different this time… because of Brent and I. We weren’t just acting those scenes out anymore. Maybe he never was. Damn. It’s still a bit crazy to think of and it’s not like we’ve totally said what we are to each other. Nothing’s official... and maybe it never will be. School’s almost out and if things work out, I’ll be in Del Sol for the summer. I’m not that into the idea of a long distance relationship for three months. Plus, I would want to experience Del Sol Valley for all it has to offer; really live while I’m there. I don’t want to be tied up in a relationship with someone hours away. But that’s a problem for then.

Everyone rushed back on stage for the end, and as I did a little curtsy, I saw Emi and Aya sitting in the back, talking quietly to each other. Amaya glanced at the stage for a second, giving me a little wave before turning back to Emily. I wonder what they were talking about, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough. As soon as we got backstage, I quickly made my way to the exit doors. I know our teacher always gives a little speech or whatever after the first night, but I really needed to know what my friends were talking about. I walked through the little space where the chairs were positioned near the wall, passing each aisle before reaching the one Amaya and Emily were at.

Aya noticed me first. “Oh, good, Vali. We need to talk.”

My eyes narrowed in confusion before realizing what she was talking about. They had just been talking to me about Jaden and now a bunch of stuff about Brett and I was probably all over social media.

“Look, I can explain,” I started. By now, Emi was also watching me, and Aya and her shared a glance. They looked extremely confused.

“What?” Emi asked. “What are you talking about?”

I stared at them. “Wait, what? This isn’t about Brett and I?”

“What? No…?” Emily replied slowly. “Wait, you and Brett? What?”

My eyes widened. “Um, not important. What were you guys talking about?”

Amaya looked at Emily. “I don’t know. Emily wanted to wait until you were here to say anything more.”

“Wait, about what? Emily, what’s happening?”

She bit her lip before getting out her phone, typing something down. The light of her display shone across her face, accentuating her eyes that were slowly getting more glassy. She looked up at Aya and I for a few seconds before turning her phone around.

There were only five words written on the screen.

My parents are getting divorced.

7 thoughts on “Chapter 4.14: Crystalline

  1. Oh wow, for a moment there I got worried that Vali’s moms were getting divorce. Thankfully not!
    I’m so sorry for Emily, and do wonder what’s going to happen next. Poor Brent is going to have his heart broken, clearly, because Vali possibly doesn’t love him half as much as he does her.

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    1. Yeah, I could never break up Addie and Dani ❤️ Yeah, we’ll have to see what happens next with Emily. And… Vali doesn’t like him as much as he likes her, seems to be a theme, perhaps…? She’s chill with not-so-serious relationships and doesn’t realize that some people might be interested in more than that…

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  2. This is a great chapter! Short is fine, though it didn’t feel short, and I like pictureless chapters.

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  3. I enjoyed this chapter! It’s short, but still just as good as your others. Sometimes short isn’t a bad thing. I didn’t comment on your last post, but I meant to say that you should do whatever you need to do. If you need to take a break or skip to a different part of Vali’s life or whatever it is to make writing easier, you should do it.

    About the actual contents of the chapter: dang, I hope Vali gets to go to that school’s summer program.

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    1. Ah, thank you! I am a bit more excited for what will happen in Vali’s life later, so I might consider skipping a bit, we’ll see! I wasn’t even considering that before, haha.


  4. Ooh, that’s so exciting!! I hope Vali gets to go to that camp. Wonder if she and Brett will date or if she doesn’t really want to bother? That’s horrible for Emily, but hopefully she and her parents end up happier.


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