Chapter 96: Clementine

…Did I make the right choice?

Like, I could’ve given Sly another chance…to explain. To apologize, maybe. If that was even a thing he did.

“I miss you,” I whispered.

But did I really miss him? Or just the idea of him and the boyfriend I really wanted? I still remembered meeting him as a dumb lonely kid… He was sooo not impressed with me.

But he was still nice to me. Spent time with me. I wanted to go back, find that Sly again. The one who made me feel like I mattered.

But there’d been times when I saw glimpses of that old Sly. They were brief, but…they were there.

He could be such an ass, but he was funny? Even with the dumb fruit names…

And sometimes it did seem like our interests actually overlapped, like he was into plants too…

Okay, so our first time wasn’t the best.

Or like, any of the times that followed. The cheerleader thing…was so weird and dumb and was totally not my thing. I was a former model, not actress.

I’d loved how solid he was, like he’d never disappear…

Had I just…totally imagined any tenderness? That he cared about me?

It hurt so much. Would it ever stop hurting?

He texted and texted, and I wanted to text back, but like…I knew I shouldn’t. Everything would just go back to the way it was, and I couldn’t deal.

But I still wore his shirt because it smelled like him. I still thought about him every day and was too afraid to go to my Flora Appreciation class, because what if he was there?

And I cried. A lot. For no reason.

And I slept a lot too.

In the end, I just felt numb. I needed to escape. I couldn’t handle seeing his face again.

…So I decided to drop out. But before that, I had to meet with the guy in charge of the whole place, Dr. Puck.

I mean, I’d seen him a lot in my Flora Appreciation class, but he still seemed…weirdly familiar? And also intimidating. And also kind of hot if you had daddy issues?

“What can I do for you, Clementine?” he asked.

“Okay, this is kind of awkward, but I need to like…drop out?”

He looked kind of sad, or maybe disappointed. Probably about the loss of tuition. “Is that truly what you need?”

“I need to get away. Just…far, far away. For as long as possible. And I mean, I like the classes here, but…I just need to go.”

“Were you aware of the Institute’s study abroad program?”

“…No? I mean, like, where would I even go?” But it did sound nice. Far away from Sly, from these memories and the pieces of my broken heart. And without giving up and making Grandma Penny and Grandpa Byron waste all that money for nothing.

“Where would you like to go, Clementine?”

So then we had a chat about my options. Turns out, I kind of had a lot of options? There were fae and magical people all over the world.

And I eventually found a beautiful, sunny place that sounded like just what I needed. Near the water. I loved the water, even back when I was selling flowers on the beach.

This was a totally different beach, though. It was just…totally different everything. I needed a change, and that’s exactly what I got.

Did I still think about Sly sometimes? …Yeah, okay, maybe.

But it was easy to forget about him here. To just…figure out who I was and what I needed.

And what I needed was to be on my own for now.

I was at peace.

28 thoughts on “Chapter 96: Clementine

  1. “how solid he was”
    it bc he thicc, gorl 😘

    even tho i love Sly, he needs to use his bRAIN
    being in a relationship with Clem was too cerebral for him
    maybe
    then again the both of them were literally the “yeah I’m cool, I do cool person things, real cool, totally cool, sooo cool. *INTERNAL SCREAMING 25/7*” kind of person so they sorta lied about how they felt and etc.
    Clem just wanted to not look ridiculous because she was still crushing on the guy, and Sly was just trying to protect himself thinking that she wanted fame
    They were bound to fail since none of them were honest ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Oh well
    Maybe he’ll wise up in time
    Then take her to pound town in a motel, who knows
    WHO KNOWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (you do bc ur writing it but)

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    1. LOL that’s 100% the kind of people they were omg. Yeah Sly was an asshole, but Clem wasn’t open about her needs either. Who knows if he would’ve taken her seriously…but she didn’t really try

      I do know because I FINISHED WRITING THIS aaaaaaa what do I do now help

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  2. Good girl, Clem! I hope she’s able to focus on herself now and find the strength she needs to work through some of her past issues and be happy! Maybe Fox can reach out again (and maybe this time she’ll listen?)

    And maybe Sly can learn how to focus on himself too. I wonder if some time away from it all could do him some good too.

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    1. Hard for Fox to reach out when she’s so far away…then again, he’s fae, so maybe not. As for her listening…could it be a Rhys-Gal style reconciliation?

      Some time to reflect will definitely do Sly some good though!

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      1. Hey, if the dude can fly to a castle in the clouds, he can fly to another country 😛 And Rhys-Gal level would still be something! So let’s hope…

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  3. I’m sad and I understand. She needed the space. Maybe if their paths cross again, he’ll be crawling back to her on his knees and beg her to give him another chance. That place she went to is amazing! Wow. You find such gorgeous builds!

    Was this her last chapter? We’ll get one more Sly chapter? I hope he’s at least trying to improve himself. Those pics of him when she was younger – he looked so cute and so sweet.

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    1. Thank you!! I’d downloaded that build off the gallery ages ago and wanted a reason to use it…and then this was the perfect chance. ❤

      It's not Clem's last chapter, no! She still gets one more, don't worry. As for a Sly chapter…hmm. 😉

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  4. Omg! Sniff! 😭😭😭😭

    Clementine, you’re growing up! I think it’s good to get away. Of course Sly loved you and CARED! But the big ape didn’t know how to show it. But how could you possibly know that? In my heart of hearts and big unicorn wishes, I hope one day the two of you DO get together. After both of you have failed relationships and you know what’s really important. But hey, if not, you’re better people because of this early miss. Right? Nothing wrong with that.

    Wow. Where is she right now? Looks like the Middle East. Hmmm…

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    1. Awwwwwww, you’re still on that ship! Even if it ends up on the bottom of the ocean. 😉 And it’s true, no matter what happens, they’ve both learned a lot from this experience, even if they have regrets too.

      And it’s Greece, actually!

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  5. I thought it might be Greece too. I’d written that originally but it had such a Middle East vibe as well. Beautiful!

    Yup. Most of my ships end up at the bottom of the ocean but I’ll drown with them. 😉 (At least you made my dreams come true with sexxy Rexxy and Velvet!!! BELLE and VAL! 😍)

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    1. ❤ ❤ Hey, I don't think I've disappointed you with my ships too often! 🤔 You even got Binny when most people were against it! LOL. And I knew you would've killed me if Byron didn't end up with Penny…

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  6. I really hope Sly realizes what he’s really lost, and does what he needs to do to get her back. For example, realizing she was never using him to get to his mother. She may have been using him (in a way) to combat her loneliness, but I believe they both really cared for each other. They just need to learn to be honest. No relationship really works if there’s no trust, and to have trust, honesty is vital…as is forgiveness.

    By the way, I can hardly wait to see what you do with the new pack and your story (assuming you buy it, of course).

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    1. He realized pretty quick that she wasn’t like the other girls he’d dated–but is it too late? And they absolutely both cared for each other…and were both terrible at showing it. A little honesty would go a long way.

      And I already bought the new pack! I’m so excited–I was going to have a big break between gens 3 and 4, but the pack really inspired me… Can’t wait to find out what Realm of Magic is too!

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  7. It might be practical if your school’s headmaster is also a therapist but also very embarrassing, tbh when your headmaster and professor sees right through you 😂
    For Clem, it was an advantage though. A year abroad is wayyy more reasonable than dropping out. And that wonderful place! Looks a bit like holiday pics from Greece?

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