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Decker Delaney

"I will learn to love you all, I hope you will learn to love me."

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a character in “Captive in a Chemical Garden”, originally authored by MaliceInWonderland, as played by RolePlayGateway

Description

Decker Delaney
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Name: Decker Delaney
Age: 22
FaceClaim:Alex Pettyfer
Likes:
[*]Fencing
[*]His Wives
[*] The Garden

Dislikes
[*]The age of his youngest bride
[*] Governor 2
[*] The state of the world

Fears
[*]The Sickness
[*]His Next Birthday

Appearance:
Decker is a handsome young man with sandy blonde hair and blue-green eyes. He dresses comfortably in dress shirts and jeans when he is home. His usually styles his hair in a stylishly messy look. He has a dimple in his left cheek when he smiles.

Personality

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Personality: Decker is a kind, gentle, fun loving young man. He loves to make others happy. He is unaware that his brides are kidnapped and so he will strive to keep them happy. Under the impression that they choose to be there. Though he is sweet, kind and gentle, He will defend himself and his brides at the drop of a dime. He is not afraid nor above fighting and will do so should push come to shove.

Equipment

Decker is a skilled fencer and has surpassed his masters

History

History: WIP

Occupation: Governor

So begins...

Decker Delaney's Story

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Decker stood at the window of his study. He was dressed in a lovely white tuxedo with a pale pink dress shirt underneath. He watched his brides standing in a row with his hands behind his back. His Domestic, Daniels dusted his shoulders. "Is it strange that I am nervous, Daniels?" Decker asked. He trusted Daniels, he was like a father to him. His father had been a power hungry drunk who'd beat his wives. Decker sword he'd never be like that. "It is your Wedding Day, Sir." Daniels replied. His voice shaky from old age. "I suppose. I just wonder if they'll like me? I fear that they may think me a tryant like my father" He said turning to Daniels. His blue-green eyes filled with worry. "They will learn to love you and you will learn to love them." Daniels said knocking a few sandy blonde locks from Decker's face. "They will never think you're anything like your father." He assured him, handing him a small bouquet of roses. One for each of his wives. Decker smiled and a dimple appeared on his left cheek. "You look handsome, Sir." He said with a shaky smile and opened the door for him. Decker straighten his back and held up his head. He was glad today was a cool day. He would be sweating buckets right now if it weren't. He waited at a the head of the table, smoothing his thumb over one of the rose petals. He saw one and smiled up at her. She was beautiful, he felt she may be even more so without that ghastly make up they put on her. He was bare it for now. What concerned him where her eyes. For where he stood they looked sad. He hoped not. If it were true, he'd do everything in his power to make them happy.

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Raven glanced up from her hand for a moment just long enough for her eyes to land on her new husband - and he was looking straight back at her. A surge of panic shot straight up her back and she could feel her cheeks becoming hotter and, she imagined, much redder. Her lips curved up into a small, shy smile and she nodded her head towards him slightly - as apposed to an all-out curtsy, which she somehow felt was appropriate.
She felt she should despise him - having men grab her from the street, shove her into the back of a pitch-black van with a group of other terrified girls, having to undergo his inspection, allowing all of those other girls to be rounded up and shot just because they didn't quite reach his standard...But honestly, looking at this man, really looking at him for the first time, she couldn't imagine him being responsible for all of this...With his angelic good looks, his blonde curls that fell around that handsome face, those kind eyes and that dimple in his cheek when he smiled...But then again, looks could be deceiving. She felt a sudden flutter low down in her stomach. Though, whether that was the effects of attraction or nausea, she wasn't sure.

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Arielle stood in the centre of the commotion in the garden of her new home, holding onto a glass of champagne and taking a sip now and then as she answered the questions of the excited guests that approached her with a sweet, charming smile, nodding along with their attempts at conversation and feigning humility when they complimented her. She knew she was the most gorgeous thing in this place, she just liked to hear it repeated. She occasionally lifted her eyes to scan the crowd for her husband, then returned to whatever conversation she was having. She sometimes lifted her hand to her face to half-cover a demure smile. Anyone talking to her would take this as a sign of modesty or refreshing shyness, but in reality she was flaunting her wedding ring: allowing everyone to see that she was now Arielle Strenson, the Governor's wife. Living in the lap of luxury.
She was dressed in a red dress which stopped mid-thigh and hugged her curvaceous figure tightly. It had a corset top, covered in floral-patterned black lace, which accentuated her chest and pulled in her already tiny waist. Her makeup - done to match - was a thick line of black eyeliner on each of her top lids which came out at a flick and deep red lipstick, the same red as her dress and hair - which, after being tightly curled and styled for the wedding, was now set to flow free and wild - just the way she preferred it. She looked like a gorgeous nightmare. The she-devil personified. She already loved her Domestic for giving her this look.

The setting changes from Distant future America to Decker's Mansion

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Shelby Peters


Shelby was escorted to the reception area, but the ladies made it look like they were just asking her about her new life in Mr. Delaney's mansion. Shelby's mind burned with furious thoughts she wanted to scream out in frustration. Once they got to the reception hall the ladies seemed to disappear but she knew she was being watched, she could feel it. A couple approached her almost immediately and started rambling on about how lucky she was and how beautiful she looked. Then finally they asked her a question "Are you excited to be married off to such a wonderful man?" The couple had a cheesy smile plastered on their face and Shelby wanted to scream "NO I'M NOT EXCITED TO BE MARRIED TO A PERVERT, AND I'M EVEN LESS EXCITED THAT HE HAS MY SISTER AS COMPENSATION IN THIS TWIST OF EVENTS." but she put on the best smile she could muster, which isn't saying much, and nodded. "Yeah, I mean of course" the couple looked at her oddly and after a few moments of awkward silence, they left.

Again, Shelby was met by another woman. Then another man, a child, another couple, an older gentlemen, and so on. They all seemed to be so excited for her, but they looked at her like they pitied her. Like Decker Delaney did her a favor by pulling her off the streets and giving her the 'life of luxury'. She looked around until she found Decker. He was talking to two of his other brides and Shelby rolled her eyes. 'Trying to win his favor.' she thought. 'Well i'm sure as hell not going to show him any favor'

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Raven took the rose between her fingers as she set her glass down on the edge of one of the many buffet tables.
"Thank you..." she said, keeping up the shy smile on her face, her voice barely above a soft whisper. Then, as an afterthought she added "Governor Decker..." She felt that, as her husband, she shouldn't address him by such a formal title, but he was still a stranger to her. This was the first time they'd spoken - apart from when he read out his vows and she nodded silently along - and any term of endearment she would have hoped to call a true, consensual husband would just feel wrong in this situation...
Her heavily made-up eyes widened ever so slightly as soon as he bent his head to kiss her hand, and as soon as his lips came into contact with her skin, she felt another rush of flutters in the pit of her stomach as well as the sudden pounding in her chest and the fire she felt in her cheeks.
She glanced at her sister wife when she approached and felt her smile fade and her heart sink. She was too young for this...Thinking about what she was actually doing here as a wife forced some of that earlier resentment for Decker to return, even though she was almost sure he had no real part in this...

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Raven watched Decker walk away with a frown still playing at her lips, and - what was that she felt deep in her chest, disappointment? And even a little tinge of jealousy when she saw him speaking to his third wife...Just a second ago, she was cursing him for taking such a young bride. Not even an hour in this man's company and she was already having conflicting feelings about him. She guessed that jealousy made a little sense, though...She wanted a husband who loved her. Exclusively. And in the very short time she was alone with Decker just then, he had treated her how she would expect a husband to treat his wife...
With a soft sight, she looked away from the two, shoving the thoughts of Decker from her mind, and took her seat at the table. She held Decker's rose out in front of her, looking down at its deep, too-vibrant petals. It seemed fake in comparison to the raw beauty of the roses growing all around her in this garden...Fake like this marriage she was in now, in comparison to the free non-forced love she once had the possibility of experiencing...
That's it. Whenever she feels any kind of affection or jealousy directed towards Decker or any of her sister wives, she would think of this rose, and the possibilities Decker Delaney robbed her of.

The setting changes from Decker's Mansion to Distant future America

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Shelby saw that Decker parted from the two women and started walking in her direction. 'SHIT!' she thought 'What do I say?' she wasn't really nervous about talking to Decker but she didn't want to say the wrong thing and endanger her sister, but when he opened his mouth she knew it wasn't going to be a problem. He handed her a rose and she took it without saying a word. He continued on to say the he didn't want to force her into doing anything and to tell him if she felt pressured. Again a voice screamed in her head to tell him that she not only felt pressured, but that she had no choice but to feel pressured. 'He HAS to know that we didn't just come here willingly right?' she thought. It seemed like forever before she finally said "Uh...yeah. Thanks" the response was definitely half hearted and she knew he'd be able to tell but it was all she could muster. She couldn't force herself to fake her feelings, not fully anyway.

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Shelby sat silently as Decker tried to rephrase his words, thinking that what he SAID offended her. It wasn't what he said. It was the entire situation. She was about to respond to him, when he told her to meet him at the table when she was ready. After he left, Shelby sat in silence for a few moments. Finally, she rose and walked into the gardens. She didn't care about ruining her makeup or tearing the dress, so she sat down near a rose bush and started humming her sister's favorite lullaby and gently examined the blossoming rose buds.

A few minutes later she heard two men talking a few feet away from her, but she could not see their faces. The rose bushes grew quite high and she was at a disadvantage sitting on the ground.
"Is it done?" a gruff voice asked. "Yeah. It's all taken care of. Not a single dime was spent on the brat." another voice answered. "Everything go smoothly? I don't want anyone poking their nose around." the gruff voice responded "Yeah. The old man put up a bit of a fight, but the sick girl was easy to take care of. Far too young to know what was going on in the first place. Shame. She would've made a nice bride if she wasn't sick."
Shelby's eyes widened. Were they talking about her father and sister? What did they mean by taken care of?
"Good. The girl doesn't know correct? We don't need anymore drama from her. She's acting civil because Edith told her that we'd kill her sister if she didn't." both men chuckled sadistically. "No. She doesn't know and I plan on keeping it that way."

Before she knew what she was doing, Shelby barreled through the rose bushes, earning herself multiple scrapes and a torn dress. Her fist met the face of one of the men, but she was stunned for a moment by the look of the other man. He was covered in spatters of blood. She realized why he looked the way he did, and Just as she was about to strike again one of the men grabbed her around the waist and twisted her arms behind her back. Shelby heard a sickening 'pop' and searing pain shot through her shoulder, but she refused to give them the satisfaction of crying out. "Bitch" the blood spattered man mumbled under his breath. The other man was about to strike again but he was stopped. "A dislocated shoulder can be explained away, but if she goes back to the party bruised and broken you'll have to be the one to explain that to the governor."

As the men were discussing what to do with her, she wriggled free of their grasp and ran. She didn't stop or look back she just ran. The garden seemed to stretch on forever and she didn't stop again until she couldn't hear them behind her anymore. When she turned around she almost fell over a girl sitting on the ground. She was holding a photo to her chest. Shelby was about to yell when she recognized the woman as one of her sister wives. She also noticed Decker coming, and froze.

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"Isabella. You don't have to stay here. I apologize for—for everything. I was a fool and far too optimistic to think you all chose me. Please, If that is not enough, Strike me. Take all of your anger out on me. I deserve it." He said.

Ah-ha, not a prank! And it did very little to comfort her. Still, what's the deal with this entire set-up? All these girls appeared strangely calm, somehow were ok with marrying a dude they didn't even know. And he hadn't realized it all until she said something? Shocker.

So, she was actually free to go? Really?

Somehow, with all the effort put into all this, she highly doubted she'd be able to simply drop everything and walk out. Not with how specific the guys in the shadows had pulled the stunt. Isabella felt like the only sane person. Cause the other girls shared a mutual standing. They all wanted in with the prince. Or Governor. Whatever. Straightening she turned from the fountain and took one final sweep of the area. Everything was so decked out, over the top. Nearly picturesque, again reminding her of some old romance movie. Now this was a set up for some fantasy fairy tale. A dream for delusional girls who wanted the royal princess life. She just wasn't up for it.

Then she spotted the bruised up Shelby. What the hell happened to her? Where there other princes around? Or had there been a fight among the other girls? The chill of fear inched its way up her spine but she swallowed down the beginnings of an anxiety attack. It was too late and too soon to panic. She had to keep her cool. That was the only way she could get out of this if that was even an option anymore.

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Shelby nodded slowly to Isabella so that nobody knew she was answering a question. She turned her attention back to Decker, and was enraged by the guards who had come into the clearing as well "TRYING TO ESCAPE?! I WAS TRYING TO FIND PEACE AND QUIET AND I STUMBLED UPON YOUR LITTLE CONVERSATION! I was forced to be quiet before, but now that you've taken away all that I love forever...I WILL NOT be silent. NOTHING you can say or do will ever keep me from voicing my opinion or tearing you to pieces." and she was quite serious. Everything she loved in the world was gone and she no longer cared what they said they'd do to her if she didn't behave herself. She lunged at the guard again and landed another blow to his right temple. Out of self-defense the man grabbed her swollen shoulder and she winced in pain. The guards look appalled that she pointed out their lie. "Which one of them, dislocated your shoulder?" she heard Decker say. "I'd say that's pretty obvious now, don't you think? The one covered in my family's blood would probably be your best bet now would't it?" she didn't care that he made the guards bow to her. She knew it was an act of kindness and pride but she refused to accept it.

She was in no mood for games. "I find it hard to believe, MR. DELANEY" she spat "That you had NO idea where we came from. I find it hard to believe that you didn't know that instead of paying off my father like they said they were going to, for my 7 year old sister's MEDICAL bills mind you, they killed them both and kept the money for themselves." the rage within her was stewing and she was nowhere near finished. "You sit here on top of mount pride and expect that everything around you is happening peacefully. GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE CLOUDS." she approached him slowly and jabbed her finger at his chest. "You should have ESPECIALLY known when Lacey came down the aisle today. She's FAR too young to be marrying ANYONE, and you accepted her as a bride anyway?! Do you realize how SICK that makes you?" The guards behind her were growling in anger as well, but they were mad that Shelby had the audacity to speak to Decker Delaney like that. Shelby whirled around and pointed her finger at them "YOU don't get to be mad at me for this. I should KILL you for taking all that I love, but that would make me no better than you, and I associate you with pond scum." The guard lunged at her again but Shelby was thinking this time. She buried her knee into his stomach and hit his back with her elbow sending him crashing to the ground. She grew up having to defend herself from her father, so she wasn't going down without a fight.

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Out of all of them perhaps Shelby had it worse. She was beyond freaked. It made the tension spike up a notch and it was nearly impossible to keep her cool, yet she managed. Keep calm, deep breaths. Whatever happened there must be an explanation right? All this, was pulled by someone. They just had to find the culprit and arrest them. Logical enough, but then why did she feel like it was all silly thinking? Little by little her hope flickered out. Keep calm she told herself. Shelby was losing it with the guards, someone should stop her.

Then she looked to Decker, crap he's bleeding! "Hey, are you okay?" She stood there watching, her brain everywhere at once until she shook the nerve and reached for his arm, "Alright, just tilt your head and pinch the bridge of your nose." Spotting the little triangle hanky thing on his shoulder she plucked it out and held it to his nose, "Here use this, hold it there."

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Shelby paused for a moment when Decker started responding. As he spoke her face twisted with grief, anger, and denial. "I have no reason to trust you. None what so ever, and I don't think you understand. They KILLED everyone I could go back to. They killed everyone I love so even if you set me free, I'd be alone in the world. YOUR men killed my everything." she said, with a slightly more calm demeanor. "It's too late for apologies now and it's too late to set us all free. The state sees us as married and with the world the way it is...they're not just gonna let you set us free. We were sent here to reproduce, and i'm sure there are ways to make sure that happens." the thought made her shudder, but she knew it was true. Now that the government saw them as married they wouldn't be able to go, not at least until they've all had at least one child.

Shelby was suddenly aware that Decker's nose was bleeding and she raised an eyebrow. 'I didn't hit him did I?' she thought. She didn't remember hitting him, but she couldn't understand why his nose was suddenly bloody. She tore off a piece of her dress and handed it to him "Your nose is bleeding" she said a little more gently. As much as she wanted to be mad at him, part of her believed him when he said he didn't know. "Whether we like it or not or whether you like it or not we're stuck here. We're stuck here until we give the world a newborn child.

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Shelby listened intently to what he was going to say next, but after he took the cloth he started to get shaky. His voice and demeanor suggested illness. Shelby raised an eyebrow and almost felt bad for the guy. Though when he said he wouldn't touch either of them she didn't believe him. It wasn't the nature of the world and she didn't expect him to be any different. It was a backwards society and they were all going to have to deal with it. That's when he blacked out. Shelby's immediate instinct was to help him. Her sister had blacked out multiple times before so she felt her maternal instinct kick in. "Decker? Decker can you hear me?" she asked, kneeling next to him. She checked his pulse and then wiped his face with the cloth she handed him moments before. Blood was still coming out of his nose. She pulled his head up onto her lap and kept wiping his face. "Decker? If you can hear me, open your eyes. You blacked out." she said calmly. 'I can't believe i'm helping the man who ruined my life, my family, and my future.' she thought, rolling her eyes. 'He's someone that needs help, regardless of what he's done or hasn't done.' she thought. "Decker?" she called one last time.

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Shelby heard him try and speak and she responded "Yeah, come on Decker. Just a few more words, tell me that you're okay" but his body suddenly went limp in her hands. She took his pulse again. It was still there but it was weak. She was about to turn and call for someone when she saw an older gentlemen running toward them. 'I see i'm not the only one they keep tabs on' she thought. The guards from before trudged along with Daniels with vicious smirks on their faces. 'Oh please' Shelby thought rolling her eyes. "Someone get the to the women's floor" she heard the man say.

Shelby backed away from the guards slowly. She wasn't going to make it easy for them, but the guards were prepared this time. With needle in hand they grabbed her swollen shoulder until she crumpled to the ground and then they pinned her down and injected her with a sedative. Once Shelby was out the guard flung her over his shoulder lazily and carried her up to her floor. He threw her on her bed and then stared at her for a moment. He ran his fingers across her stomach softly and smirked. The thoughts running through his head were obvious on his face. Shelby was half conscious but she knew what was going on and screamed as loud as she could and kicked him in the face as hard as she could before he could truly touch her inappropriately.

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Shelby was half conscious throughout the whole ordeal, and only heard bits and pieces of what was being said.
The punching sounded so much louder and Shelby wondered who was trying to defend her. She assumed Decker was still passed out. "Be glad.....fists are bleeding.....explain this?" the voices around her came in and out as she came into consciousness. Then she started hearing things clearly "You'll figure something out. You're good with lies....No guards on the women's floor."

Pain shot through Shelby's shoulder, as she hadn't had a moment to pop her shoulder back into place. She groaned and clutched her shoulder. She rolled slightly on the bed and gasped at the sight of Decker. His clothes looked tattered, he had blood streaked in his hair, and blood down his clothes. Was all that blood his? She inspected him a little more closely to see that he had something lodged in his knuckle. Then something occurred to her. "Did you finally decide that your guards are totally useless?" she asked coldly, noticing the guard that brought her to her room was gone. She knew Decker was hurt; part of her didn't care and part of her (the part that used to take care of her sister) wanted to fix his wounds.

Her breathing was shallow as she spoke but the drugs had almost completely worn off. Decker seemed to be lost in thought and her facial expression softened. A man who was lying wouldn't look so guilty or so hurt. She sat up clutching her shoulder and took his hands. She wasn't going to ask permission. She inspected them carefully and tore off another piece of the silk organza that lined her dress. Emotionlessly she pulled the tooth from his hand wrapped both his hands in the torn fabric. "You should let someone look at your hands. You may have broken a couple knuckles" there was no sympathy in her voice.

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Isabella had been quite alone after she had been forced into a dress of ivory and lace and forced to marry a perfect stranger with soft, trusting eyes she couldn't entirely hate. She hadn't thought of the possibility that he just might be oblivious about the entire ordeal. How could he be? They were stupid rich bastards that always got what they wanted. She chuckled dryly as she traced odd patterns around the faces of her parents, her brother before pausing at her face. In this portrait she was laughing. It was because the person taking the candid photo was her boyfriend of forever Derek Lake -they'd known eachother since childhood and she'd often dreamed about marrying him. Dreamed that her wedding day would be so perfect and so joyous that she'd die happy. He was joking about her and making funny faces just to make her smile


Decker walked up to the last of his wives. Isabella. She was quietly looking at a portrait. Decker wondered what she was thinking as he approached her. He bowed slowly and handed her the last of the roses. " For you, Thank you for having me." He said with a smile. He did not kiss her hand. He'd been too forward and after Shelby's distaste for it, he figured he wouldn't make the same mistake.

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Valentina looked down at the rose as Decker handed it to her, studying it slightly in her fingers. It was beautiful, there was no denying it...and it showed he'd tried, which was more than some of the Governors would do, as her mother had told her about. But at the same time...this was the man who'd had her kidnapped and brought here, wasn't it? And, although he seemed sincere and kind at first glance...was he any different underneath all of that? He had to be. It must be an act, like the one she was putting on herself.
But still, Valentina put on a believable smile and held the rose, glancing down as Decker kissed her hand, before giving a small curtsey herself.
"Thankyou, Governor Delaney..." She said quietly, making her voice slightly slower and at a lower volume. "And the pleasure is all mine."

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Valentina made her way over to the table where her sister brides were sitting, a small smile on her face, still carrying the rose and her glass of champagne. She had to admit, she missed her life back home, but...she was looking forward to meeting the other girls she would be living with from now on. As long as they were pleasant, that is.
When she reached the table, Valentina gave a warm smile to each of her sister wives in turn, first Lacey, then Shelby, and finally, Raven. Her eyes lingered on Raven for a small moment, and she hesitated...before pulling a chair out and taking her seat across the table from her. This was the one. She knew that from that moment. This was the sister wife she would bond with most...she could sense it. She seemed so shy, so quiet...
So refreshing.

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Raven lifted her head for a moment when the chair across from her was pulled back, and noticed that it was another of her sister wives occupying it. She gave her a small, nervous smile - barely meeting her eyes - before dropping her gaze again. The first wife she'd spoken to - Lacey - had seemed friendly, though she still wasn't a hundred percent sure of her motives, but she had no idea what to expect from this other bride. She looked so comfortable in this situation, with all of the stares she was receiving, with these clothes they had given her (whereas Raven fidgeted uncomfortable in them every so often) and she was so much more beautiful and graceful than her...It was already clear that between Lacey's giggly confidence, this bride's grace and her third sister wife's hard-to-get attitude, she would be the wife to fade into the background. Maybe that was a good thing...It would mean Decker would expect less from her in the way of children...but she still felt that sting of sadness at being that unloved wife who sat alone in the manor while her husband was somewhere else with one of his other brides...
There. She felt it. That jealousy...She looked back down at her hands under the table, where she was still holding the rose. Fake. Just like this marriage. she repeated to herself in her head, as Decker gave his speech.

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Valentina glanced at Decker as he spoke, taking in each of the words and giving a small nod at the end of his speech. She appreciated that he wasn't trying to push her or any of the other wives...although she couldn't be sure whether that simply implied the little one - Lacey, she thought her Domestic had called her - or was genuine. Or if it was being done to keep up appearances among the other guests. With this thought, she realised that she wasn't out of the woods yet. She still had to be careful.
Pulling herself from her thoughts, Valentina then looked back at Raven, a soft smile still on her face.
"...You're very beautiful," She said quietly to her, resting her chin on her hand as she put her elbow onto the table. "Don't let anyone tell you otherwise."
She liked this girl. She may be quiet, and seemingly nervous of her, but all that would change. She just needed to show Raven that she was in no way a threat.

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Valentina smiled warmly.
"Raven, isn't it?" She asked, tilting her head to the side slightly. "I must say...you're putting every other woman in this room to shame tonight..."
She wasn't lying, at all. Deep down, looking at Raven, she felt that even she should be jealous of her...despite all of the compliments she had gotten earlier in the night from guests, and a little bit of attention from Decker Delaney himself...but for some reason, she wasn't jealous. She just felt like she wanted to know her. Something very rare for Valentina Black.

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Raven's blush intensified and she quickly looked back down, still holding onto her smile.
"I doubt that..." she muttered softly, tucking a few blonde waves behind her ear and exposing the tiny diamond in its lobe. Her ears weren't pierced before she came here. The first generation attendants that had come to prepare her for the wedding had done it just before styling her hair. It hadn't hurt nearly as much as she expected it to, and only lasted a second for each ear. She hadn't understood why it was necessary, though...She knew the attendants wanted to make her look her best for her soon-to-be husband, but impaling her skin just to add extra jewellery didn't make sense to her.
When Decker spoke, her head lifted again to look at him, and when she heard his words, she quickly looked around at the other wives. What could I possibly tell him? she thought. There was nothing to tell apart from her life before this place...And nobody would want to hear about that.

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Putting on a brave face when she heard Decker's words, Valentina forced a smile, looking away from Raven and flicked her hair over her shoulder.
"Well...for me, there's not much to tell, honestly...my parents are first generations, so...I suppose that's something...I was raised by them until I was seventeen, and, now...well...here I am..."
A part of her was almost certain that he must know how each of his brides had gotten here...but another small part of her thought otherwise, so for her safety, she decided she would stay quiet about how she'd actually got here. Plus, if he did know...she wouldn't give him the satisfaction of her repeating it.

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Valentina sighed silently under her breath, taking another small sip of champagne.
"Well..." She began, glancing around. "I like makeup, and I like the colour purple. I like people who can easily keep up an interesting conversation, and people who're quiet and reserved...because they're usually the most interesting kind of person to get to know." With that she glanced at Raven, before looking back at Decker. "I like reading, I like keeping healthy...I like having someone kiss me and mean it. I like fireworks, and summer, and pretty earrings and other types of jewellery. I like quiet, one-on-one conversation, and I like people who are sincere. I like men who respect women and don't treat them like slabs of meat. I like dressing up, I like water, and I like people to tell me I'm pretty." She gave a slight smile as she named the different things from the top of her head. "The last one makes me sound conceited, but I don't mean it in that way. Is that enough information?"

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Lacey smiled at her other sister wives. They all seemed nice, and she felt like she would get along with all of them. She was relieved she wouldn't have to spend her life with a bunch of mean women. She was younger than all of them, she noticed, and wondered why. She listened and smiled as Decker talked, and was very interested when Valentina said what she liked.

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Raven blinked when her name was mentioned and answered, keeping her flushed head down.
"I...I guess, um...I guess I like...The sun...I like how bright it makes everything and how happy it makes people feel, and I like being outside, in gardens like this, especially, and reading novels that just...completely take you into another world. I like sugary things, and listening to music. And feeling, I don't know...Special? Appreciated?" she listed, muttering the last point in a quiet whisper. She amazed herself by, not only being able to list so much, but being able to actually say it in front of people. Though, with all of the others' eyes now glued to her, she felt her heart race within her chest, and she was thankful to have her hands under the table because after that speech, they were trembling like a leaf. After finishing, she lifted her head and gave Decker what was beginning to be her trademark shy smile.

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