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Valentina Black

"Scared? Oh no, Sweetie. No. Valentina Black does not DO scared."

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a character in “Captive in a Chemical Garden”, as played by YoureStillAnInnocent

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"Why don't they understand that someone else's pain is not for gain?"

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"It's a thief in the night to come and grab you...it can creep up inside you and consume you...a disease of the mind that can control you..."


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Name: Valentina Black
Age: 17
Face claim: Odette Annable

Likes:
  • Compliments - although Valentina is thought to be extremely cold and hard to crack, she loves being complimented on things such as her beauty and her accomplishments. She doesn't take things straight to her head, but she does appreciate hearing that she looks beautiful every now and then.
  • Sincerity - if someone genuinely shows compassion and is caring towards her, Valentina takes this into account. She may not show it at first, but she will gain a certain level of respect for anyone who shows this personality trait.
  • Evening gowns - since Valentina was raised in a wealthy enough family, she has always been a fan of the finer things in life, and, in particular, long flowing dresses with character. She believes they say a lot about the person wearing them, which is something she appreciates.
  • Makeup - Valentina completely hides behind her makeup, basically. It enables her to put on a brave face when in fact, she is unhappy and hurting inside due to becoming a forced bride.

Dislikes:
  • Being forced into marriage - Mainly for the reason that some girls who are put into this sort of life are just TOO young, Valentina finds the whole situation very upsetting and it causes her much distress.
  • False kindness - This is something that Valentina immediately searches for when she comes across someone new, as in some cases, those who can seem like the nicest of people can be the most sinister, with the most secrets to hide.
  • Being called scared - Valentina is a very proud young woman, and because of this, she doesn't like people to belittle her. She won't admit she fears anything, and if anyone even SUGGESTS that Valentina Black is scared, she will strike out.
  • Governors in wealthy families - Valentina developed a hatred of such people from a young age, when she would hear stories of young girls going missing on the streets because of them. They take their wealth to their heads, and use it for evil purposes.

Fears:
  • Childbirth - mainly because Valentina values her body shape staying the way it is, and does not desire to have children either now, or in the future, but also because the idea of being forced to breed on command like some type of animal is a horrifying thought to consider.
  • The Governor bringing harm to any of the younger wives - although Valentina isn't too fond of her current situation, she knows she would do anything to protect her younger sister wives, even though she hardly knows them, and very much dreads the idea of him bringing them any harm.
  • The sickness - the thought of the sickness is almost too much for Valentina to bear thinking about, so for the majority of time she doesn't.

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Appearance: Valentina is a tall and slender young woman with long brunette hair that cascades down her back in loose waves, and deep brown eyes. She has a tan-ish/olive skin tone, and has the lucky benefit of not having any blemishes or imperfections when it comes to her complexion, something she is very grateful for.

Personality:Valentina's personality is somewhat a mystery to those who do not know her very well. She is withdrawn, seemingly cold-hearted and reluctant to take orders from anyone, although in her current situation, she goes along with what she is told to do for the benefit of both her and her sister wives.
She is somewhat pleasant to be around, as long as you get onto her good side. Many have tried and failed to accomplish this task, but if you do manage to be one of the lucky few who do, she can be a sweet and caring individual with a protective nature.
This contrasts with the persona she puts up immediately when she first meets someone, in the hope that they will simply move on and leave her be. This fake personality demonstrates her as being rude, ruthless and unimpressed by anything around her. She doesn't LIKE acting like this, but it's just what she does in order for people to not try and get to know her.
That being said, the people she WILL gladly get to know are anyone who seems vaguely interesting: whether it's their personality, their backstory, the way they look, or merely the way they act around her.
Valentina is in no way a pushover, but she can be somewhat manipulated into things in order to avoid being punished or hurt in any way. This means she would do things WILLINGLY, but not with her complete consent. This way, she can not be punished for extreme defiance.
Valentina also hides part of herself that is incredibly depressed, and resigned to the fact that she will be living this way for the rest of her life, effectively. Although that's a part she tries VERY hard not to let show.

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History:Born into the family of a first generation couple, Valentina was aware that she had older brothers and sisters...just that they weren't here anymore. Although as a young girl, she had no idea why.
When she was about 5 years old, she discovered that one of her older sisters had actually been kidnapped by the Gatherers and picked as a wife for a wealthy Governor, and once she was old enough, for this very reason her mother began to prepare her for what to do if such a thing happened to her.
Valentina suffered a lot of neglect from her father growing up, as he was simply too frightened to grow close to another child that he knew would die before they should. And she felt the love and care she got from her mother, which was a lot, never quiet made up for it.
When she had just turned seventeen, the Gatherers snatched her from her street as she walked home one day like they had done previously to her sister, and she was picked as one of the 'lucky' few women to be transported to the Governor's manor.

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"No matter how many nights that you lie awake, to the sound of the pouring rain..."

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"I can't help but keep from falling apart at the seams..."

So begins...

Valentina Black's Story

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Valentina stood towards the far end of the room, deep in conversation with a first generation couple. She held a glass of champagne in her hand, long and slim to match her figure, and was taking small, slow sips from it in every break in the conversation. She had been introduced to champagne at a young age, and had developed a taste for it over the years, so it didn't bother her too much.
Giving a small smile and running her hands through her hair as a passer-by complimented her dress, she glanced down at it and did a small twirl. The dress she was currently wearing was metallic black, figure-hugging and ended just before her knees, showing off the rest of her lower body. Strapless, of course, as those were the kind of dresses Valentina most approved of. Her domestic had dressed her in such an ensamble in order to show off what she perceived to be her best feature: her legs. Not that she minded...she looked pretty enough, and it didn't feel too exposing.
Her shoes were picked to match the dress, and were a matt black colour, with heels about four inches from the ground, and her hair was loosely curled and just left to hang as it was over her shoulders.
She knew she looked good on the outside, but...she didn't feel anywhere near as good on the inside.
It was all for show.
The smiles, the laughs, the whole image...it was all forced. And she hated it. Not that it mattered...she was stuck here now, and there was no going back.

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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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Raven looked back up at her sister wife when she spoke, blinking as she left her mind and entered the real world again. Like every other time she was spoken to, she blushed at the compliment, meeting the other bride's eyes only briefly with that same shy smile.
"Thank you..." she muttered quietly. Not as beautiful as some of us here... she added in her head.

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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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Shelby Peters


Shelby took the rose from Decker warily but she didn't say anything to him. She waited for him to leave and then breathed a sigh of relief. Part of he wanted to dart from the table she was sitting at but she knew better. She knew that somewhere around this party there were two women in high authority watching her every move. Her sister's life was at stake and she wasn't about to kill off her sister for a moment of selfishness. Finally Decker wanted all his brides to sit at the head table so Shelby made her way up to the table and sat down. She heard the conversations start up. Valentina already seemed to have made friends with Raven, and Decker was asking everyone their story and what they liked.

Telling him anything about herself seemed like an appalling idea. On the flip side, she didn't know what to say. She couldn't tell him the truth. The ladies in waiting made it a point to tell her to keep her personal life...well...personal. She had to figure out her life story, it had to be convincing, and she had to do it fast. Her likes wouldn't have to change, just her life story. She blocked out the other women and started piecing together a life story. When she was finished she gave herself a small nod and folded her hands nicely in her lap. She could see the women watching her from the back of the room. They were giving her a very stern look and she knew what it meant. 'Be civil. Be kind. DON'T tell him where you came from, he doesn't need to know about your poor trashy life, he has better things to do with his time.' she heard the woman's voice ring in her head.

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Lacey smiled, and her cheeks blushed pink when he called her sweetheart. "Well I like smiling," she said with a giggle, "and I love to sing. I like being with people and talking with people. I like little kids, and I love animals. And I absolutely love flowers." She grinned at Decker and her sister wives.

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Valentina watched Decker, Raven, Lacey and Shelby, a small smile on her face, just simply staying quiet and enjoying the conversation. Funnily enough, it felt like...
Like they were all some sort of family...
She guessed that, in some sense, they were...but, in that moment, things didn't seem so bad.
They'd probably get worse, but...right now, they were okay, and none of them seemed to hate her. Which was a good thing.

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Shelby


Everyone seemed to be so enamored with the man, or at least happy in the moment. Shelby could not force herself to be happy. She could not force herself to like him, though for the life of her sister she'd try. "Reading, cooking, playing piano, children...namely my little sister, rain, listening to music, fresh air, and I like to stay fit." she said emotionlessly. She had no desire to add explanations to the things she liked. She knew if she did she'd probably say something inappropriate, and she sure as hell wasn't going to give him any crucial information to play off of. He was not going to win her favor easily, if at all.

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Valentina looked at Shelby, her expression slightly confused. She knew this girl was trying to hide something, but she had absolutely no idea what.
Looking back at Decker, she huffed quietly. She wished she'd never made the comment about liking being called pretty. Now, he would think that was all she cared about.
Frankly, it was nothing compared to some of the other things that were important to her. And for yet another time that night, Valentina glanced over at Raven.
See, that was a girl who wanted affection. That was a girl who needed a man to cherish and respect her. To love her.
Looking back at Lacey, she saw a young girl who didn't want marriage, per say...just the ability to have fun and make friends. And Shelby...well...she suspected that Shelby just hated Decker's guts.
Not wanting to make a huge fuss over what Decker was completely overlooking, she would stay quiet. But she desperately hoped things would start looking up for the shy little thing sitting opposite her. And fast.

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Hi guys, I have to go now, so can we please pause until I'm back? :) x

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Raven looked back down with the smile still on her face when Decker had finished talking to her. When he mentioned taking her out to see his garden, she felt a small rush of excitement, but also nausea. The rose. The rose. Think of the rose. she repeated in her head, gently twisting the stem of it between her fingers. She probably knew it was all futile, though...Because whenever she didn't force herself to think back to that fake beauty, she became caught up in the romance; in the idea of being loved and cherished by this wealthy, good-looking, kind man...But it would never be love, would it? How could it be? He has three other brides, each more beautiful and confident than her. Granted, one of them was a child. But still...If he were to love any of them, really love, she would definitely not be his final choice. She doubted she'd even cross his mind.
She lifted her eyes occasionally to the other brides that were speaking, but she was too lost in her own mind to register most of what they were saying, but her head lifted entirely when Shelby left the table. Maybe she'd be the one he falls for...Men always seem to chase after the challenge, don't they? But she truly seemed to hate him, so if he did, that love would be unrequited.
No, the one he'd most likely be happy with is Valentina. She was beautiful beyond words, with poise and confidence. Any man would fall for her...And she doesn't have that level of hatred for Decker as Shelby has, so of course it'll be her.
With an inaudible sigh, Raven dropped her gaze back down to her lap.

((Okay, I'm back. Let's do this. :D ))

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Decker sighed. He didn't understand why Shelby was so upset. Was this not her wedding day as well? This should be the happiest day of her life. He scratching the back of his head. He wouldn't go after her. If she wanted space. He wouldn't interrupt. He turned to the other girls. He noticed Raven looked down at her lap. What was wrong with her? He thought. What did he do wrong? He was kind, polite, gentle. Everything he thought a man should be to a wife. He didn't know what else to do. He looked over at her and touched her hand. " Is everything alright?" He asked thinking that the table right now was filled with unexpressed feelings. Like the women were hiding something. They almost look similar to what his Mothers did when his father was around. He didn't like that in the least. "Please if anything is wrong, let me know how to fix it...All of you." He pleaded with the girls.

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Valentina looked at Raven and Decker, the smile on her face slowly returning, and slowly stood up.
"Well...I'm terribly sorry to disappoint you all, but...right now, I'm feeling a little under the weather...just slightly flushed. So...I think I'm just going to go freshen up in the ladies room, and then take a little walk around the garden to clear my head." She said softly, gently picking up the rose Decker had given her and holding it down at her side. Decker and Raven seemed to be having a little bit of a moment, and...she was in no mood to stick around and prevent it from happening. "Please, continue your conversations, and I shouldn't be too long."
The last part was a lie, but it was a lie told for a beneficial reason. So...it couldn't be particularly harmful.

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Decker sighed. "Well, Let us go inside then. This party is dreadfully boring, don't you think?" He said, making sure to ask her opinion. He rose when Valentina stood. He pulled her seat out so she wouldn't trip over it. "Of course, Take your time." He said with a smile. His head was beginning to hurt. He didn't know why. He felt a little stressed but only because the girls seemed to be upset. He wanted desperately to fix that but they don't seem to be willing to tell him what was really wrong. Time. He figured may do some good. Perhaps they were just tried from the party? That didn't make sense even in his head. Something was wrong he just didn't know what.

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Giving a small, gracious curtsey towards Decker and his sister wives, Valentina smiled.
"You women really do look stunning tonight." She remarked, flashing a warm smile at Raven, Shelby and Lacey in turn, then turned slightly and walked towards the end of the garden, which was completely empty at that moment in time.

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Raven turned back to Decker, that brightness lighting up her eyes again.
"Then, yes. I'd like to stay with you..." she told him with her soft, quiet voice with a smile at her lips. "After all...The more time I spend with you, the less time it'll take for me to become comfortable with you, right?" It was also the fact that the more time she spent alone with him, the less time he spent possibly falling for the other girls. The selfishness of that thought shocked Raven, and once it had made its way into her head, she found herself trying to justify it. She still clung onto the fantasy that there was one other person in the world she would be as perfect for as he'd be for her, who'd love her and protect her and make her feel special, and maybe...Just maybe Decker hadn't actually stolen that possibility from her. Maybe this entire ordeal was a blessing in disguise and Decker was that man...But he couldn't be, if he was dividing that love between her and three other women...And, from what she could tell, Shelby didn't want to be his wife. She didn't want to love him, and Lacey...Lacey was just a little girl who probably didn't understand the full meaning of love, and Decker didn't seem at all interested in entering into that kind of romantic relationship with her. That just left Valentina...She had no idea what Valentina's feelings were, or Decker's. But she couldn't possibly be that desperate for that kind of affection, could she? With that beauty, that confidence, that grace...She'd probably had plenty of men's attention before she was taken, whereas Raven had never had any...
No matter how much she justified that thought, no matter how logical her argument, she still felt that pang of guilt in her chest...But she brushed that feeling off to the side to dwell on later, and focused her attention - and her smile - back on her husband.

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When she'd travelled far enough down to the end of the garden, Valentina looked back towards the door leading inside, a small, smug smile on her face when she laid eyes on Raven and Decker.
One thing Valentina hadn't wanted was to be First Wife. And that was her primary worry when she had seen the rest of Governor Delaney's wives...one who wouldn't say a word for her shyness, one who was merely a little girl, and one who couldn't have hated him more if she'd tried. And her attitude for the wedding day had been simple: be sweet, charming and act like you were settling in. Her game plan for any time after that was also simple: keep to herself, do what she had to do, and try to get through this in her own little way. But again, after seeing the brides at the table, she had been completely terrified that Decker would begin to show any affection for her. Which, judging by the way he had been looking at her at the table, she needed to stop before it went any further. And so she had excused herself.
But, seeing how Decker and the little shy bride were hitting it off in her absence, that didn't look like a worry for her anymore. And, with regards to genuine love and affection...it looked like Raven would be recieving the most of it. Which wasn't something that bothered Valentina at all.
She couldn't promise herself that when it came to the bearing of children, the same would apply, and although that scared her slightly, she knew she'd probably just have to accept it. Lacey was too young, and Shelby just wouldn't co-operate. And although neither of them payed a lot of attention to her, she still valued them as family in a way and would do what she had to to keep them safe and unharmed. Not that she suspected Decker would ever bring harm to them, but...it was just a precaution.
With Raven, she wanted to be more of a friend, than a family member. Which would make this whole situation kind of complicated...something she wasn't looking forward to at all.
Raven seemed already smitten with Decker, and...could two friends really share a husband? Without it feeling like a competition? Maybe not on Valentina's part, but...if Raven really loved him, then...would she not grow to resent her?
And if Valentina found that she did have to bear Decker's children at some point, would Raven hate her for it? Would she mind? And how would he feel about all of this?
So many questions she found herself asking, and the more and more she thought, the more questions joined them...along with the steady decrease of her smile until it was completely faded and replaced with a confused frown. She had no idea what to do, or how to make any of this work. It was all just so complicated...
Taking another sip from her glass of champagne, and sighing as she looked down at the rose in her other hand, Valentina found that the horrible reality of the situation was just beginning to sink it. And it wasn't pretty.

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Character Portrait: Valentina Black Character Portrait: Raven Addams Character Portrait: Decker Delaney
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Valentina blinked, her earlier thoughts disappearing when she heard Decker, and she quickly turned to face him, almost dropping her glass as she did so.
"Oh...me? I'm fine. Great, even. Yes, I'm super. But, y'know, you should really get back to Raven, Governor Delaney. Honestly. You two seemed to be enjoying eachother's company, and the last thing I want to do is interrupt." She spoke quickly, watching Raven out of the corner of her eye whilst trying not to make it obvious. She was lying about being fine, but...that was beside the point. She was just confused, more than anything...a little bit troubled, but she wasn't going to tell him that. So instead, she gave him a small smile and glanced around her. "I'm just enjoying the beautiful views, really...the sickness I was feeling's gone...it must have just been a phase. All of this...becoming a wife, moving into a new home, a wedding, having people constantly want to talk to you...marriage consummation and having to start preparing yourself for having children...all of that can really go to a girl's head. I'm sure it'll just come and go...but right now, I feel fine. Don't worry about me." She gave a small laugh, glancing down at the rose in her hand.

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Bailey tried desperately hard not to flinch when she heard Alex's words. She hated being asked about her past...and she had no idea whether he didn't know that, or if he just wanted to watch her squirm. And that just made her want to hit him even more than she already did.
But...she had to be civil if she wanted to be First Wife. She had to be desirable. And she wanted First Wife.
Approaching Alex with a small, seductive smile on her face, she lightly draped her arms around his neck, turning to pose for the camera.
"Well...in all honesty, Governor Strenson...that's pillow talk...or at least...the details are, anyway..." She said quietly, leaning in and lightly brushing her lips against his for the camera. "But...basically...I'm Bailey Grace Ha-Strenson," She quickly corrected herself as she remembered her surname change. "And...I was mostly raised by my Dad, but...he died when I was eight, so...after that I had to fend for myself...I never had to make myself a prostitute, thank God, but...my mother told me that part of me needed to be saved for marriage, so...I'm sure you'll reap in the benefits of that...and then the Gatherers eventually found me when I was fifteen while I was just walking around outside, and...lucky me...picked from the bunch on the first time round..." She glanced around her, giving a small giggle. "And here I am..."

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"Well...I don't think that should really ever happen..." Valentina said quietly, glancing back over at Decker. "I mean...I hope you don't think me being rude, but...the last thing I want here is for any of my sister wives to have any reason to resent me...and as both Lacey and Raven are both very attached to you already..." She sighed quietly. "It would just feel wrong of me to do anything...I know it shouldn't, because...well, you're my husband...but...it just feels like something that I shouldn't do..." She glanced over at Decker's home once again, then looked back at him. "I mean...since I was the last bride you conversed with, I just feel like...well, like you've already been claimed, in a way...and that I should just fade into the background...I don't have a problem with doing that, because...well...I think you and Raven would make a lovely couple, because she is by far the most beautiful woman here tonight..." She smiled slightly, taking another sip of champagne. She couldn't technically called Lacey a woman, as she was still only a child, and she knew Shelby probably wouldn't appreciate her compliments. There was still time to bring Shelby around, though.
"In my beliefs, I just struggle to understand how women can deal with sharing a husband, so...before I came here, I'd just planned to stay in the background and let the other wives have you...and, before I came here, I'd never really felt pretty, per say..." She looked down towards the grass, remembering how her mother used to deliberately dress her to hide her beauty and protect her from the Gatherers. "And...now I do, so...actually feeling that people will look at me and think I'm beautiful, well...that's enough for me..."