The Mess that is Chuck Bass- Chapter Twelve
The दिन had finally come to meet with the board and have them decide if Chuck was fit to take over the company in lieu of his father. He stood in his bedroom securing the cufflinks to his कमीज, शर्ट and praying that he had prepared hard enough for him to be able to make a success out of it.
Chuck had spent the last two weeks doing nothing but preparing for this day. He needed to दिखाना everyone that he wasn’t what they thought. He could actually make this company a success on his own without help from anybody. But most of all he just needed to prove to himself that he could do this. He needed to do this, so he could remember his father.
Blair walked into his bedroom. “Chuck.” She कहा softly.
He turned to face her.
She walked to him and wound her arms around his neck. “I know you’re nervous about today and I don’t blame आप one bit but I know you’re going to do great. I’ll be here for आप when आप get back.”
He kissed her softly on the lips. “Thanks, Blair. I’m glad we have finally gotten to the place we are in. You’re support means everything to me.”
She brought his lips back to her before saying, “I remember telling आप this once before, but I will stand द्वारा through anything.”
He caught on to what she was saying. That had been the दिन of his father’s funeral when he had rebuffed her. “And why would आप do that?” He repeated the same words he had used that day.
“Because…I प्यार you.” She कहा with a little grin on her face.
He wasn’t going to say the same thing that he had that day. “I प्यार आप too, Blair.”
A huge grin lit up her face. “It was well worth the wait, Chuck.”
He smiled despite his nervousness over the impending presentation. “I hope so. Did Serena tell आप the news?”
“About आप moving back in here?”
She took a सीट on his बिस्तर while holding his hand. “She did and I know we didn’t have a chance to talk about it but it’s the right thing to do. Serena, Eric, and Lily are your family and this is where आप belong.”
He sat down अगला to her. “Eric is so excited about me living here again and I did miss him. Serena always tends to be a problem but we’re siblings so we fight.” Blair laughed. “And Lily is the hardest part, I still can’t trust her and I know she doesn’t want me to head बास Industries. But most importantly आप are my family, Blair. आप are the person that I care most about.”
She laid her head down on his chest and she felt his rapidly beating heart. “You don’t know how overjoyed I am that आप finally have accepted them as your family. And I do understand your feelings about Lily; it’s just going to take time. And आप may never be ready to forgive her and that’s okay. Just so आप know, आप are the person that I care most about too, Chuck. Without आप there is just no point to either of us.”
He laced his fingers with hers. “Blair.” There were no other words to say other than that. She knew how much he meant to her but he was still uncomfortable with expressing his emotions towards her.
Blair understood that and he had कहा everything that he needed to say. “Is Lily going with आप to the meeting?”
“Yes, she is.”
Serena knocked and ducked her head into the bedroom. “Chuck, my mom wants to talk to आप before आप leave. Good luck today.”
He grinned at her. “Thanks, sis.”
Serena couldn’t help but laugh.
Blair watched their interaction with delighted eyes. Her best friend and boyfriend were actually going to get along. Who would know have thought that was ever possible?
Chuck walked into the living room and saw Lily looking over some papers. “You wanted to see me?”
Her head popped up at the sound of his voice. She waved to a chair अगला to her. “Charles, take a seat. I just wanted to tell आप something before we leave.”
He took the सीट and waited for her to say what she had too. He just wanted to get this दिन over as fast as possible.
Lily looked at him and sighed. “I just wanted to apologize to you; Serena has made me see the light about a certain something.”
“Serena?” He asked surprised.
She nodded. “Yes, I just need to tell आप that आप deserve the company, Charles. I will do everything in my power to make sure आप get it. I am still a little hesitant about it since आप are so young. But everyone seems to be behind आप one hundred percent.”
“What’s with the whole change of mind?”
“It’s your rightful place and if I know one thing about Bart, it’s that he would have wanted आप to have this over anybody. Including his own wife. And I know that आप feel like आप have to do this to prove your worth and maybe आप do. आप should know that if the board वोट्स against आप today, that आप still will be running बास Industries. I own the majority of the shares but I still want आप to wow the board with your presentation today.”
Chuck was shell shocked द्वारा her sudden change of heart. “I don’t even know what to say. But I don’t want to run the company if the board outvotes me. I need to do this द्वारा myself and not have any help from आप या anybody else.”
Lily nodded. “Alright, just make sure that आप do the best that आप can today.
He nodded tersely. “I will do the best that I can absolutely do.”
She reached over to grasp his hand and he tried to get her to drop it. She tightened her grasp. “Charles, we need to repair our relationship for the sake of your father. I don’t want to replace your mother but I am going to be the parental figure that आप so desperately need. I know आप haven’t forgiven me for your father’s death and I don’t expect आप to right now. But eventually I hope that आप will be able to see that I do प्यार and care about you.”
It was him this time that tightened the grasp on her hand. “Lily, I haven’t forgiven आप and like I’ve कहा before, I really don’t know if I can. But I do need आप to be in my life, I need my family. And I consider आप part of it along with Serena, Eric, Nate, and Blair. But I can’t make आप any promises for anything right now.”
A smile lit up her face. “You’ve just made me happier than I would have ever thought possible. I don’t need आप to forgive me right now; all I want आप to do is try.”
“Alright.” He कहा in a low voice.
She decided to change the subject. “Are आप ready to get this over with?”
He looked at her with a sliver of mischief in his eyes. “I’ve never be as excited as I am now for a दिन to be over.”
Lily let patted his hand and let go of it. “Then let’s go make आप the CEO of बास Industries.”
Chuck walked into the board room with Lily behind him.
Lily addressed all of the men first. “Gentleman, I have the honor of presenting आप to Bart’s son. This is Chuck बास and he’s interested in becoming the CEO of the company. As I believe आप know, he’s prepared a little presentation for all of you.”
Mr. Parker spoke up. “We already know Mr. Bass, Lily.” He कहा with a snide tone. “I was after all the one that walked in on him when he had a woman sitting on his lap and was snorting drugs.”
The rest of the board gasped with horror.
Lily was about to say something when he held up his hand to silence her.
He walked right up to the podium that was standing in the middle of the room. “Gentleman, I think आप should give me the benefit of the doubt and let me explain my presentation before आप make any decisions concerning my future here at बास Industries.
“Why should we?” Another one of the board members spoke up.
He looked all of them directly in the eye. “Because it’s what my father would have done, he would have दिया someone a chance to explain how they can improve the company. And isn’t that why we’re all here, to make the company as best as it can possibly be?”
Chuck turned to Mr. Parker and addressed him personally. “Mr. Parker, I know that I have humiliated the whole company a few short months पूर्व with the woman and the drugs. In my defense, all I will say is that I was devastated द्वारा my father’s death. That is not an excuse but I am in a better place now. I am ready to take over बास Industries and make my father proud of me.”
Mr. Parker let out a giant, “Humph!”
He gathered his material to make his presentation and began what would either make या break his entire career with बास Industries. Chuck explained many different ways that they could make the company better. Starting off with taking बास Industries global. “I think it is time that this company opens a place overseas. We have proven time and time again that we are capable of anything and we need to up our game and compete with worldwide investors. We can talk about that at a later तारीख, दिनांक if all of the board decides on it. I am also interested in having at least one meeting a day, so that we all can communicate on how the business is going and see the finer points of how to conduct some things better. I am not my father; I need everyone to understand that right now. Things will not be the same as they were with him. I also want each member of the board to get in touch with me at least once a day, which is crucial to the success of बास Industries. If my father wasn’t good at one thing it was communicating with his employees. It’s time that changed. I do have many other ideas and I have created a flow chart for each one of आप to see what things I want to change here.”
He handed out the chart to each member of the board and let them study it.
He breathed a sigh of relief. His presentation was over; all that was left was for the board to decide if they wanted him to be a member of the team.
After everyone had studied the chart, Lily took a seat. “I think we’ve all had time to study the chart and hear Chuck Bass’s presentation. Is everyone ready to conduct the vote?”
All the members of the board nodded. Lily spoke to each one quietly and recorded their vote on a ledger. Chuck had his hands under his face, it seemed to take forever.
Finally Lily took her सीट again. His दिल sped up quicker, he was about to find out his fate with the company. Lily looked at him directly. “The board वोट्स in the favor of 12-1 to make Chuck बास the CEO of बास Industries.” She taped the gavel making the decision official. “All of us voted for आप to become the head of the company Chuck, excluding Mr. Parker.”
He felt his mouth drop open as Lily almost sprinted across the room and enveloped him in a hug, he returned her hug. He was the head of बास Industries now. A wide smile spread across his face at the thought.
Chuck and Lily walked into the living room to find Serena, Dan, Nate, Eric, and Blair sprawled on one of the sofas anxiously awaiting their return. Once they came in, all heads swiveled in their direction. Neither one of them कहा anything.
Serena finally couldn’t take it anymore. “Are आप going to tell us what happened या are we going to have to wring it out of you?”
Chuck looked at them all solemnly. “I…”
Lily interrupted him with a pained expression on her face. “Just get it over with, Charles. They deserve to know.
All faces turned to him with a panicked expression on their faces, especially Blair. He tried again. “I’m just going to come out and say it.” Everyone waited anxiously. “I am now the head of बास Industries.”
All of a sudden it was like a stampede had trampled him. Arms came flying out of every which direction trying to hug him. Serena and Eric threw their arms around him and Nate slapped him on the back, and even Dan managed a,”Congratulations.”
He hugged every one of them back and looked for Blair. She was still sitting on the सोफ़ा, सोफे and she looked लॉस्ट in her own thoughts. After he had talked with the others, he made his way over to her. “Blair?”
She looked up at the sound of his voice and threw herself into his arms. “Chuck.” She squealed as she wrapped her legs around his waist and crushed him into a giant भालू hug. “What did I tell you? I knew that आप could do it.”
He grinned back at her. “You were right, Waldorf.” He crushed his mouth down on hers for a quick kiss. Except with them it was always और than a quick kiss. Nate had to clear his throat so he could get them to stop.
Lily interrupted everyone’s excited chattering. “I think we can all agree that today has been a दिन of pure success. I think we all should celebrate with a party.”
All of them screamed with ग्ली and Chuck used this opportunity to speak to Blair for a minute. “You have to come with me to my room for a minute; I need to discuss something with you.”
“Is everything alright?”
“Yeah, I just wanted to ask आप something.”
She nodded and followed him to his bedroom. He called out to the others that they would be back before the part started.
They both walked into his bedroom. “I’ve been thinking about something lately Blair, and I just need to know how आप feel about it.”
She raised an eyebrow in surprise. “Okay, run it द्वारा me.”
He led her to the बिस्तर and sat down अगला to her. “The last three months that we have spent together have been amazing for many reasons, but most of all because they were with you. I never thought that I could be happy with just one person but you’ve changed my mind about all of that. I want to apologize again for all of the misery I’ve put आप through the last two years. But…”
Blair heard him say the word but and panicked. She gripped his hand. “Just tell me one thing; are आप breaking up with me?” The panic was evident in her voice.
He smiled. “Just the opposite actually. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and I’ve decided that it’s the right thing to do. So, here goes. Will आप marry me, Blair?”
To Be Continued…
A/N: Sorry for the lack of अपडेट्स on this story again, other things just seem to keep getting in the way of me लेखन this story. I do hope आप enjoy and another little shout out to all of the people who have दिया me great सलाह over the past few days and who know about what has been going on in my personal life. Especially to Alicia, Lou, Meghan, and Jovi. Thanks, you’ve really cheered me up with your advice. :D द्वारा the way, what do आप think Blair should say to Chuck’s proposal? Yes या no?