When a cruel bet turns into unexpected love, the ultimate reward becomes the biggest sacrifice.
Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont were raised among the elite and privileged of New York City’s Upper East Side. They were step-siblings, but they had a complicated relationship that went beyond family ties. Their parents were often away, leaving them to their own devices, and they developed a taste for dangerous games. They were known for their cruelty and manipulative ways, but they always managed to keep up appearances and stay in the good graces of their social circle.
One summer, before they were due to start college, Kathryn proposed a bet to Sebastian. She challenged him to seduce and deflower their headmaster’s daughter, Annette Hargrove, before the end of the summer. If Sebastian succeeded, he would get to bed Kathryn. But if he failed, Kathryn would claim his most prized possession. Sebastian accepted the challenge, and the game was on.
Sebastian Valmont lounged on a chaise longue by the pool, sipping a martini and enjoying the summer sun. He was tall, dark, and handsome, with a rakish smile and a devil-may-care attitude. He looked like the kind of guy who had it all – money, looks, and charm. But beneath the surface, he was restless and bored.
Sebastian’s step-sister, Kathryn Merteuil, sauntered over to him, wearing a bikini that left little to the imagination. She was a vision of beauty and grace, with long, blonde hair and a body that could stop traffic. Sebastian had always been attracted to her, despite their familial ties, but he knew better than to act on it.
“Sebastian dear, I have a proposition for you,” Kathryn purred, sitting down next to him.
“Go on,” Sebastian said, intrigued.
“I propose a bet,” Kathryn said, her eyes sparkling with mischief. “I challenge you to seduce and deflower our headmaster’s daughter, Annette Hargrove, before the end of the summer. If you succeed, you get to bed me. But if you fail, I get your prized possession.”
Sebastian raised an eyebrow. “And what is my prized possession, in your esteemed opinion?”
“Your vintage Jaguar, of course,” Kathryn said with a smirk.
Sebastian couldn’t help but laugh. “You want me to risk my car for a chance to sleep with you? That’s quite a wager, Kathryn.”
“It’s not just about the sex, Sebastian,” Kathryn said, her voice low and seductive. “It’s about the game. The thrill of the chase. The satisfaction of winning. Don’t tell me you’re not bored with your life. This could be just the thing to spice things up.”
Sebastian considered her proposal. He was bored, that was true. But he wasn’t sure if he wanted to play this game with Kathryn. He had a feeling it would end badly.
“What’s in it for you?” he asked, finally.
Kathryn smiled. “If you win, I’ll be yours. And I promise you won’t regret it.”
Sebastian’s heart skipped a beat. He had always wanted Kathryn, but he knew she was dangerous. She had a way of breaking hearts and leaving people in ruins. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to be another notch on her bedpost.
But the game was too tempting to resist. He nodded.
“Alright, I’m in. But what’s the catch? There’s always a catch with you, Kathryn.”
Kathryn’s smile turned wicked. “The catch is, Annette Hargrove is a virgin. Good luck with that.”
Sebastian’s eyes widened. “You want me to deflower a virgin? That’s not just a game, Kathryn. That’s a cruel and heartless thing to do.”
Kathryn shrugged. “That’s the point, darling. It’s a cruel world. We might as well have some fun with it.”
Sebastian sighed. He knew he was in deep trouble. But he couldn’t help but feel excited by the challenge. Annette Hargrove was known to be a goody-two-shoes, and Sebastian loved a challenge.
“Alright, I accept your challenge,” he said, holding out his hand.
Kathryn took his hand and shook it. “Excellent. Let the games begin.”
Chapter 2: The Target
Sebastian spent the next few days trying to get to know Annette, the headmaster’s daughter. He kept his distance at first, not wanting to come on too strong or make her suspicious of his motives. But he couldn’t help stealing glances at her whenever she was nearby.
Annette was unlike any girl he had ever met before. She had an aura of innocence and purity about her that was both refreshing and enticing. But she also seemed guarded and cautious, as if she had been hurt in the past and was afraid to let her guard down.
Sebastian watched her as she interacted with her friends, always hovering at the fringes of the crowd, observing but not participating. He wondered what she was thinking, what secrets she was hiding behind those beautiful eyes.
Finally, he decided to take the plunge and approach her. He waited until she was alone, then walked up to her and introduced himself.
“Hi, I’m Sebastian,” he said, flashing his most charming smile.
Annette looked up at him, surprise evident in her eyes. “Hi, I’m Annette,” she replied, a hint of suspicion in her voice.
Sebastian tried not to let her caution deter him. “I was wondering if you’d like to grab a coffee sometime?” he asked, gesturing towards the cafeteria.
Annette hesitated for a moment, looking unsure. But then she seemed to make up her mind. “Sure,” she said, giving him a small smile.
Sebastian felt a rush of excitement as he led her towards the cafeteria. He couldn’t believe his luck. He was actually going to get a chance to spend time alone with the headmaster’s daughter.
They made their way through the crowded hallways, and Sebastian found himself stealing glances at Annette whenever she wasn’t looking. She had a grace and poise about her that he found mesmerizing.
Finally, they reached the cafeteria and Sebastian guided Annette towards a quiet corner table. They both ordered their drinks, then settled in to chat.
At first, the conversation was stilted and awkward. Sebastian tried to make small talk, but Annette seemed hesitant and guarded. He wondered if she suspected that he had an ulterior motive for wanting to spend time with her.
But then, little by little, they started to open up to each other. Annette talked about her interests and hobbies, and Sebastian shared some stories from his own life. They discovered that they both loved reading, and ended up discussing their favorite books for the next hour.
As the conversation continued, Sebastian found himself drawn to Annette’s gentle nature and kind heart. He started to forget about the bet, and the prize that was at stake. All he could think about was spending more time with her, getting to know her better.
But then, as they were about to leave, Sebastian remembered the bet. He felt a pang of guilt and shame, knowing that he was using Annette for his own selfish purposes.
He walked her to her next class, trying to think of some excuse to see her again. Annette thanked him for the coffee, then turned to go.
Sebastian watched her walk away, feeling torn and conflicted. He knew that he needed to win the bet if he wanted to have any chance with Kathryn. But he also knew that he was falling for Annette, and that he didn’t want to hurt her.
As he walked back towards his own class, Sebastian couldn’t help wondering what the future held. Would he be able to stay true to his own desires, or would he be consumed by the dangerous games that Kathryn had set in motion?
Chapter 3: The Temptation
Sebastian sat in his room, staring at his phone as he debated texting Annette to cancel their date. He knew he couldn’t follow through on the bet, but he couldn’t shake the image of Kathryn’s seductive smile, promising him the chance to finally have her if he won. As he mulled over his options, his door swung open, revealing Kathryn in a tight black dress, her eyes sparkling with mischief.
“Hello, Sebastian,” she purred, strutting into his room like she owned it. “What’s wrong? You look like you’re about to back out of our little wager.”
Sebastian clenched his jaw, his eyes narrowing as he looked at his manipulative stepsister. “I can’t do it, Kathryn. I can’t use Annette like that. It’s wrong.”
Kathryn rolled her eyes, brushing a lock of hair behind her ear. “Oh, come on. You’ve played this game with me before. You know how it works.”
Sebastian shook his head, standing up to face her. “Not with someone like Annette. She’s different. She’s not like the other girls we’ve messed with in the past. I can’t just use her like some pawn in our sick little game.”
Kathryn raised an eyebrow, her lips curling in a sly smile. “Well, I suppose you could always forfeit the bet and hand over your most prized possession to me.”
Sebastian frowned, feeling a pang of unease in his gut. He knew what Kathryn was hinting at – his beloved vintage car that he had spent years restoring. It was the one thing in his life that he truly cared about, and he couldn’t bear the thought of losing it to Kathryn. But at the same time, he couldn’t go through with the bet. He was stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Kathryn laughed, sensing his hesitation. “Come on, Sebastian. Think about it. You forfeit the bet, you lose your car. You follow through, you get the girl – and maybe a shot with me, if you’re lucky.”
Sebastian shook his head, his voice firm. “I can’t do it, Kathryn. I won’t.”
Kathryn’s smile faded, replaced by a scowl. “Fine,” she snapped, turning to leave his room. “But don’t think I’ll forget this, Sebastian. You owe me, and you’ll pay for it eventually.”
As she left, Sebastian sank back onto his bed, feeling a sense of relief – and apprehension. He had stood up to Kathryn, but he knew she wouldn’t take defeat lightly. He could feel her eyes on him, watching his every move, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. He had to be careful, or he could end up losing everything – including the girl he had started to care about.
He glanced at his phone, considering texting Annette to ask if they could reschedule their date. But something stopped him. He was drawn to her, inexplicably, and he knew he had to see her. He had to try to explain what was going on – to apologize for getting involved in the bet in the first place.
With a sigh, Sebastian grabbed his keys and headed out to meet Annette, his mind whirring with conflicting thoughts and emotions. He didn’t know what the future held, but he knew he had to take a chance – even if it meant risking everything he held dear.
As Sebastian drove towards the restaurant where he was supposed to meet Annette, he couldn’t shake the feeling that he was heading towards a storm. But he kept going, determined to face whatever lay ahead. Little did he know, his fate was already sealed – and nothing could stop the chaos that lay ahead.
Chapter 4: The Date
Sebastian couldn’t believe how nervous he was. He had been on countless dates before, but this one felt different. Annette was different. She was smart, beautiful and intriguing. He couldn’t help but wonder what her hidden depths were, what secrets she held behind those big brown eyes.
He took her to an Italian restaurant downtown, a small, charming place with red and white checkered tablecloths and soft music playing in the background. They talked about everything and nothing at the same time, sharing anecdotes from their childhood and discussing their favorite books.
Sebastian couldn’t help but feel drawn to her. There was something pure and innocent about her that made him want to protect her, to keep her safe from the cruel world he knew so well.
As the night went on, they moved to a bar nearby, where Sebastian ordered two glasses of red wine. They sat in a cozy corner, and Sebastian couldn’t help but admire how beautiful Annette looked by the soft glow of candlelight.
They talked about their dreams and aspirations, and Sebastian slowly opened up to her about his dark past, the pain and the heartbreak that had shaped him into the man he was today. Annette listened with empathy, and Sebastian felt a kind of connection he had never experienced before.
Suddenly, Annette’s phone rang, and she excused herself to take the call. Sebastian felt a pang of jealousy, wondering who could be calling her at this hour. When she came back, he noticed a faint sadness in her eyes.
“Everything okay?” he asked, concerned.
She sighed. “It’s my ex-boyfriend. He’s been trying to get back in touch with me.”
Sebastian felt a sudden urge to protect her, to show her that she deserved better than someone who didn’t appreciate her. “Forget about him. You deserve someone who treats you like a queen.”
Annette smiled at him, and for a moment, Sebastian forgot about the bet, about Kathryn, about everything else. He felt like he was in a bubble, a world where only the two of them existed.
As they left the bar, Sebastian took her hand and walked her to her door. He leaned in to kiss her, and she met him halfway. It was a soft, tentative kiss, but it left Sebastian wanting more.
“I had a great time tonight,” he said, not wanting to leave.
“Me too,” Annette replied, her eyes sparkling. “Thank you for everything.”
Sebastian took a step back, reluctantly letting go of her hand. “Goodnight, Annette.”
“Goodnight, Sebastian,” she said, smiling as she closed the door.
Sebastian walked home, feeling like he was floating on air. He tried to push thoughts of the bet out of his head, but they kept creeping back in. He wondered what Kathryn would say about his date with Annette, what her reaction would be.
When he got home, he found Kathryn waiting for him in his room, dressed in a silk robe that left little to the imagination.
“Where have you been?” she asked, her voice laced with jealousy.
“I went out with Annette,” Sebastian replied, trying to keep his cool.
Kathryn raised an eyebrow. “And?”
“And it was great,” Sebastian said, feeling a sense of pride.
Kathryn looked livid. “You’re falling for her, aren’t you?”
Sebastian hesitated, not wanting to admit the truth. But Kathryn knew him too well.
“You are,” she said, her tone icy. “You’re falling for her, and you’re going to ruin everything.”
Sebastian felt a sense of dread wash over him. He knew she was right. He couldn’t let himself get attached to Annette, not when the bet was still on. But he couldn’t help how he felt.
He lay down on his bed, his mind racing with conflicting thoughts. He didn’t know how much longer he could keep up this game, this charade of seduction and betrayal.
But for now, he closed his eyes and let himself relive the memory of his perfect date with Annette, hoping to cling onto it for just a little while longer.
Chapter 5: The Seduction
Sebastian was in shock as he watched Kathryn seduce Annette’s ex-boyfriend in front of him. He couldn’t believe that she was capable of such cruelty. He knew that she had a reputation for being manipulative, but he had never seen her go this far before.
He watched as Kathryn wrapped her arms around the other guy’s neck and whispered something in his ear. He saw the guy’s eyes light up as he glanced over at Annette, who was sitting alone at the other end of the room. He saw the guy nod eagerly and start to make his way towards Annette.
Sebastian knew that he had to do something to stop this from happening. He couldn’t let Annette get hurt because of his stupid bet with Kathryn. He got up from his seat and headed over towards Annette, hoping to intercept the other guy before he could reach her.
“Hey,” he said as he approached her. “How are you doing?”
Annette looked up at him with tears in her eyes. “I’m doing okay, I guess,” she said quietly. “I just can’t believe that you would do something like this.”
Sebastian hung his head in shame. He knew that he had hurt her deeply, and he regretted it more than anything. “I know,” he said. “I’m so sorry. I never should have made that bet with Kathryn. It was stupid and cruel, and I don’t know what I was thinking.”
Annette looked at him skeptically. “So what are you going to do about it?” she asked.
Sebastian took a deep breath. “I’m going to make it up to you,” he said. “I’m going to do whatever it takes to earn your forgiveness and prove to you that I’m not like Kathryn.”
Annette looked at him for a moment, then nodded slowly. “Okay,” she said. “I’ll give you a chance. But you’re going to have to work hard to earn my trust back.”
Sebastian felt a sense of relief as he heard her words. He knew that it wasn’t going to be easy, but he was determined to make things right between them. He looked back over at Kathryn, who was watching them with a smug expression on her face. He knew that he couldn’t let her win this game.
Over the next few days, Sebastian did everything he could to make it up to Annette. He took her on romantic dates, wrote her love letters, and showered her with gifts. He wanted her to know how much he cared about her, and how sorry he was for what he had done.
Meanwhile, Kathryn continued to plot against them. She was furious that Sebastian was no longer under her control, and she was determined to get revenge. She started to spread rumors about Annette, trying to ruin her reputation and turn Sebastian against her.
But Sebastian didn’t fall for Kathryn’s tricks. He knew that Annette was a good person, and he was willing to stand up for her. He confronted Kathryn about her actions, telling her that he was done with her games.
Kathryn was taken aback by his words. She had never seen Sebastian so assertive before. She realized that he was serious about his feelings for Annette, and that she had lost her hold on him.
In the end, Sebastian and Annette’s relationship was stronger than ever. They had both learned valuable lessons about love and forgiveness, and they knew that they could overcome any obstacle together. Kathryn, on the other hand, was left alone and miserable, with nothing to show for all of her cruel intentions.
Chapter 6: The Revelation
Sebastian’s heart raced as he nervously approached Annette’s dorm room. He knew that what he was about to tell her would break her heart, but he couldn’t keep the bet a secret any longer. He had fallen for her, and he couldn’t bear to keep up the façade any longer.
As he knocked on her door, he couldn’t help but feel sick to his stomach. He knew that what he was about to say would change everything, and he wasn’t sure if they could ever recover from it.
Annette opened the door, and Sebastian could see the happiness in her eyes. She had been waiting for him, and he could tell that she was excited for their date.
“Hey,” she said, smiling at him. “Ready to go?”
Sebastian took a deep breath and nodded. “Actually, can we talk for a second?”
Annette furrowed her brow, sensing something was off. “Is everything okay?”
Sebastian shook his head. “No, everything’s not okay. There’s something I need to tell you…”
He took her hand and led her to the couch, sitting down beside her. He could see the confusion in her eyes, and he knew that what he was about to tell her would shatter her world.
“Annette, there’s something I need to tell you,” he said, taking a deep breath.
Annette’s eyes widened as she looked at him, waiting for him to continue.
“I made a bet with Kathryn,” he said, his voice barely above a whisper. “A bet to deflower you.”
Annette’s eyes filled with tears as she stared at him, unable to comprehend what she was hearing.
“What?” she whispered, her voice shaking.
Sebastian hung his head, unable to look at her. “I’m sorry, Annette. I never meant for things to get this far. I never thought I would fall for you, but I did. And now, I can’t keep this a secret any longer.”
Annette pulled away from him, her heart shattering into a million pieces. She couldn’t believe what she was hearing. The guy she had fallen for, the guy she had trusted, had betrayed her in the worst possible way.
“How could you do this, Sebastian?” she whisper-shouted, tears streaming down her face. “How could you make a bet about something like this? How could you use me like that?”
Sebastian could see the pain in her eyes, and he knew that he had made a terrible mistake. He had let his pride and his desire for Kathryn cloud his judgment, and now, he was paying the price.
“I don’t know, Annette,” he said, his voice breaking. “I was stupid, and I was wrong. I should never have made that bet. I should have told you the truth from the beginning.”
Annette stood up, unable to bear the pain any longer. “I can’t even look at you right now,” she said, her voice shaking. “I need some time to think.”
Sebastian watched as she walked away, his heart breaking into a million pieces. He knew that he had messed up, and he didn’t know if he could ever make it right.
As he left the dorm room, he couldn’t help but feel the weight of the guilt on his shoulders. He had hurt the one person that he cared about the most, and he didn’t know if he could ever fix the damage that he had caused.
But as he walked back to his own dorm room, he knew that he had to try. He couldn’t let his mistakes define him, and he couldn’t let Annette go without a fight. He had to make things right, no matter what it took.
Chapter 7: The Redemption
Sebastian sat nervously in the coffee shop, waiting for Annette to arrive. He had called her earlier to apologize for what he had done and to ask for a chance to explain himself. He knew he had hurt her deeply and he wanted to make it right.
As he waited, his mind wandered back to the bet he had made with Kathryn. He was ashamed of what he had done, and he couldn’t believe that he had let himself get caught up in her manipulative games.
Suddenly, he saw Annette walking towards him. He stood up and walked towards her, his heart racing. She looked beautiful, but there was a sadness in her eyes that broke his heart.
“Hi,” he said softly.
Annette looked at him for a moment, then spoke. “I don’t know why I’m here, Sebastian. I don’t think there’s anything you can say to make what you did okay.”
Sebastian felt a lump form in his throat. He had expected her to be angry, but he hadn’t expected her to be so cold.
“I know I screwed up, Annette. I’m sorry. I was stupid and selfish and I didn’t think about how my actions would affect you.”
Annette crossed her arms and looked away. “That’s not good enough, Sebastian. You hurt me in a way that I’ve never been hurt before. I trusted you, and you betrayed me.”
Sebastian felt tears welling up in his eyes. “I know, Annette. And I’m so sorry. But please, just hear me out.”
Annette hesitated for a moment, then nodded. Sebastian took a deep breath and began to speak.
“I made a bet with Kathryn, and I know that was wrong. But I want you to know that I never intended to hurt you. I was caught up in her games, and I wasn’t thinking clearly. But when I started to get to know you, everything changed. I realized that I didn’t care about winning the bet anymore. I just wanted to be with you.”
Annette looked at him skeptically. “And how do I know you’re not just saying that because you got caught?”
Sebastian shook his head. “I’m not, Annette. I swear. I know I messed up, but I want to make it right. I want to prove to you that I care about you. I don’t care about the stupid bet or what Kathryn thinks. I just want to be with you.”
Annette looked at him for a moment, then sighed. “I don’t know, Sebastian. I want to believe you, but it’s going to take a lot for me to trust you again.”
Sebastian felt a glimmer of hope. “I understand. And I’ll do whatever it takes, Annette. I’ll prove to you that I’m serious about this. I’ll do whatever it takes to make it right.”
Annette looked at him for a moment, then nodded. “Okay, Sebastian. I’m willing to give you a chance. But you have to prove yourself to me. You have to show me that you’re serious.”
Sebastian felt a wave of relief wash over him. “Thank you, Annette. I won’t let you down.”
And with that, they both knew that things were going to be different. There was a long road ahead, but Sebastian was willing to do whatever it took to make things right with Annette. He knew that he had a lot to make up for, but he was determined to prove that he was worthy of her love.
Chapter 8: The Confrontation
Sebastian couldn’t believe what he had just heard. Kathryn never really loved him? It was like a knife to his heart. All this time, he thought that they were in this together, that they were playing the same game. But now, he realized that he had been played all along. His eyes met Kathryn’s, and he could see the triumph in her eyes. She had won. She had always won.
“You never loved me, did you?” he asked. His voice was low, barely above a whisper.
Kathryn’s smile widened. “Oh, Sebastian, you really are an idiot, aren’t you? Of course, I never loved you. You were just a pawn in my game, nothing more.”
Sebastian’s fists clenched at his sides. He wanted to hit her, to hurt her as much as she had hurt him. But he knew that wouldn’t solve anything. Instead, he took a deep breath and tried to calm himself down.
“Why?” he asked. “Why did you do this? Why did you play this game with me?”
Kathryn shrugged. “Because I can. Because I enjoy it. Because I wanted to see if you were really as good as you thought you were.”
Sebastian shook his head in disbelief. “And what about Annette? Did you plan for her to get hurt?”
Kathryn’s expression darkened. “Annette was never part of the plan. But you ruined everything when you fell for her. You were supposed to seduce her, not fall in love with her.”
Sebastian’s chest tightened at the mention of Annette’s name. He knew he had hurt her, and he didn’t know how to make it right. He had been so sure that he could win the bet, that he could have everything he wanted. But now, he realized that he had lost everything that mattered.
“You’re sick,” he said, his voice shaking with anger. “You’re a manipulative, heartless bitch, and I never want to see you again.”
Kathryn’s smile faded slightly. “Oh, Sebastian, don’t be like that. We had some good times together, didn’t we? Remember how we used to have sex in the park, or how we made that girl cry when we humiliated her at the party?”
Sebastian felt sick to his stomach. He couldn’t believe that he had ever found those things entertaining. He had been so blinded by his desire for Kathryn that he had ignored the pain he was causing.
“That’s not who I am anymore,” he said, his voice firm. “I’ve changed, Kathryn. I’ve realized that there’s more to life than playing games and hurting people. I want something real, something meaningful. And I’m going to find it with Annette.”
Kathryn’s eyes narrowed. “And what about the bet? You still have to win it, or else I get your car.”
Sebastian shook his head. “I don’t care about the bet anymore. I don’t care about my car. I care about Annette, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make things right with her.”
Kathryn laughed. “You’re such a fool, Sebastian. You’ll never win her back. She’s too good for you.”
Sebastian’s fists clenched again. “Don’t you dare talk about her like that. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me, and I’m not going to let you or anyone else take her away from me.”
Kathryn’s expression softened slightly, and Sebastian could see a hint of something like regret in her eyes. But then it was gone, replaced by her usual coldness.
“Fine,” she said. “Do what you want. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
Sebastian nodded, knowing that he had made the right choice. He turned and walked away, leaving Kathryn behind. He didn’t know what the future held, but he knew that he had to try to make things right with Annette. He couldn’t let his past mistakes define him any longer. He had to move forward, even if it meant facing the consequences of his actions.
Chapter 9: The Consequences
Sebastian and Annette’s relationship had been put to the test since the revelation of the bet. They had been through a lot together, and now the consequences of their actions were becoming clearer.
The news of the bet had spread like wildfire, and the whole school had heard about it. People were whispering behind their backs, and Sebastian and Annette were constantly being talked about. They were both struggling to deal with the public scrutiny, the betrayal, and the guilt.
Sebastian had lost the respect of his classmates and was being shunned by everyone. Annette, on the other hand, was being pitied and looked down upon for falling for Sebastian’s charm. It was a difficult time for both of them, and they were barely holding on to each other.
To make things worse, Kathryn was relentless in her pursuit of revenge. She was determined to destroy Sebastian and Annette’s relationship and make sure that they paid for what they had done. She would use any means necessary to achieve her goal, even if it meant hurting those closest to her.
She started spreading rumors about Sebastian and Annette, trying to turn their friends against them. She would plant lies and make up stories about their relationship to make it seem like it was built on deception. Sebastian and Annette were constantly on the defensive, trying to protect themselves from Kathryn’s attacks.
One day, Sebastian received a note in his locker. It was from Kathryn, and it read, “See you tonight, lover.” The note made Sebastian sick to his stomach, but he had to confront Kathryn. He knew that he had to put an end to her games once and for all.
He met Kathryn in the abandoned building where they used to play their dangerous games. She was sitting on a couch, waiting for him. She smiled as he approached her.
“Hello, Sebastian,” she said, “I’m glad you came. I’ve missed you.”
Sebastian felt disgusted by her words. He knew that she didn’t care about him and that she was only using him for her own benefit.
“What do you want, Kathryn?” he asked, trying to sound calm.
“I want you, Sebastian,” she said, moving closer to him, “I’ve always wanted you. You know that.”
Sebastian stepped back, trying to distance himself from her. He couldn’t believe how blinded he had been by her charm and beauty. He had been so naïve to think that she had a heart.
“It’s over, Kathryn,” he said firmly, “I’m done playing your games. You can’t control me anymore.”
Kathryn looked hurt for a moment, but then her expression turned cold.
“Fine,” she said, “Have it your way. But remember, Sebastian, I always get what I want.”
Sebastian walked out of the building, feeling relieved that he had finally stood up to Kathryn. He knew that she wouldn’t give up easily, but he was ready to face the consequences.
That night, Sebastian and Annette cuddled on the couch, watching a movie. They had decided to stay in and avoid the public eye. They were both tired of the gossip and the drama. They just wanted to be together and forget about everything else.
Sebastian looked into Annette’s eyes and saw the pain and sadness that he had caused her. He knew that he had a lot to make up for, and he was willing to do whatever it takes to prove his love for her.
“I’m sorry, Annette,” he said, taking her hand, “I know that I’ve hurt you, but I promise to make it up to you. I love you more than anything in this world, and I’ll do anything to make you happy.”
Annette looked at him, tears in her eyes. She knew that Sebastian was sincere and that he had truly learned his lesson.
“I love you too, Sebastian,” she said, snuggling closer to him, “Let’s forget about the past and focus on the future. We have each other, and that’s all that matters.”
Sebastian smiled, feeling grateful for Annette’s forgiveness and love. He knew that they had a long way to go, but he was ready to face the consequences of his actions and start a new life with the woman he loved.
Chapter 10: The Resolution
Sebastian stared at Annette, his heart pounding in his chest. He couldn’t believe that he had hurt her so deeply, but he was determined to make it right. He took her hand and looked deep into her eyes.
“Annette, I know that I messed up. I made a terrible mistake, and I am so sorry. But I want to make it up to you. I want to show you how much I love you and how sorry I am for what I did.”
Annette looked at him skeptically. “Sebastian, how can I trust you after what you did? You made a bet to deflower me, and you only told me because you got caught. How do I know that you won’t hurt me again?”
Sebastian took a deep breath. “I know that I messed up, but I promise you that I never meant to hurt you. I was stupid, and I didn’t realize how much you meant to me. But now I do. Annette, I love you. I know that I have a lot of work to do to earn your trust back, but I am willing to do whatever it takes. I will do anything to make it up to you.”
Annette looked at him for a long moment, and Sebastian felt like his heart was going to burst. Finally, she spoke.
“Sebastian, I don’t know if I can ever fully trust you again. But I do love you too. And I’m willing to try. But you have to prove to me that you are worthy of my trust.”
Sebastian nodded, relieved. “I will do whatever it takes. Just tell me what you want me to do.”
Annette smiled slightly. “Well, for starters, you can stop calling me ‘headmaster’s daughter’. My name is Annette.”
Sebastian grinned. “Of course. Annette, I promise to treat you with the respect and love that you deserve.”
Annette stepped closer to him. “And there’s something else. I want you to show me that you’re serious about this. I want you to do something to prove to me that you’re willing to change.”
Sebastian took her hand again. “Anything, Annette. Just name it.”
Annette hesitated for a moment before speaking. “I want you to give up your playboy ways. I want you to be faithful to me and only me. And I want you to prove it by taking a vow of celibacy for the next six months.”
Sebastian’s eyes widened in shock. “Six months? Annette, I don’t know if I can do that…”
Annette held up a hand. “It’s not negotiable, Sebastian. If you want to be with me, you have to prove to me that you’re serious. And if you succeed, then maybe we can start talking about a future together.”
Sebastian took a deep breath, steeling himself for the challenge ahead. “Alright. I’ll do it. For you, Annette. I’ll give up my old ways and be faithful to you. And I’ll take that vow of celibacy for six months. I promise.”
Annette smiled. “Thank you, Sebastian.”
Sebastian pulled her close, kissing her gently. It felt like a new beginning, and for the first time in a long time, he felt truly happy.
Over the next few weeks, Sebastian threw himself into his new life with Annette. He gave up his playboy ways, focusing all of his energy on being the best possible boyfriend to her. He took her on romantic dates, wrote her love letters, and always put her needs first.
And, true to his word, he took a vow of celibacy. It was harder than he thought it would be, but every time he was tempted, he thought of Annette and how much she meant to him. It made him realize that he didn’t need to sleep with anyone else to feel fulfilled. He had everything he needed right here with her.
Six months passed quickly, and before he knew it, the vow of celibacy was over. Sebastian was nervous as he approached Annette, wondering if he had done enough to prove his love to her.
“Annette, I did it. I kept my word. I was faithful to you, and I took that vow of celibacy. Do you…do you think we have a future together?”
Annette smiled, her eyes shining with love. “Sebastian, you’ve proved to me that you’re serious about us. And I love you. I want to be with you, if you still want to be with me.”
Sebastian’s heart swelled with joy. “Of course I do, Annette. I love you more than anything in this world.”
They embraced, and Sebastian knew that he had finally found true love. It wasn’t about games or bets or conquests. It was about two people who loved each other deeply, and who were willing to do whatever it took to be together.
As they walked away, hand in hand, Sebastian knew that he had finally found what he had been searching for. Love, redemption, and a happy ending.
Some scenes from the movie Cruel Intentions written by A.I.
– Kathryn: A manipulative and cunning woman who loves playing dangerous games.
– Sebastian: Kathryn’s stepbrother who is just as cunning as she is.
– Annette: The headmaster’s daughter who becomes the target of Kathryn and Sebastian’s bet.
– A posh private school in New York City.
Kathryn: “I have a proposal for you, dear stepbrother. How about we make a bet?”
Sebastian: “What kind of bet?”
Kathryn: “I challenge you to deflower the headmaster’s daughter before the summer ends. If you succeed, you get to bed me. But if you lose, I get to claim your most prized possession.”
Sebastian: “And what’s that?”
Kathryn: “I’ll think of something.”
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY – DAY
Kathryn and Sebastian are walking down the hallway, deep in conversation.
I’m bored, Sebastian. I need a new challenge.
What do you have in mind?
I have a proposal for you, dear stepbrother. How about we make a bet?
Sebastian looks intrigued.
I challenge you to deflower the headmaster’s daughter before the summer ends. If you succeed, you get to bed me. But if you lose, I get to claim your most prized possession.
(raises an eyebrow)
And what’s that?
I’ll think of something.
I don’t know, Kathryn. That sounds risky.
Oh, come on. You love risky, don’t you?
Okay, you’re on.
Kathryn grins, pleased with herself.
Great. Let the games begin.
Logline: A stepbrother and stepsister make a dangerous bet to deflower the headmaster’s daughter, but things get complicated when emotions start to get involved.
Kathryn – A manipulative and cunning young woman who always gets what she wants. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to win the bet and get Sebastian in bed.
Sebastian – A charming and seductive young man who’s always up for a challenge. He enters the bet with Kathryn but starts to fall for his target, Annette.
Annette – A smart and independent young woman who’s focused on her studies and her future. She’s the target of the bet, but she’s not interested in playing games.
Setting: A prestigious private school in New York City.
INT. SCHOOL COURTYARD – DAY
Sebastian and Kathryn are sitting on a bench, watching Annette from a distance.
So, what’s your plan?
I don’t have a plan. I’m just going to get to know her and see where things go.
That’s not going to work. You need to make a move, Sebastian. You need to show her that you’re interested.
I am interested. I just don’t want to rush things.
Rush? We have a bet to win, remember?
I haven’t forgotten. But I’m not going to rush Annette into anything she’s not comfortable with.
You’re such a goody-two-shoes, Sebastian. That’s not going to get you anywhere.
Maybe not, but at least I’ll have my self-respect.
Fine, do it your way. But don’t come crying to me when you lose the bet.
Sebastian and Kathryn continue to watch Annette as she walks away. Sebastian can’t help but feel drawn to her, despite the bet.
END OF SCENE.
EXT. CENTRAL PARK – DAY
SEBASTIAN and KATHRYN are walking together in Central Park, enjoying the beautiful day.
Kathryn, I can’t do this anymore. I can’t go through with the bet. It’s not fair to Annette.
Oh, Sebastian. Don’t be silly. You wanted this bet just as much as I did. And besides, you can’t back out now. Not when we’re so close to victory.
I don’t care about winning anymore. I care about Annette. She’s not just some girl to use and discard for a stupid bet.
Oh, Sebastian. You’re so noble. But let me remind you of the prize you’ll get if you win. Me. Think about it.
(shaking his head)
I can’t believe I ever fell for your games, Kathryn. You’re not the person I thought you were.
What’s gotten into you, Sebastian? You were always the one who wanted to play these dangerous games with me. Now you’re just giving up?
I don’t know what I want anymore. All I know is that I can’t hurt Annette like this. I have to tell her the truth.
You can’t tell her anything! You made a bet, you have to see it through. And if you don’t, I will claim your most prized possession.
What are you talking about?
You know exactly what I’m talking about. Your precious car. I’ll have it towed away and sold for parts. And you’ll have nothing.
You wouldn’t dare.
Try me, Sebastian.
Sebastian stares at Kathryn in disbelief. He knows she’s capable of doing anything to win. But he can’t let her control him anymore.
No, Kathryn. I won’t let you do this to me. I won’t let you control me anymore.
Kathryn looks at Sebastian in shock as he walks away, leaving her alone in the park.
INT. RESTAURANT – NIGHT
Sebastian and Annette sit across from each other at a candlelit table. They both look nervous and uncomfortable.
So, tell me about yourself.
What would you like to know?
Sebastian takes a deep breath and starts to open up.
Well, my step-sister and I made a bet to see who could deflower the headmaster’s daughter.
Annette’s face falls and she looks disappointed.
That’s disgusting. How could you do something like that?
I know, I know. It was stupid and wrong. But I didn’t expect to actually fall for you.
Annette softens and looks at him with a hint of hope.
Do you really mean that?
Yes, I do. You’re not like anyone I’ve ever met before.
Annette smiles but still looks cautious.
I don’t know, Sebastian. It’s going to take more than a few kind words to make up for what you did.
I understand. All I can do is try to prove to you that I’m not that person anymore.
They fall into an uneasy silence, both of them lost in their own thoughts.
Suddenly, Annette’s phone rings, interrupting the moment. She looks at the screen and sees Kathryn’s name.
It’s my roommate. I have to take this.
Sebastian nods and watches as Annette stands up and walks away to answer the call.
I hope she can forgive me.
The camera fades to black as Sebastian looks down at his hands, lost in thought.
INT. NEW YORK CITY HOTEL BAR – NIGHT
Sebastian sits at the bar, nursing his scotch as he watches Kathryn seduce Annette’s ex-boyfriend across the room. He’s disgusted by her actions but unable to tear his gaze away.
Kathryn notices Sebastian staring and saunters over to him. She takes a seat next to him and orders a drink.
What’s wrong, Sebastian? Jealous?
You know damn well that I am.
Good. That’s what I want. I want you to feel what I feel. I want you to feel the heat of jealousy burning inside of you. It’s thrilling, isn’t it?
(shaking his head)
No, it’s not. It’s sick and twisted. And it’s not worth it.
Kathryn leans in closer to Sebastian, her lips just inches away from his ear.
You know what’s worth it, Sebastian? Me.
Sebastian turns to face Kathryn, his eyes blazing with anger and desire.
No, Kathryn. You’re not worth it. Not anymore.
Kathryn’s smirk disappears from her face as Sebastian rises from his seat and leaves the bar, Annette’s ex-boyfriend forgotten. He knows now that he wants something real and true, and he won’t let Kathryn stand in his way.
– Sebastian Valmont
– Annette Hargrove
– Kathryn Merteuil
Setting: Manhattan Elite Preparatory School
INT. MANHATTAN ELITE PREPARATORY SCHOOL – DAY
Sebastian is sitting in the library feeling guilty, when Annette enters.
Sebastian, what’s wrong?
I need to tell you something.
What is it?
I made a bet with Kathryn to deflower you before the end of summer. If I win, I get to sleep with her. If I lose, she gets my prized possession.
Annette looks shocked and tears stream down her cheeks.
How could you do this to me?
I’m sorry, Annette. I never thought it would go this far. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make it right.
I don’t know if I can forgive you. You used me for a bet, Sebastian.
Annette walks out of the library.
I knew I had to make things right with Annette. I had to prove to her that I loved her and that I was willing to do whatever it takes to make her happy.
The camera zooms in on Sebastian’s determined face as he comes up with a plan to redeem himself.
INT. KATHRYN’S APARTMENT – NIGHT
Sebastian is sitting on the couch, looking forlorn. Kathryn is pacing back and forth, seething with anger.
I can’t believe you’re choosing her over me. After everything we’ve been through.
It’s not about choosing anyone, Kathryn. It’s about doing the right thing.
The right thing? You’re throwing away our bet, our relationship, everything we had for some goody-two-shoes?
She’s not just some goody-two-shoes, Kathryn. She’s someone I care about deeply.
Kathryn stops pacing and looks at Sebastian with a mixture of hurt and anger.
You know what? You’re right. You do care about her deeply. But you know what I care about deeply? Winning. And I’ll do whatever it takes to win.
Sebastian looks at Kathryn with resignation.
What are you going to do, Kathryn?
I’m going to make sure you never see her again. I’ll do whatever it takes.
Sebastian stands up, facing Kathryn.
I won’t let you hurt her, Kathryn. I’ll do whatever it takes to protect her.
You’re so naive, Sebastian. You can’t protect anyone. Especially not from me.
With that, Kathryn picks up her phone and dials a number.
Hello, this is Kathryn Merteuil. I need your help with something.
Sebastian looks at Kathryn with a mix of fear and disgust.
What have you done, Kathryn?
Kathryn looks at Sebastian with a cold, calculating stare.
I’ve done what I always do, Sebastian. I’ve made sure I win at any cost.
INT. KATHRYN’S APARTMENT – NIGHT
Sebastian enters the room, furious, and slams the door behind him.
SEBASTIAN: How could you do this to me, Kathryn? After all we’ve been through?
KATHRYN: (smirking) It was just a game, Sebastian. Don’t tell me you actually fell for her.
SEBASTIAN: (shouting) I don’t care about the bet anymore. I care about Annette. And you know what? She cares about me too.
KATHRYN: (rolling her eyes) Oh, please. You think she’s going to forgive you for using her like some kind of pawn in your little game? You’re delusional.
SEBASTIAN: (calming down) I know I messed up. But I’m willing to make it right. I want to be with Annette, and I want nothing to do with you anymore.
KATHRYN: (laughing) You really think you can just walk away from me like that? You forget who you’re dealing with, Sebastian.
Sebastian starts to walk towards the door, but Kathryn blocks his way.
KATHRYN (CONT’D): You still owe me, remember? If you don’t give me what I want, I’ll make sure everyone knows about your little secret.
SEBASTIAN: (clenching his fist) That’s not fair, Kathryn. You can’t blackmail me like this.
KATHRYN: (smiling) Watch me. You have until tomorrow to make a decision. Either you come back to me, or I ruin your life.
Sebastian storms out of the room, leaving Kathryn alone with her thoughts.
EXT. COUNTRY CLUB – DAY
Sebastian and Annette stand outside the country club, ready to face the consequences of their actions. Sebastian’s hand is tightly clasped around Annette’s as they both take a deep breath.
INT. COUNTRY CLUB – BALLROOM – DAY
Kathryn stands in the middle of the ballroom, surrounded by her friends. She smirks as she sees Sebastian and Annette walk in.
Well, well, well. Look what we have here.
Sebastian and Annette remain silent as they approach Kathryn.
Are you ready to face the consequences of your little bet, Sebastian?
Yes, I am.
Good. Because I have a little surprise for you.
Kathryn snaps her fingers, and a group of students walk in with a large banner that reads “Sebastian’s Most Prized Possession.”
What is the meaning of this?
Kathryn walks up to Sebastian and gets in his face.
You lost the bet, Sebastian. And now, I get to claim your car.
Annette steps forward and stands next to Sebastian.
No, you don’t.
Kathryn turns to Annette, surprised.
What do you mean?
I can’t let you do this, Kathryn. It’s not fair. This whole bet was wrong, and it’s time to put an end to it.
Kathryn’s expression softens as she looks at Annette.
You’re right, Annette. This whole thing was wrong. And I’m sorry.
Sebastian steps forward and puts his arm around Annette.
I think it’s time we all move on from this. What do you say, Kathryn?
I say it’s about time.
Sebastian, Annette, and Kathryn all exchange hugs, relieved that the bet is finally over.
FADE TO BLACK.