The Mess that is Chuck Bass- Chapter Twelve
The siku 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 shati 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 onyesha 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 alisema 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 wewe one bit but I know you’re going to do great. I’ll be here for wewe when wewe 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 wewe this once before, but I will stand kwa through anything.”
He caught on to what she was saying. That had been the siku of his father’s funeral when he had rebuffed her. “And why would wewe do that?” He repeated the same words he had used that day.
“Because…I upendo you.” She alisema with a little grin on her face.
He wasn’t going to say the same thing that he had that day. “I upendo wewe 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 wewe the news?”
“About wewe moving back in here?”
She took a kiti, kiti cha on his kitanda 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 wewe belong.”
He sat down inayofuata 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 bass, besi Industries. But most importantly wewe are my family, Blair. wewe 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 wewe finally have accepted them as your family. And I do understand your feelings about Lily; it’s just going to take time. And wewe may never be ready to forgive her and that’s okay. Just so wewe know, wewe are the person that I care most about too, Chuck. Without wewe 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 alisema everything that he needed to say. “Is Lily going with wewe to the meeting?”
“Yes, she is.”
Serena knocked and ducked her head into the bedroom. “Chuck, my mom wants to talk to wewe before wewe 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 inayofuata to her. “Charles, take a seat. I just wanted to tell wewe something before we leave.”
He took the kiti, kiti cha and waited for her to say what she had too. He just wanted to get this siku 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 wewe that wewe deserve the company, Charles. I will do everything in my power to make sure wewe get it. I am still a little hesitant about it since wewe are so young. But everyone seems to be behind wewe 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 wewe to have this over anybody. Including his own wife. And I know that wewe feel like wewe have to do this to prove your worth and maybe wewe do. wewe should know that if the board kura against wewe today, that wewe still will be running bass, besi Industries. I own the majority of the shares but I still want wewe to wow the board with your presentation today.”
Chuck was shell shocked kwa 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 kwa myself and not have any help from wewe au anybody else.”
Lily nodded. “Alright, just make sure that wewe do the best that wewe 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 wewe so desperately need. I know wewe haven’t forgiven me for your father’s death and I don’t expect wewe to right now. But eventually I hope that wewe will be able to see that I do upendo and care about you.”
It was him this time that tightened the grasp on her hand. “Lily, I haven’t forgiven wewe and like I’ve alisema before, I really don’t know if I can. But I do need wewe to be in my life, I need my family. And I consider wewe part of it along with Serena, Eric, Nate, and Blair. But I can’t make wewe 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 wewe to forgive me right now; all I want wewe to do is try.”
“Alright.” He alisema in a low voice.
She decided to change the subject. “Are wewe 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 siku to be over.”
Lily let patted his hand and let go of it. “Then let’s go make wewe the CEO of bass, besi 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 wewe to Bart’s son. This is Chuck bass, besi and he’s interested in becoming the CEO of the company. As I believe wewe know, he’s prepared a little presentation for all of you.”
Mr. Parker spoke up. “We already know Mr. Bass, Lily.” He alisema 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 wewe should give me the benefit of the doubt and let me explain my presentation before wewe make any decisions concerning my future here at bass, besi 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 aliyopewa 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 zamani with the woman and the drugs. In my defense, all I will say is that I was devastated kwa my father’s death. That is not an excuse but I am in a better place now. I am ready to take over bass, besi 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 au break his entire career with bass, besi Industries. Chuck explained many different ways that they could make the company better. Starting off with taking bass, besi 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 tarehe 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 bass, besi 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 wewe 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 kiti, kiti cha again. His moyo sped up quicker, he was about to find out his fate with the company. Lily looked at him directly. “The board kura in the favor of 12-1 to make Chuck bass, besi the CEO of bass, besi Industries.” She taped the gavel making the decision official. “All of us voted for wewe 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 bass, besi 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 alisema anything.
Serena finally couldn’t take it anymore. “Are wewe going to tell us what happened au 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 bass, besi 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 kitanda and she looked Lost 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 kubeba hug. “What did I tell you? I knew that wewe 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 zaidi 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 siku of pure success. I think we all should celebrate with a party.”
All of them screamed with Glee 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 wewe 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 wewe feel about it.”
She raised an eyebrow in surprise. “Okay, run it kwa me.”
He led her to the kitanda and sat down inayofuata 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 wewe 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 wewe 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 wewe marry me, Blair?”
To Be Continued…
A/N: Sorry for the lack of sasisho on this story again, other things just seem to keep getting in the way of me uandishi this story. I do hope wewe enjoy and another little shout out to all of the people who have aliyopewa me great advice 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 kwa the way, what do wewe think Blair should say to Chuck’s proposal? Yes au no?