It was morning the second day when Arianne woke up. Before she opened her eyes, she sensed someone’s presence by her bed. Fortunately, she remembered she had been admitted into the hospital last night. She thought it was Mary who had been watching over her so she said, “Mary, call in sick for me at work. I can’t go to work for now…”When there was no reply, Arianne slowly opened her eyes. Mark’s rather haggard face greeted her eyes. His attire of choice, loungewear, and his slightly unkempt hair startled her that her heart skipped a beat. She did not what happened during the surgery that it made someone like him, who cared about his image, look like this in a public place like the hospitalMark’s thin lips parted, saying words she did not understand. “What? Are you happy now? You win.”“What are you talking about?” She was baffled. Did he go mad again and decided to pick on her?Mark did not answer her. He rose to his feet before putting on his coat and headed to the door. “Mary will c
Seeing that Arianne was keeping quiet, Mary said with a smile. “Ah, you’re still young. You’ve been staying by sir’s side since you’re a little girl. You’re just like a carefully cared for rose that hasn’t seen much of the outside world. Once you go out into the world and see enough people and men, you’ll understand this. Sir might not be the nicest to women, but he’s certainly not mean to them. I can see there’s something going on with Aery and sir, but if Aery had met with an accident, I don’t think he would’ve rushed to the hospital and stayed the night.”Arianne did not want to speak about this so she quickly changed the topic. “Mary, did you arrange for someone to take care of Rice Ball on my behalf? It was raining so heavily last night, and the wind was so strong. It must have been terrified, being left in the backyard.”Mary slapped her leg. “Aiyah, I forgot! I was so worried about you all night and didn’t get a good sleep. I had a nagging feeling that I’ve forgotten something.
With what happened to Arianne last night, Tiffany did not get a good sleep. She had been yawning frequently while she was at work. She finally persevered until the end of office hours and was about to leave when she felt an oppressive force behind her. She whipped around and saw Jason who looked a lot taller than her now that he was looming over her while she sat.“Oh, always slacking during work hours but leaving as soon as work hours end, huh? I heard the supervisor said you made a mistake with an important document today. I was even notified about it. What do you think I should do?” Jackson said with a smirk.“I… I didn’t get a good rest last night. I’ve already rectified my mistakes. It’s a great virtue being able to admit to one’s mistake and rectify it. Don’t pick on me, okay?” Tiffany did not dare to show her dissatisfaction. After all, she should apologize since she was at fault.When Jackson saw her giving in, he could not help but continue to tease her. “Didn’t I tell you tha
After a moment, Arianne asked, “What about Rice Ball? How is it?”Without meeting her eyes, Mark simply answered, “Pretty good.”Arianne heaved a sigh of relief. “That’s good. I saw the weather forecast that it’ll be windy and raining recently.” Then, she asked tentatively, “Can… Can you allow Rice Ball into the house? It’s quite stupid. It doesn’t know how to hide from the rain... ”Mark glanced at her. “It’s pretty stupid. It can enter the house as long as it doesn’t come near me.”Mark’s attitude was a lot better compared to before. This was a good sign. Arianne felt relieved since Rice Ball would not have to suffer. Since she had decided to take care of it, she must take responsibility for it.Jackson watched their interaction from the side without saying anything. A nurse came in to perform a routine checkup on Arianne and took her temperature. When she saw Jackson and Tiffany, she could not help chuckling. “Mr. West, I was wondering why you were so generous. I see that it’s for t
After some time, Arianne could not withstand it anymore. “Go back. You must be busy too. You look like you haven’t slept well. I don’t need anyone here. Mary’s coming in a while anyway.”Mark ignored her and took out his phone to occupy himself.She had unintentionally browsed Mark’s phone. There was no form of entertainment in there; everything was work related. Any document in there was packed with words. It hurt her head.After a while, Mary finally came. Arianne breathed a sigh of relief and asked her to come closer to tell her softly, “I need to use the bathroom…”Mary almost choked herself on laughter. “Isn’t sir here for if you need to use the bathroom? You’re husband and wife. What are you afraid of? Did you hold it in, just waiting for me to get here? Why would you do such a thing!”Arianne became flustered and did not dare to look at Mark’s expression. She had whispered it so quietly, but why did Mary not understand her intention and shouted it instead?Perhaps to avoid the a
Arianne thought that the name was familiar. She pondered for a long time while looking at Nina’s pretty face, which was caked with makeup, and finally recalled where she’d heard it. “I know you, you’re Uncle Moran’s daughter.”That was right. She was Charles Moran’s daughter, Nina Moran. When she ate with Charles during the business trip with Mark, the older man had mentioned Nina at the table.Charles and the Tremonts went way back. He was someone Mark respected, somewhat of an elder figure.Nina smiled easily. “Great. The guards at the gate wouldn’t allow me to go in. I could only wait here. I tried calling Mark, but the call didn’t connect. He’s probably busy.”Arianne asked the guard to open the gate while Nina hauled a large suitcase from the trunk without anyone’s help. Arianne thought that it made her like the girl a little more. Nina’s figure was wonderful. She had the proportions of a super model and was half a head taller than Arianne.When they entered the house, Nina left h
When it was time for lunch and Nina had yet to come downstairs, Mary could not help going up to check. She promptly came down with a long face. “Ari, is this Nina Moran girl here to snatch your man? It’s forgivable if she showered in the room, but what’s up with her sleeping on the bed while wrapped in nothing but a towel? In all the years that I’ve worked for the Tremonts, I’ve never met a woman so immodest here! She’s even using sir’s towel! Revolting! I’ll throw everything out after this!”Arianne frowned. She would be lying if she said that she did not mind. Even if it wasn’t Mark’s room, it was still also her personal room. She would definitely mind a stranger using her bathroom and bed, plus sleeping in just a towel. Moreover, she was further repulsed when she recalled Mark wearing that towel. He had used it. Even if it had been washed, it was still…“Mary, wake Nina up for lunch. She needs to get up. Let her sleep in the guest room after lunch. Clean the master bedroom after thi
Nina mumbled an agreement and went to the kitchen for food. After that, she got changed and went out.Mary complained as she cleaned the master bedroom. The moment Arianne lay down, she felt incredibly content. She used to hate sleeping on this bed, but she hadn’t expected to have gotten used to it now.No one knew how long it had been when loud noises came from downstairs. There was the sound of the door being slammed and the click-clack of heels against the floor. Arianne was woken up, with her head feeling like a mess. Unhappy, she checked the time and saw that it was four in the morning…She did not have to guess to know that Nine was back, not that she could say anything. She could not even throw a tantrum. Covering her head, she went back to sleep.She got up at ten the next morning and Mary grumbled to her once she did. “Nina came back at four in the morning and was so drunk, she vomited all the way. Downstairs, the staircase, everywhere. It’s disgusting. Sir will be mad if he f