Catherine was speechless.Shaun should have explained this earlier.She had spent the past few hours worrying about being a stepmother!A feeling of helplessness washed over her.Despite that, the chubby cat with clean fur was adorable. She stepped forward, intending to pinch its fat cheeks, but the cat dashed into the master bedroom at the speed of lightning. The master bedroom was a place she was not yet qualified to step foot in. Catherine let out a sigh at the rejection. Then, she scanned around the house that had three bedrooms and two living areas. There was a master bedroom, a guest room, and a study.The interior of the house was decorated in a minimalist, modern style using black, white, and gray as its main color scheme. It was pleasant to the eyes but gave out a cold and cheerless vibe at the same time. The renovation probably did not cost much.Was this really the residence of Ethan’s uncle?The man was supposed to be a successful entrepreneur. It was one thing
Shaun did not know what to reply. He massaged the space between his eyebrows and accepted the message request.[Hubby, will you be home for dinner?] Catherine sent another text within seconds.Shaun: [No. Don’t call me that.]Shaunerine: [Fine then, I’ll call you Shaunny. It’s a cute name.]He did not know what else to say.Was it too late to back out of the marriage arrangement?Later that night.The group of people was enjoying dinner in the interestingly designed courtyard-style restaurant. The bunch of lawyers exchanged their opinions on the new cases recently taken in by the law firm. Shaun listened absent-mindedly when he heard a notification alert on his phone again. Catherine sent him a picture. Under the illumination of the soft yellow lights, the chubby cat was indulging itself in a small treat of dried fish. Shaunerine: [Shaunny, don’t worry about us. I’m taking such good care of little Fudge.]Shaun sighed grudgingly. The greedy cat had been bribed effortles
“It’s a must to enjoy warm pancakes with high-quality butter. Then, a sip of hot chocolate to go down with it.”Catherine continued on with the eating show.She was savoring every bite of food in earnest. Taking her pretty face into account as well, her performance was way more entertaining and convincing than the other eating broadcast shows available. Shaun could not take any more of this.“Meow.” At the same time, Fudge leaped onto the dining table while wagging its tail. Thinking the cat must be hungry, he walked over to the cupboard. He returned with a plate of cat food and placed it before Fudge. Fudge sniffed it for a few seconds before turning its head away. It looked at Catherine with greedy eyes.An awkward expression flashed across the man’s face.She suppressed the desire to laugh before feeding the cat a small piece of the cinnamon roll. The little cat devoured it within seconds.“Good kitty.”She patted the cat on the head lovingly. ‘You have much better tast
Catherine felt as if someone had punched her in the chest. The intense pain was suffocating, especially when Ethan’s indifferent gaze swept past her without lingering for a second longer.James hurried toward Rebecca. “HQ has given the order to hand this project over to Rebecca.”A shudder passed through Catherine before she turned to face the other woman. “Cathy, don’t get upset.” Rebecca staggered backward as if she was utterly shocked. Fortunately, Ethan had his hand on the small of her back.This scene only aggravated the situation.“Rebecca, what more do you want? You’ve already stolen my man and now you’re trying to snatch away the project that I spent so much time and effort on. Are you really that envious of everything I have?”“How ridiculous! Since when was Young Master Lowe your man?” James scoffed. “You’re quite something, aren’t you? You’ve been pestering Young Master Lowe in the past, but he hasn’t shown any interest in you at all. Besides, do you think you could’v
Catherine forced out a self-deprecating smile.Ever since joining the company, not once had she pulled rank. She always worked with much caution and conscientiousness. She would be the last one to leave the office every day, working overtime and treating everyone else with respect at all times. It was unexpected that things would end up like this.After leaving the company, she walked around the area alone without a specific destination in mind. During that time, Ethan called her a few times but she refused to answer his calls.She headed back to Jadeite Bay after buying some snacks and ingredients from the supermarket.As soon as she stepped foot into the house, Fudge came forward to greet her while wagging its tail in the air. She patted the cat on its head and murmured, “Fudge, you’re the only one left that likes me now.”“Meow,” the cat replied. It closed its eyes in satisfaction, giving the woman full permission to stroke it. The corners of her lips twitched into a sm
“Ah, why did you drop the towel?!”Catherine was completely stupefied as it was the first time she encountered this kind of situation. She reached out to cover her eyes and that was when she realized the white towel was in her hand. Did she… Did she accidentally pull the towel off him earlier?“The towel came off?”Shaun’s indifferent voice swept past her cheeks like cold ice. “I’ve never seen a woman as shameless as you.”She felt like crying, but no tears came out. “I didn’t plan to do so. I accidentally tripped on the mat.”“I’ve been walking on this mat every single day but I’ve not tripped before. Not once. You can’t convince me with this ridiculous excuse.” The man did not believe her at all.She blinked blankly. The situation was beyond mending now, so she replied innocently, “Perhaps after having a glimpse of your god-like and impeccably perfect body, my mind went blank and I lost my ability to focus…”The man scoffed out of anger. He had encountered numerous women in
Catherine got up to her feet. She returned to the house to pack up her belongings and left. 2:00 a.m.She did not want to disrupt her friend’s sleep, so she drove to the nearest five-star hotel right away.In the lobby, she retrieved her credit card and handed it to the receptionist. It was returned into her hands a few seconds later. “I’m sorry to inform you that this card can’t be used.”Startled, she received it and gave the person another card.However, she failed to make the payment even after several tries with her other cards.It finally dawned upon her that the Joneses had suspended all of her credit cards.Although she had earned a few million dollars in the past couple of years from working on several projects, she had handed over the money to Sally without keeping any for herself.She normally used the credit cards given to her by Jeffery for her daily expenses, but those cards were all currently suspended. All she had left was a pay card that only had a little over
“Alright, I want to know more about the process. What’s the best way to keep her comfortable during pregnancy?” Shaun enquired. For the next ten minutes, the vet explained the process in detail and gave him a cat pregnancy guide in the end. “A pregnant cat must watch its nutrition intake. Your cat is quite weak to begin with, thus miscarriage might happen easily. It’s best if you hire someone to look after it.”“...”Shaun was at a loss for words.Was it a pet or a hardnut were they dealing with here?For some reason, he was suddenly reminded of Catherine’s exceptional cooking skills. It occurred to him that he might have been too rude to her just now.Right, he should probably stop bringing up the topic of her leaving the house when he returned later.Back at Jadeite Bay, he opened the door and turned the lights on.Something did not feel right.The door of the guest room was open and there was no one in sight. He could not find a single garment of women’s clothing in there.