ADELE'S POV Walking back into the hall, I tried my best to appear calm. I don't need any unusual report about me on the media. I already dabbed my face with some makeup in other to hide my puffy eyes. I looked around as I walked, flashing a small smile to several people in greeting. My eyes scanned the hall for Carlo. There's no sight of him, I couldn't see his subordinate either. Deciding I wasn't going to think about Arsenio's misbehavior, I approached my friends' table. Did Carlo already leave? Why did Arsenio stared behind my back before he'd suddenly kissed me? "Oh Adele, you're here. Guess who came by to look for you." Lana said with a toothy grin the moment she saw me. "Who was it?" I asked as I sat down on the empty chair beside her. "It was Carlo." Lu Cheng said and my eyes widened. "He apologized to us and said he was going to meet us again and talk in a more convenient environment. And..." "And?" I urged on impatiently. "He asked of you and we dir
NARRATIVE The girls let out a gasp the moment Adele explained what had happened to them. "OMG! I never thought he could do such a thing. My gosh, I'm highly disappointed." Lana shook her head in disapproval of what Arsenio had done. "Exactly! I thought he's a sweet guy. Too bad because I can't vouch for him again." Clara said poutingly while she stared softly at her sister. She could imagine how Adele's feeling presently. "Now it's no longer Carlo who's the bad guy like we thought, it's now Arsenio." Lu Cheng sighed, her head resting against the couch as she stared reflectively at the ornate ceiling in Adele's living room. Adele smiled sadly as she listened to them lament. She was staring regretfully at her phone, rereading Carlo's text for the umpteenth time since she discovered it. "You guys, don't blame him that much. It's my fault to not have noticed his obsession from the start." She said and the girls immediately disagreed. "No Adele, don't even think about
BRENDA'S POV I stared at Carlo's Doctor blankly. There's no way I heard him well. What does he mean by that? My little brother was in coma yet another time because of the same woman?! Carlo how could you do this to me? Do you know how much I suffered for the three years you were out and depending on life support?! "What...what did you mean just now?" I managed to say, though my voice came out shaky and rough. I swallowed the painful lump in my throat as I felt tears pooled up in my eyes. This shouldn't be happening again! I warned him. I warned him but he didn't listen. Did he really care about this girl more than he cared about me, his only sister? His only sibling? His only family? "Chairwoman," the doctor began calmly. "I think you should take things easy. With the right medication and of course, his will to overcome this stage, I'm sure he'd be up within months." "Months?" My fists clenched at either side of my dress. "You mean, my brother's likely to be in a com
NARRATIVE Staring at the cold looking woman, who sat in her position at the far end of the conference hall, Rhys couldn't help but notice something was quite unusual with her. The Chairwoman of the renowned CR's Luxury_Brenda Rodriguez, gave off a really cold aura as she sat domineeringly, in her exquisite leather chair. Rhys watched her carefully from the side as she shot her icy glare across the conference room. Staring at the entire team of the Investor Relations department sitting before her, Brenda leaned back on her chair just as a side of her lips curved up in a deadly smirk. "Who was it?" She asked yet again, her voice laced in a subtle warning tone. The conference room fell silent once more. The team members knew how well not to anger her. Especially when she's in her domineering chairwoman mood. They all had their heads bowed low as they glanced questioningly at each other_knowing fully well it was only a matter of minutes before she catches the culpr
NARRATIVE The loud ringing of Lisa's phone underneath her pillow, made her wake from her deep sleep instantly. Rolling on her bed as she searched for her phone, her eyes came in contact with the bedside clock. "Oh my God! 9:03am?" She instantly sat up the bed. She glanced down at the caller ID on her phone while rubbing her sleepy eyes. "Elaine?" She immediately received the call. "Hello, Elaine." She said with a sleepy voice, yawning loudly in the process. "Lisa are you still sleeping? Girl, I thought you said Adele Rivera and that famous model weren't an item. Were you just assuming yesterday and it wasn't based on facts?" "Wait, what?" Lisa frowned as she pushed a hand through her disheveled hair. "Oh my! Just come online now or turn on your TV." Elaine added before she hung up. Still frowning confusedly at her phone, Lisa reluctantly reached out her hand at the remote on the bedside drawer and she immediately turned on the TV, switching to entertainmen
NARRATIVE Deeply into the sketch of a dress she was making on her sketchpad, Adele's mind wavered several times as she wait for Lana's call. She sincerely hoped it'll yield positive results. Just then, her phone which was on her desk beside her sketchpad, rang. Immediately, she dropped her pencil and picked it up on seeing it's Lana calling. "Hey Lana, what's the update? Is he around?" She asked expectantly but her hope was dashed once more when she heard her sigh. "I'm sorry Adele. Carlo's no longer in NYC." Lana's words made Adele stunned for a while. "Tha...that's what Alistair's friend said? Did you perhaps asked where he's located at the moment? Probably, he returned to Canada?" She hurriedly asked, trying to hold onto any bit of hope she could get. It shouldn't be like the last time, right? He didn't disappear without leaving a trace once again. At least, this time, she could ascertain his whereabouts and go to him. "I asked him, Adele. Sadly, he said he
NARRATIVE Lisa smiled at her reflection on her vanity mirror. Combing through her long black silky hair, she paused as a thought occurred to her. Shrugging seconds later, she picked up her phone from the vanity and began to scroll through it. She read through the news about the famous fashion designer, Adele Rivera and the CEO of Excellency Modeling Agency, Arsenio Alessandro once again. "Agh!" She exclaimed. "This won't do. I should see her." Immediately, Lisa stood up from her chair, grabbed her purse and hurried out of her room.____ "Hello, Ms. Adele." Lisa said the moment she walked into the cozy luxurious office. Her nostrils picked up the sharp but welcoming scent of rose, fresh rose. And at a fast glance around the office, she saw several fresh red rose plants in some vases. "Oh hello," Adele smiled at her as she stood up from her chair. "You're welcome. Please sit." She ushered her visitor to one of the comfy couch in her office. "Thank you." Lisa smiled
NARRATIVE "It's a pleasure you had invited us in for this purpose." The young female interviewer said with a smile as her colleague nodded in support. "Thanks for coming." Arsenio smiled before he leaned back on the couch. He invited them specifically to his penthouse because he wanted to clear the misunderstanding he created by kissing Adele and he also wanted to publicly apologize to her. "Alright, shall we begin?" "Sure," He smiled, rubbing his hands together.ADELE'S POV "Sis Adele, welcome. Your friends are already here." Clara said as she opened the door of my home for me. "Really? That was fast." I said as I stepped into the corridor. Immediately Lisa left my office, I had called the girls and asked them to meet up at my place. Over the phone, I already told them about my conversation with Lisa and we agreed to call her brother_Carlo's right hand man when I get home. "I'm home, you guys." I said excitedly as Clara and I walked in my living room. "