Chapter 1 Stray Cat

"Young Mistress Amelia, your breakfast is ready" the polite and fond tone woke her in deep thoughts while descending the huge stairway.

Looking up, her gaze was met by a soft gaze from the smiling man.

"Thank you, Manuel" giving the middle-aged man a soft smile, she takes her seat at the head of the massive long dining table.

Amelia stared at the abundance in front of her before looking around the empty seats. Like the usual days, she will be eating alone.

A soft sigh escaped her before picking up the utensils to start eating. Oblivious of the sympathetic look coming from the man behind her together with the rest of the household staff who are hiding from the kitchen to secretly watch her eat.

The entire mansion is too quiet with just the very soft clinking of silverware while she continues to eat alone. 

It's been six years since they have been serving the young mistress alone in a huge mansion. The beautiful girl is quite pampered with all the lavishness in life while living the dream of every human being. A modern-day princess who has everything laid upon her feet. 

The mansion is situated in a massive but secluded and private area where no commoner could enter. Its heavily guarded main gate is still a kilometer away. Making the entire estate fully hidden from the main road and curious eyes. 

Aside from the high-security CCTV cameras surrounding the entire estate, several security personnel was stationed at the main gate. While roving guards are scattered to secure the vicinity of the mansion. For six years, no one dared to breach the security even curious bystanders. 

The calm morning was suddenly disturbed by the speeding white Ferrari LaFerrari towards the gate. And even before the car came into view, the gate opens. Security guards stood still at both sides of the wide entrance, waiting for the car to pass by. 

Passing the main gate, Amelia sped away toward the highway. It's still a ten-minute drive before she joins the busy street of Cape City. 

She has an early class and she was never late. She hates to be late. Now in her third-year medical student, her schedule has been quite busy. 

Despite the unusual setup of her life she hadn't complained. Although she has been living alone, she has all the fortune and lavishness a person could dream of. 

For just a student, she is driving a multi-million dollar car, going home to a grand mansion, with security and servants around to do her every bidding. Her full focus is purely on her studies and her upcoming hospital internship. 

After several minutes of laboring the congested traffic of the city, the white luxury car arrived at the university. It didn't stop until it reached its intended parking space. Luxury cars are not an unusual scene in the university. Heirs of the most wealthy and affluent families in the country are a common view inside the campus. 

But with regards to Amelia's presence in the most prestigious school in the country, everyone has been questioning her existence. As an orphan and without clear family descendants, her lavish life has always been a cause of qualms among the aristocrats and their heirs. 

Some think that Amelia is an illegitimate heir of some royalties abroad, hidden from the public eye. Some think she has a wealthy sugar daddy. It's been an issue among aristocratic students who have been looking down on her. 

It's been years since they have been trying to discover the mystery around Amelia but to no avail. No one knows about Amelia's wealth. And until this day it remained a mystery. 

"Good morning Caleb, Cristy..." meeting her best friends in the corridor, she greeted them with a sweet smile. 

"Good morning Lia..." smiling at her, the guy she called greeted her with a smirk. 

"How's your morning Lia?" Cristy casually asks. 

"The usual..." she smiles before they continue to walk towards their classroom. 

Several pairs of eyes followed the three figures while they walked casually along the long corridor. Amelia's group has always been a pleasant view for all. Not just because of their notable physical attributes but because of each of their family's influence. 

Caleb Orlov is the son of the Secretary of Finance and his mother's side of the family is a very affluent family with several chains of jewelry shops all over the country. 

Cristy Antonov is the daughter of the Health Ambassador while her father is one of the major stockholders of the university. Cape University is ranked number one among other universities in the country.

While Amelia is known for her extraordinary beauty with a quite tough personality. Despite her mysterious background, she is undeniably wealthy.  

The group has been a solid group since freshmen and no one had dared to mess with them. Well of course, aside from Amelia. 

Without a clear family connection, she has been occasionally subjected to bullying. But Amelia as Amelia has not given anyone the chance to bully her.

In fact, she earned the nickname of 'stray cat'. Fiesty as a cat but still a stray...and just like her existence in high society where connections are significant...she is still out of place despite her obvious wealth. 

Amelia Stepanov lacks connection and influence like the others. 

Came lunchtime and the group had their fill at the cafe inside the mall near the university. 

They are about to leave the mall, passing by an appliance center when news caught their attention. 

"Billionaire heir Alek Vasili Wright who was rumored to become CEO of Petrov Petroleum arrives in the country. As we all remember, Wright Group of Companies has become a major investor of Petrov Petroleum. The two leading powerful families have been in collaboration for several decades now. Is the presence of the twenty-eight-year-old heir of another powerful magnate mean something to Petrov Petroleum?" the anchor spoke as the footage of the arrival was flashed on the screen. 

"Wright and Petrov's families are leading the business world since I can remember. But Petrov Petroleum is a very conservative company. Since its establishment, only a Petrov could strictly govern the entire management. If the rumors were right, does this mean, they are opening their doors to allies? Will they allow someone to manage the company who is not a Petrov? A lot of questions have been surfacing that only the Petrov Petroleum could fulfill"

"We are hoping to have an answer. We will try to acquire an interview with CEO Timothy Petrov soon" 

"In addition, the handsome bachelor was seen with the celebrity socialite Miss Sophia Saunters as they came out of the private hangar of the Petrov family"

"Curious eyes of the public are now focused on the handsome heir who arrives with the very beautiful and sophisticated Miss Saunters. As we all know, Alek Vasili Wright grew up in front of the public's curious eyes. Son of the famous international model and fashion designer, Alexzia Montes-Wright, Alek Vasili was known for his exceptional criterion for women. Alexzia Montes-Wright has set an unattainable standard for her sons"

"With his appearance with the famous model, does this mean the famous heir will be settling down soon? Will this mean heartbreak for those who dreamed of having the elusive heart of the very handsome bachelor? A Wright heir rumored to be Petrov Petroleum's next CEO is one of the young billionaires equal to his brothers and any Petrov. Every woman's dream. His arrival in the country has raised a lot of speculations and we are hoping to have answers soon. Stay tuned for more updates, good afternoon" 

The report has ended but the photos of the heir's entourage flashed on the screen.  

"He is his mother" 

"Very handsome and rich..." 

"That model is very lucky" 

"They looked good together" 

"They will have perfect children..."

Several murmurs reached Amelia's ears but her eyes are solely focused on the screen where the face of the man and the beautiful woman beside him is plastered. Indeed the two looked good together.

"Wow, my one great love is back" Cristy whispers with her gaze glued to the screen. 

"That bitch is not that beautiful, she is just wearing very thick makeup. I don't like how she looked at the camera. As if telling everyone Alek Vasili is hers. I can't let her" Cristy continues to softly rant while the two remains staring at the screen, ignoring her. 

"I may not be as beautiful as she is...but Lia is. She pales with Amelia's beauty" Cristy snickers, which earned her two pairs of incredulous glares. 

"What?" she asks while glaring back at them.

"Lia is more beautiful than she is. Tell me I'm wrong" she challenged.

Not wanting to start an argument, Lia slightly shook her head, rolling her eyes at Cristy. Too late to notice the attention coming from the guy beside her. 

"What?" Amelia irritatedly asks. 

" are indeed very beautiful" Caleb mumbles as if realizing something for the first time. 

"Fuck you" Lia sneers.

"Yes, I agree, Lia is far more beautiful than that woman" Caleb agreed.

"Fuck you two" she incredulously mutters with gritted teeth.

Caleb just shrugs and smirks in response, which made Lia more exasperated. 

"See even Caleb are really beautiful Amelia. Wait till Mr. Alek Vasili sees you, he will definitely throw that bitch away" Cristy added with seriousness while glaring at her. 

Silence ruled between them when Lia choose to ignore Cristy's teases. 

"I will find a way to introduce Mr. Alek Vasili Wright to you. My father has met him and is close to the Petrov. If the rumors are right, he will be the next CEO of Petrov Petroleum. He has the power all men have been dreaming of. Considering how conservative the Petrovs are, Vasili Wright must be close to them to have acquired the position no man had been allowed but a Petrov heir" she continues. 

"I won't allow my one great crush to have that bitchy woman, I don't like her you must seduce him if you have a chance. It would be an eyesore seeing her beside the most powerful man in the country once he took the CEO seat" Cristy continues to rant her head off while they walk towards the exit.

"You are crazy Cristy. I don't have plans in seducing anyone, especially that pompous man" exasperated, she rolls her eyes but a subtle smirk carves her lips.


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