For the past few days, Sophia had kept her emotions under a lid. She could no longer control her rationality as she let her emotions take over.
Going over to the dining table, she sat down and propped her arms on the table. She covered her face in a futile attempt to keep the last shred of her dignity intact.
However, she knew it was useless.
Alexander saw everything clearly from the spot he was standing.
She wasn’t as indifferent as she appeared. In fact, she still cared for him.
Despite struggling and doing her best to leave him, she couldn’t stop him from advancing toward her.
It was obvious that she was at a dead end.
The man’s deep voice caused Sophia’s fingers to tremble slightly.
Her face and eyes were covered, so she couldn’t see where Alexander was. Despite that, she could sense that he was standing right in front of her.
Suddenly, he pulled her hand away.
Sophia’s eyes were still red. She didn’t want to see him right now.
“Get your hands off me.”
She averted her gaze and stared at the cabinets in the far distance.
Alexander took her hand and lifted it abruptly. Giving himself a forceful slap, he said, “It isn’t worth it to cry over someone like me.”
Oh? He’s degrading himself, huh?
Sophia fixed her gaze on him and retracted her hand. “Leave. I want to be alone.”
Indeed, she needed to calm down. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have broken down before Alexander.
This time, Alexander didn’t insist on staying.
“Here’s the medicine,” he said as he offered her a box of cold medicine, which he had divided into appropriate dosages.
Sophia glanced at the green box. “I’m not a kid.”
She was capable of taking the medicine herself.
“I know,” Alexander responded as a hint of amusement crept into his gaze. “But you hate taking medicine.”
Seeing his eyes all crinkled up, Sophia suddenly felt her heart skipping a beat.
However, it only lasted for a split second.
She had to admit that Alexander was a hunk, especially when he smiled.
She, too, was a superficial person, a sucker for good-looking people.
Alexander’s lips thinned at the sight of her reddened eyes. Before getting up to leave, he pressed a kiss to her forehead. “I’ve never wanted to bully you.”
All he wanted was to protect her, as she was precious to him.
Sophia was stunned. When she finally regained her senses, Alexander had already left.
She watched as he headed for the stairs. Furrowing her brows, she couldn’t resist the urge to touch her forehead.
I never knew he’s good at taking advantage of others!
After venting her frustrations, Sophia felt much better.
The chicken soup had cooled down. She proceeded to gulp it down, thinking that it would be a waste to throw it away.
Sophia’s cold went away as quickly as it came.
After a good night’s rest, she woke up the next morning with a slightly hoarse throat. However, her other symptoms were gone.
As Sophia had been absent from work the day before, Yvonne showed up the next day with two contracts.
Yvonne had been worried sick, as Sophia’s voice had sounded strange. She could finally heave a sigh of relief when she saw Sophia looking well today.
“Ms. Yarrow, have you recovered from your cold?” Yvonne asked in concern.
“Yes, I feel better today,” Sophia replied.
She flipped through the documents and signed her name.
Yvonne waited until she completed her signature before mentioning another matter. “Ms. Yarrow, Mr. Penley showed up at Sunshine Group yesterday.”
Hearing that, Sophia raised her brow. “Didn’t you make it clear to him last time?”
“He said he can accept the conditions you stated last time,” came Yvonne’s answer.
“Really?” Sophia chuckled as she sipped on her warm water. “But it’s too late now.”
She wasn’t going to wait for him to change his mind.
Finn was overambitious, and Sophia refused to take the risk.
Three million was not a huge amount to her, but she’d rather let Katherine buy a bag using the money than allow Finn to take the money from her.
Yvonne gave a curt nod. “Got it, Ms. Yarrow.”
Sophia was about to ask Yvonne to leave when the doorbell rang without warning.
Surprised, Sophia told Yvonne, “You can get back to work. The meeting will go on, as usual, tomorrow afternoon.”
“All right. I shall take my leave now, Ms. Yarrow.”
“Let me send you off,” Sophia offered.
At the door, Sophia saw Clara standing outside the mansion holding an umbrella.
Despite her surprise, Sophia opened the door for Yvonne. “Have a safe trip back.”
“Sure thing, Ms. Yarrow.”
Yvonne shot Clara a look. She knew that this woman was Alexander’s mysterious new lover.
When she turned to look at Sophia, she realized the latter had a half-smile hanging on her lips.
Feeling embarrassed, she hugged the files tightly in her arms. She folded the umbrella, got into her car, and left.
Sophia only looked away when Yvonne got into her car safely. She glanced at Clara and greeted her, “Ms. Lambe.”
“Did I come at the wrong time?” Clara flashed a smile.
Sophia shook her head. “You came at the right time.”
Clara giggled. “Looks like Alex told you the truth.”
A flush crept up Sophia’s cheeks. “I only learned about it not long ago.”
“Are you busy? If you’re not, I’d like to talk to you.”
“Sure. Come on in.”
Sophia stepped aside so that Clara could come in.
She brought Clara upstairs and offered her some coffee. “Have a seat. Here’s some coffee.”
Clara glanced around her house. “Your house looks nicer than the Xenos residence. It’s really dark and gloomy back there. I think it’s easy to get depression if one were to stay there for a long time.”
Sophia’s lips curled. “Did you come here today to talk about Alexander?”
Clara shook her head. “Not really. I don’t interfere in his business.”
Arching a brow, Sophia asked, “Then why did you pay me a visit?”
“I wanted to come back to pay you a visit when you and Alex were newlyweds. Back then, Alex seemed reluctant to let me see you, so I gave up on the idea.”
Clara was straightforward. “You look prettier in person. If I were as pretty as you, I wouldn’t set my eyes on Alexander alone.”
Sophia didn’t know Clara would say that out loud. “Thank you. You’re pretty gorgeous, too.”
Clara touched her face. “It’s fake. My cosmetic surgeon did a good job as I paid him a lot of money,” she revealed with a snort.
After that, she went straight to the topic. “Sophia, let me introduce myself officially. I’m Alexander’s aunt, Clara Lambe. Don’t take it wrongly. I’m not Kristen’s younger sister. I’m actually Eloise Pearson’s younger sister. She’s Zachary’s first wife. Our parents got divorced when we were young, so Eloise took my father’s surname, while I took my mother’s surname.”
Indeed, Sophia had assumed that Clara was Kristen’s younger sister. Now that the truth had been revealed, she finally understood why Clara hadn’t treated her in a hostile manner.
They had no conflict of interest, so there was no need for Clara to treat her maliciously.
“Hello, Ms. Lambe.”
Clara took a sip of her coffee. “Alex wanted me to pay you a visit today. He said you didn’t want to see him, but he was worried about your illness. So he asked me to come to see you.”
Sophia’s lips thinned, and she didn’t utter a word.
Alexander is a tactful man. He knows I don’t want to see him.
“You look healthy to me,” Clara remarked.
She pulled out a jewelry box from her bag. “Alex wants me to give this to you.”
Surprised, Sophia took the box and opened it. Inside was the ear stud she had lost at Charlize’s birthday party.
So it was with Alexander.