Sophia wasn’t as thick-skinned as he was. “Don’t you have a meeting this afternoon?” she queried, switching the topic.
“I don’t have to go.”
He then looked up at her. “Is there something on my face?”
Raising her brows, she replied, “No.”
“Why aren’t you looking at me, then?”
Once again, Sophia was rendered speechless by him.
Don’t you already know why I’m not looking at you?
She huffed a laugh in exasperation. “Alexander.”
At that, Alexander arched an eyebrow and adjusted his bathrobe. “Happy?”
After drinking a mouthful of water, she piped up, “Thalia came to see me on the day I went to Doveston.”
A hint of gloominess spread across the man’s face at the mention of his sister’s name. “What did she want from you?”
Seeing that, Sophia smiled and placed a bank card on the coffee table, sliding it toward him. “She returned this to me.”
She paused briefly before asking, “Does this look familiar to you, Mr. Xenos?”
In truth, Alexander didn’t find anything special about the card at first glance.
However, it didn’t take long for him to come to a realization. Before he went on his business trip, he had asked Felix to look for Thalia and demanded that the latter return the money and the card he had given to Sophia.
Alexander hadn’t had the time to ask his secretary to look for Thalia ever since his return. Unexpectedly, she had already returned the card to Sophia.
He thought that ten or so million should be a huge sum to her, but now, he didn’t dare to hold onto that assumption anymore.
“It’s the card I gave you.”
He pursed his lips. A flicker of emotions flashed in his dark eyes as he looked at Sophia.
The woman merely smiled in response. “Your memory isn’t too bad.”
She then sat on the couch with him and continued, “I checked the card balance at the airport. It’s completely empty.”
At her words, Alexander’s expression darkened once more.
He reached for the card, promising himself that he would settle the score with Thalia.
Sophia nodded in acknowledgment before glancing at the time. “Are you not going back to the company?” she asked.
Alexander was an utter workaholic, so she wasn’t used to him having so much free time on his hands.
In his opinion, however, he had been busy for the past decade. Hence, this was a well-deserved break for him.
“What do you feel like doing?”
Sophia glanced at the time once more, noting that it was four o’clock. It was a little too early for dinner.
“What do you feel like doing?” he repeated.
“I want to drop by Sunshine Group.”
She wasn’t as willful as Alexander, so she had to attend the meeting.
“I’ll take you there.”
“What if someone sees us?” queried Sophia with an eyebrow raised.
The man froze for a moment before reassuring her, “They won’t.”
“I’ll go change, then.”
After saying that, she got up and headed upstairs.
Alexander looked at her retreating figure before lowering his gaze to his wide, muscular chest.
Is my figure not good enough? How was she unfazed by the sight of it? Ah, I must’ve not shown enough.
He reflected on his experience and decided that next time, he would expose more of his torso, albeit in a more natural manner.
For the moment, he had to get changed to take Sophia to the company.
Her meeting was scheduled for half past four, and that was the time she arrived at Sunshine Group. She unbuckled her seatbelt and turned to look at the man. “I’m going in.”
“Okay. Phone me when you’re done with the meeting.”
Sophia nodded and swiftly got out of the car, unwilling to waste any more time.
It wasn’t until she got out of the elevator that Yvonne was able to heave a sigh of relief.
Sophia nodded in response. “Let’s go.”
Downstairs, Alexander didn’t leave right away after seeing her enter the building.
He suddenly felt that her work schedule was rather flexible. Throughout the years they were married, he had never heard of her going to work, yet after their divorce, she suddenly became the chairperson of Specter Entertainment and even became Suny’s secretary.
Although they were both secretaries, Felix was considerably busier than Sophia, as evidenced by his spending most of the day in the office.
In fact, Yvonne, who often discussed the projects with Sophia, appeared more like a secretary than the latter.
Alexander raised an eyebrow and fished out his phone to give Felix a call.
Upon receiving the call, Felix thought that his boss was calling to inquire about the meeting, and he dutifully reported to him, “Mr. Xenos, I’m almost done compiling the meeting minutes.”
It hadn’t been more than ten minutes since the meeting ended, and Felix couldn’t help feeling moved by his dedication to his job.
In the next second, Alexander’s voice came from the other side of the line. “No rush. Can you do me a favor and look into the relationship between Sunshine Group’s Suny and Sophia?”
A moment of silence ensued before Felix was heard saying, “All right. I understand, Mr. Xenos.”
Looking at the meeting minutes in front of him, he felt his heart twinge and let out a sigh.
Once again, it’s about Ms. Yarrow. Alas, I’ve dedicated myself to the wrong person.
After hanging up the phone, Alexander whipped out the card Sophia had given him.
He thought about it for a moment and eventually decided to go look for Thalia.
Ever since that day, Thalia had been plagued by a sense of uneasiness.
Since Alexander returned from his business trip the day before, Thalia hadn’t been sleeping well. She was haunted by nightmares that eventually startled her out of her sleep.
For the past two days, she didn’t dare to go anywhere for fear that Felix would suddenly appear and take her to her brother.
After being chased out of the Xenos residence by Alexander, Thalia and Kristen had moved to one of the mansions the latter’s late husband left behind.
Zachary used to keep his mistresses there, so this was Alexander’s first visit to the place.
He stood outside the mansion, wearing an icy expression on his face.
This was one of the rare days Kristen didn’t go out to play cards. The weather was great, so after taking a nap, she planned to take Thalia out for a facial and introduce a boyfriend to her.
Unexpectedly, the doorbell rang just as she was about to head out.
Being hired by Kristen herself, the butler didn’t recognize Alexander and merely reported to his employer that there was a man at the door who was looking for Thalia.
Kristen furrowed her brows and looked over at her daughter. “Did you get entangled with some wild man behind my back?”
Thalia rolled her eyes and retorted, “Mom, I’m not that stupid.”
If I wanted to get myself a man, I wouldn’t go for just any guy. After all, how many of them are loaded?
Kristen found it strange and instructed the butler, “Send him away. Tell him Thalia’s not home right now.”
Just then, the butler seemed to have recalled something and added,” Mrs. Xenos, he mentioned that his surname is Xenos.”
In an instant, Kristen realized it was Alexander who was at the door. “You’re such a blind fool! That’s my son! Alex must be here to take me back to the Xenos residence.”
She was incredibly excited at the thought of going back to her former home. Ever since leaving the Xenos residence, Kristen had been living an undignified life. Now that her son was here, the first thought that came to her mind was that he had come to take her back home.
On the other hand, Thalia was less than happy about it as she recalled the bank card and what Felix had said the other day.
Meanwhile, Kristen bolted to the door. Upon seeing her son, she thought that a touching scene of a mother and son reuniting would play out. Before she could say anything, however, Alexander shot her a cold glance as he asked, “Where’s Thalia?”
Kristen’s expression froze when she heard his words. Something’s off with the plot.
“Alex, you’ve come all the way here, so why don’t you come in for a cup of coffee? Your sister’s inside. We can have a chat inside.”
Alexander scoffed. “No need for that. Ask her to come out. I need to talk to her.”
Despite not knowing how many of his father’s mistresses were once housed in this mansion, he still felt it was a repulsing place.
Kristen was taken aback for a moment. Following that, a sense of disappointment surged within her. Nonetheless, now that Alexander had come to look for Thalia, Kristen remained hopeful that one day, the former would change his mind and take them back to the Xenos residence.
At that moment, the most important thing was to make sure Thalia could get on her brother’s good side so that he would finally remember his siblings and his mother.
Alas, this was Kristen’s wishful thinking, and reality was much harsher than that.