Thalia hurriedly retreated to her room the moment she realized that the man at the door might be her brother. She didn’t dare to go out, knowing she’d be done for if she did.
Even if she continued hiding, she was already practically doomed. Her efforts would eventually be in vain.
“Tally, your brother’s here!”
Holding onto the belief that Alexander would take them back to the Xenos residence, Kristen turned around and immediately went looking for her daughter.
She called out to Thalia multiple times, but no response came from the latter, leaving her feeling awkward. She shifted her gaze to Alexander, who was at the door. “Wait here, Alex. I’ll go get her.”
As she spoke, Kristen strode into the mansion and went upstairs. Upon arriving at Thalia’s door, she said, “Your brother’s looking for you. Why are you hiding?”
“Mom! He’s definitely here to make me repay all the money!”
Kristen felt that Thalia was suffering from persecuted delusions. “What are you thinking? Does your brother lack money? Besides, when did you owe him money, anyway?”
“Have you forgotten, Mom? I told you a couple of days ago! I took the bank card he gave Sophia and used up all the money in it.”
Kristen’s face grew red with anger when she heard her daughter’s words. “You useless girl! Open the door right now! I’m here, and your brother doesn’t bite.”
Thalia refused to budge. Alexander wouldn’t bite her, but he had plenty of other ways to deal with her.
Utterly pissed off by her daughter’s refusal to open the door, Kristen had no choice but to ask the butler to get the master key. “Are you stupid? Do you think you can hide forever?”
Of course, Thalia knew she couldn’t hide forever, but there was nothing she could do about it. After all, her brother was none other than Alexander Xenos, the same man who had chased them out of their home.
“Come out right now! Your brother has already come all this way, yet you don’t want to see him. Do you even want to go back to the Xenos residence?”
Regardless of how her mother tried to persuade her, Thalia simply didn’t want to come out of her room.
Kristen was wholly exasperated. She returned to the entrance and said to Alexander, “She has a stomachache. Why don’t you wait inside? I haven’t had a meal with you for a long time.”
Alexander cast a glance at his mother and flatly refused her invitation. “No, thanks. Tell Thalia I’ve already given her a chance.”
After saying that, he returned to his car and stepped on the gas, speeding off without listening to what Kristen had to say.
It was almost six in the evening when Sophia wrapped up the meeting. Upon recalling Alexander’s words, she whipped out her phone and sent him a text.
Before long, his reply came: “I’m downstairs.”
Sophia raised her brows and kept her phone in her bag as she turned around to look at Yvonne. “I’ll leave the project to you, Ms. Leighton. I’ll take my leave now.”
“It’s what I should do. I’ll walk you out, Ms. Yarrow.”
Sophia nodded. As they walked, she listened to Yvonne talk about the White family’s recent affairs.
“Oh right, Ms. Yarrow, if I’m not mistaken, Expedite will be having a shareholder meeting next Wednesday,” reported Yvonne.
“Okay, I got it.”
There are five days left until then. I wonder what Tobias will think once he sees me.
Thinking of that, Sophia couldn’t help letting out a chuckle.
As the elevator came to a stop and the doors slid open, she pulled herself out of her thoughts and strode out of the building.
She dismissed her secretary when they arrived at the door. “All right, go on with your work. I’m sure you’re busy.”
“Yes, Ms. Yarrow.”
However, Yvonne didn’t leave right away. When she saw Sophia heading for the black Mercedes-Benz that was parked by the road, she couldn’t help inching closer to the car.
Did Ms. Yarrow get a new boyfriend? He looks rather handsome from this angle… Hmm? He seems a little familiar too.
She took a couple more steps and was utterly shaken when she saw that the man in the driver’s seat was Alexander.
Her goddess was good at everything, but her taste in men was questionable.
Alexander didn’t drive away at once, for he’d noticed the woman who walked Sophia out was staring in their direction.
Sophia buckled her seatbelt and lifted her head to look at him. Noting that he was looking ahead, she smiled. “What are you looking at?”
As soon as the words left her lips, she saw her devoted and adorable secretary looking over at them.
For a split second, Sophia thought of getting out of the car and explaining the situation to Yvonne.
However, the man began to drive away just as the thought crossed her mind.
Yvonne felt horrible and returned to her office while wearing an icy expression on her face. Her intimidating aura didn’t fail to scare away a couple of employees who greeted her when they bumped into her.
Meanwhile, turning her sight toward him, Sophia asked the man, “Have you been waiting all this time?”
“No. I went to look for Thalia.”
Sophia raised a brow at his response. “She dared to meet you?”
She sure has some guts to return an empty bank card.
“No.” Alexander continued to look straight ahead, a cold glint flashing in his eyes. “She’ll regret this.”
Hearing that, Sophia broke into a chuckle. “She’s still your sister, isn’t she?”
Although she said that, it was obvious she was relishing Thalia’s misfortune.
The car came to a halt at a red light. Alexander turned and looked at her, his heart skipping a beat. “You’re the most important person to me.”
His sweet words made her face flush red, and she turned her head sideways to avert his gaze. Using her palm to support her chin, she gazed out of the car window and couldn’t stop herself from curling the corner of her scarlet lips into a smile.
As expected, sweet nothings do make people happy.
Their dinner that night was western cuisine, something Sophia hadn’t tried in a while.
Just as they were about to leave the restaurant, they bumped into Bethany.
She was linking arms with a man who appeared to be in his forties. At first glance, one could already tell that he was no ordinary bloke, and Sophia instantly recalled Benjamin telling her about the man—Carlos Ramsay.
It had been a while since she had last seen Bethany. She didn’t expect the latter to still be involved with Carlos.
“It’s been a while, Mr. Xenos, Ms. Yarrow.”
A faint smile spread across Sophia’s face. “Indeed, Ms. White.”
Bethany’s gaze darted between Sophia and Alexander before landing on the former. She remarked meaningfully, “You’re impressive, Ms. Yarrow.”
Sophia understood what the woman was implying right away. She arched a brow and retorted, “You’re impressive, too, Ms. White.” She then glanced at the man beside Bethany. “I shan’t bother you, then, Ms. White.”
After that, she turned to look at Alexander, and the two proceeded to leave the establishment.
Carlos felt a hot sensation surging within him when he recalled Sophia’s bright and seductive eyes, but his response was impassive. “She’s all right, but she can’t compare to you, my dear.”
Bethany chuckled at the man’s words. “There’s no need to coax me, Mr. Ramsay. If Ms. Yarrow isn’t capable, then why would I lose to her?”
“In my eyes, you’re the best.”
Although he was uttering sweet nothings to his partner, his mind was on Sophia the entire time.
Since leaving the restaurant, Alexander had been wearing a gloomy expression on his face.
Sophia smiled as they got into the car. “Do you think it’s such a pity Ms. White ended up that way?”
After all, Bethany was his first love. His not being able to forget about her completely was understandable, but it didn’t mean that Sophia was happy about it.
Once she finished, the smile on her face faded slightly.
“Don’t overthink.” Alexander turned toward her, and after a brief pause, he added, “I don’t like the way that man looked at you.”
It took Sophia a moment to snap back to her senses. After that, she told him everything she knew about Carlos. “I had someone investigate him. His name is Carlos Ramsay. He has ties to both the authorities and underground organizations.”
She didn’t like to interact with people like Carlos, regardless if they were good or evil.
Alexander hummed in response. Just then, the phone next to him rang.
His brows snapped together as he glanced at his phone. It was a call from Samuel.
That single pringle!
“What is it?”
“Let’s have a drink! How long has it been since you indulged in your nightlife?”
Samuel’s voice was loud, and Sophia curled her lips upward when she heard him.
Alexander took a glance at her and chided his friend, “Get lost.”
What nonsense is he spouting? When did I ever have a nightlife?
Refusing to give up, Samuel continued to say, “Hey, are you sure you don’t want to know a piece of shocking news? It concerns Sophia!”
“I’m hanging up.”
Alexander wasn’t the least bit curious about the news, but the same couldn’t be said about Sophia. She reached out to grab the phone from him and put it on speaker. “Oh? What’s the news?”
“It’s—wait, Sophia? Why are you there? Are you two together? Did you two go on a date? Did you finally get back together with Alexander?”
Embarrassment inundated Sophia. She quickly handed the phone back to the man in the driver’s seat and continued gazing out the window.
I made a mistake!