Gwen couldn’t keep it a secret anymore with the way Caroline was looking at her. She could only swallow he: pills, wash them down with water, and say, “I’ve been suspended at work.”
Caroline frowned “Why didn’t you tell me such an important thing?”
“I didn’t know how to tell you.” Gwen sighed. “Besides, I didn’t want to keep bothering with all my little issues.”
Caroline replied, “But I’m your best friend.”
“Alright, alright. Are you going to listen or not?” Gwen whined.
In response, Caroline could only say, “Alright, tell me.”
“Actually, it’s really simple, but I have to start from Macovo …”
After Caroline and Kirk had left Macovo, Gwen and Sean had kept looking for witnesses. But after going through dozens of people, no one came forward.
They didn’t know if it was because the witnesses found the matter too troublesome or because they really didn’t see anything.
Seeing that their vacation was almost over, Gwen had no choice but to give up. After all, she assumed that she would just have to take the blame from Mia’s mother.
Unexpectedly, on the third day she was back at work, Gwen had gotten a notice from the head of the HR department.
The head of the HR department had called Gwen into the office and said that someone sent a complaint to the company’s email, informing them that Gwen had stolen the person’s boyfriend.
Confused, Gwen read the entire complaint.
Caroline asked, “Who wrote this complaint?”
“We still aren’t sure about that, but it’s obvious it was Mia.” The mention of Mia’s name made Gwen frown in disgust.
“The complaint basically swapped everything that happened in Macovo around.”
“What do you mean?”
“Basically, my vacation in Macovo with Sean became her vacation with Sean. Her hounding Sean
became me hounding Sean. And since we took a private flight, I have no way of proving that I had
gone to Macovo with Sean.”
Caroline frowned. “But the proof of her hounding Sean can’t be faked, can it?”
At that point, Gwen recalled the ugly face of the HR department head and became furious.
“Don’t even mention that proof. I get angry just thinking about it. The HR department head at my
company is a 60–year–old geezer. He doesn’t even know that photos can be manipulated.”
Gwen gritted her teeth before continuing, “Besides, all the chat records had been cropped so that
the profile pictures were gone, and he actually believed I sent those messages. He really astounds
“Then you should have gotten me to go over there.”
Gwen waved a hand. “It would have been useless even if you were there. You don’t know how good
of an actress Mia is …‘
“She went to your company?”
“Yeah. Not long after I was called in by the HR department head, she caused a fuss at the company.
“Do you know how she showed up there? She was in a wheelchair and bandaged up. Plus, she was
screaming and crying, saying that I stole her boyfriend and made her fall.
“You don’t know how hard she cried. If I wasn’t the victim, I would have believed her.”
“And your company fired you because of this?”
Gwen picked up a sandwich and took a bite. At least this way, her stomach finally stopped
“Not fired, suspended. But that’s not much different from being fired. But I wouldn’t go back to
that horrible place even if they begged me!”
Just thinking about her colleagues‘ suspicious glances made Gwen feel completely awful. Furthermore, she had no way to prove her innocence.
“Then how come you broke up with Sean?” Caroline asked. From start to finish, it seemed like
Sean was innocent.
Gwen’s expression turned gloomy. After a moment, she said softly, “I’m tired”
Deeply in her heart, Caroline felt the same.
Gwen took off her shoes and put her feet up on the coffee table. Leaning back, she stared at the ceiling.
“When I watched Mia cause a ruckus that day, I… I thought of my mother.
“Once, when I was small, my mom found out my dad was cheating. She took me to his company to catch him in the act.
“Back then, the same thing happened. Everyone poked their heads out to watch the show. Their excited expressions were the same. It’s like nothing has changed in 20 odd years.” She added, “Looking at her, I thought, what if I became that person one day?”