Chapter 275 This put Agnes in a really awkward spot. “Trust me, Jared, I’ll get to the bottom of this. If it’s as you said, I’ll figure out a way to give you back, Agnes pledged. Even though Jared insisted that Beatrice was the one who borrowed the money, Agnes knew Beatrice had no intention of repaying it. She couldn’t stand Beatrice’s attitude. “We don’t have to be all polite with each other, do we? It’s just half a million, Jared brushed off “It’s not the same.” “There’s no difference. Let’s drop it for now. If it bothers you that much, we can go home and ask tonight.” Agnes knew Jared might get mad if she insisted on refusing the money. After thinking for a moment, she shook her head, “You don’t have to go back. Don’t you go to the Whitfield Manor every Sunday? I’ll check it out first and let you know Jared agreed. Agnes rarely went to the Whitfield Manor these days. Partly because she was really busy, and because she tried to avoid Ryder Whitfield. She hadn’t been in contact with Ryder since their farewell on the rooftop.. There were some issues that only time could resolve. Agnes left Tim Tower early, surprisingly running into Beatrice in the lobby. Spotting Agnes stepping out alone, Beatrice immediately approached and pointed at her accusingly, “Agnes, you traitor! You lived in our house for over a decade and now when we’re in trouble, you’re just sitting on your hands. I’ll make sure Dad sees you for who you truly are. He’s felt guilty towards you all these years. This time, I’ll show him that his most beloved daughter is nothing but an ingrate.” Agnes stepped forward, grabbing Beatrice’s arm, “If there is a real problem at home, I won’t stand by and watch, but Jared is not your ATM. He doesn’t owe you money. Give me the check” Agnes thought about it and decided she couldn’t let Beatrice walk away with that check. Even if half a million meant nothing to Jared, if Beatrice got away with it once, she’d definitely keep coming back for more. Beatrice abruptly shook off Agnes’s hand and clutched her bag with a triumphant smirk, “Agnes, it has nothing to do with you. It’s Jared’s gift to me, and you’re not getting it. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to thank him.” With that, Beatrice turned on her heel and left. Agnes knew Beatrice had been spoiled since childhood, but she never thought she could be so shameless. Beatrice and Agnes arrived at the Pritchard family villa almost at the same time. Agnes headed upstairs to Preston’s study. The door was open, and Preston was on the phone. He was pacing around the room, puffing on a cigarette. Agnes could vaguely hear him mention “loan” and “shortage of funds.” After Preston finally hung up, Agnes knocked on the study door.
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Chapter 274 Agnes couldn’t take it anymore. She stormed into the office: “Beatrice, what on earth are you doing here?” It was only when she entered did she notice that Beatrice was holding a check. However, she couldn’t make out the amount on the check. Agnes was taken aback: What’s that you’re holding? Let me see” Beatrice quickly stuffed the check into her bag, a smile spreading across her face “It’s a little something from Jared Agnes, you haven’t been home in ages. Did you know Dad’s company is in hot water? We’re all family here, there’s no harm in asking Jared for help unless you don’t consider him family “Beatrice, you must think I was born yesterday. Even if Dad’s company is in trouble, you should have come to me, not Jared. What’s going on between you two? What gives you the right to ask him for money?” That got Beatrice’s blood boiling. But with Jared around, she had to keep her cool and not lose her temper. All she could do was grit her teeth and say: “Agnes, you’ve married into money, and you’re living it up in showbiz, so naturally, we’re beneath your notice. But I wouldn’t be doing this if we weren’t in a tight spot. Jared hasn’t said a word, yet here you are bad–mouthing me. If you don’t believe me, you can go home and ask Dad” Tears welled up in Beatrice’s eyes, making her look like she was wronged. She shot a glance at Agnes, only to find Jared’s eyes fixed on Agnes, completely oblivious to her emotional state. Beatrice knew Agnes was stubborn. The last thing she wanted to do was owe someone a favor, even if that someone was Jared. Beatrice was afraid that Agnes would demand the money back. She turned to Jared and said. ‘I won’t bother you any longer. I’ll be on my way” Agnes tried to stop Beatrice, but Jared held her back: “Hold on. Didn’t you come to see me? Why are you leaving so soon?” Agnes was furious: “Jared, what the hell did you do? Why did you give her money?!” Jared chuckled, pulling Agnes onto his lap: “Are you mad?” “Jared, what’s going on?” Jared wanted to enjoy her angry face a bit longer, but seeing how livid she was, he decided not to tease her anymore. He honestly said: “Beatrice came to borrow five hundred thousand dollars, saying your father is in a financial bind. So, I lent it to her.” Agnes frowned: “How could you just hand over the money like that? Do you just believe whatever she says?” Jared said: “Half a million isn’t a big deal. I heard your father’s recent investments went belly–up. If she came to me, your family must know about it too. We can ask when we go home. If there is a problem at home, it’s my responsibility to help.” Agnes frowned more deeply. To be honest, there was a rift between her and Preston Pritchard because of Laura, but if his company was in serious trouble, Agnes would never stand by and do nothing. Her mother also contributed to the establishment of this company. What Agnes couldn’t accept was that Preston didn’t say a word to her, but let Beatrice ask Jared for money directly.
Chapter 273 When Agnes spilled those beans, everyone freaked out. Sure, Agnes was a fresh face who rocketed to stardom overnight, but how did she have the guts to say something like that? For the past decade, Mamie had been racking up awards left and right, bagged the best actress title three years in a row, and was universally regarded as the queen of the entertainment industry Agnes throwing down this gauntlet was just asking for trouble. A smirk crossed Mamie’s face. “Agnes, are you sure you want to gamble with me?” Even Ivan seemed caught off guard: “Agnes, don’t be rash.” But Agnes brushed him off, saying firmly, “I want to bet with you. But if both of us lose, we wipe the slate clean, and you stop hassling me. Mamie gave a cold and arrogant laugh, “If I don’t win, I’ll retire and leave the entertainment industry for good” With that, Mamie turned on her heel and left. The onlookers all felt a pang of regret. These two were just too impulsive. They were basically gambling with their futures. And anyone could see that Agnes was digging her own grave.. In the CEO’s office. Ivan said, “Why did you have to be so impulsive? I could have helped you deal with the issue between you and Mamie Agnes chuckled, “You know as well as I do, I never planned on sticking around in the entertainment industry. If I can make a splash on my way out, it’s not a bad deal for me” Ivan was silent for a while, then sighed, “I know you’re not in it. Alright, you can go now.” After finishing her work, Agnes didn’t head home, but went to Tim Tower instead. With the Yolanda Bowman incident still fresh in everyone’s mind, everyone in the secretarial department was polite to her as she passed through. But there were odd looks in people’s eyes. Agnes figured it was because of the recent news, so she didn’t think much of it. Mia Taylor was surprised to see Agnes, “Agnes, was that really your sister who just came in? She was way over the top.” Agnes was taken aback: “Who?” Mia was surprised: “You don’t know? Half an hour ago, a girl named Beatrice Pritchard barged in, claiming she was the CEO’s wife’s sister and demanded to see the CEO. We told her to wait, but she made a fuss, saying we were brushing her off. She made a scene in the secretarial department for two hours and even had us pour her tea. I wasn’t sure of her identity, so I let her have her way till the CEO finished his meeting.” Beatrice was here? Agnes frowned. She headed to the CEO’s office, not bothering to knock, just pushed the door open. Jared was writing something, then tore off a piece of paper and handed it to Beatrice. Beatrice took the paper, thrilled: “Jared, you’re so generous! Our whole family is so grateful. Agnes is so lucky to have married you.” Jared’s voice was cold: “If there’s nothing else, you can leave now.” Beatrice’s voice became even more coquettish. “Jared, I waited two hours for you in the secretarial department, and now you’re in such a hurry to get rid of me? I haven’t eaten yet today, I’m starving. Can you take me out for a meal?”
Chapter 272 Agnes hesitated for a bit but eventually said, ‘Alright, I’ll take the endorsement.” Ivan chuckled, “Wow, that was a quick change of heart.” Agnes gave a candid laugh. Hey, who ever said no to more money, right?” Ivan chuckled heartily, Jared’s loaded, you’re still worried about a bit of cash?” “His money is his, mine is mine. Two different things” Agnes said: “If there’s nothing else. I have to get back to work.” “Go ahead” Agnes left the CEO’s office. From start to finish, Ivan hadn’t mentioned her feud with Mamie. Agnes felt that Ivan had never shown any bias towards either of them. She was grateful for that. Agnes headed to the photography studio. After two hours of shooting, she was beat. As as she was leaving the studio, she ran into Mamie. Mamie blocked Agnes, “Agnes, you’re so cunning, snatching my endorsement while I’m away. How could you do something so low?” Agnes frowned, When have I ever snatched your endorsement?” Emily reminded her, “Agnes, Mamie has been the face of QN Jewelry for a while now.” Mamie said arrogantly, “Stop playing dumb! Agnes, you’re new and you’re trying to take my place? I’ll show you what happens when you get too cocky” They stood at the entrance of the studio, with people coming and going. Seeing this ‘spectacle“, everyone stopped to stare, some even sneaked out their phones to take pictures. At that moment, Ivan arrived. He asked Mamie in displeasure, “When were you discharged? Why didn’t you tell me?” Mamie ignored his question and instead asked straight away. “Why did you give her the endorsement that was supposed to be mine? I’m fine with Mr. Bartley supporting new talents, but I won’t stand being the price for it.” Ivan responded professionally, “Your contract with QN Jewelry ended this year. They specifically asked for Agnes. Her aura fits the style of QN Jewelry’s new collection. Agnes has nothing to do with it, it was my arrangement.” Seeing Ivan defend Agnes, Mamie was fuming. She said to Ivan, “Century Entertainment can only accommodate one of us. Mr. Bartley, if you insist on keeping her, then I’ll leave Century Entertainment.” Ivan seemed angry as well, ‘Mamie, do you realize what you’re saying?” “Ivan, do you really know what you’re doing? Why are you treating me like this for a stranger? What’s so appealing about Agnes that everyone treats her so well? No matter what, Agnes and I are like oil and water! You have to make a choice now.” Ivan frowned. A crowd had gathered around them, waiting to see how this drama would end. What will Ivan choose? One was his own sister, the other a new talent the company was heavily promoting. No matter who he chose, there will be losses. Agnes stepped forward. “Mamie, Ivan is your brother, there’s no need to put him in a difficult position. Let’s do this, since both of us are nominated for Best Actress, let’s make the SH Gala next week the stake. If you win, I’ll quit showbiz; if I win, you quit. Dare you take the bet?”
Chapter 271 Agnes hit the office bright and early. She had a jam–packed schedule for the day. Emily, Agnes‘ assistant, was freaking out. “Agnes, have you seen the news? You’re making headlines!” “Haven’t I been in the headlines lately? Whatever. Emily looked super stressed. This is different. Agnes, you need to talk to the boss about handling this PR crisis. Mamie is the boss’s sister, as long as he steps in, this thing will blow over quickly” Agnes, however, retorted, “Why should I take crap lying down? If these people want to stir up trouble, let them. The bigger the fuss, the better.” Both Emily and the makeup artist working on Agnes were taken aback. This was totally out of character for Agnes. It seemed like she had been seriously wronged. Or maybe it was because all the rumors were saying that Mamie was Jared’s old fame, and Agnes was the other woman. She must have been at the end of her rope. Still, Emily was worried. Agnes might have skyrocketed in popularity thanks to “The Magical Romance of Cinderella“, but she wasn’t in a position to go head–to–head with Mamie. Agnes asked Emily, “Is the itinerary for the SH Gala arranged?” Emily snapped back to reality and excitedly said, “Agnes, I have good news and bad news, which one do you want to hear first?” Agnes said, “Give me the good news first.” Emily looked smug: The good news is, thanks to The Magical Romance of Cinderella‘, you’ve been nominated for Best Actress at the SH Gala Agnes, you’ve just debuted, and to be nominated at the most prestigious film and TV gala in the country is unprecedented. It’s enough to make countless starlets green with envy.” Agnes was surprisingly calm after hearing the news: “And the bad news?” Emily’s face fell: The bad news is that Mamie is also nominated. She’s won Best Actress three years in a row, so it’s likely she’ll win again. But Agnes, just being nominated is an amazing accomplishment, so you shouldn’t worry too much about the outcome.” Agnes seemed deep in thought. After a while, Faye suddenly came over: “Agnes, the boss wants to see you in his office.” Agnes acknowledged. She was scheduled to do a cover shoot for a magazine this morning. The shoot was in Century Building’s own studio, so she had plenty of time. Agnes went to Ivan’s office. Ivan put down his newspaper as Agnes walked in. Agnes approached him and asked “Did you need something?” “There’s something I wanted to get your opinion on. QN Jewelry wants you to be their spokesperson, the contract is for one year. Would you consider it?” “QN Jewelry? Why would such a big brand want me?” Ivan smiled and said “They’re launching a new product, targeting a pink and youthful style. They think your performance in ‘Cinderella‘ fits their needs perfectly” Agnes replied, “But I don’t plan on getting deeper into the entertainment industry.” Ivan said, “I understand your concern. You’ve always been reluctant to sign contracts, and I respect that. If you don’t want to, I won’t force you. But the endorsement fee is close to a million dollars. If you turn it down, I’m afraid you might regret it.”
Chapter 270 Agnes had never thought she’d be ambushed by a celebrity’s fans one day. If it’d been only three or five people. Agnes could’ve put up a fight. But these people were like they’d gone mad, charging straight at her. They threw the water bottles and placards they were holding in Agnes‘ direction. Agnes had no choice but to turn tail and run. She was chased for a good distance, before finally shaking them off by running into an office building. The fans followed her in, but were stopped by the security guards at the door because there were too many of them. Agnes was very familiar with this office building, as she had interned at CHERRY on the floors above. Agnes felt a sudden pang of nostalgia for old friends, so she took the elevator up. Ben had just come in from outside. He looked shocked to see Agnes. Everyone in the office surrounded Agnes when they saw her come in. Even the editor–in–chief, Siam, came out of his office. “Agnes, long time no see! Never thought you would end up being a big star, Sian) said, grinning. Agnes blushed, “Actually, I’ve always wanted to thank you. You helped me out a lot by lending me two thousand bucks back then.” Back when Agnes had hit Ivan’s car, she had asked Siam to advance her half a year’s salary. She later found out that the company didn’t allow salary advances. Siam had actually loaned her his own money. Siam laughed, “Don’t sweat the small stuff. But Agnes, you’re in showbiz now. If you get any juicy insider info, you gotta let us know as soon as possible.” Agnes laughed, “Isn’t that why I’m here? To bring you news?” As she said this, Agnes pointed to the window. Everyone walked over to the window and looked down. There was a large crowd down below, holding posters and placards, shouting, “Agnes, get out of showbiz! Agnes, get out of showbiz!” Siam turned around, “Agnes, are you sure you want this as tomorrow’s headline? You’re openly challenging Mamie. Her fans are numerous. If things get out of hand, it’ll be hard to reel them back in.” Agnes said, “I do want to challenge her. Go ahead and report it. The more sensational, the better. I’ll take responsibility for any fallout.” Since Agnes had already said this, Siam was more than happy to oblige. The next day. CHERRY’S exclusive front–page headline: “Mamie condones her fans‘ hooliganism! Who’s the real homewrecker?” After the article was published, it caused an uproar in the entertainment industry. Various forums and fan groups were in total chaos. When Agnes woke up in the morning, she casually browsed through the comments on Twitter. “Mamie’s way out of line, letting her fans behave like this. It’s downright violent!” “Agnes is the homewrecker. The fans are just helping her see justice.” “Doesn’t Agnes have fans too? We should stand up and support her!” “Agnes and Jared got married fair and square. Mamie should avoid causing misunderstandings. Who knows who’s the real homewrecker!” “Agnes is the homewrecker, homewrecker, homewrecker! Homewreckers out of showbiz! Team Mamie forever!!” In no time, there were hundreds of thousands of comments, all with different opinions.
Chapter 269 Agnes asked, “Just to be sure, did you put Kingdom Heart in my bag?” Mamie snorted, “Are you accusing me or what?” Agnes retorted, “Why are you so ungrateful? If it wasn’t for me just now, you’d still be being bullied by that woman. You’re always so cocky with me, why did you back down when facing an old woman?” Mamie shot back. “Mind your own business” Mamie was fearless, but she was scared of that home. She was afraid of hearing the family curse, afraid of anyone mentioning her parents‘ and Antonia’s deaths Over the years, she often had nightmares and was afraid of the dark, so she preferred the spotlight on stage. But Lara would show up every now and then to remind her, to provoke her. She had been tormenting her since she was a kid. That fear instilled from childhood still haunted Mamie. She had tried to fight back, but each attempt only resulted in self–injury and implicated her brother. Ivan had fallen out with the Bartley family for protecting her. He didn’t want a penny of the Bartley fortune and established Century Entertainment for her. Mr. Brian cherished his eldest grandson, giving Lara the excuse to badmouth Mamie in front of him. Even though Mamie was a popular star, the Bartley family had not only wealth, but the ultimate power If not for Ivan’s protection, she would have sunk into the mire long ago. Agnes took a deep breath and earnestly said “I swear, I didn’t take the necklace to frame you. I also believe you didn’t take it. From the start, I felt that someone was pulling strings behind the scenes, but I haven’t figured out what their real intent is. If you want to know too, we can team up.” Mamie looked up and asked, “Why do you suddenly believe me?” Agnes paused and said, “I’m not believing you, but I believe Jared. If he believes in you, then I trust his judgment.” Mentioning Jared, Mamie’s eyes dimmed again. She stared at the girl in front of her. Agnes was makeup–free, looking as innocent as a high schooler. But judging by her calm handling of Lara and her agility, Mamie was certain that this girl had an extraordinary endurance and courage that was incomparable So now, she wasn’t sure if she was acting. What kind of person was she? Mamie said, “Agnes, you’d better not give me a chance to catch you out.” When Agnest left the hospital, she felt inexplicably happy. For some reason, she felt like she had been reunited with Mamie. As Agnes was about to hail a cab, a group of people suddenly rushed over from not far away. They shouted, “It’s her, Agnes! The homewrecker ruining Mamie’s happiness! She even has the audacity to show up at the hospital where Mamie is staying!” A group of people holding placards rushed over. Agnes could clearly see the words on the placards: “Agnes, get out of the entertainment industry!” Agnes quickly realized that this crowd were probably Mamie’s fans.
Chapter 268 Lara’s face changed dramatically when she heard what Agnes said, “Quit talking nonsense here or I’ll get a lawyer and sue you for defamation” “Mrs. Lara, you can certainly get a lawyer, but your reputation will be completely ruined by then” Agnes pulled out a voice recorder from her pocket. Lara’s voice could be heard clearly from the recorder, “So what if I pushed you down the stairs? You should have died when you were five, but you were lucky and escaped.” Lara looked at her in shock, “You actually secretly recorded me?” Then she pointed her finger at Mamie, “Is this a trap you set?” Agnes replied, “Mrs. Lara, unfortunately, I’m a journalism student. Carrying a voice recorder is part of my job. Now, this is the evidence of your crime” Although Lara’s hand was immovable, she stood up and rushed towards Agnes, trying to grab the recorder. But Agnes moved quickly and easily dodged her. Lara collided with the edge of the bed and screamed in pain again. Agnes coldly asked, “Are you not leaving yet, or do you want me to hand over the evidence to the police right now? I will give this recording to Mamie. This is a matter for the Bartley family, I don’t want to interfere. You better hope she is forgiving enough to let you go.” Lara gritted her teeth. She never thought that after bullying Mamie for so many years, she would now be caught in the act. Agnes kindly reminded her, “If you don’t get a doctor to fix your arm soon, I can’t guarantee there won’t be any after–effects.” Lara didn’t dare to underestimate the situation and had to leave first. The room suddenly quieted down. Agnes looked at the woman in the corner, who seemed completely different from the Mamie she knew. Her hard shell was gone, like a hedgehog without its quills. For a moment. Agnes didn’t know what to say. She placed the recorder in front of Mamie, “Although her actions were attempted murder, I’m afraid the statute of limitations has passed, so calling the police now is useless. However, I think you can give the recording to Ivan.” Mamie slowly looked up. Although she was trembling, her eyes were still cold, “What are you doing here, to laugh at me?” Agnes replied, “If I wanted to laugh at you, I wouldn’t have come in here. If I had taken out my phone earlier and secretly recorded a video to put online, that would be laughing at you.” Mamie bit her lip, hugged her knees, and turned her head to the side. Usually, Mamie wore glamorous and aloof makeup, looking stunning and radiant. At that moment, she was bare–faced but still beautiful. She looked a few years younger, without the majesty of a celebrity. Agnes lightly bit her lip, Actually, I came to ask you something today. But since you’re not in a good mood and don’t want to see me, I’ll go now.” Just as Agnes turned to leave, Mamie suddenly called out to her. Agnes turned back and asked, “What’s up?” Mamie still looked indifferent, “What do you want to ask me?”
Chapter 267 Mamie was crouched in a corner, beaten down. The lady strutted her stuff, I can’t fathom what my brother was thinking, adopting you, a burden. If they hadn’t rushed back to celebrate your birthday, they wouldn’t have died so early. Ivan’s a sap, always protecting you, a mongrel from God knows where.” “I’m neither a burden, nor a mongrell Mamie suddenly shouted, her voice filled with rage. The Bartley family should’ve never taken you in! You surviving that’s just your dumb luck” Mamie gritted her teeth, I knew it. You were the one who pushed me off the roof that year.” “So what if I pushed you off? You should’ve died when you were five, but you lucked out.” Mamie’s expression changed drastically, Why are you doing this to me?” “Why? Because of you, I lost my own daughter. How do you expect me to treat you? You should’ve been dead.” “Antonia’s death wasn’t my fault. She was just going back with my parents. I lost my parents too. How can you blame this on me?” “I don’t care! If it wasn’t for your birthday, they wouldn’t have gone back, and my daughter would still be alive. You’re just a bastard that cost the Bartley family three lives. This is what you owe me, owe the Bartley family.” Mamie seemed to grow colder. I’ve always felt guilty towards you That’s why I put up with your abuse all these years. But when you pushed me off the roof, I already repaid the life I owed you. If you treat me like this again, I won’t show mercy” The lady was livid, “Mamie, don’t forget who you are! You were just a starving beggar on the streets. Killing you would be as simple as squashing an ant, but I don’t want you dead now. I want to torment you, make you a star in public, but a servant to the Bartley family behind the scenes. I want to see how. you handle this fake wealth and glory.” “Get out! Stay away from me!” The lady strode over and grabbed Mamie’s hair, “You wench, I’ll teach you a lesson today! Ivan can protect you for now, but not forever.” Suddenly, bang! The hospital room door was kicked open by Agnes. She stepped forward, grabbed the lady’s wrist, and twisted it with all her strength. A snap echoed through the room, followed by the lady’s scream of agony. She lay on the ground in pain, pointing at Agnes, “Who are you? What have you done to my hand? You wench, what did you do to me?” Agnes replied, “Nothing much, I just dislocated your arm.” The lady’s face turned pale when she heard Agnes, “Do you know who I am? How dare you talk to me like that?” “The Bartley family is the most historic and cultured of the Big Four. And you, Lara, are in charge of the Bartley family. People always thought that the lady of the Bartley family was gentle and composed. Little did they know, you’re just a foul–mouthed woman who could inflict harm on a five–year–old. If everyone knew the truth, I wonder if they’d be disappointed, or perhaps re–evaluate you.”
Chapter 266 Agnes was full of doubts. How could it be such a coincidence? Someone had framed her for stealing a necklace, and it seemed like that incident was being used to stir up trouble. Agnes could sense that someone was pulling the strings behind the scenes. The first person that came to mind was Mamie. But firstly, Jared believed in her. Secondly, even if the necklace incident could be explained as Mamie setting her up, what about the actions of the crazed fans? Could Mamie risk her life just to create a scandal? Besides, the situation was so dangerous at the time, and the criminal lost his life as a result. It couldn’t have been premeditated. Agnes was very confused, but she didn’t want to create another disagreement between Jared and Mamie because of this. Jared must have seen the news too. He was on the phone with his secretary early in the morning. By the afternoon, the reports about this incident on newspapers and TV had disappeared, but the online discussions were still heated. Public opinion on social media was very hard to control. The more people tried to suppress a view, the more popular it became. But Agnes comforted Jared and told him not to pay too much attention to the rumors online. Before long, the heat of this topic will naturally die down. There were countless news in the entertainment industry every day. Truth or lies, right or wrong. black or white, how many people really cared? Still, Agnes wanted to confirm some things personally. That afternoon, Agnes went to the hospital. Was Mamie faking her illness? Only when they were alone could she possibly show her true colors. Agnes went to the VIP ward of the hospital. The whole floor only had her as a patient, and there was a security guard at the entrance of the floor. The security guard recognized Agnes, knowing that she was the woman who had come to the hospital with Jared yesterday. Agnes walked past without any problems. The hallway was carpeted thickly, and Agnes made no noise when she walked on it. Agnes got to the door of the ward. She was going to knock, but found that the door was open, and there was more than just Mamie in the room. Agnes clearly saw that it was a middle–aged woman in her forties or fifties, dressed very fashionably and in designer clothes. Agnes didn’t know who she was. She remembered Ivan saying that their parents had died in a plane crash a long time ago. Just then, the harsh voice of the woman came over. “You’ve disgraced the Bartley family! You’re just an actress, nothing more than a cheap woman who sells herself in front of the camera! Why did we ever adopt you?” Mamie curled up at the head of the bed, seemingly unable to bear it any longer and ended up saying “When you say things like that, you don’t sound like a rich lady from a respectable family, you sound more like a shrew from the street.” The elegantly dressed woman was infuriated by her words. She took a step forward and slapped Mamie hard across the face, “You little bitch, you’re getting brazen, even daring to talk back to me! I don’t care if you’re a star out there. In here, you’re just a dog raised by the Bartley family!”