Chapter 49 In the private room of the hotel. It seemed like everyone was conspiring, despite so many available seats, they’d left the one next to Julie for Kieran. By the time Kieran came back from his call, the only spot left was next to Julie, Daphne, worried, whispered to Julie, Julie, should we swap seats?” Julie shook her head. Swapping seats now would only make things more awkward, wouldn’t it? She tried to keep things lowkey. The first half of the dinner went smoothly until Porter, having had too much to drink, suddenly became melancholic and started reminiscing about the past. He even blurted out to Julie, Julie, you have no idea, I used to admire you so much, you were so head over heels in love! Why didn’t you end up with Mr. Hernandez? Here, Julie, I toast to you, for love, for youth!” With that, Porter handed Julie a full glass of hard liquor They were old classmates, and it had been long since they last saw each other. They always had so much to catch up on when they gathered. After a few drinks, everyone was a bit tipsy. They all stood up and egged Julie on, “Come on, Porcupine’s right, for love, for youth‘ Julie, you gotta drink this one.” Julie knew she wouldn’t be able to leave without downing the drink. Daphne, who just had an appendectomy, could not drink, otherwise, she would have stepped in and drunk it for Julie. Knowing that she had to drink the liquor, Julie bravely picked up the glass and downed it in one go. “Didn’t expect Julie to be so gutsy! Viviana, you should toast to Julie, weren’t you guys roommates?” Porter suggested. Viviana, always up for a good time, raised her glass and smiled at Julie. “Julie, here’s to you.” Julie, already blushing from the drinks she’d been sipping, shook her head and laughed. “I can’t hold my liquor well, I’ll make a fool of myself if I get drunk. How about I stick to juice?” That’s no fun. How about we play Quarters? If you win, I drink. If you lose, you drink two?” Viviana was always up for a challenge. Julie quickly waved her off. “No way, I don’t know how to play” “How about Rock, Paper, Scissors then?” Kieran’s voice suddenly sounded from the side, suggesting it casually. Julie couldn’t help but glance at Kieran, mentally chewing him out. Viviana laughed. “Alright then, if you win, I drink, and you can pick the next challenger. If you lose, you keep challenging until you win. After we go around the table, we pick a new champion. Sound good?” Everyone agreed to Viviana’s proposal. If Julie refused, she’d seem like a party pooper. Porter said, “It’s a reunion, we’re here to have fun, Julie, don’t hesitate!” With nowhere left to go, Julie was forced to play along. Surprisingly, she breezed through all the challenges and landed in front of Kieran without any issues. As she looked up at Kieran, their eyes met, and Julie froze. The room, which was bustling just a moment ago, suddenly fell quiet. You could hear a pin drop. Chapter 50
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Chapter 48 her gut reaction was to skedaddle. Nowadays, the moment Julie heard Kieran’s name, “Sorry, Porter, Daphne and I have something to attend to, we’re gonna bounce” Julie forced a smile, grabbed Daphne, and was ready to split the scene. But just then, behind her came the confident voice of Raul, the law school professor, “Julie? Running away as soon as you see me? Are you afraid I might eat you?” Raul, in his sixties, looked at Julie with kindly eyes. She had no choice but to turn around and face the music. But what she didn’t expect was that standing next to Raul was the dean, and… Kieran. He was wearing a dark gray suit, a white shirt paired with a blue–grey striped tie, formal and elegant. He stood amongst a group of leaders, radiating brilliance, calmly chatting with the dean. Seemed like she was not getting off the hook today. Because Raul was already pointing at her, laughing as he said to Kieran, “Kieran, this is Joyce, who was head over heels for you, remember?” Back then, Julie’s pursuit of Kieran was indeed crazy, like she would do anything for Kieran, just unstoppable. When Raul brought this up. Porter immediately chimed in, “Yeah, at that time Kieran said, if Julie could jump off the top of the school building, he would be her boyfriend. Julie was really determined back then, she even hired a professional parachuting team to perform a stunt at our school during summer break, which was way higher than the school building.” Back then, her family hadn’t gone bankrupt yet, Julie was the pampered princess of the family, and didn’t worry about any life issues. Her biggest goal in life was to chase after Kieran Bringing up such past memories, Julie now felt that she was really bold back then. How did she manage to not care about her image? Even the dean enjoyed reminiscing about the past. “Thanks to Julie’s leap, it made social media news and gave our law school a big shout–out!” Many students gathered around, originally drawn by Kieran’s popularity and good looks, but ended up being attracted by Julie’s glorious deeds. All of them threw admiring glances at Julie. Daphne knitted her brows, laughed at the dean, and as if to protect Julie, said, “That’s water under the bridge! Please don’t bring it up again, Julie will be embarrassed. She was just a naive kid back then!” While saying this, Daphne gave Kieran a meaningful glance. The dean and Raul both burst into laughter. Many old classmates gathered around after the scene, all starting to laugh and reminisce about the past. Porter stood up and said, “It’s chow time, I’ve already booked a table at a restaurant, my treat. We can chat while we eat, sound good?” Everyone agreed to his suggestion. Viviana, a long–lost classmate, walked up to Porter, smiled at Julie, and said, “We haven’t seen each other for years, I haven’t heard from you since we graduated. We have to catch up on what you’ve been doing these years!” Viviana, Daphne, and Julie used to share a dorm. But during school, Julie rarely went back to the dorm. She didn’t spend much time with Viviana, but Julie knew Viviana and Porter often bickered with each other. But surprisingly, Viviana ended up marrying her least favorite, Porter, and they seemed quite happy Julie thought Kieran would be too busy to attend the lunch gathering, so she agreed. The dean and Raul had other things to deal with, so they declined Porter’s invitation and left. Julie thought Kieran would do the same. But to her surprise, Porter enthusiastically said to Kieran, “Mr. Hernandez, could you join us for lunch? Although you’re not a graduate of our law school, you are an outstanding student of Futuro Business College, and you aced your degree at our university, everyone knows about this!” Julie instinctively looked at Porter and chuckled. “Mr. Hernandez is so busy, he probably doesn’t have the time…” “Thank you for your kind offer, how about this, I’ll pick up the tab for this meal, how does that sound?” Kieran softly laughed. Porter was taken aback for a moment, then immediately responded with a smile, “No problem, it’s all the same, Mr. Hernandez, right this way.”
Chapter 47 Daphne was a Law School alum from Pinnacle University, same as Julie. Even though Daphne didn’t pursue a career in law, she’d been making quite a splash in the magazine industry. Years after leaving the campus, standing at the university’s gate, Julie and Daphne found themselves lost in memories of their time there. She remembered how every year, when the kapok trees bloomed, you could smell a faint sweet scent as you passed through the main gate. The roads on both sides of the gate were lined with kapok trees. The scent of the flowers was light, but for some reason, Julie had a soft spot for them. They painted the whole campus red. Some said that when the kapok flowers bloom, it was the most beautiful time of the year. The dazzling red flowers stood proudly on the branches, before quietly falling to the ground. They said that the way a kapok flower fell from a branch was quite brave, because it maintained its shape, spinning as it fell. Julie didn’t believe this at first, so she once dragged Kieran under a kapok tree, waiting for a flower to fall. Looking back, it stung a little. Walking along the campus road with Daphne, she saw someone had arranged the fallen flowers into a heart shape on the ground. She was reminded of Kieran’s words. He had said, “Joyce, the kapok flower symbolizes cherishing the people around you, and cherishing the happiness you have” Back then, Julie had nodded in a daze, joyfully responding. “You are my happiness.” Back then, he was her happiness. Happiness, just like the scent of the kapok flowers. As Julie gazed at the flowers on the ground, her expression was a bit distant. Suddenly. Daphne pulled on Julie’s arm sharply. “Julie, look! Is that Mr. Hernandez? Am I seeing things? Did I just spot Mr. Hernandez?” Daphne’s words finally pulled Julie back from her memories. Julie looked where Daphne was pointing, but where was Kieran? Crowds of people were gathering at the gate for the campus celebration. Julie scanned the crowd but couldn’t find Kieran. She turned to Daphne with a smile. “He was not a student here, why would he be at our school celebration?” Daphne agreed with Julie’s logic and relaxed. “True, Mr. Hernandez was a top student at Futuro Business College. Why would he attend our Law School celebration?” With that, Daphne grabbed Julie’s camera and aimed it at her. “We’re back at our alma mater, we have to capture the moment.” Her finger was quick on the shutter, and Julie couldn’t dodge in time and resigned herself to being captured in the frame. Julie and Daphne headed towards the Law School building. Just as they reached the entrance, someone suddenly slapped Daphne’s shoulder. They both turned to see a man in a suit, with a neat hairstyle, excitedly saying, “Daphne? I’m not mistaken, am I? I’m Porter, that guy who always sat behind you!” Daphne instantly recognized him and gave Porter a solid slap on the shoulder. “Porcupine? You smelly guy, dressing all fancy like this, I didn’t even recognize you!” “Man, it’s been a long time since I heard that nickname. Feels kinda nice.” Porter laughed it off, then turned to Julie. “Julie, didn’t expect you here. Are you following your idol?” “What idol?” Daphne frowned at Porter. Porter gave Julie a meaningful look. “Kieran! Heard he donated five million to the school on behalf of Simpo Co., and he’s giving a speech in the auditorium right now. But you guys are late, it’s probably almost over.”
Chapter 46 Julie was quite good at taking a jab, but Kieran just smiled it off every time. In a blink, when Kieran was off guard, Julie snatched his phone and hung up his call. Kieran didn’t take it easy. Julie wanted to snatch back the phone, but she knew she was no match for him. So, she just quietly resumed her meal. In their marital life, Julie had learned to put up with him and adapt. Kieran casually unlocked Julie’s phone without a passcode, then dialed her number with his phone. Hearing the busy tone, he knew he’d been blocked by Julie. No surprise there. Kieran removed his number from Julie’s blocklist, labeled his contact as ‘Ex–husband, and handed back the phone. Seeing Ex–husband on her screen, Julie turned green with infuriation. “What the hell, Kieran?” “Just like this, you won’t be able to scam anyone anymore,” Kieran said nonchalantly. Scam? He was giving her too much credit! Was he implying that she deliberately crashed his car yesterday, trying to get close to him? Julie tosses her phone on the table, staring at Kieran. “I’m broke, you can only wait for my accidental compensation “You mean, you’d rather die than give in?” Kieran chuckled, picking up his cup for a sip of water. Julie wanted to tell him she had just drank from that cup, but she held back. If he wanted to drink, why should she care? “Give me some time, I’ll pay for the car repair, she said. “How long is ‘some time? A lifetime?” he retorted. Julie snorted, “Didn’t expect Mr. Hernandez to be this naive, believing in ‘a lifetime“.” After a moment of silence, Julie looked at Kieran. “I’ll pay you back, even if I have to sell my blood, or myself. Give me your bank account, I’ll transfer the money when I have it. I’m broke now, there’s no point pushing me.” Julie was usually mild–mannered, but when pushed to the edge, she could go to the extreme. Kieran knew it. So he didn’t make things harder for her, but he didn’t leave his bank account with her either. Instead he pulled out a bank card from his wallet and handed it to Julie. “Deposit the money into this card when you have it.” It was Kieran’s secondary card, with his name engraved on it, and no limit. He left the card and prepared to leave. “Wait!” Julie suddenly stopped Kieran, asking. “What’s the password of the card?” “The date of our divorce” After saying that, Kieran left Julie with his handsome back facing her. Julie was dumbfounded for a while. Her phone had been ringing for quite some time, vibrating on the table. After Daphne’s call was abruptly hung up, she grew worried and decided to call again. Julie pocketed the card and answered the call. *Julie, are you okay?” Daphne’s concerned voice was heartwarming. “I’m fine, I was just fooling around.” “Oh good, glad you’re okay” Daphne didn’t criticize her for the joke, instead, she said, “There’s an anniversary celebration at our alma mater tomorrow Would you like to come with me? There will be lots of outstanding alumni, some will even give speeches. The news always makes a big fuss about our alumni. I’m planning to go too. You know I just recovered from my illness, and I need someone to help me carry the camera. You’re free now, right? I’ll pay you with the magazine’s budget, ok?” “Sure but pay me a little extra, Julie agreed with a laugh.
Chapter 45 When Kieran said to Julie with deep affection, “I believe in you,” Julie felt a pang in her heart. Adeline gave Julie and Kieran a puzzled look as if questioning what was going on between them. Shifting the topic, Kieran said to Julie, “I was expecting you to discuss compensation with me at lunch today, but you didn’t show up… “I didn’t stand you up. I never agreed to meet with you,” Julie cut in, clarifying her position. Adeline nodded, realizing that Kieran had scheduled the meeting with Julie to discuss compensation. The restaurant was close to Simpo Co, so it didn’t seem odd for Kieran to be dining there. But Adeline was suspicious. Was a car accident compensation really something that required Kieran to show up in person? “The car is mine, Mr. Hernandez. If you want to discuss compensation, talk to me,” Adeline interjected, grinning at Kieran. But he barely glanced at Adeline before asking, “Were you the one driving?” “I wasn’t.” Adeline shook her head, then excitedly said to Kieran, “But I can take full responsibility. Give me your number, and about the rest… “Julie,” Kieran suddenly called out Julie’s name, his voice clear and magnetic. Julie, who thought she was off the hook and was drinking water, choked when Kieran completely ignored Adeline across the table and called her name. Startled, she choked Kieran patted her back. “Still as clumsy as ever, huh?” Such an affectionate tone…. Adeline looked at Kieran and Julie, “You two…” Before Kieran could open his mouth to answer, Julie beat him to it, “I’m his ex–wife. We’re no longer involved.” Julie knew it was better to clearly define their relationship than to let Kieran be vague about it. At last, Adeline understood. “So not all the rumors were false.” She picked up her expensive Hermès handbag, a devilish smile playing across her lips as she looked at Julie. “Ms. Abraham, since this is your mess, you should take care of the repair costs yourself.” Adeline’s change of attitude was swift, but she had a point. Once the haughty Adeline turned and left, Julie moved her chair closer to Kieran, looking at him. After a pause, she finally said, “I’m broke” The fact that Julie could say this with such confidence didn’t surprise Kieran. He propped his chin on his hand, thought for a moment, then looked up at Julie seriously. “Then you can pay with your body.” Julie looked up, meeting Kieran’s gaze. He must’ve really despised her for saying such a horrible thing. Julie was silent for a few seconds, then slowly pulled out her phone and dialed Daphne. “Hey, do you know any insurance agents? I mean ones that handle accident insurance.” “You want to buy accident insurance?” Daphne’s voice came over the phone. Julie gave Kieran a cold stare, then told Daphne, “Yes, accident insurance. Put Kieran’s name as the beneficiary. I plan to commit suicide and leave all my insurance money to him so that he can take care of himself in the future.” Kieran was speechless.
Chapter 44 The first time Julie laid eyes on Adeline, she was lounging around in the old Sanches family mansion, looking lazy and casual. Their second encounter? A restaurant. After all, Julie had scratched Adeline’s car and owed her a pretty penny. She couldn’t just skip town. So, she met Adeline at the restaurant, totally ditching the task Karl gave her and leaving Kieran hanging without a care in the world. Adeline was a knockout. Her long, curly hair was draped around her waist, parted on the side, looking both soft and business–like. Her beautiful red lips. were slightly upturned, her eyeliner flicking up at the edges, and her eyelashes long and lush. She was wearing a tight black dress that made her look alluring and sexy. her allure radiating off her even from fifty meters away. As soon as Adeline sat down, she ordered a couple of expensive dishes. Julie felt a pinch in her heart thinking about the price. “Ms. Sanches ” “Let’s not be formal. You can call me by my name since you’re a looker,” Adeline’s lips slightly curved as she looked at Julie. “You’re here about the car accident last night, aren’t you?” Julie nodded. That morning, she had seen the repair bill Karl sent over. The cost was astronomical. Adeline, seeing Julie’s troubled expression, laughed carefree. “I got a call last night. It was Karl, the secretary of Kieran, Simpo Co.’s CEO…” When she mentioned that name, a deep interest flashed in Adeline’s eyes. Judging from her tone, she seemed to be more interested in Kieran than the compensation. “You hit Kieran’s car, didn’t you? What did he say, asked you to pay in full?” Adeline asked curiously Julie didn’t want to talk about it and got straight to the point. “Ms. Sanches, I don’t know how much it costs to repair your car, but I know I can’t afford it all at once. I asked you here today because…” “Did I ever say you had to pay?” Adeline looked at Julie curiously “You’re such a bore.” A bore? Really? That was right! If she wasn’t boring, why would Kieran have had an affair with Bertha? Seeing Julie spacing out, Adeline said, “I was going to compliment you! You hit Kieran’s car! I won’t ask you to pay, just help me get Kieran’s phone number using this accident as an excuse. I’ll cover the repair costs of Kieran’s car, deal?” Adeline, a glint in her eye, reminded Julie of her younger self. That passion for Kieran was just as bright in someone else’s eyes. After a while, Julie looked at Adeline and asked, “Do you like him?* I’ll be his wife in the future,” Adeline said confidently. Seeing Adeline’s beauty and knowing her background, Julie believed she had every reason to be confident. But… “For some people loving someone is the start of their own misfortune. So, even if it’s for Kieran, are you willing to love him wholeheartedly, even if it means your own misfortune?” Julie asked Adeline. Julie had asked herself the same question before. If she knew loving Kieran meant misfortune, would she have loved him wholeheartedly? However, after much thought, she couldn’t find an answer. But Adeline, without any hesitation, said to her, “You’re afraid of flowers wilting, so you never plant them. But by being afraid of the wilt, you miss out on the blossom. Do you think that’s worth it? You’re so insecure, you’ll miss out on true love sooner or later.” True love? Julie laughed. She looked at Adeline and said, “I’ve loved before, I’m just not sure if the person in front of me is still my true love.” “So you’re harboring a secret crush?” Adeline seemed very interested. Julie didn’t feel the need to hide anything and nodded, saying, “I guess! After many years of persistence, I came to understand that unrequited love is like a play, where I’m both the director and the actress. I bear all the emotions until I set myself a tragic ending. So, if you still have the choice, don’t love a man who doesn’t love you back.” “From what you’re saying, you’ve given up on your crush and are ready to spend the rest of your life with someone who loves you. That’s why you’re considering Elliot as a good option?” Adeline propped her cheek on her hand, leaning on the table, her gaze fixed on Julie. Did she really give up on Kieran? Not quite. Even when one of Kieran’s comments led to the death of their child, she forgave him afterward. That’s why she had looked him straight in the eye, holding the divorce papers, and asked Kieran, “If it hadn’t been our child that died in surgery that day, but me, would you have been upset?” It was only after he answered ‘no‘ that she was truly disappointed. So, the one who really pushed her away was Kieran. Julie was silent for a few seconds before looking at Adeline and saying, “I didn’t give up on him. He gave up on me. I just accepted fate.” Just as Julie finished speaking, the chair next to her was suddenly pulled back. She looked up to see Kieran pulling back the chair and sitting next to her. He raised an eyebrow, his gaze deep as he looked at her. “I didn’t expect Ms. Abraham to be a believer in fate.” Caught off guard by Kieran’s sudden appearance, Adeline instantly lit up, her eyes glued to Kieran’s face. She asked excitedly, “Mr. Hernandez, don’t you believe in fate?” Kieran’s voice reached Julie’s ears. He simply said, “No.” Julie chuckled sarcastically, asking, “Then what do you believe in?” “I believe in you” Kieran’s deep gaze, as if he could see through Julie’s heart, locked tightly with Julie’s eyes…
Chapter 43 Elliot was standing at the door, car keys in his left hand, and coffee and a sandwich in his right. His eyes were glued to the scene on the couch. Julie was in Kieran’s arms, his hand on her waist, and their poses screamed intimacy. It was as if time froze at that moment. A few seconds later, the silence in the room was broken by the appearance of Karl. Karl hadn’t expected to see such a juicy scene this early in the morning, and he momentarily forgot to come in. It was only when Julie suddenly reacted, pushing away Kieran’s hand from her waist and standing up abruptly, that Karl snapped out of his daze. Kieran, on the other hand, acted like it was no big deal and asked Karl, “Where are my clothes?” Karl quickly handed a bag with clothes to Kieran. Then, he stood awkwardly next to Julie, waiting for Kieran to change. Elliot was still holding breakfast in his hand. Kieran returned from the bathroom, dressed in a suit, looking as suave as ever. Karl then handed the breakfast to Kieran, who gave Karl a cold look. “You really don’t know how to read the room. Ms. Abraham’s fiancé rarely visits. Let’s not bother them and eat breakfast in the car.” After he finished speaking. Kieran nodded to Elliot and walked out with Karl as if nothing had happened. He left just as boldly as he had arrived yesterday. For the first time, Julie truly appreciated Kieran’s shamelessness. Elliot was standing right in front of her, still holding the breakfast, his eyes glued to her as if waiting for her to explain. “Have a seat, Julie said, pointing to the couch, maintaining a polite hostess demeanor, Eventually, Elliot sat down on the couch, placed the breakfast on the small coffee table, and turned to Julie, asking, “Are you and Kieran…. still in touch?” He thought for a while and then asked this. Julie smiled faintly. “Mr. Sanches, that’s my private matter.” She thought Elliot would continue to probe, but he simply pointed at the breakfast on the coffee table and said, “I bought this just for you.” Then, looking at his expensive wristwatch, Elliot flashed a gentle smile and said, “It’s almost time for work. I better get going.” So, Elliot was just here to bring breakfast? Julie had to admit that she was somewhat puzzled by Elliot’s intentions. His family was strongly opposed to their relationship, so he should’ve been confined at home now. How was he here? She didn’t think too much about it and brushed off Elliot’s actions. No sooner had Elliot left than Karl came back. “Do you need anything else?” Julie asked, feeling somewhat drained at the sight of Karl at the door. Karl respectfully looked at Julie. “Mrs. Hernandez… “Karl, if you call me Mrs. Hernandez again, I’ll tell your wife we’re having an illicit affair,” Julie threatened effectively. In the end, Karl changed his address, “Ex Mrs. Hernandez, here’s the repair bill for the car you hit last night. Mr. Hernandez said he would like to discuss the compensation with you face–to–face at lunch today.”
Chapter 42 “Are you awake?” Julie asked calmly. But the man behind her did not respond. Kieran’s arm was draped over her waist, Julie gently lifted his arm and bit down hard on it, jolting him awake. Releasing Kieran’s arm, Julie got up and slipped a robe over her nightgown. Kieran sat up groggily, looking at Julie. She asked him expressionlessly. “Are you leaving on your own, or should I call Karl to pick you up?” Kieran glanced at Julie, then looked down at his wounded arm. She didn’t hold back. His arm was now marked with a row of bloody imprints. Without waiting for his answer, Julie simply pulled out her phone and dialed Karl. “Your guy’s here, need me to find someone for you?” On the road, Karl’s hand tightened on the steering wheel. Julie was the first to talk to Kieran like that. Before Karl could finish talking, Julie hung up. Then she glared at Kieran. “Aren’t you getting up yet?” This time the man obliged, got out of bed, and stood up. Julie glanced at him, finding the sight of his naked body a bit too much. She casually tossed him a towel. Kieran must have really woken up this time. He wrapped the towel around himself and then, completely ignoring Julie, turned, and walked into the bathroom. Just as Julie was about to speak, the bathroom door was slammed shut from the inside. Considering her phone was ringing again, Julie decided not to bother with him. Answering Karl’s call, she heard him ask, “Did Mr. Hernandez have breakfast yet?” Annoyed, Julie replied, “I don’t have dog food to feed him.” “Alright…” Karl weakly responded, “Then would you mind opening the door for me later?” “Mm.” Julie hung up. To avoid Karl ringing the doorbell later, Julie simply left the door ajar. Kieran came out of the bathroom after washing his face. His wet forehead and stubbly chin made him look rather sexy. Julie turned a blind eye and went into the bathroom. As she reached for the toothbrush, she noticed it was wet and not in its usual place. Clearly, someone had used it. Without showing any anger, Julie came out of the bathroom with the toothbrush and, in front of Kieran, threw it in the trash. Kieran was sitting on the edge of the bed, scrolling through emails on his phone. He made himself at home as if this was his workspace. “Up.” Julie ordered Kieran. He obliged and stood up. To his surprise, Julie stripped the bed of its sheets, pillowcases, and everything else, and tossed them in the washing machine. Was she not happy with him? Kieran watched Julie’s back until she hit the start button on the washing machine. He then stretched out on the sofa, casually flipping through emails on his phone, and asked, “Does your sofa need to be cleaned?” Julie rolled her eyes. Before she could answer, Kieran suddenly dropped his phone and quickly pulled her into his arms. Caught off guard, Julie landed in Kieran’s lap, and he was only wrapped in a towel. He forcefully turned her face towards him. His eyes were deep like the ocean, his fingers slender as they gently brushed her cheek. He leaned in, whispering in her ear, “What did we do last night?” Julie hated his sudden insinuations. It felt like a thousand ants were crawling in the pit of her stomach, and she didn’t know how to make it stop. Just as she was about to wriggle out of his grip, a familiar voice came from the doorway, “Are you there? I saw the door was open, so …”
Chapter 41 Kieran pressed himself against Julie, his deep eyes filled with a dreamy charm. The dim light blurred his silhouette, and the past mernories flooded in like an unstoppable burst of water. Despite her reluctance, Julie couldn’t resist Kieran’s entanglement. In the end, she lightly tugged at his sleeve and whispered, “Bro Kieran” She gave in to him. When he finally moved off her, his hands clung to her, like a tight hoop spell, showing no sign of letting go. After a whole day of being dragged around, Julie was really tired. She struggled a bit, but seeing no reaction from Kieran, she gave up and quickly drifted off to dreamland. Karl, who had just dealt with the car crash, wanted to call and ask if Kieran needed a lift, but didn’t want to interrupt his good time, so he just sent a text instead. In the end, he got no reply from Kieran. Looking at the bottle of red wine in the back seat of the car, Karl chuckled. He had to admit, Kieran’s cunning and calculating personality might’ve just been in his blood. After Kieran got off work today, Karl was supposed to drive him home, but Kieran suddenly asked to be dropped off at Julie’s building. He would never tell Julie that Kieran actually didn’t have a drop of alcohol that night. When the flashy red Ferrari hit their car, Kieran was holding a freshly opened glass of red wine, not having had a sip yet. Karl’s sudden brake caused some of the wine to spill out and stain Kieran’s clothes. At that moment, Kieran’s brows furrowed. Through the rearview mirror, Karl saw Julie getting out of the car behind them and muttered in surprise, “Ms. Abraham?” It wasn’t until Julie came up and spoke to him that he confirmed that the person who hit their car was indeed Julie. Kieran, who had been frowning in the back seat, suddenly lifted his glass and downed the remaining wine when he found out the person who hit their car was Julie, then got out of the car without hesitation and took Julie home. Considering how meticulously Kieran had planned to get into Julie’s room, Karl decided not to disturb his good fortune lightly. After the insurance company towed the car away, he hailed a cab and went home. That night was exceptionally quiet. A few unknown insects flew by under the streetlight outside the window, and a breeze gently lifted the curtains. Kieran turned around and looked at Julie, who was peacefully sleeping in his arms. He gently touched her long hair, and then slowly withdrew his hand. In the past, Julie was always cold in autumn and winter, always curling up into a ball in Kieran’s arms, drawing warmth from him, which made her sleep exceptionally soundly. Because of her previous dependence, she had gotten used to Kieran’s unique scent. Now, having not cuddled with him for a long time, she found herself sleeping incredibly soundly again. Julie’s alarm, usually set for 6:30, didn’t go off. When she woke up, the sky was already bright. Tiny rays of sunshine fell on the curtains, casting beautiful shadows. The hollowed–out shadows on the pure white sheets were exceptionally beautiful. Forgetting the other person’s body next to hers, Julie glanced at the time and suddenly sat up. Her brain was still in a state of confusion, and a pair of large hands suddenly encircled her waist and pulled her back under the covers. With a stretch of his long arm, he held her tightly in his embrace. ‘Don’t move, sleep a little longer.” Kieran’s magnetic voice, as pleasing as a cello, echoed in Julie’s ear, constantly stimulating her sensitive nerves…. Chapter 42 “Are you awake?” Julie asked
Chapter 40 How on earth did Julie suddenly forget how sneaky Kieran was? Rewinding back to her sophomore year in high school when they were in the same class. The school organized a spring outing, and everyone had to join. The school arranged a bus, but there were two extra students. The school was planning to rent another bus, but Kieran suggested that his family’s driver could take him. Hearing this, Julie got excited and begged the teacher to let Kieran take her along. Since Julie and Kieran lived close by, she managed to snag a spot in his car by being shamelessly persistent. The day before the outing, Julie excitedly found Kieran to buy snacks. Despite his annoyance, Kieran was somehow dragged along by Julie’s insistence. At that time. Julie’s sister, Sansa, was already a somewhat famous lawyer. Julie never expected to bump into Sansa at the supermarket after she had managed to drag Kieran there. Sansa was with her fiancé, Kyle, and saw Julie being clingy with Kieran. With a raised eyebrow, Sansa asked, “Joyce, who’s this?” Julie, who was holding on to Kieran’s sleeve, faltered when she saw Sansa and Kyle. Although Julie’s crush on Kieran was no secret at school, her family strictly forbade dating. If Sansa and Kyle found out about her secret crush, it would probably be crushed before it even started. So, Julie had let go of Kieran’s sleeve and gave Sansa a goofy smile. She patted Kieran’s shoulder and said, “This guy here is my buddy. We’re in the same study group. He’s the best student, and I’m the worst. We’re like siblings, and he’s been so good to me.” To convince Sansa, Julie poked Kieran’s arm and gently asked for confirmation, “Right, Bro Kieran?” In hindsight, she had no idea why she called Kieran “Bro Kieran in front of Sansa. She still remembers Kieran’s expression then. He furrowed his brows slightly, gave her a deep look, then looked down on her, and only after a few seconds, he nodded at Sansa, “Yeah, we’re as close as siblings.” “That’s good,” Sansa smiled at Kieran. “Then we’ll be counting on you to help Joyce with her studies. She’s never been serious about it.” Kyle looked at Julie affectionately, then turned to Kieran. “Joyce never puts her mind to study. Sansa worries she might start dating at school.” Kieran, as cold as ever, responded without mincing words, “Joyce is too busy trying to make a contribution to the country to date.” After saying that, Kieran gave a curt nod to Kyle and Sansa and left. Julie, panicking, chased after him, tugging at his sleeve. “When did I say I wanted to devote myself to the country? I just want to win your heart. Can’t you see that I want to date you?” Her impassioned questioning made Kieran stop in his tracks. Clumsy Julie bumped into Kieran’s sturdy back. She rubbed her nose, looked at his handsome face, and said, “Kerry, why don’t you accept me?” “I don’t do unethical sibling love.” Julie’s enthusiasm was instantly doused by Kieran’s cold response. Since then, Julie vowed never to call him Bro Kieran again, only Kerry. But he didn’t acknowledge her until she called him Bro Kieran in anger. From then on, everyone at school knew that Julie’s confession was rejected, and she was regarded as Kieran’s sister. Suddenly, Kieran’s fangirls saw Julie as their chance to get close to him. They stuffed her desk with love letters, chocolates, and flowers, asking her to pass them on. Those were probably the most speechless days of Julie’s life. Just when she was about to forget all those memories, he appeared in front of her again, forcing her to think back.