Chapter 248 Thala**a was jittery as hell. She immediately apologized, “I’m so sorry. Mr. Sinclair, I had no idea you were coming.” She quickly grabbed the door handle, swinging the door wide open. As Lysander’s piercing gaze shifted away from her and he walked in, a chill seemed to sweep through the air. It was as if a cold gust of wind hit Thala**a right in the face, making her scared shitless. She kept her head down, not daring to even glance at Lysander’s clothes. Damn, it was scary David followed suit, stepping into the room. Spotting Thala**a, he said in a low voice, “Ms. Everhart, fancy seeing you here already” Thala**a gave an embarra**ed chuckle, “David, you’re so nice.” In the conference room. The long conference table was filled on both sides with the company’s bigwigs, with Lysander sitting at the head. He wore a custom–made, all–black suit that radiated an air of unmatchable opulence, right down to the cufflinks. His tall frame was comfortably positioned in a black leather chair, and his presence dominated the room. Even the company’s President, Leopold, had to take a seat below him. Everyone held their breath, treading on eggshells. Thala**a, nerves on edge, walked over to the multimedia computer and loaded up the PowerPoint slides. As soon as she had it going, she straightened up, waiting for the meeting to start. Suddenly, she noticed that everyone at the table had a weird look on their faces. Some were even pulling faces at her. Thala**a was taken aback. What the hell was going on? Just as Thala**a was wondering, Lysander’s deep gaze landed on her. His deep and inscrutable eyes were like the unfathomable night sky. Thala**a’s heart started racing. Had she done something wrong? Why was he looking at her like that? Damn, it was creepy. Leopold covered his mouth, clearing his throat. Thala**a was still clueless. Leopold had no choice but to clue her in, “Ms. Everhart, you’ve loaded the wrong PowerPoint slides.” Thala**a quickly turned to the screen, only to see a picture of Peppa Pig displayed! Oh crap, she had grabbed the wrong flash drive. Panicked and blushing. Thala**a hastily unplugged the drive and replaced it (with the correct one. She apologized awkwardly, “I’m so sorry. I grabbed the wrong flash drive, it’s sorted now.” She switched the drive and the work–related content started playing on the big screen. Everyone in the room stared at her with bemused looks. Noticing that she was now in the company, one of the senior managers said in a snarky tone, “Ms. Everhart, this is a senior management meeting, not a preschool multimedia cla**. Try to stay focused next time.” Thala**a quickly nodded and apologized, “I’m sorry, I’ll be careful next time.” Thinking he had done a good deed, the senior manager turned to Lysander and said with a smile, “Mr. Sinclair, apologies for the delay. We’ll make sure to tell her off later.” Lysander’s face remained impa**ive, his eyes sharply focused on the man’s name tag. “You may leave,” Lysander said, his voice soft but full of authority. The senior manager’s smile froze on his face and he abruptly stood up, looking terrified as he scurried out of the room. Had he crossed a line? The look in Lysander’s eyes earlier was downright terrifying. The atmosphere in the room was tense, cold, and oppressive. No one dared to make a peep. Thala**a also kept her head down, trying her best to stay under the radar. This meeting was a complete nightmare. An hour later, the meeting finally ended. Thala**a returned to her office and immediately poured herself a gla** of water to calm her nerves. She had never imagined that after leaving the Sinclair group, she’d find herself in another pickle at Leossa Tech Co., Ltd.
The Billionaire’s Secret Quartet by Thalassa and Elowen
Chapter 246 On her first day on the job, Thala**a knew she had to be on her toes and play her cards right The boss’s orders were not to be taken lightly. Thala**a was on pins and needles the whole time. Even the familiar voices didn’t get a chance to register in her mind. As soon as she hung up the phone, she made a beeline for the boss’s office Upon reaching the office door, she noticed it was ajar. Peeking inside, she saw the boss sitting in his chair, his face hidden behind his computer. Thala**a knocked on the door politely. “Come in” With permission, Thala**a walked in. She maintained a polite smile and respectfully asked, “Sir, I’m here. Which files do you need me to sort?” The man pinched a pile of documents and placed them on the edge of the table. His fingers were distinct and attractive. His gaze never left the computer screen, and his face was obscured by the monitor. “Sort those documents here.” He lowered his voice deliberately, sounding authoritative. Thala**a smiled and said, “Sure thing.” She stepped forward, took the documents from him, and started sorting them on the table.. Even though the boss didn’t tell her how to sort them, Thala**a had been trained in document cla**ification. She skimmed through the files, quickly figuring out how to sort them. As she was diligently sorting files by category, she suddenly felt someone above her head. Then, a low chuckle echoed, the breath from the laughter sprayed onto her. Thala**a gasped. She quickly looked up and nearly bumped into the man’s chin. Thala**a quickly turned her head to avoid the contact. Upon a closer look, she found it was Leopold. He was propping up on the table, laughing heartily. Thala**a halted her action, her eyes wide in surprise. “Leopold!” she exclaimed in shock. “Mmm, I do love it when you call my name.” Leopold grinned. Taking a deep breath, Thala**a asked, “You’re the boss?” Leopold laughed, “Yeah, didn’t you recognize my voice?” Thala**a rubbed her forehead and said in frustration, “I came here to work.” “I hired you fair and square,” Leopold said. Thala**a put down the files, stood up and said seriously, “I think I’m going to quit.” She had thought that the company hired her for her skills, for the two years of stellar academic performance at Starhaven College, for being an outstanding student every year in her academic life. At the very least, the company should have hired her for her one–day secretary experience at the Sinclair Group. But it turned out Leopold was the boss of the company! So, she didn’t get the job through the interview, but rather, Leopold told the interviewer to hire her over the phone. She wanted to quit, not because Leopold hired her directly, but because she didn’t want anything to do with Leopold anymore. She didn’t want to work in his company, be his secretary, see him every day, and constantly interact with him for work. She didn’t want Leopold to think that she had forgiven him, or that she would give him another chance. If she decided to cut ties, she would cut them completely. After saying all this, she turned to leave, but Leopold said, “Thala**a, don’t make decisions in the heat of the moment. If you quit, and I don’t agree, you’ll have to pay a good chunk of penalty to the company.” Thala**a stopped and turned to look at Leopold. 1/2 Her fac fufi of disappointment. She had to pay a penalty fee again! was such a cla**ic Sinclair family capitalist move, and the methods were exactly the same. People got jobs to make money, but she had to pay to quit. It was always so unfair! Absolutely crappy! Thala**a seemed somewhat helpless and said, “Well, you could just let me quit
Chapter 243 It was at this point that Leopold had a eureka moment and walked up to the bar with Lysander. They both ordered a gla** of whiskey “I bumped into a college reunion here, and Thala**a was a cla**mate of mine in college,” Leopold explained to Lysander. Lysander casually took a sip of his drink and didn’t respond. Leopold then asked, ‘Do you know Thala**a?” “She used to work for the Sinclair group,” Lysander answered in a low, calm voice. Leopold suddenly remembered in Thala**a’s resume that she had worked as a CEO’s secretary for the Sinclair group for a day. So she used to be Lysander’s secretary. That would explain why they knew each other. Then the doubts in Leopold’s mind vanished. He originally thought that Thala**a and Lysander may have had some special relationship, but it turned out they were simply superior and subordinate. Leopold breathed a sigh of relief and began to confess to Lysander. “Thala**a is the woman I used to talk to you about, my ex–girlfnend,” Leopold suddenly revealed his secret. Lysander was holding the gla**, but then his hand paused slightly, his eyes deep and indifferent. Leopold did not notice his change, and continued, “Back then, I did betray her, but that was not my intention. She is the only one I love. I know she loves me too. Otherwise, she would forgive me easily if she doesn’t love me. She doesn’t forgive me until now just because she got hurt.” Leopold went on talking, completely oblivious to Lysander’s icy gaze. A storm was brewing in his eyes. Thala**a and Hertha nervously left the bar. Sitting in the car, Hertha wiped the cold sweat from her forehead. She swallowed hard and said, “Today was really thrilling. Not only did we run into Leopold, but also Lysander. And the kicker is, they’re relatives!” The thought terrified Hertha. Thala**a was also taken aback, shocked to her core. “Who would have thought Lysander was Leopold’s uncle.” Leopold was actually a member of the Sinclair family, the wealthiest family in Starhaven! When he was in college, he was low–key. He didn’t drive fancy cars, and didn’t wear designer clothes. Thala**a and Hertha thought he was just a regular kid. They never imagined his real identity! “But now that I think about it, Leopold is more sincere than Lysander. At least he knew about your background from the beginning and chose to be with you,” Hertha was unusually composed to speak the truth. “They’re all the same. A regular girl like me is out of their league. After all, didn’t Leopold go to the countryside with me five years ago just to sleep with me?” If Leopold truly respected her, he wouldn’t have mistaken Isabella for her and slept with Isabella. Lysander and Leppold were the same. They were just toying with her. And she didn’t want to play their game. She would never forget what Zephyr had told her nor would she delude herself about marrying into a wealthy family. Hertha came to her senses, nodded and said, “You’re right.” Hertha dropped Thala**a off at the entrance of the residential area. “Just stop here, I can go in by myself. This way you don’t have to turn around inside the complex,” Thala**a said. “Okay.” Hertha stopped the car. Ta**e get out of the car and they waved goodbye. amplex, she saw a blac
Chapter 241 With shock written all over her face, Thala**a turned to Leopold. “Lysander is your uncle?” Leopold gave a nod “Yes, but he’s only three years older than me” Thala**a felt like she had been struck by lightning. She gasped for air. Lysander Sinclair, Leopold Sinclair So they were family Thala**a had always thought they just shared the same last name, and it was a coincidence. It turned out that Lysander and Leopold were both Sinclairs! Five years ago, Isabella slept with Thala**a’s boyfriend, Leopold. And now Thala**a had hopped into bed with Leopold’s uncle, Lysander! Was this like the real–life version of, If I can’t be your wife, then Ill be your uncle’s mistress? Thala**a’s heart pounded. She felt anxious. Hertha also felt shocked. With her eyes wide open, she glanced from Leopold to Thala**a. Leopold was Lysander’s nephew! This was too much! Seeing the panicked expressions on Thala**a and Hertha’s faces, Leopold knew they had been fibbing. He almost believed the information he got was wrong and that Thala**a had a new boyfriend. But when he heard Hertha say that Thala**a’s boyfriend was Lysander, he knew they were bullshitting. His tense heart relaxed. Hertha bragged in front of everyone that Thala**a’s boyfriend was Lysander, only to be busted on the spot. Hertha’s previously smug vibe deflated and she immediately turned listless. She looked embarra**ed but still managed a strained smile. “Thala**a and I have something to do. We’ll be going now.” She grabbed Thala**a’s arm, ready to bolt. Just then, a commanding presence entered the bar. It was a man in a handmade black suit, looking serious, intimidating, and prestigious. He strode towards them. The moment he entered, the air seemed to tremble, making it difficult to breathe. Thala**a saw the man coming in and felt a mix of terror and nervousness. Her heart pounded uncontrollably. Oh my God! Lysander was here. This was a disaster she couldn’t fix She quickly lowered her head, trying to make herself invisible, hoping Lysander wouldn’t spot her. She clutched Hertha’s hand, ready to make a swift exit. Debby seized the opportunity. She blocked their path, preventing them from escaping. She said loudly. “Thala**a, don’t run. Didn’t you just say that Lysander, the CEO of Sinclair group, is your boyfriend? Your boyfriend is here, why are you running away?” She emphasized the words running away.” Thala**a felt alarm bells ringing. She shot a furious look at Debby. At the same time, Lysander’s deep and intimidating gaze fell upon her. Seeing those familiar eyes, Thala**a felt her heart leaden.
Chapter 240 Thala**a and Hertha turned around There stood a man sporting a crisp short haircut and decked out in a British suit His handsome face radiated an aristocratic aura, his charisma second to none. It was Leopold! Upon seeing Leopold, Thala**a frowned, puzzled why he seemed to always pop up around her. Hertha’s eyes lit up. She hadn’t expected Leopold to show up! Normally, running into old cla**mates should be a happy occasion, but recalling how Leopold had loved Thala**a so deeply, yet betrayed her and even had an affair with Thala**a’s cousin Isabella, Hertha didn’t have a good impression on Leopold. Debby instantly got up, a flattering smile plastered on her face, “Leopold, you’re here too. We’re so lucky to bump into you here.” Debby’s crush on Leopold hadn’t faded, and seeing him got her all excited. Her attitude towards him was a far cry from how she treated Thala**a Leopold, however, didn’t even spare Debby a glance. He went straight to Thala**a’s side with a gentle smile on his face. The bar’s neon lights played across his handsome face, illuminating his smile, and making it even more dazzling. “Thala**a, what a coincidence. We meet again.” Leopold’s eyes were all for Thala**a He reached out his hand, attempting to hold Thala**a’s. Thala**a deftly dodged. With one hand on Hertha’s arm and the other around her shoulder, both Thala**a’s hands were occupied. Thala**a kept her distance with a forced smile, “We’re all cla**mates, it’s fate that brought us all here.” Hertha nodded, “Exactly.” Leopold understood that Thala**a was rejecting him, because her attitude towards him remained cold. His smile turned bitter, “Thala**a, what should I do for you to forgive me?” Debby had been chasing after Leopold with everything she had, but he never reciprocated, and now Thala**a even dared to openly reject him. Although Debby couldn’t win Leopold over, she didn’t want to see him hurt. Debby felt disgruntled. She sneered at Thala**a, “Who do you think you are, a country bumpkin without a background, what right do you have to embarra** others? Leopold being nice to you is a blessing. What could he possibly do that you can’t forgive?” Hearing this, Thala**a felt extremely uncomfortable. She laughed, “Who loves to butt in again?” Debby was taken aback. She realized Thala**a’s words were a dig at her! She snapped, “I bet you’ll spend your whole life as a nobody and forever stuck in the same place!” Leopold glared at Debby. “Shut up!” Hertha had long been fed up with Debby’s mockery of Thala**a. She snorted, “Debby, sounds like you’re just jealous. Just so you know, Thala**a has a boyfriend now, and he’s way better than Leopold.” Leopold’s eyes darkened at Hertha’s words. Shock and pain washed over him. He looked at Thala**a. Thala**a had a boyfriend? Debby scoffed in disbelief, “Stop showing off for nothing. Who could possibly be better than Leopold? I’m actually curious. Who is Thala**a’s boyfriend?” Hertha was fed up with Debby’s condescending attitude, “I’m afraid once I tell you, you’ll be shocked.” Thala**a had a bad feeling. She discreetly tugged at Hertha’s sleeve, signaling her to stop. But Hertha was too excited to notice her warning. “Spit it out then. Debby taunted. Hertha stood tall and proud, “Thala**a’s boyfriend is none other than the CEO of the Sinclair group, Lysander! How about that, scared you, didn’t I?” Hertha laughed triumphantly. Thala**a choked a bit. Why did Hertha have to spill everything? 1/2 The people around the table started to roast
Chapter 239 Thala**a was left dumbfounded. Suddenly, it dawned on her. This was why the interviewer had said she had lots of work experience. She originally thought it was because of all the jobs she had done over the years, sales, cleaning, factory work, waitressing, that were considered as rich work experience. But after Hertha’s explanation, she realized that the interviewer was actually interested in her one–day job as a secretary to the president at the Sinclair Group.. Yeah, that was right. The Sinclair Group was indeed very powerful and prestigious. Being a secretary there for a single day was even more valuable than her years of working experience. Thala**a smiled, “I guess I really did luck out with Lysander.” “You have talent, it’s just the companies in the past failed to see it. Now this company has given you a chance to show what you’re made of, they will definitely be glad they chose you.” Hertha encouraged her. Thala**a said, “Yeah, you’re right.” Confidence made beauty. Thala**a and Hertha clinked their gla**es together again. As they were about to take a sip, they heard a crisp female voice. “Isn’t that Thala**a and Hertha? It is you guys!” Thala**a and Hertha turned around and saw a woman who was both familiar and unfamiliar to them. She was wearing an off–shoulder top, a black mini skirt. With heavy make up, she looked sexy and provocative. Thala**a couldn’t recognize her. Surprised, Hertha said, “Irene! What are you doing here?” Irene was a university cla**mate of Thala**a and Hertha. They in the same cla** but not the same dormitory. “We’re having our uni reunion here. We were just saying how some people haven’t arrived yet, and then we bumped into you two. What a coincidence! Come and join us.” Irene invited them to a big table. The bar was brightly lit, and under the flashing lights, a group of people were gathered around the table, some drinking, some playing games. Irene shouted, “Everyone, look who I brought!” “Hi everyone, long time no see.” Hertha greeted everyone. Thala**a also smiled and said, “Hi everyone.” There was a woman who was even sexier than Irene, her straight hair cascading down her shoulders, her lips painted a dark red. She looked like a rebel. Her name was Debby, and she was pretty wild in university. Debby glanced at Thala**a and sneered, “A dropout attending a uni reunion? Funny.” Clearly, she was mocking Thala**a. Thala**a felt annoyed Hearing this, Hertha immediately got angry. “What did you just say?” Seeing Hertha about to argue with Debby. Thala**a quickly grabbed her sleeve. Hertha turned around and saw Thala**a shake her head, indicating her not to lose her cool. Hertha swallowed her anger and stayed quiet. Debby looked at Thala**a again and said disdainfully, “Dressed in cheap clothes and daring to come to a place like this, you should know your place.” Debby was clearly picking on Thala**a. Even Thala**a, normally good–tempered, was getting pissed off. As long as clothes could be worn and keep her warm, that’s enough. Were expensive clothes truly better? She worked hard to provide for her four kids, striving to give them a good life. Why should she be criticized for being thrifty? Hertha couldn’t help but scoff, “Debby, are you still bitter about back in the day when you fancied Leopold, but he only had eyes for Thala**a? So petty to hold a grudge after all these years.” “I think I heard my name.” At that moment, a voice that was both teasing and gentle sounde