Chapter 99 An Investigation Lead ‘It really has been long.‘ Gwyneth thought as she nodded to Hayden. She had not seen him ever since she returned from studying abroad. Gwyneth frequently received calls and texts from Hayden initially, but she always tried to put him off. Hayden was smart and naturally fell that she was avoiding him. So, the two lost contact sometime after that. Although Hayden treated Gwyneth well, she always fell weirded out by it. But aside from the sudden increase in affection, the two were really good friends initially, especially since he had saved her life. The corner of Gwyneth’s lips twitched slightly. She wanted to thank Hayden when more sounds of footsteps came from outside. She looked over Hayden’s shoulders and saw a group of policemen had arrived. She also noticed that Liam was one of the people who led them there. Gwyneth’s eyes flowed with emotions seeing that man’s face, while Liam’s heart almost stopped beating when he saw her. Liam walked toward her in big steps and checked her out from top to bottom. He let out a sigh of relief after making sure that she was safe. The two had known each other for a long time, yet this was the first time he had seen her in such a poor state. Hayden did not note the look on Gwyneth’s face, nor did he pay any attention to who had rushed to the scene. Instead, he lowered his head, removed his coat, and put it directly over Gwyneth’s shoulders. Gwyneth did not bother to worry about these little matters right now. She did not even have the energy to deal with it. She immediately stepped forward with serious look when she saw the police walk in. “Sir, the kidnappers escaped through the back door a few minutes ago.” The captain leading the team nodded to his member, and all of them got into action. The officer then looked at Gwyneth and let out a long sigh. “Are you hurt, Ms. Glen?” “I’m fine, and so is my secretary. Thank you for getting here so quickly.” The captain wanted to cry when he heard this. ‘Looks like I won’t lose my job,‘ he thought. After Gwyneth gave a report and went through the general procedures, Liam could no longer hold himself back. He had wanted to take this woman in his arms the moment he laid eyes on her. Liam approached Gwyneth and blocked off everyone else. “Are you alright? Are you hurt? Were you scared?” He asked, about to grab Gwyneth’s hand to check if she was actually okay. However, someone got in his way before he could reach out to her. Liam slowly looked up, narrowed his eyes, and glared at the man before him. Hayden stared at Liam with scrutiny, like a dagger was hidden behind his deep gaze. “Who’s this?” Liam asked with indifference. He saw the jacket on Gwyneth’s shoulders, and his face darkened even more. “Hayden Hut,” Gwyneth replied without any elaboration. Hayden smirked slightly and stretched his hand to Liam, who shook it at first sight. Even though it was a brief handshake, their hostility was hard to ignore. Gwyneth had a headache when she saw this happen. “Why do I have so much to deal with today? I really feel like crying,‘ she thought. She then turned around, and when she was about to say something to the police, Elizabeth rushed into the warehouse unexpectedly. Elizabeth was panting, which showed that Liam’s footsteps were too fast for her to handle. As soon as she entered the room, her eyes were fixated on Gwyneth. She could not help but look at her timidly. Gwyneth’s face was covered with dust at that time, while a jacket that did not belong to her draped over her shoulders. Her long hair was messy, and her shirt was torn. She looked wretched. Elizabeth was overjoyed when she saw that. She thought that the kidnappers had successfully done what Kingsley had ordered. After some consideration, she hurried forward with a worried look. “Oh, thank god you’re okay. Ms. Glen. Those people are monsters. It’s good to see that you’re alive no matter what they did to you.” Elizabeth said, struggling to manage a reassuring smile. 1/2 No one cared about what she had to say then, and Gwyneth was not buying it. However, she suddenly remembered something when Elizabeth mentioned the kidnappers. “Captain, I’ve wounded the kidnappers in self–defense, so I think they would be easy to find.” Gwyneth stepped forward to stop the policeman who was about to leave. “I’ve also heard them talk about the person who hired them. It’s someone called Kingsley Leed.”
The Sweetest Trophy Wife by Beanie
Chapter 98 Emerging From the Light The kidnappers could not help but tremble after being yelled at by their leader. They looked at each other, and one spoke hesitantly. “But boss, they didn’t say we could kill her. Will we get into trouble…” “Damn it! If you bastards don’t do something quickly, I will shoot you first!” The gang leader cursed in pain as he tried to stand up. However, that kick in the nuts almost killed him. Both of his legs were weak. All he could do was lay on the ground and give orders. The leader of their group was considered an outlaw. Naturally, the men were more afraid of their boss than of Gwyneth. They looked at each other again and could not help but swallow a few times. In the end, they made up their mind. Just as one of the kidnappers was about to shoot, he felt a sense of numbness in his wrist. He looked down and almost fainted from shock as he saw the gun he held was now on the ground, and his wrist was bleeding profusely. It turned out that just as he was about to shoot Gwyneth, someone in the corner of the room had fired a shot at him. “Who did this?! Who the hell did this?!” He yelled.. Suddenly, an unknown person appeared. It was clear that he was with Gwyneth. The kidnappers, who were already in a panic, turned pale. The only thing they could do now was bite the bullet and demand an answer. Who the hell shot him?! Come out here this instant, or else…” Another kidnapper with cold hands said as loudly as possible to please the boss and try to cheer himself on. However, before he could finish his sentence, another shot was fired. “AHH!” BANG The person shot this time was not as lucky as before since the bullet did not pass through his wrist but the small of his back. Gwyneth was startled by the sudden gunshot and wondered who was hiding in the dark. Although the two shots were fired to save her, it was still uncertain whether the person was on her side. ‘Fuck it,‘ she thought. Gwyneth frowned and rolled toward Wanda while the kidnappers focused on something else. “Ms. Glen…” Wanda called out softly in a hoarse voice. “Shh. Hold on. Don’t talk.” Gwyneth patted Wanda’s head and untied the rope that held her hands together. After that, she grabbed Wanda’s wrist, and the two quickly hid behind a large wooden crate. “Are you injured?” Gwyneth asked as she helped Wanda undo the rope tied around her body. Her heart ached when she saw how bruised her wrist was. Wanda pursed her lips and shook her head violently. Though she was terrified to death at that moment, she did not want Gwyneth to worry. “Hey, everything’s gonna be fine. We’ll get out of here in no time.” Gwyneth knew what Wanda was thinking at a glance. She reached out to fix her messy hair and smiled softly. “I guess we’re going to be friends till the end now,” Gwyneth teased, not forgetting to joke around at a serious time like this. Wanda almost burst into tears and laughter hearing that. Just when she was about to speak again, police sirens sounded outside the warehouse. If Gwyneth and Wanda could hear the noise, that meant that the kidnappers also heard it as well. Their initial panic gradually intensified, and each of them broke out in cold sweat. The men eventually helped their leader up, but he was still unable to walk steadily. “Damn it! I’ll admit defeat this time! Let’s get out of here now!” After the leader said this, several men nodded and prepared to escape through the back door. The front door was kicked open just as they were trying to escape. Gwyneth’s body jolted at the sound of the door banging. She moved slowly and looked toward the door of the warehouse. The harsh light from the outside made her squint. she thought it was Liam, but she found the outline and figure of the man to be unfamiliar. Something stirred inside of Gwyneth’s heart. She turned sideways and slowly stood up. Then, the man took two more steps into the warehouse. When the light faded, Gwyneth could see the face of the person clearly. It was Hayden. Gwyneth pursed her lips, grateful but slightly disappointed that the man was not Liam. What a strange feeling,‘ she thought. At that time, Hayden had already walked up to Gwyneth while she was distracted. He looked at her up and down a few times. When he confirmed that she was unharmed, he said softly with a smile. “Long time no see, Gwyneth Glen.”
Chapter 97 A Sudden Change of Events “Hey, beautiful. There’s no need to rush. You’ll know what I’m going to do with you in a moment,” said the kidnappers‘ leader as a sinister smile appeared on his face. His slightly opened jacket revealed a gun at his waist. The man did not notice it, but Gwyneth’s lips curled into a faint smile. ‘I’d say… Some people work hard to end the life of others, yet they don’t know when their life will end,” thought Gwyneth. When the leader was about to put himsell inside her, he fell a sharp pain in his lower body. He looked at Gwyneth and realized she had kicked him in the nuts. She sneered as she stared at the man’s distorted features. Gwyneth took advantage of the situation and pulled her hand out of the rope that had been loosened. She had already untied the rope when Wanda was negotiating with the kidnappers. She tried to stall as long as possible to ensure their safety. She did not want anything to go wrong. However, that was not enough. She was still sitting on the ground. All she could hear was the man screaming like a pig. She looked at him in amusement and disgust. She put her arm forward and grabbed the gun from the leader. At the other end of the room, Wanda was already pinned down by one of the kidnappers. The man was ready to reach his hands into Wanda’s shirt, but the sudden change of events made him shudder. He turned around to see what was happening and saw Gwyneth directly firing at him. Gwyneth did not aim at the man’s head or heart. Instead, the bullet went through his waist. This position would cause much blood loss, but it will not kill him in the short run. “AHH!” Wanda felt like dying at that moment. She tightly closed her eyes as she could sense the man’s cold smirk and vile stench when she heard a gunshot. She then heard an instinctive scream and opened her eyes. She could not believe the scene in front of her. Her mouth widened in disbelief. She did not expect that the person with the gun was Gwyneth and that she shot one of the kidnappers. Gwyneth noticed Wanda’s expression and gently nodded at her, trying to calm her down as much as possible. She felt a little sorry for Wanda, to say the least. If she had not taken her in as her secretary, she would not have had to experience so many bad situations. When the police officers near the fishing port heard the gunshot, they immediately rushed to the scene. Liam and Hayden and their team of men also ran in the same direction. The fishermen at the port moved out of the way when they saw the crowd. They were both scared and curious at the same time. The rest of the kidnappers were all dumbfounded by the unexpected turn of events. None of them expected Gwyneth to obtain the gun and shoot one of their own. Though the kidnappers had never encountered something like this before, they had been in this circle for many years, so they quickly regained their senses. They all took their guns from their pockets and pointed them at Gwyneth. Gwyneth was already standing in front of Wanda at that moment, completely blocking her from danger. She stood there and faced the guns without any fear. She held the pistol in her hand firmly and pointed it at them. “Ms. Glen…” Wanda’s voice trembled. She stared at Gwyneth’s back, not knowing what to feel. All she could think of was that she had made the right choice working under Gwyneth. After all, every bullet has its billet. Not many people would sacrifice themselves to protect their secretaries. At that moment, Gwyneth and the kidnappers were facing each other; none seemed relaxed. “Don’t be rash, little girl. You don’t know when you’re next.” Gwyneth let out an angry laugh when she heard what the kidnappers said. “Oh? Why don’t you shoot to let me know when?” It was hard to say whether Gwyneth was actually not afraid since she was being held at gunpoint. However, from her point of view, there was nothing else for her to be afraid of in this dire situation. In addition to that, Gwyneth predicted that the kidnappers‘ initial goal was not to kill her. Otherwise, they would have talked about the process earlier. The smile on Gwyneth’s lace deepened at the thought of it. ‘The consequences of violating a kidnapping agreement are “never light,‘ she told herself. 1/2 point a gun at them. They found it hard to overcome this fear. At that moment, the gang leader was still lying on the ground like a shrimp. His hands covered his body’s lower hall, and his face was still blue. He had never been stripped of his power by a woman before, and definitely never in front of his men. “That fucking bitch! Kill her! Hurry up and kill her!”
Chapter 96 Multi–Party Search The leader of the kidnappers watched the reaction of Gwyneth and Wanda as two guns appeared before their eyes. Wanda was shaking violently, and her face turned pale as soon as she saw the gun. The kidnappers find her to be rather brave. On the other hand. Gwyneth was unfazed when she saw the firearm. She did not even blink. It was as if she did not know that a man was holding a gun before her. The leader suddenly became interested when he saw this and quickly walked toward Gwyneth. He squatted close to her and looked at her face before grinning maliciously. “Hehe. Good one.” The agreement with Kingsley was not that they would take the lives of the two women. Instead, they were asked to be despicable and destroy Gwyneth’s innocence. Before this, the group leader was not interested in taking part. He thought of just letting one of his men get the job done. But now, he changed his mind. The man had done this so many times. This was the first time he met a woman unafraid of a gun. It was also the first time he had met such a beautiful woman. The gang leader swallowed unconsciously, and his hand uncontrollably caressed Gwyneth’s cheek. Gwyneth’s body temperature was on the cooler side, probably because they were at port. It was a temperature that made the leader feel comfortable. It was pleasurable. Once the man started touching Gwyneth, he could not stop. His hand moved down to her neck and back up to her chin. His eyes were fixated on Gwyneth’s face without a second of being distracted. Meanwhile, the news about Gwyneth being kidnapped in the underground parking lot of the auction house spread like wildfire. Even though Liam did not talk to anyone about it, the auction organizer was afraid that he had to take responsibility, so he tried to get as many men on his side as possible. As a result, almost all the auction venue staff knew about the news. Everyone was in danger for a while, fearing they would be associated with the matter. Naturally, Hayden got word of the news as well. He was on his way when he received the message. Hayden immediately asked the driver to stop the car and return to the auction venue. The capability of the surveillance cameras at the auction site was limited. There was no useful footage after leaving the parking lot. Fortunately, Liam contacted the police department, and the authorities were able to track down the suspicious vehicle. Liam was looking at the security video. When the black SUV drove past every time, he would feel a sense of rage. “Don’t worry, Mr. Luther. We will rescue Ms. Glen as soon as possible,” said a policeman while he tried to take the opportunity to get close to Liam in the car. However, his words sank to the bottom of the ocean as they were met with silence. Liam could not focus on anything else because he was furious at himself for not following Gwyneth out of the auction hall sooner. He was even more mad that someone dared to kidnap his wife right under his nose. Initially, the policeman wanted to say something. But when he saw Liam’s face, he immediately shut his mouth. The police and a few of Liam’s men were headed toward the destination where Gwyneth could be. Hayden also rushed to the location based on the clues he had gathered. Three groups were heading toward the same place simultaneously. At the same time, Elizabeth secretly tailed Liam’s car and rushed to the scene without his knowledge. In the warehouse at the fishing port, Gwyneth felt physically sick being touched by the kidnappers‘ leader. However, her hands were tied up, and she knew that things would not be pretty if she said anything about It since it would agitate the man. Suddenly, she felt a chill down her neckline. She looked down and saw that the gang leader had already undone her buttons one by one. The man’s face was excited, making Gwyneth’s skin crawl. Wanda became anxious when she saw everything unfold. The corners of her eyes were flooded with tears. She did not feel like crying when a gun was pointed at her earlier, but seeing Gwyneth being harassed brought a bitter taste to her tongue. “H–Hey you! What do you bastards think you’re doing?! Let her go!” Wanda yelled with all her might, but it was no use. She was also in danger. 1/2 over his shoulder. He then turned his head sideways and sniffed Gwyneth as his throat bobbed. “Relax, beautiful. I’m going to treat you so well; you won’t feel any pain.” “W–What are you going to do to me? Let go, please…” Gwyneth pleaded softly, but the man was already blinded by lust. However, it was clear that she was faking it since the determined look in her eyes showed no fear at all. 3/2 Chapter 97 A Sudden Change of Events
Chapter 95 Time Delay “How much do you want, boss?” One of the men holding the phone asked with an excited look. Clearly, he was ready to suck Kingsley dry of his fortune. “Not too much. At least one hundred thousand for each of us. It’ll just delay our time if we ask for too much, which wouldn’t be good for us. *The leader of the gang was smoking a cigarette. His face was relaxed without the slightest hint of nervousness. A few of the men immediately danced with pleasure when they heard that. They wrote a set of conditions and sent it to Kingsley, which seemed like a threat. To put everything short, they told Kingsley that they would not do anything to Gwyneth if he did not transfer the money. [Haven’t we discussed the payment before? Since when you guys brought up the floor price?] The leader of the group coldly snorted when he saw Kingsley’s reply. He snatched the phone away from his men and wrote: [Mr. Leed, you did not tell me the woman’s identity before. Doesn’t she have Luther Corporation supporting her from behind as well? Hall a million dollars should be a good deal, right?] Kingsley gritted his teeth after being forced to do so. He listened to the sound of the police siren around him and knew he had no choice. He feared the men would abandon their promise to do the job and report him to the police. It was not worth it. Half a million dollars was not considered a lot, nor was it a small amount of money to Kingsley. Everyone knew about the power of the Leed family, but Kingsley was their illegitimate son. As a newly adopted member of the family, his fortune was limited. However, there was no way out of his current situation. At that time. Elizabeth’s wronged expression appeared in Kingsley’s mind. Feeling overwhelmed, he directly transferred the 500 thousand dollars to the kidnappers. [I’m sure you’ve received the money. Now get it done, quick! Don’t dilly–dally!] A notification for the transfer and Kingsley’s text were received simultaneously. The men immediately beamed with joy when they saw this. “I didn’t expect him to have this type of money.” *Right? We should’ve asked for more! If only we had known that it would be this easy… It somehow feels like we suffered a loss.” “Are these men going to do what they were told to now that they’ve gotten their pay?‘ Gwyneth’s eyes were closed as her heart beat violently. She tried to control her expression, so nobody knew she was awake. However, she did not expect Wanda, tied to another pole behind her, to open her eyes at that moment. “Let go of me! Let me go!” Hearing Wanda’s plea, Gwyneth’s heart skipped a bit as she cursed to herself. The sound of the men’s chatters immediately stopped the next second, and the sound of footsteps approaching was heard. Gwyneth clenched her hands into tight fists. She wanted to ensure that Wanda was safe since she was dragged into this mess because of her. Gwyneth then took a deep breath and slowly opened her eyes as if she had just awakened from a coma. “Hey, everyone’s awake? Did the two of you sleep well, ladies?” The pack leader got up from the sofa and asked as he saw Gwyneth and Wanda open their eyes one after the other. He spat out the cigarette in his mouth and slowly walked over to the two women. “You two don’t have to be afraid. Things will be resolved very quickly. You won’t even feel a thing.” “W–What do you mean…” Wanda, who had just graduated from college, had never witnessed or been in something like this. Naturally, she stuttered. It was brave of her not to cry out loud. “Hehe. You’re going to know real soon, little girl” said the leader cheerfully. He then nodded to one of his men, and the person understood what he meant. The man quickly approached Wanda and reached out to grab her chin. “I’m warning you two. Don’t mess around, or you’re gonna regret it.” Judging by Wanda’s voice, she was about to cry, but she stuck her neck out and desperately screamed at the kidnappers. She knew that they would not listen to reason, but she was not afraid at that moment. She glanced at Gwyneth and thought it was most likely because her presence gave her a sense of security. Wanda was positive that Gwyneth had a plan. All she had to do was to follow her lead and stall as much as possible. 1/2 Gwyneth could not see Wanda’s expression then, but she could imagine it. She could not help but want to compliment her. It was great. that her sharpness was still intact. Just as Wanda expected, her words did not deter the kidnappers. Two men walked up to Gwyneth and Wanda, respectively, looked at each other, and took out two guns from their pockets. This was completely beyond the women’s expectations. Both of them thought that they were just part of a ransom kidnapping. They did not know that they were going to lose their lives. Wanda moved around violently as she looked at the black gun muzzle before her face while Gwyneth remained motionless.
Chapter 94 Making a Big Move “We don’t know what happened, Mr. Luther…” The organizer of the event, who was initially full of confidence, was now as pale as a ghost. His voice was trembling. “I know nothing about what happened to Ms. Glen, Mr. Luther.” Everyone knew what kind of relationship Liam had with Gwyneth. The two were in a contract marriage, and they were now divorced. None of them thought that something bad would happen to Gwyneth at the auction, and none expected Liam to be so concerned about it. “Look into it and find out what happened.” Liam’s face had turned dark at that moment, and his words sounded like they were coming from the gaps in his teeth. The employee who was in charge of the surveillance was pale then. He pressed a few buttons on the keyboard but did not know what to do. Ultimately, he looked toward the event organizer like he was about to cry. “S–Sir. W–What do I…” “Expand the scope and extend the time of recording.” Before the organizer could say anything, Liam answered as if giving orders. The person–in–charge of the auction stood aside with an ugly expression. It felt like Liam had stolen his position, but he did not have the guts to speak up. The staff did not dare to show incompetence and quickly pulled out several surveillance camera videos. It was a pity that they could not detect any useful clues. Liam gritted his teeth as he stared at the screen like a hawk, refusing to let go of any pixels. He grabbed his phone from his pocket and dialed the police. At the same time, in a damp, small and fishy–smelling warehouse at a fishing port, Gwyneth sat on the ground with her hands tied against a thick wooden pillar in the middle of the room. Several men dressed in black surrounded the place. Some were standing, while others were sitting with indifferent or ferocious faces. “How are things going? Did any of you inform Kingsley Leed already?” A man on the sofa asked languidly in a commanding tone. It was apparent that he was the leader of the group. *Rest assured, boss. I’ve sent the message to Leed, but…” Someone hurriedly answered as if to take credit. There was a sneer in his voice when he said that. It sounded like he was smirking as he turned to look at Gwyneth. “But this woman is rather valuable. It would be a pity if we don’t reap some benefits from her before finishing her off.” As soon as the man said that, two other people suddenly became interested in the conversation. Most people in underground organizations feared the Leed family’s power. They would be slightly reserved even when something piqued their interest. However, the fact that these men suggested doing anything toward Gwyneth was enough to show that they did not see Kingsley as someone important. “Although the dude is the young master of the Leed family, he’s still just a bastard, boss.” “Yeah, boss. We just want a little more for our pay. It’ll be fine even when things come to light.” “The two of them are right, boss. The Leed family won’t care about this little extra payment their illegitimate child cost them.” The men took turns persuading themselves, and their tone gradually became excited as they looked at each other. In the end, there was a flicker of light in their leader’s eyes. They were so busy discussing that they forgot to check on Gwyneth.. Gwyneth had woken up shortly after being brought into the small warehouse. However, she did not dare to open her eyes immediately. She relied on the sound and smell around her to perceive everything as much as possible. Her mind calmed down after confirming that she had been kidnapped and was near the sea. ‘Kingsley Leed…” Gwyneth was trying to feel the tightness of the ropes holding her hands back when the name sounded in her ears. She silently. remembered the name. On the other hand, after Liam called the police, action was taken immediately. Kidnapping was not a trivial matter. Since the person who was kidnapped and the one who made the report were people of status, the police felt another type of pressure. After obtaining the official surveillance video, the police department traced the route to the cabins near the port. Kingsley was not with the kidnappers, but he was only a few warehouses away from where Gwyneth was held hostage. He had heard the sound of the police car siren way earlier than the kidnappers did. As the sound lingered. Kingsley immediately panicked and hurriedly grabbed his phone to send a text. The context of the text was simple: [ The police are here. Act quickly and finish the job as planned.] Coincidentally, the kidnappers had just finished talking about extortion when they received Kingsley’s message. A few of them smiled at each other with a hint of excitement behind their eyes.
Chapter 93 She Must Be Angry Liam hung up the phone harshly after hearing the cold voice from the end of the receiver. Unwilling to give up. Liam called the number once again. He then hung up the phone after receiving the same response. Gwyneth’s car was left in the parking lot, her bracelet was found in the corner, and her phone was turned off for no apparent reason. Even if Liam did not want to admit it, he knew he had to investigate the situation. ‘Something must have happened to that woman…‘ Liam’s heart throbbed a little when he thought about it. Just as he was ready to leave the building. he saw Elizabeth running toward him. Elizabeth was a little out of breath in front of Liam. However, she could tell that Liam’s expression was particularly abnormal. “What’s wrong. Liam?” “Did you see Gwyneth when you were coming over just now? She’s gone,” Liam asked patiently. He did not want to let go of any possibility at that moment. Elizabeth was overjoyed when she heard Liam’s words. ‘Seems like Kingsley’s plan was a success.” Though Elizabeth was happy on the inside, she looked worried on the outside. She shook her head and looked into Liam’s eyes. “I didn’t see Ms. Glen. It’s broad daylight. I don’t think anything would’ve happened to her,” she said with certainty. Following that, she pretended to look around the area. “Don’t worry, Liam. I’ll look for her with you. I’m sure she’s fine.” Liam was desperate at the moment. He surprisingly felt a sense of comfort after hearing Elizabeth’s words. However, his sudden deep gaze still startled her. “I meant to say I don’t think something happened to Ms. Glen, but maybe she’s still unhappy about the misunderstanding.” “Misunderstanding?” Liam tried to be as patient as possible, not understanding what Elizabeth was trying to say. “You know… That time in the office… When Ms. Glen saw you hugging me…” Before Elizabeth could finish her speech, she met Liam’s gaze and abruptly held herself back from saying anything further. Liam was not 100% sure that something had happened to Gwyneth, but he knew that she would not have intentionally missed his calls because of that matter. There was no particular reason as to why he would think so. He could not even explain himself if asked, but he was certain he was right. Liam did not respond to Elizabeth. Instead, he pushed past her and walked back toward the event hall. Liam did not go back to the auction. He went to the office at the back of the building and met with the event organizer. “Mr. Luther, what brings you here? The auction doesn’t seem to be over yet.” Though the other party held the auction, he knew he needed to be respectful when speaking to Liam. He did not know what others were thinking but did his best to keep his reputation. “You’re the organizer for this auction, right?” Liam asked, trying to suppress his emotions and anger as much as possible. However, the look on his face and the tone of his voice still scared the organizer, so much so that his face suddenly turned pale. “Yes, Mr. Luther. I am the person–in–charge of today’s event. Is there something wrong, Mr. Luther?” “I need you to help me retrieve the surveillance video for the underground parking lot.” The person–in–charge was momentarily taken aback when he heard this. After ensuring he had not misheard Liam’s request, he spoke again with a smile. “Is there a good reason for this, Mr. Luther? Logically speaking, you are not entitled to see our security camera footage…” “I need to check the surveillance because I can’t get ahold of Ms. Glen suddenly. It’s for her safety.” With that, the organizer of the auction was almost brought to tears. He did not understand why he would be involved in such a mess. “If anything happens to Gwyneth, the CEO of Glen Corporation and AMC Group, then…” While Liam said that, he gritted his teeth as his voice was extremely cold. “I’m sure you know the consequences. After all, you are a sensible person. You should know better than me what is important.” The atmosphere around them suddenly became stagnant for a while. In the end, the organizer broke out in cold sweat. He nodded in submission and led Liam to the security room. He then ordered the staff in charge of surveillance to retrieve the security footage for the 19 underground parking lot. “Which one of these security cameras captures the second row of parking spots near the entrance?” Liam spoke in a deep voice. The aura he was emitting made those around him feel suppressed. The security staff did not dare to slack around. He quickly found the security camera footage that Liam asked about but discovered everything was black. “T–The security camera is broken…” The employee softly said as he could feel the burning gaze behind him, wanting to set him on fire. “But it was fine this morning. We even double–checked it.” “There’s no way that all of this is just a coincidence,’ thought Liam as he clenched his fists. There was a stern look behind his eyes.” Something must’ve happened to that woman.”
Chapter 92 Stalling On the other side of events, Liam had followed Gwyneth out of the auction hall. But when he was about to walk out, Elizabeth went up and stopped him. Initially, Elizabeth’s attention was focused on Kingsley. She was both excited and apprehensive at the same time. When she returned to her senses, she realized Liam had gotten up and left. She did not expect that. Elizabeth felt a buzz in her head, and her body became unstable; she almost fell off her chair. Not wanting to be one step behind, she hurriedly went after Liam. She did not wish for him to see Gwyneth being taken away, nor did she want him to save her. ‘This cannot. happen. It must not happen,‘ thought Elizabeth. She was walking so fast just to keep up with Liam that her feet almost got tangled up. Elizabeth tried to keep her balance, but her upper limbs were out of control. That was when she pushed her arms onto Liam’s back. Liam was understandably a little angry after being suddenly pushed in the back. It may seem like a normal mistake for others, but a sudden push on the back in upper–class circles is considered a big deal. Liam frowned lightly and turned around to see Elizabeth, who had an embarrassed expression, Liam’s brows furrowed even tighter, and a hint of impatience flashed across his face, possibly because he did not expect it to be her. “What?” “N–Nothing. It’s just that Luther Corporation did not win anything today. I was afraid that you would be sad…” said Elizabeth when she was actually trying to stop Liam from walking out of the auction hall. However, with no good reason to justify herself, she said whatever she could come up with to stall. Unexpectedly, after hearing this sentence. Liam frowned even harder. “Do you think I came here today to bid for Luther Corporation?” Elizabeth moved her lips around but did not know what to say when asked this question. “I’ve said that I will not be making any investments in this auction during previous company meetings,” Liam said word by word, with a touch of seriousness in his eyes. “Don’t tell me that you–the secretary of Luther Corporation’s CEO–forgot that, Elizabeth.” Elizabeth panicked. She had never seen Liam look at her like this in all the years she had been around him. She lowered her head and bit her lips as she said with a hint of grievance, “I’m sorry, Liam. M–My mind has been all over the place recently since I noticed you care less about me now…” While Elizabeth said that, her eyes gradually turned red. However, no one knew if the tears were real or if she was faking it. On the other hand, Liam’s expression did not change at all. The emotions behind his gaze also gradually began to go away. Only indifference was left in his eyes when she stopped talking. Liam could be said to be unmoved by Elizabeth’s expression. After so many years of dealing with her, he thought that he had treated her well enough. Not much evidence had been confirmed regarding the fire that happened that year. However, based on the evidence presented, Liam could determine that the person who saved him was not Elizabeth. Though Elizabeth pretending to have saved him was a serious matter, Liam decided not to press her about it. ‘Did she really think that I would fall for it?’ Liam looked away and walked off. He was unfazed by Elizabeth’s words and expression. It only took him a few steps to leave the auction hall and turn to enter the underground parking lot. But Gwyneth was nowhere in sight. ‘How did this woman move so fast? Liam muttered in his heart. Just as he was about to leave, a silver car appeared in his line of sight. In a heartbeat, Liam rushed up to the car. ‘If I remember correctly, this is Gwyneth’s car.‘ He could not have gotten it wrong since the car had been parked in the yard of the Luther residence before. ‘Her car is here, but she’s not.‘ Liam’s heart suddenly beat faster, and his palms became sweaty. He turned his head sideways, and a light refraction made him close his eyes. Liam then opened his eyes to see that the refraction came from a bracelet in the corner. ‘That’s Gwyneth’s bracelet,‘ he thought, and he was right. The woman seldom wore any jewelry. The only thing she wore was that bracelet. Liam clearly remembered that he had teased Gwyneth about the bracelet the first time he saw it. “Fuck…” Liam cursed under his breath. He quickly grabbed his phone and dialed Gwyneth’s number. “Sorry, the number you have dialed is unavailable.”
Chapter 91 Long Lost Friends Halfway through the auction, the crowd noticed Gwyneth’s departure. Some of them were wondering why she was leaving, but most understood why she did. After all, she had already obtained the top item for the evening for free. She did not need to waste her time there, so leaving was the right thing to do. Liam, who was in his seat, watched Gwyneth leave and immediately got up to go as well. He was unlikely to attend the auction if she did not participate. The reason he came over today was to make sure she got the Glacier Lake project. This was also why he got involved in the bidding earlier. Liam even planned that if he got the Glacier Lake project, he would find a way to transfer the ownership to Gwyneth. Everyone knew the tangled relationship between the young master of Luther Corporation and Gwyneth Glen. However, the current situation left them a little confused. “I thought Mr. Luther was bored with Gwyneth. Why would he follow her and leave?” The continuous voices of discussion sounded while the main character had long since left the auction venue. At that time, Gwyneth had walked to the outer grounds of the auction venue and was heading toward the underground parking lot. It was probably because of an instinctive reaction or because she was going out on a limb, but Gwyneth felt someone was following her. However, Wanda, who was following beside her, did not notice a thing. She had a lot to say, but everything was stuck in her throat. “Ms. Glen…” Wanda grabbed the back of Gwyneth’s hand as she said that. At this moment, Gwyneth remembered Wanda had something to tell her earlier at the auction. “Ah, yes. Wanda, didn’t you want to tell me something?” Hearing this, Wanda narrowed her eyes and smiled. “Yes, Ms. Glen. Do you want to know who the mysterious bidder is?” For an instant, Wanda’s words made Gwyneth forget the uneasy feeling she had felt just now. She focused all her attention on Wanda and widened her eyes as she looked at her.. “You know who the mystery man is? What is this all about?” Wanda did not intend to hide the truth from Gwyneth but held back from saying anything because she could not find the right timing. It was difficult for a girl like Wanda to hide such a huge secret. “Yes, Ms. Glen. Not only do I know him, but you know him too. In fact, you know him very well.‘ “You stinky kid. Keep talking in circles, and your monthly bonus will go down the drain.” Gwyneth teased. Those words had an effect on Wanda. She put on a flattering smile and almost held onto Gwyneth’s legs as she hastily said, “Ms. Glen, that mysterious person is none. other than Mr. Hayden Hut.” Gwyneth was stunned when she heard Hayden’s name and a handsome face appeared in her mind. As Wanda had said, Gwyneth not only knew this man, but she knew him very well. Hayden was a friend that Gwyneth had made when she was studying abroad. The man was very handsome and had an extremely high IQ. His mind worked in a way that sometimes made people want to curse. Gwyneth and Hayden did not have many friends during their time overseas. They instantly clicked and became friends when they learned they were from the same country. Gwyneth often went out to dinner and studied with Hayden. They spent a lot of time together and got along very well. As the days went by, Gwyneth could sense that the man was starting to become overly affectionate to her. This type of affection exceeded her friendship. boundaries and made her uncomfortable. Even now, Gwyneth would feel that the affection he showed was too much. Wanda did not interrupt. She just stood there and waited for Gwyneth’s reply as she saw her being lost in thought. At that moment, the two of them were standing precisely at the entrance to the underground parking lot. It was difficult for cameras to capture them at the angle they were at because of the coverage from the roll–up door. Gwyneth and Wanda were distracted when a few big men appeared in the parking lot. They were dressed in black, and their faces were hidden behind their sunglasses. They walked toward the girls quickly, yet their footsteps were so light that they did not notice them. approaching. When the men were behind them, they fell something was wrong. Before they could turn around and react, Gwyneth and Wanda felt a vibration coming from the back of their necks. Their bodies slowly became limp, and their vision became blurred. Gwyneth and Wanda fell straight to the ground and passed out without any struggle or fighting back.
Today’s Bonus Offer GET IT NOW Chapter 90 I Give Up Everyone knew that even if Glen Corporation could not provide Gwyneth with the money she needed, she still had the support of AMC Group. The bidders in the auction thought that Gwyneth would find Emerald Trails not worth it and give up. However, that did not happen. In the end, they lost their bids. Gaspard was not representing Glen Corporation that night, so there was no guarantee that he would be able to pay for the bid if the price. continued to rise. Gwyneth knew that, yet she still went up against him. It was clear to him that his daughter was trying to screw him over. Gaspard gritted his teeth. His emotions were all over the place, and he was clueless about how to proceed. “Dad, is it still possible? Should we just give up? I fear that…” Judy was watching everything on the side. Her palms were getting sweaty. and her heart was beating wildly. She knew how much Gaspard wanted to pay for Emerald Trails Project, but the current bidding price had exceeded their budget by more than two times. If they really wanted to bid for this project without the help of Glen Corporation, they would have to put everything on the line. Judy coming up with a good suggestion was a once–in–a–blue–moon phenomenon, but all Gaspard saw was red at that moment. He did not hear what Judy had said. Even if he did, he would have probably criticized her for it. Gaspard stared at Gwyneth’s back and gritted his teeth. He could not care less if others saw him in this state. “That rotten bastard of a daughter! How dare she go against her own father like this! What a bastard!” said Gaspard with a low voice filled with rage. Veins bulged from his forehead, and he looked livid. Over a dozen bidding rounds have passed; the only ones left in the game were Gwyneth and Gaspard. Everyone present was enjoying the show. After all, seeing a father and daughter compete for a location was rare. “Mr. Gaspard has added another fifty thousand dollars to the pot. Do you want to raise the bid, Ms. Glen?” Liam crossed his legs and looked at Gwyneth, who was beside him. ‘If I’m not mistaken, this woman’s end goal is not Emerald Trails,‘ he thought as an involuntary smile appeared on his face. Elizabeth’s face darkened when she noticed Liam did not bat her an eye throughout the auction despite sitting next to him. “Yes. I would like to raise half a million dollars!” The previous increases were all tens of thousands of dollars. Nobody expected Gwyneth to raise half a million dollars, especially since they were nearing the end. *This woman is ruthless!” “Well, of course! She’s the CEO of two companies!” “I wonder what Gaspard is feeling, being suppressed by his own daughter like this.” The discussion behind Gaspard gradually grew louder, and he could feel his blood vessels about to pop. Logically, he knew he should stop bidding since it was way out of his price range. But with the atmosphere getting heavier, there was no reasoning with him. All Gaspard could think about at that moment was even if he could not get the Emerald Trails Project, he did not want to make it easy for Gwyneth to obtain it. ‘This rebellious kid wants to cheat me? Okay. As her father, I’m going to return the respect! It’s time to retaliate!‘ Gaspard gritted his teeth. and directly held his sign up. *Raise! One million dollars!” ‘Good,‘ thought Gwyneth. Hearing Gaspard’s desperate voice, she smiled uncontrollably, but her father could not see her. “Mr. Gaspard has raised the bid by one million dollars. Ms. Glen, do you…” “I give up.” Gwyneth put the bidding sign on the edge of her chair and shrugged her shoulders. “I’m not raising the bid this time,” she said. Gwyneth’s comment made Liam’s smile widen. “I knew it!‘ he thought. ‘This woman would never pit against herself. She was out for revenge!‘ Gaspard looked like he was going to spit out a mouthful of blood. He would have collapsed at the auction if not for his strong body. Emerald Trails was a second–class project that almost cost him everything. The price was beyond measurable. Feeling a hot, burning gaze behind her, Gwyneth turned around and saw Gaspard’s red eyes staring at her. She gently tilted her head. looking like she was innocent. She opened her mouth, and through her lips, Gaspard could tell that Gwyneth was congratulating him. “Damn it. That evil…” Gwyneth admired Gaspard’s expression and accepted that the man hated her. She then turned back around, content. The following auction items meant nothing to her, and her body was uncomfortable from sitting on a chair for so long. Gwyneth took advantage of the gap at the end of the project bidding and directly got up to leave, with Wanda following closely behind. Elizabeth saw this, and something sparked inside of her. She turned around and looked at Kingsley, her eyes full of reminders.