Chapter 3 - New York Times

All the employees respect her so much thats why she feels the same way when she was still in her comfort zone. The only difference is that she is earning money by her own sweat. She works 8 hours a day, and sometimes overtime. Thankfully, the assistant Manager is always with her.

They are so close that even their office mates teased them as a sweet couple. They have mistaken them as lovers thats why all of them urged them to get married. She wonders why they are so respectful to her. Even the Manager Madelyn respects her so much. Sometimes she brings her fruits also. When they teased them, Victor just smiled from ear to ear. Its as if he claims that what they are saying is true. So she didn protest anymore and just ride on with the flow.

Victor is a very gentleman even though they are alone in the car. She just noticed that he can take his eyes off her sometimes, but she ignored it. Theres this time when she thought that he would kiss her lips but to her disappointment, he just kissed her forehead.

They just have a mutual understanding. She thought this might be the man she will soon introduce to her parents back in Fermi Country.

Prior to coming to Centaurus, she asked her parents a favor. The words of her mother are still ringing in her ears ”Esme honey, if thats what you want, you may try it out. But please allow us to send men secretly to ensure your safety. ”

”Yes dear, please? ” Her Dad. She sighed helplessly. She wants to come out from her comfort zone to try an ordinary life, and yet here they are sending some servants to protect her?!

Well, what can she do? They will not agree to her request if she will not also agree to theirs.

She just replied ”Ok daddy, mommy.. just don let them show up to me so I could not feel Im guarded! ” and they hugged. They were at the airport at that time.

Her parents kept their promise. No one showed up to protect her, no one intervened even when shes been bullied in her previous job. But she knows that her parents men are just around, and always ready to act once the situation is not under control.

She lived in an apartment with just one bedroom and a single bed. Theres a living room, a kitchen and a dining room, one comfort room, and one bathroom. Its very spacious, but still, if compared to her room at home, this whole place is just like her walk-in closet. Their family is filthy rich, but they are very humble. They own many establishments in Fermi Country and the nearby lands, but still, this did not puff up their heads. They are still down to earth.

It was Sunday afternoon when she and Victor decided to watch a movie in her apartment. Its past 7, and when the movie is about to begin, Victors cellphone rang nonstop.

”Wait for a moment, Ill take the call, ” Victor said in an apologetic voice.

”Okay, go ahead, ” she said while munching banana chips and paused the movie. She played with her cellphone while waiting.

Victor went to the porch to answer his dads call.

”Victor Alex Tan, is it true that you are dating a mere secretary, and you even pretended to be an assistant just to get close to her? Answer me directly. Yes or no? ” Her dads voice is a little bit agitated. He mentioned his complete registered name when hes really angry. But if not, he calls him Victor.

”Dad, who told you that? Hahaha, well just talk when I go home next weekend okay? What present do you want? ” He tried to ease his fathers anger.

”No, Victor Alex Tan! You should give an answer right now! Anyway, its just a yes or a no. Is it so hard to say just one word? ” his father said impatiently.

Victor sighs. it seems that he can not hide anymore ”hmmm Yes dad, whats wrong if shes a secretary? or even if shes a beggar, whats wrong with — ….. ” He was quickly interrupted by his father.

”You are asking me whats wrong?!! Victor Alex Tan, the heir of Tan Industry married a secretary?!!! How do you find that in the newspaper huh?!! ” His father is really furious. Its not that he belittles Victors chosen lady, but he just thinks about what the people say about it. They all expect Victor, his only son, to marry a prominent woman and a lady from a very reputable family.

”Dad, calm down. Remember, my name is not on the internet. Tans family is safe from what you call embarrassment. We are rich enough to cover up the news, isn it? We can also make her like us, we can teach her to become a socialite if thats what you want! I think I have fallen in love with her already. Please do not oppose dad. ” He pressed the end button immediately and went back inside to join Esmeralda.

”Tot tot tot ” beep sound of the phone.

”Victor Hello Victor! My goodness, he turned off his phone! My son is really something! ” He exclaimed to himself helplessly.

”I never knew you have a son Darling. You never mentioned anything about him. ” Greta said while entering Alexanders bedroom. She visits him every week, but she really doesn know that her boyfriend has a son. If she has known it earlier, her boyfriend might be her son, instead of Alexander.

” I never told you about him because he hated every woman I dated. At his age, he grew aloof with any woman ever since his mother died. It is only now that hes fond of a woman, but unfortunately, a wrong person, a nobody. ”

” Can I take a look at his picture? Or what his profile account in social media so I could see him and add him? ” she said while she sits down with him on the bed.

”He never wanted to show himself publicly, even his name as an heir. He removed everything from the search. So the successor in a net search is just my name, not his. ”

The light in Gretas eyes got dimmed. She told herself, ”So you
e not the real heir! What a waste of time being with you dirty old man! ”

Shes 25 years old, and hes 50 but despite his age, he still looks extremely handsome and good-looking. But Greta is never satisfied. She just wants fame and wealth.

Now that Alexander revealed that hes not the real successor of their company, Greta got a new plan. She must find Alexanders son no matter what. She seductively embraced him and kissed him passionately until they fell on the soft bed and made love. When their lust subsided, she took the chance to ask him once again about his sons complete name.

However, Alexander remembers the words his son told him before ” Dad, never ever mention my name to any of your women. Otherwise, I will break up our ties and forget that you are my father. I don like anyone to look for me for your sake. I don recognize anyone to replace my mother. ” Its been 5 years since he said that but Alexander still remembers it clearly. It was a rainy afternoon when Victor came home drunk. Its his first time seeing his son drunk. That day is the 3rd death anniversary of his late wife, the mother of Victor. Hes planning to introduce someone to his son, but the moment he stepped out of the car swaying, he changed his mind.

Its only now that his son lived with his own that he dare to show his girlfriends. Greta is his favorite and most beloved woman. He even planned to stop flirting with those crazy rich women around their socialite circle and made up his mind to marry Greta. He thought for a moment, then decided to propose to her now. He has his diamond ring prepared anyway.

”Greta darling, will you allow me to love you forever? I carefully thought your suggestion back then, lets get married, ” he said while he put his clothes on, then opened a drawer of the bedside table.

He held up a big diamond ring and attempted to put it on Gretas ring finger even while she was under the blanket still naked. ”Its about time to let my son know that we must move on. I need you with me, ”

Greta hesitates at first, but thinking that their company plans to expand in Adelaide, She said yes, and allowed Alexander to put on the ring to her delicate ring finger. They kissed, and then Alexanders clothes were stripped off once again.

They really need Tan Industry to stand tall again. Even though hes not the real heir, at least they have benefits. All Alexanders assets will be hers too, including his son. With that in mind, she smiled sweetly after their second round of passionate lovemaking. ”So when will we have our wedding? We must invite every prominent business person in the world. Im planning to invite the designer behind all my favorite shoes and cosmetics -the E.M.Fashion ”

”Theres no problem with that, as long as you will be in charge of sending invitation cards to those whom you want to attend, thats fine with me. Can you send it out by next month? ” He said while he was kissing her head and stroking her hair as they lay in his bed.

” Of course Alex! ” She said excitedly.

She began to dream. Once the owner of E.M.Fashion attended her wedding, she will befriend her and flaunt it on social media. She will collaborate with her and endorse E.M.Fashion and for sure, she will choose her to be an ambassador.

She has heard that the owner of E.M.Fashion is 25years old just like her, but she became so successful at an early age. When she was just 20 years old, she put up a brand that is known worldwide.

She also heard that she never showed up in any events. Thats how exclusive her presence is. She automatically turns down every offer she doesn like no matter how prominent the celebrant. She doesn care about any occasions. Nevertheless, those businessmen who were turned down still respects her and still try to invite her in any celebration they held. She just gave out generous amount if it is charitable event. This made her very famous, even though no one knows her real name, they admire her even more.

Her designs are excellent that even the Princesses in various lands visit E.M.Fashion buildings in each country to buy a dozen pairs. Only her employees know about her, but they have signed a contract not to disclose her identity. Anyone who will disclose anything and any information about her will be imprisoned for 20 years. Thats what they signed in the contract. If only she could manage to invite her to her wedding, that would be very wonderful. They might gain media attention and their company will be known worldwide too.

What excites her more are the guests, not her wedding with Alexander. Greta also remembers that she could also meet Alexanders beloved son in person. Perhaps he is more handsome than his father, and of course younger. He learned that Alexanders son is 3 years older than her. Can he call her mommy after her wedding with his father? She was excited! Very excited that she couldn wait for the day to come.

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