(Rumor about Autumn)
After a short pause, Charles continued, "So I asked David to investigate the whole thing and then found out your true identity."
"You mean... you knew that I was Autumn Ye the whole time?" Autumn swallowed hard as she couldn't believe her ears.
"I did." Charles nodded and said, "You and Yvonne Gu both worked at the Shining Company before. If I hadn't informed the HR manager first, you wouldn't have been employed so easily."
Autumn cursed herself in silence for having been so careless.
"You..." Embarrassed, Autumn thought to herself, 'If Charles knew that I was Autumn Ye from the very beginning, why did he sleep with me yesterday morning?'
"It is you, who I love." Charles looked into her eyes and stated seriously, "Whoever you are, Autumn Ye or Yvonne Gu, I love you, the person in front of me right now. Got it?"
Autumn blushed with shyness as she felt embarrassed by Charles's confession of love. She looked so pretty under the yellow light.
Although Charles was not some teenager who had just lost his virginity, Autumn was so irresistible to him that he couldn't bear it anymore. He pulled her into his arms and kissed her on the lips.
"What are you doing..." Autumn mumbled, trying to push him away. Charles, of course, was unwilling to stop. He grabbed both of her hands with one hand, and gently cupped her breast with the other. Ashamed, Autumn scolded him. Charles was not angry at all, but teased, "You fit in my hand perfectly, Autumn."
He leaned down, his hands on either side of her head. "I want you," he murmured and made love to her gently.
Autumn was a bit shy in the beginning, but after thinking about his sincere confession, she got over her shyness and accepted him whole-heartedly. Her body shivered as she felt so full.
That night, Charles and Autumn had sex again and again. He didn't stop until he heard Autumn beg. When Autumn woke up the next morning, Charles was gone. She looked at the clock to find that it was already noon.
Autumn cleaned herself up and walked downstairs to have breakfast. Gary was reading the newspaper on the sofa. When he saw her, Gary greeted, "Good morning."
Autumn had a dry cough and she blushed with shyness.
She felt embarrassed as she woke up so late. She assumed that Gary may have taken her to be a lazy person. "Grandpa, good morning," she responded.
"Charles said that you were exhausted last night and asked us not to wake you up. So I didn't ask you to have breakfast earlier." Autumn's face became even redder at what Gary had said. Charles had been talking to everyone about what they did last night.
"What would you like to eat? I'll ask Nancy to make it for you," Gary asked. Autumn's face was as red as a ripe tomato. She immediately answered, "That's not necessary, Grandpa. I'll make it myself."
Autumn went to the kitchen and found Nancy there. The moment she saw Autumn, she stepped aside in silence as she refused to talk to her.
Autumn didn't mind that at all. She made some noodles for herself. After having the noodles, she went upstairs to send her applications.
She had been sending applications since yesterday, but no one had contacted her yet. She then assumed that there must have been something wrong, so she called a good friend who was in the same industry, for some advice.
"Isla, I remember hearing that the Dark Blue Company has been looking for a planner, right? I sent applications yesterday, but no one called me. Have you already hired someone?" Autumn had met Isla Zhao when she was working at Cloud Advertising Company.
They had many things in common and had become good friends, despite working in different companies. They got together from time to time.
She had no other choice but to call Isla.
"Ye, I was planning to call you." Isla had heard some news and was about to call Autumn. She asked, "I'm busy right now. Are you available this afternoon? Shall we have an afternoon tea?"
"Okay! See you in the same place."
After she hung up, Autumn sent several more applications, but had received no response.
When Autumn arrived at the cafe, Isla was already there with two cups of coffee on the table. She waved at Autumn and greeted, "Ye, right here."
"Have you offended anyone lately?" Autumn had hardly sat down when Isla stated with a frown, "Recently, our industry is agog about the rumors surrounding you. When I first heard about the rumors, I thought they were talking about someone who is just your namesake. Later I found out that they were actually gossiping about you. Ye, what's going on with you?"
"What?" Autumn remained quiet for a long time. Everything seemed to have changed after she came back from travelling.
"You don't know anything about that?"
Isla looked at Autumn in astonishment. The rumors had been spreading for a couple of days, but Autumn had no idea at all. How negligent she was!
Isla sighed and explained, "Rumor has it that Cloud Advertising Company fired you because you have cribbed from others and accepted kickbacks from the client. You could have easily found a job with your capabilities and expertise, but now most companies believe that it was unethical for you to harm the interests of the company you had worked for. You said you sent applications but nobody called. Well, that's not surprising!"
"I have cribbed and accepted kickbacks?" Who cooked up the story?
"Ye, I know you very well and I know that you couldn't have done those things.
So I paid special attention to where the rumor had started and found out that it was someone in Cloud Advertising Company who first mentioned it. Did you offend someone in the company?"
Autumn frowned at Isla's question. If these rumors came from Cloud Advertising Company, then she already knew who was behind them.
Autumn had already left Cloud Advertising Company, but there was one person who just wouldn't let go of her. How ridiculous that lady was!
"Now every company is keeping away from you. These rumors were more convincing as they came from Cloud Advertising Company. If you want to stay in the industry, you must clarify the whole situation to the public." Isla once had a talk with the boss of the Dark Blue Company. The company was in urgent need of planners. But when the boss heard of Autumn's name, he immediately refused Isla's recommendation.
After all, no sensible boss would hire an employee who was responsible for harming the reputation of company he or she worked in.
Isla was here today to tell Autumn about the rumors.
"Got it. I will find a way to fix this."
Autumn said with a frown. Suddenly, Isla saw the pink marks on Autumn's neck and teased, "Are you my BFF or not? We haven't seen each other for a month. Since when do you have a boyfriend? You didn't even tell me!"
Autumn blushed with shyness and adjusted the silk scarf around her neck awkwardly. "Come on..." she murmured.
"Look at you! Your face is red all over. Ye, tell me, now!"
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