Despite the frown on her face, Autumn made no response to Mr. Yi's piercing sarcasm. When it came to decision-making, she knew that Mr. Zhang had the final say.
"Isla!" Mr. Zhang shouted with a grim face.
Isla, who was just waiting nearby, came back quickly when she heard her name being called. "What's the matter, Mr. Zhang?" she asked, not knowing about the conflict that just happened.
"Isla, are you out of your mind? How can you recommend someone unreliable to our company?
Now, it's either you tell your friend to cancel her job application or someone might be laid off. Do you hear me?" he exclaimed, clearly exasperated.
"What happened, Mr. Zhang?" Isla asked out of confusion.
She looked back at Mr. Zhang as she gave Autumn a questioning look.
"Excuse me Miss, is she your friend?" Mr. Yi asked Isla unexpectedly.
"You'd better keep people like her at a distance or else you'll risk having your own reputation dented," he said politely, noticing how attractive she was despite being sharp-tongued and ill-tempered.
"Autumn has been set up," Isla said, quickly understanding the reason for Mr. Zhang's anger.
He must have heard the rumor that had spread in the whole advertising circle about Autumn. "I have known Autumn for years and I can vouch for her integrity.
She must have been discredited by others, but she is the last person who can do such a thing," Isla said, defending her friend.
"How dare you talk back to me! Do you really want to be laid off?"
Mr. Zhang snapped, knowing that he would never have the courage to hire Mr. Yi's sworn enemy.
"I'm warning you. It's either she leaves or you two will leave together."
He snarled, pointing at Isla's nose, "Didn't you hear? Mr. Yi said that Your friend doesn't have loyalty and integrity! Our company has no place for such a dirty rat."
Isla, who was meant to argue for her friend, was stopped by Autumn in mid-sentence. "Forget it," she said.
She was merely trying her luck today, but it turned out she didn't have much. Coming across Mr. Yi wasn't something she expected.
It wouldn't be worth it to lose Isla's job just for her sake. "I'll just go," she said, realizing that she could do nothing about the current situation.
Before leaving, she caught Mr. Yi casting her a glance with a smirk on his face as if to say, 'You see, I said you'd regret about everything'.
He continued to talk, putting her down with his words. "Miss Ye, I don't think you can still build a career in the advertising industry. You are lucky that you're beautiful enough. You might be interested to apply to the entertainment club that I just opened. Maybe you might find your place there."
Mr. Zhang laughed along with Mr. Yi as soon as he stopped talking. They saw Autumn as someone hopeless who was left with no choice.
Autumn didn't say a word. However, Isla couldn't take it any longer. Taking Autumn's hand, she turned to Mr. Yi and said, "So you're Mr. Yi? Has anyone ever told you that you're ugly? In fact, you're too ugly to make money in any of your business ventures. I suggest you should just stay at home in case your hideous face creeps people out."
"Isla, are you out of your mind?"
exclaimed Mr. Zhang, taken aback by her words. Mr. Yi was one of the major clients of his company. He had always done everything to please him and treated him with utmost respect. That's why he couldn't believe that Isla could talk to Mr. Yi in such a rude manner.
"You… Get out of my face! I don't want to see you anymore!"
He yelled at Isla furiously.
"Don't worry. This will be the last time you see me."
Isla removed her employee badge, forcefully throwing it in Mr. Zhang's direction. "You're blind as a bat! This company will go bankrupt sooner or later because of you. What's the point of wasting my life here? Goodbye! And just so you know, I don't want to see you again either!"
She said as she walked straight out of Dark Blue Company along with Autumn. She had left the company at once, without looking back and with no hesitation.
Once they got out of the company, reality dawned upon Isla. "Autumn, why did I become so impulsive? Despite Mr. Zhang's bad judgment, he offered a high paying job," she said, starting to feel regret about her decision.
"You have always been impulsive, Isla," said Autumn, who had long gotten used to her friend's moodiness.
"Given the situation, I think you should wait for Mr. Zhang to cool down. Only then could you return and extend a proper apology. Didn't you say that your company is short-handed at the moment?
I'm sure he'll forgive you and let you come back," Autumn said, trying to comfort Isla.
"No, I will never take back what I've said once I've made up my mind," Isla replied, turning down Autumn's suggestion.
"He did offer me a high salary. But I think I will eventually fall apart working for that kind of person. I'm not going back there since I've already resigned.
Who knows? Maybe this is the universe's way of telling me that I should take a break from work," she sighed, looking at Autumn.
"I think I can easily find another job even if I've decided to quit Dark Blue Company. On the other hand, I must say you are in a rather difficult position…"
"It's not a big deal," Autumn smiled, trying to comfort her friend.
"I've actually thought about what just happened recently. It seems like I'm not cut out to be in this profession."
In reality, Autumn had thought about starting her own company. But she had always lacked a start-up capital.
"There's no need to worry about me, really," Autumn said, patting Isla's face gently.
"Since you lost your job because of me today, let me treat you to dinner," she offered.
"No, that's not enough!" Isla said, "Now that you've made a good match and married a rich person, you need to help me out when I can no longer support myself in the future. You will have to buy me dinner not only for tonight but also for the following days ahead. Do you understand?" Isla said, pretending to be serious.
"All right, all right. I get it. Stop teasing me,"
Said Autumn, torn between laughing and crying.
Isla, who came from Hunan Province had always enjoyed spicy food. She chose the restaurant for tonight. Autumn also liked spicy cuisine, but she found it hard to feel her tongue every time she ate out with her friend.
Autumn kept drinking lemonade to cool down her mouth while Isla kept eating with much gusto.
"Have you ever thought about working on your own? Given your qualifications and your work experience, I have no doubt you can do it," Isla asked while they are eating.
She only had the chance to ask her now, but Isla had been meaning to ask her friend about this.
"I actually have," Autumn replied with a faint smile.
"But as you know, my family condition hasn't improved. My grandmother is seriously ill and I have to pay her medical bills. I don't have spare money lying around to help myself start running a company."
"But you are married to Charles Lu now. He can surely help you," Isla said, confused. From her perspective, setting up a small company was a piece of cake for such a wealthy man like Charles.
Autumn frowned slightly upon hearing her words, for they reminded her of the wealth gap between Charles and herself.
However, the very fact that Charles was far wealthier than Autumn had made her more independent and stand on her own feet.
"I did marry him. But it doesn't mean that I will be totally dependent on him. I've always believed that I need to achieve what I want by myself. I also want to be able to prove to others that I did not marry him for his money."
She had her own principles and values that she firmly held on to. A marriage that is born out of a happy coincidence made her more keen to protect their love and their relationship.
She didn't want to be known as a fraud, fearing that others might accuse her that she was up to something.
"I'm afraid that you might be thinking too much, " Isla said casually.
"You two are husband and wife. You can simply get rid of those worries if you will communicate your concerns to your partner. Live your own life and don't let other people's opinions affect you."