(Face to face)
It took Autumn some time before deciding to say yes.
She couldn't just ignore something that concerned her grandmother.
Autumn followed Yvonne as she walked to a corner. "Just tell me what happened to Grandma!" Autumn faced her, demanding an answer.
Yvonne suddenly turned around, slapping her sister in the face.
It happened so fast that Autumn wasn't able to dodge it.
"Autumn, how many times do I need to tell you that you're just my substitute?! You better put yourself in your rightful place. Do you really think that Charles is interested in you?
Charles only loves me. And the Cloud Advertising Company is mine. Do you understand?" Yvonne felt that this wasn't fair.
Autumn had always been second best even since they were children.
Besides, she was the one who abandoned Charles, not the other way around.
She couldn't just sit and let it pass now that he seemed to treat Autumn well and Autumn seemed to love it. She was determined to get Charles back. "Is that all you want to say?"
Autumn said, touching her aching cheek as she looked at Yvonne.
"What else do you think we should talk about?" she replied with a sneer, making her sarcasm more evident.
"If it weren't for Charles, I wouldn't even want to see you at all."
"Remember this. From now on, you should not take whatever it is that he tries to give you. You should also tell him that you're not fit to be the general manager and recommend me as your replacement. Got it?"
Autumn sneered back in response. "Is there anything else?
Allow me to make myself clear. I only married Charles at first to solve your problems. But now that I am his wife, I have the right to take anything that he gives me, not just the Cloud Advertising Company, but the Shining Company as well. As for giving you the Cloud Advertising Company, don't even dream about it."
Yvonne turned pale upon hearing this and said, "How dare you… You don't want to see that old bitch after all, do you? I…"
Yvonne wasn't able to complete her sentence as Autumn slapped her in the face. She would never allow Yvonne to insult her Grandma.
"I'm warning you now, Yvonne. If you dare insult Grandma again, I'll teach you a lesson you'll never forget. Don't assume that you can do or say anything you like just because Mom doesn't stop you. From now on, I will not consider her my mother nor you as my sister."
Autumn took a deep breath to calm herself down. "You'd better start acting kind if you want to stay here. Believe it or not, I can throw you out anytime I like," she added.
Yvonne was frozen in shock. She couldn't believe what Autumn was saying. She didn't know she could be that fearless.
"I think you're forgetting the fact that I can just tell Charles who you really are," she said in an attempt to threaten her.
This might have worked on Autumn in the past, but now that Charles knew who she really was, she was no longer afraid of Yvonne's threat. "Do it. Let's see what he'll do when he finds out that you left him at the altar," she said without hesitation.
Deciding she didn't want to spend any more time with Yvonne, she turned and left the scene. All she knew was that she had to find her Grandma immediately or else Wendy might do something horrible.
That night, Autumn went to dinner with Charles and Isla, but she couldn't take the events of that afternoon off her mind. They noticed that Autumn seemed to be distracted during dinner.
Fortunately, in the middle of the meal, Charles had to take a call, leaving Isla alone with her. "What's the matter? You look so anxious."
Isla asked her point-blank, trying to figure out what's going on.
Autumn sighed in response and told Isla what happened with Yvonne earlier.
"Charles has long known and accepted me for who I truly am. But I won't have peace of mind as long as they have Grandma. What should I do?"
Isla responded, trying to reassure her. "Don't worry about it. Charles will find her and bring her back soon enough."
She wanted to continue but she was interrupted as her phone rang. She frowned when she saw who was calling. With a sigh, she answered, "What is it, Mom?"
It was quiet in the room and her mother's voice was so loud, making it easy to hear the entire conversation. "You stupid girl! What have you done to that boy you went on the blind date with?" her mother yelled over the phone.
"Your aunt just called me and she said you treated him like trash! What's the matter with you?!"
Isla got immediately upset upon hearing about her aunt.
'If the boy was so nice, why didn't she have Becky go out with him?' She thought to herself.
"You have to give me a good reason why you did it. You're not getting any younger and you need to get married. You're not planning on being a nun, are you?" her mother said as she continued to scold her.
"I heard from your aunt that Becky's back and she returned for her engagement. Why don't you-"
Isla was already trying her best to keep her temper in check but when her mother mentioned Becky, she broke down and started yelling at her mom. "If Becky is so great, then why don't you go and be her mom instead?"
Her anger took her mother by surprise. Isla continued her ranting. "I admit, I might be more stupid than her. But when she slept in my boyfriend's bed four years ago, what did you do about it?
You didn't even say anything at all. And why would you want to force me to go on that blind date? Do you know what sort of man Auntie recommended?
He is a bad and ugly coward! Do you really want me to marry a person like that?"
Her mother tried to calm herself down.
"Look. I'm your mother, and I know how hurt you were about what happened…
But as time goes by, you need to let go of your past and start thinking about your future. You don't want to be single forever, do you?"
"Mom, I'm an adult now. I've got my own way of living my life. I will certainly get married when I meet the right one, but for now, can you please stop interfering with my life?"
Isla replied, ending the call abruptly.
She looked up and found Autumn staring at her. She tried to calm down as she tried to find the right words to say.
Autumn stopped her from saying anything more, knowing exactly what she wanted to say before even saying anything.
Isla had already revealed a lot earlier and anyone listening in would be able to figure out what happened immediately.
Isla was happy that Autumn was able to fully understand. Aron's coming back felt like a sudden clap of thunder. Her life had been peaceful for four years that she had almost succeeded in forgetting about him. But now that he was back, she had no choice but to face the truth.
She sighed as she started telling Autumn about her relationship with Aron.