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Season 3

Episode 19

(Your family background)

It was Leila who spoke to her. From her appearance to even her aura everything seemed to have changed drastically from the way she used to be.

"Leila? So it is you! What a coincidence!" Autumn greeted her with a faint smile. 'Now that I meet her here, it is innocuous to greet her.' Autumn thought to herself.
"Ye, you have come here after such a long time. It feels like I have not seen you in forever," replied Leila. Leila was a lovely and elegant woman earlier but now she had somehow transformed her usual style with an air of superiority as a sexy woman laced with strong perfume.

Autumn was shocked about her change as she had not met her in a long time.

"How have you been doing recently? How is work treating you?" Autumn inquired politely as she thought that it was required of her to extend warm greetings to Leila, her former colleague.

Leila made all efforts to look like a million dollars simply because she was Charles's assistant. The role of playing second fiddle to him went straight to her head leading her to become highly conceited.

Leila always hoped to meet Mrs. Lu someday but as she was drowning in heaps of work in the past few days she did not even pause to think about it.

While bearing in mind that it was Autumn who introduced her in the company for this specific role, she remained kind and courteous to her. "I have to thank you Ye. If it weren't for you I wouldn't have gotten the opportunity to get this job in Shining Company and contribute in the capacity I have. And in a small bid to extend my gratitude, I would love to take you out for a meal," Leila responded with a big warm smile.

"There is absolutely no need to thank me, Leila. Just work hard and prove your worth." Autumn said while maintaining her calm and dignified tone with a faint smile. She didn't want to waste any more of her time to exchange warm greetings with Leila, as Chris, who was accompanying her, was left waiting. Without thinking more, Autumn smiled and said in a bid to end their conversation. "What are you doing here Leila?"

"Oh there has been a lot of work pilling up these days. Mr. Lu seems to handle the biggest load of work. It may even appear like he has lost his appetite over the increasing burden at work. I asked David about it and he told me that Mr. Lu likes to eat food from this particular restaurant. So I came here to buy some food for him.

I was worried that he may develop some health problems if he maintains this poor diet," replied Leila.

"I see..." A slight frown appeared on Autumn's face as she heard Leila voice her concern. She was immensely worried but she also felt a pinch of discomfort and embarrassment upon hearing her words.

Reflecting upon her tone, Autumn felt like Leila was trying to covet something that belonged to her. Charles was her husband then why should Leila develop such concern and care for his health?

"Well I am going to leave now. Do enjoy your meal, Ye. I will definitely call you later." Her hips swayed as she turned around and walked away. The moment Leila left, Chris asked with a disdainful look, "Autumn, is she an employee in my brother's company?"

"Yes, she is your brother's assistant." Autumn nodded while responding.

"What? You must be joking!" Chris widened her eyes with astonishment and disapproval. "Autumn, how could you possibly be so negligent? How could you allow such a coquettish woman to be Charles's secretary?," quizzed Chris.

"What's wrong? I don't seem to understand what the problem is with her?" Despite being surprised, Autumn looked at Chris and replied calmly. "She was my colleague in Cloud Advertising Company. She is not just a pretty face and she is very capable. Keeping that in mind, I introduced her to work at your brother's company. I heard from Charles that she is an efficient employee. I am glad that she is able to help your brother."

"But it is obvious that she is attracted to my brother. I am afraid that you are creating troubles for yourself. I don't want you to nurture a snake in your bosom." Chris kindly warned her but then broke into a smile as she continued, "But there is no need for you to worry about it much. My brother has changed quite a lot since you came into his life. No matter what any woman plans to do, my brother will not even glance at her. He loves you so very much."

After hearing this assurance, Autumn blushed away with embarrassment.

Upon finishing their meal, Autumn and Chris went shopping for a while.

They lost track of time shopping in stores which displayed an array of the latest fashion. It was only until they received a call from Gary who asked them return for dinner did they realize they had spent almost an entire day gallivanting. With some reluctance, they finally decided to go back for dinner.

However, when their car was pulling up at the gate of Lu Family's residence, they didn't expect to be greeted by Wendy, who rushed over rather abruptly. They were startled to see her.

"You have finally returned! I was waiting for you here the entire day." Wendy waited outside the Lu house for the whole day as she was determined to meet Autumn, who simply didn't share the same enthusiasm to meet her.

"Why are you still here?" Chris furrowed her brows the second she spotted Wendy there. In that instant, she regretted their decision to come back so early. Had she known that Wendy was still there, Chris would not have come back for dinner.

Autumn was taken aback as she stared at Wendy, who had never shown such excitement to meet her. With a worried frown she asked Wendy in her attempt to decode her intention, "What are you doing here? What plans do you bear in mind this time?"

"I..." Wendy hesitated for a moment before she finally gathered her words, "I have to discuss an important matter with you. I sincerely request you not to avoid me. Could you please spare some time to talk with me?"

"No. There is absolutely no way she could waste more time with you!" Before Autumn could respond, Chris interrupted Wendy. She knew Wendy was a vicious woman and there was no way Chris would allow Autumn to have a conversation with her alone if Wendy did not uncover her intentions.

Looking at Wendy, her brows furrowed tightly, Chris interjected, "You can talk with her here in my presence. And please don't waste our time and hurry it up! It's almost time for dinner and our family is expecting us to be home any minute now."

"Autumn." Wendy called out in a trembling tone. Wendy resented Chris for all that she said but forced herself to calm down. She caught a glimpse of Autumn with a morose look and slowly said, "Irrespective of that has happened in the past, I am still your mother and nothing in the future can change that. I know that you don't like me, but I..."

However, she again lost her turn to speak, as Chris silenced her almost immediately. "Please don't even try to manipulate us by trying to victimize yourself here. I can assure you that irrespective of whatever you say, we will not show you any mercy and will not be fooled by you again," said Chris with a grin.

Autumn remained silent through the entire exchange of heated words but internally she was in a dilemma. Even though she was determined to turn a deaf ear to Wendy, Autumn still felt bad for her as she saw the pathetic and helpless look all over Wendy's face.

After keeping silent for a few more moments, Autumn then turned to Chris, "I am going to talk to her for a bit, Chris. Don't worry about it. I will come inside soon."

Chris still tried to persuade Autumn not to do so while Autumn decided to stick to her guns. As Autumn was resolute in her choice, Chris could do nothing more so she just urged her to take care and then turned to leave. Autumn could sense that Chris was still worried about her as she tried to catch glimpses of her while entering the premise.

Carefully, Wendy looked up and down at Autumn to check her out and realized that Autumn looked more beautiful than ever. She was radiant, dressed well and looked elegant. But soon, her bottled up resentment surged up as she recalled that Yvonne was still in the hospital. With a sly smile Wendy said sarcastically, "I am your birth mother and still I had to wait like a stranger outside for the whole day just for an attempt to meet you. This is simply ridiculous. Don't you think so?

Well you were busy shopping with Chris while I was here waiting for you. Your clothes are latest and yet limited edition.

Wow you almost look like a rich elegant woman of noble birth now. You must be so pleased to transform yourself like this and sustaining such a lavish lifestyle by using other's money."

Autumn's eye brows were furrowed tightly. She took Wendy's words to her heart as she was always reluctant to use Charles's money. However, as she retrospected, Autumn realized it was only natural for her to use Charles's money. The qualms of conscience soon vanished.

'Charles is my husband so why couldn't I use his money?' Autumn thought.

"Is this the matter you have come to discuss with me?" Autumn asked in a cold voice and then went on, "If this is what you are going to talk then I might as well get into the house now. Our personal matters have nothing to do with you." As soon as Autumn completed her sentence, she turned to leave.

"Wait! Stop right there." Autumn's reaction was like a slap on Wendy's wrist and she recalled her real purpose in asking for her time. Rushing up to Autumn, Wendy stopped her in her tracks and said, "No, of course this is not my purpose. Actually I have come here today to talk to you about your family background."


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