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Season 3

Episode 55

(An old enemy)

Hoada Masahiro was waiting for Autumn at the entrance of the elevator, "Miss Ye, are you ready for today's presentation?"

"Well prepared!" Autumn nodded confidently.

"Today's proposal was intended to be about the decision-making of the public relations department, and surprisingly, it involves the judgement of the President.

Thus it is more important to require your most careful and meticulous attention."

Hoada Masahiro was nervous with sweat forming over his forehead, little expecting the presence of the President who took him by surprise. This made him question his own confidence in Autumn.

His career promotion depended on this presentation and it must be executed flawlessly.

"Miss Ye, this matter will make a major difference to my career. If you deliver a wonderful presentation today, you will be richly rewarded, otherwise, this may be the end for both of us." Hoada Masahiro told Autumn of the resulting consequence beforehand.

"You can put your mind to rest." Autumn replied with a gentle smile, "Let's go for it."

Autumn thought she had left nothing to chance, however, upon entering the meeting room.... she noticed the rather damp atmosphere there.

French windows were set on every side, the sunshine was slanting to create a warm glow and the oval meeting table was packed with participants, leaving a narrow space for her to pass through.

A grey-haired and hearty old gentleman occupied the first chair. His sharp and piercing eyes awed and intimidated everyone else in the room.

What Autumn least expected was to run into an old enemy there.

In the room, Autumn was greeted with Paula's sneer which caught Autumn a bit off guard.

"Autumn, take a seat here." Paula motioned Autumn to sit beside her with fake enthusiasm.

Autumn found it hard to decline Paula's offer, and Paula edged toward Autumn and then spoke sarcastically, "It has been long time since our parting."

"A long time, definitely." Autumn still managed a smile. "A big surprise to see you here."

"As I have told you previously, there will be a showdown between us. Autumn, all you have is an influential and wealthy husband! Know that I will beat you with my competence and ability today. I am superior to you because I rely on my own strength while you are nothing but Charles's mistress." Paula didn't stop her tirades.

Paula fully knew what she had done to get such an opportunity, but... before Autumn, she would not give in.

"I should remind you of one thing."

Autumn shot back at Paula with full confidence, "I will ignore what you have just said, but your slander and lies are beyond what I can tolerate. Now keep in your mind that now I am Charles's legal wife. It is best for you to treat me with due respect and regard."

Autumn paused and continued, "It is justifiable for me to be financially supported by my husband. However, Charles will not give you a single cent because he has no reason nor obligation to. You are neither a relative nor his wife. You should know your place. Otherwise I will show you."

Autumn, after that, padded Paula's shoulder as a gesture of victory, and felt greatly satisfied with Paula being speechless.

There were five contenders who were to deliver their respective proposals among which three were from local companies. Although Autumn's Japanese was not so good, she could make a simple judgment of the three participants' presentations, which were pretty simple and bland, without highlights nor special features.

Paula was the fourth to deliver her presentation. It was much more wonderful than the previous three with the interpretation of Chinese culture and novel ideas mingled with local customs.

Indeed, it was the best work Paula had ever done and she had a good chance winning the proposal.

After her presentation, she was met with a thunderous applause. This boosted her confidence and cast an aggressive look over at Autumn.

Autumn dismissed Paula's challenge and still gave Paula an applause.

Paula sneered and thought to herself that she would defeat Autumn with her excellent proposal if Autumn stuck to the set pattern which she had mastered through the long term they had worked together in Cloud Advertising Company.
Thereupon Paula returned to her seat, enjoying her moment.

Autumn was the last to give her presentation, which could be.. good or bad.

Autumn was confident of her presentation after seeing the previous four. She rose up, stood before the projector, and began to present the work that she had polished the night before.

At first, Autumn did not make eye contact with anyone in the roorm. For a brief moment she was tongue-tied.

However, as the presentation progressed, she caught the attention of everyone focusing on her presentation without making a sound. This encouraged her to speak with logic and order.

All throughout the presentation, Autumn paid special attention to the expressions of the President, whose approving nods gave her and Hoada Masahiro a big assurance.

Autumn concluded her presentation with a deep bow. Afterwards, Paula did not waste the opportunity to bombard Autumn with tricky questions which Autumn skillfully addressed. At that moment, Mr. Seitan, the President of Light House Company, rose up to give his commendation.

"Miss Ye, your proposal..... is outstanding." Said Mr. Seitan as he approached Autumn, struggling with his poor Chinese. "I am greatly honored to be able to cooperate with you."

Mr. Seitan's approval surely amounted to laying the crown of laurels on Autumn, which left Paula sulking in the corner.

However, the other three representatives approached Autumn to congratulate her.

With the meeting adjourned, Mr. Seitan offered Autumn his invitation. "Miss Ye, today my company is hosting a cocktail party. Why don't you.... join us?"

"I am afraid...." Because she had been preoccupied by the proposal for the whole day before, at that moment, Autumn wished for nothing but a sound sleep.



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