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Season 3

Episode 88

(Gossipping about boss)

"My main purpose is..." Leila decided to get down to business, "Autumn, my present career owes much to your strong recommendation for my admission into Shining Company. I have long been thinking of a chance to repay your kindness, so.... I would like to invite you to dine together. I hope you do not decline it....."

"You should be at work today." Autumn wondered why Leila had time to pay her a visit at that moment.

Leila was somewhat challenged by Autumn and explained, "Today I caught a cold and I was allowed to take the afternoon off. It was approved by Mr. Lu."

"Really?" Autumn expressed her doubt, "Then you had better go home for a good rest. You were recommended on your merits. So long as you keep working hard, I will be gratified. Such treat is deemed as unnecessary."

"However it is a chance to express my gratitude. Please don't turn me down." Leila did not relent.

"Thanks a lot. I am not sure if I can accept it...." But all the same, Autumn decided to give in to Leila's offer as she was somehow overcome by Leila's persistence. 'What the heck. The sooner this is over, the better,' she mused.

But Autumn remained doubtful of Leila's intentions, because Leila had never been so nice.

"Well, let me choose the place, okay? But...."

Autumn paused and continued, "I wonder what you can do while you wait for me. I do have to finish all these tasks on my table."

"It doesn't matter." Leila replied quickly, "Don't worry about me. I can entertain myself in the meantime."

Leila expressed her willingness to wait until Autumn's business matters were all taken care of.

"Ok, you can wait here." Autumn being overburdened by her work paid little attention to Leila in the room.

As Autumn buried herself with work typing endlessly on her computer, Leila spent her boring hours in Autumn's office, waiting for a chance to execute her plan.

From time to time Autumn diverted herself from business and talked to Leila, "You could entertain yourself with tea and snacks or chat with your previous colleagues if you want."

"Sure..." Leila nodded her head. "Thank you. But don't mind me at all. I'm doing fine here."

"Okay," Autumn replied. Although she was curious about what Leila was up to, the proposal at hand was given the top priority.

"Boss Ye, someone is here to see you." A chance long anticipated finally came as a relief to Leila at 3:00 p.m.

Autumn gently looked up to ask the receptionist, "Who is it?"

"It is....." the receptionist managed to reply, "It is the same woman who came the day before yesterday."

Jane? What brought her here?

Autumn frowned and instructed the receptionist, "Okay, thank you. Now you should take her to the meeting room."

"Ok, Boss Ye." The receptionist closed the office door. Distracted, Autumn spoke to Leila, "Leila, now I have to deal with something. You can stay and hang around here. Excuse my absence."

"Ok." Leila tried hard to contain her delight and spoke to Autumn, "I will be fine."

Autumn's suspicions that Leila was up to something were strong, but at that moment she had to prioritize another encounter with Jane.

Autumn went straight to the meeting room, while Leila darted towards Autumn's computer as soon as the office door closed.

Autumn was too careless to encrypt her computer. As a result, Leila got access to the proposal involving Giant Promise Company right there on the screen.

Leila immediately copied the proposal into her USB flash disk effortlessly and in just a matter of seconds.

After successfully stealing the information, Leila immediately notified Paula over the phone. Paula showered Leila with compliments, "I knew you were the perfect person, indeed..."

"Ooh, stop such compliments." Leila let off a cold smile. "Since I have completed the matter you entrusted to me.... you have to honor your promise. And I will send the files to you when I get home in the evening."

"You can put your mind to rest. I will spare no effort to help you so long as the chance shows itself," Paula replied, smiling to herself.

After the call, Leila left Autumn's office. Out in the hall, many employees gathered around to gossip about Jane being "interviewed" right at that moment. Some were even spying on the interview itself. Leila asked a familiar colleague, "What is going on? Why are you all listening in to the interview."

"Leila, you are so behind with the news.." The colleague, without a second thought, recalled the entire account of the incident at the meeting room. She then expressed her curiosity to Leila, "Leila, the relationship between Boss Ye and the woman's son seems dubious despite strong denials from Boss Ye and Mr. Lu. The lady who came was really on fire the other day."

"You are the gossiping queen, indeed!" They laughed out and gave each other a high five. Leila then warned her, "Your chatter will bring misfortune upon you someday. Autumn is kind to you now, but someday, she will get back at you for your persistent gossiping, when your regret is as good as futile"

"Leila...." the girl pleaded, "there is no malice. I hope you can keep our conversation secret."

"How naughty you are....." Leila found that the marriage between Autumn and Charles was an object of laughter and ridicule at the office.

"You can rest assured. I won't tell Autumn about this." Leila replied calmly. She warned the girl, "You had better not gossip about your boss, otherwise, you will suffer dire consequences sooner or later."

Leila shared what Autumn warned her about.

"You are right. I won't gossip like this again." But they both knew that it would.

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