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"SPOILED GIRL" SEASON 8, EPISODE 40"

SPOILED GIRL

 Season 8

Episode 40

(The unexpected new design director)

After the wedding, Emily enjoyed a long break at home for a few months, settling into married life. She missed the busy and fulfilling days at the office though, and longed to return to work.    

As Emily wouldn't return to Lu Jewelry, she followed Jacob's advice and decided to move to SL Jewelry group, which belonged to the Bai Company.    

"Did you hear the big news? Head office will be sending a new design director to us. And I heard that the new director is a woman,"  a staff member whispered to her partner.    

The news soon spread throughout the SL Jewelry building. Staff gossiped with each other, discussing the internal memo released last night by the company. The document concerned the new design director.    

"I heard that the new design director is a real big shot. Our group president made an emergency call to his secretary last night and ordered him to publish the notice immediately,"  a man gossiped. 

His juicy news attracted another three people to join in the conversation.    

"Alas! The new design director must be someone important or well connected. 

Our company must be paying a great deal of money to hire her. I am so curious about her!" another man said excitedly.   

 "Maybe. But who knows? I guess she is the big gun being brought in to win the contract with Sky Entertainment Group Limited,"  a man who seemed to be in the know, answered them.

Sky Entertainment Group Limited was the largest entertainment group in Jingshi City. It owned many famous independent studios and contracted with a host of famous actors. As these studios were closely related to commercial performances, film festivals, and banquets, numerous jewelry companies flocked to seek cooperation opportunities with Sky Entertainment Group Limited. Of course, SL Jewelry was one of them.    

SL Jewelry had heard that one of Sky Entertainment Group Limited's studios had recently terminated its cooperation with its former jewelry company, so SL Jewelry wanted to seize this opportunity and promote its own cooperation agenda and win some jewelry programs.    
"But we all know that director Huang is responsible for that initiative now. If she knows that someone is coming to take her place, she will go completely crazy. 

How can she bear that?" a girl asked with concern.

"Morning!" a woman said and coughed by way of interruption. The loud voice cut to their ears and interrupted their injudicious gossip.    

All of them turned around and looked in the direction of the voice, and then widened their eyes in shock.   

 The speaker was standing right in front of them now. Her short, sassy hair and the well tailored suit which she wore made her look capable and professional. 

But her cold face and sharp eyes indicated her tough nature, and hinted that she was not easy to get along with.    
"Di...director Huang, good morning!" they nervously chorused. They stiffly smiled at her and their voices trembled slightly with anxiety and fear.

Vivian Huang raised her wrist to check her watch and pointed at the watch screen with her other hand's index finger. "You have been chatting for exactly five minutes! These five minutes are long enough for me to make a cup of coffee, and review a design draft. It seems that all of you have too much free time now. 

But hear this! Time is precious to me, and I don't allow my staff to talk nonsense during work hours! That is a waste of my time. Understand?" Vivian raised her voice and looked at them angrily.    

Vivian was a well-known workaholic at SL Jewelry and had achieved many famous accomplishments in the design field. She was tough, aggressive and cold. No one at the company dared to offend her as they didn't want to ask for trouble.    

The leader of the group of nattering employees forced a smile at Vivian and came to hold her hand. "Director Huang, I am afraid that you have wronged us. We heard that our company has hired a new design director. We were all worried about you and talked about how to help you just now,"  she explained patiently in an ingratiating tone.   

 Vivian wasn't used to being close to others, so she drew back her hand quickly and kept an aloof distance to the woman. Everyone could tell from her apprehensive look that she didn't believe the explanation at all.   

 "What are you talking about? What new design director? It's none of your business. Since when have you suddenly begun to show kindness to me or worry about me?" Vivian challenged their feigned benevolence in an ironic tone.   

 Last night, Vivian had worked on an important design draft until after midnight. This morning, she awoke to find herself sleeping at her desk. She then rushed to wash her face and put on some muted makeup, and had quickly rushed to the company without even having breakfast. Therefore, she hadn't learned the news yet, as she had not had time to check the company website or her email.   

 "Well, here is the thing. We received a memo last night. It said that we would be getting a new design director. She will come to our company today,"  the man said slowly.   

 "Aha! An unexpected new design director!" Vivian sneered.    

Disgust flickered over her face. She left the group of gossipers and went to the elevator. The harsh clicking of her high heels echoed down the passage.   

 The group of people exchanged looks with each other but couldn't figure out why Vivian had not been enraged by this news. One of them rushed after her and said, "Director Huang, I am wondering why you didn't..." But the elevator door was closing and he had to swallow the rest of his words.    

Suddenly they saw a beautiful woman run to the elevator, trying to catch it up. 

"Please wait a second! Wait for me!" she said hurriedly.    

It was Emily. She was wearing a khaki coat today. She ran to the elevator and pushed the "open" button. The elevator door opened again and she stepped in.

Emily had overslept this morning as she had forgotten to set the alarm clock last night. And when she rushed to her car, Jacob had insisted on giving her a goodbye kiss and kept telling her what she should pay attention to for her first day at work. So she was even later!    

Emily gasped for breath for a while in the elevator and then readjusted her clothes. She sighed and mentally complained to herself that she was late because of Jacob.    

No one in the elevator knew that she was the new design director! One of the employees in the elevator turned to Vivian and wanted to share the shocking news regarding the new placement with Vivian, too.    

"Director Huang, I guess that you must have heard the news? The new design director is going to take charge of the Sky Entertainment Group Limited project. What's your opinion on this matter?" the man asked.

The Sky Entertainment Group Limited project was a potentially huge deal, but it was also proving difficult to push forward. Vivian and her team members hadn't yet secured an agreement with them, although she had worked tirelessly at it for half a month already. It was really turning into one of the biggest challenges of her whole career. If the project was taken over by someone else, all of her efforts would be brought to naught.    

Sky Entertainment Group Limited? The familiar name roused Emily's attention and she began to pay closer attention to their conversation.    

She had extensively read company files that Jacob gave her last night and knew that it was a big entertainment company, and that SL Jewelry was targeting this company for possible cooperation.    

"It's a company decision. I don't think that we should discuss it in public,"  Vivian replied cagily.

Vivian had noticed the strange woman in the elevator with them-Emily. She didn't want to discuss the matter further in front of a stranger.   

 "This news is already a public topic. It's not a big deal. I know the new director must have a strong background since our company is paying so much attention to her. But I think it's unfair to you. Why should she come and take your place and throw away all of your efforts?" the colleague complained.   

 Vivian sneered and her eyes were disdainful. "We will wait and see. I am afraid that the new design director is probably just a paper tiger,"  she answered slowly.    

To Vivian, this so called new design director must be an incompetent person who just got this position through the back door. Surely she must have some personal relationship with the the chairman of SL Jewelry? She looked down on such a kind of person, and considered them unworthy of her attention as they could never compete with her.    

"I agree with you, Vivian. She is probably just a useless vase,"  the man laughed slightly.    

The conversation between them made Emily feel uncomfortable. She frowned and somehow thought that they were talking about her.    

The elevator arrived at their floor soon.  

  Emily went out first as she stood in the front of the elevator, then Vivian and her colleague followed.   

 Sam had communicated with the general manager last night and informed him about Emily's arrival, so the general manager arrived at the company earlier today and was waiting outside the elevator for Emily.    

He went to Emily as soon as she stepped off the elevator. "Mrs Gu, good morning! I am very honored to meet you. I am the general manager of this company, and you can call me manager Wu. If you have any questions, you can contact me anytime. I would be glad to offer assistance,"  manager Wu said humbly.

 Although SL Jewelry belonged to the Jacob, Emily didn't want to expose her real identity. She smiled at manager Wu and replied politely, "Manager Wu, good morning. I am Emily. It's nice to meet you. And you can just call me Emily."  

  Vivian was surprised that manager Wu behaved so humbly in front of this woman. She came over to manager Wu and asked, "Manager Wu, is she a new employee?"    

"Vivian, you come at the right time. Let me introduce you. This is Mrs... Oh, this is Emily Bai, the new design director!" he replied. He gave Emily a big smile as he introduced her.   

 Emily Bai? The name was so familiar to Vivian.    

She searched her memories and finally she remembered. Emily was the woman who the chairman had married recently.

 Every one in this company had thought that the woman called Emily must be the happiest and luckiest woman in the world. Was this her?

And now she was the new design director of this company. Was this really her?    

Vivian looked at Emily stiffly and wondered whether this woman had heard the earlier conversation.   

 Had Emily heard that conversation clearly?    

Of courses she must have heard it inside the elevator, as the space inside was limited.    

It seemed that this woman was truly Emily, the wife of the chairman. But so what? As her colleague had said in the elevator, maybe she was just a beautiful but useless vase.   

 "Director Huang, nice to meet you!" Emily smiled at Vivian and stretched out her hand by way of greeting.

Vivian was surprised by Emily's kind reaction. She had thought that Emily must hate her very much because she had spoken ill of her earlier, without knowing who she was. Vivian never would have expected that she would be treated so kindly by Emily. Vivian could feel the quiet kindness and calm radiating from Emily's eyes.   

 Had she underestimate the new design director? She was uncertain about that. But she quickly replied to Emily's smile with one of her own and said, "Director Bai, nice to meet you too."    

They looked each other in the eye, as if nothing had happened just now in the elevator. But both of them knew well that they would never be friends.    

The bait hid the hook.
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