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 Season 8

Episode 41

(Then let's have a competition)

The news quickly spread all over SL Jewelry that the wife of the CEO had joined the company as a director.   

 Emily noticed that most of the staff members looked at her in a different way and some even tried their best to be rid of her when they met her in the company.  

  "Director Emily, Party A has sent back their feedback on the position paper. I have printed and put a copy of it on your table. Next..."    

Joyce was giving her report on the company schedule as usual, when Emily noticed a girl pretending to go back to work when all she really wanted was to get a glass of water. Her eyebrows furrowed in deep crease, as she gingerly tapped the bridge of her nose.    

"Okay, got it. Pack up the designs and send them to my e-mail later."  

Passing the document to Joyce, Emily went directly into her office as if she saw nothing out of the ordinary.    

In truth, Emily had told Jacob earlier that she did not want to join the company carrying the title as the wife of CEO. 

However, Jacob did not listen her words at all! As if that weren't bad enough, he ordered Sam to inform everyone who worked in the company that Emily was Jacob's wife.    

Perhaps Jacob's actions were motivated by good intentions, even if the consequences were undesirable for Emily. It seemed as though Jacob wanted to protect Emily from being taken advantage of in the company so his actions served as a warning to anyone who dared to displease her.    

However, it did not bother Emily very much as she was solely concerned about her actual work rather than anything else.    

When she was in her office, Emily found herself completely immersed in coming up with jewelry designs, disregarding anything else that did not concern her work.  

Suddenly, she heard a knock on the door.    

"Come in please,"  said Emily.    

"Director Emily, Manager Dave would like to have a word with you in his office,"  said Joyce.    

"Okay, please tell him I'll be right over." 

Putting down her pencil, Emily kept the unfinished draft in her drawer and walked out with her notebook under her arm.   

 As soon as Emily left, someone sneaked into her office...   

 When Emily stepped into Dave's office she found that Vivian was also there.    

At the very first sight, Emily clearly saw the competitiveness and vigilance in her eyes. And almost instantly, Emily knew that Vivian saw her as a competitor, not a colleague.  

  "Here you are, Emily. Come and have a seat please."   Dave Wu greeted her cordially with a welcoming smile.  

"Is there something I can help you with, Manager Dave?"   

 "Yes, I need to announce something in front of you and Director Vivian."   

 Dave coughed gently to clear his throat and cast a short glimpse at Emily and Vivian. Finally, he faced Emily and said, "Emily, I know that you have received remarkable praise for your work in many competitions before. Therefore, I was planning to let you be in charge of the project cooperating with Sky Entertainment Group Limited this time. What do you think of that?"    

"Wait! What?" Vivian's eyes widened as she quickly interrupted Dave and continued, "Manager Dave, you know that my group has been working for this project for a long time, right? Don't you think making changes in the last minute is going to hinder the overall outcome?" 

   The project with Sky Entertainment was estimated to bring a profit of over ten million dollars. Vivian's group had been working on it over time for almost half a month so it was obvious that she was reluctant to have it taken away from her like that.  

"Calm down please, Vivian, and listen to me." Dave urged her, gesturing with both hands. He expected Vivian to respond like this. However, his hands were tied since he had been facing lots of pressure from his superiors to take fast action as half a month had already passed but they still did not manage to achieve their estimated goals yet.   

 "I'm not going to change anything. What I am trying to say is that I want Director Emily to lead your group,"  he explained.  

  In Dave's view, Emily was the wife of Jacob Gu, therefore, she would have access to more resources on her hand. 

With her help, they would quickly reach the goal to cooperate with Sky Entertainment in no time.    

Vivian, however, begged to differ, even though she knew how famous Emily was in the jewelry industry. Her opinion of Emily was that of a talentless bitch who used her man to climb the ladder to fame and she firmly believed that Emily was not worthy of being considered her rival.    

"On what grounds? We are at the same level as directors and I'm also the one with best performance for the long time. Why should I be her subordinate?" Vivian raised her voice with great confidence.  

This was turning out to be a bigger problem for Dave as he dared not to displease Vivian since she was his best subordinate and he needed her to sustain her rate of outstanding performance in the future.    

However, with the amount of heat he was receiving from headquarters his back was already against the wall. "So, Emily, what do you think?"  

  "Director Vivian disagrees with your proposal, actually, I disagree, too. But the cooperation with Sky Entertainment is crucial for our company. We should only proceed with what brings the best results for our company."  Emily gave her honest opinion on the matter.    

Before joining this company, Emily had checked the latest seasonal financial statement of SL Jewelry and accordingly to the reports things weren't going very well for them. If they failed to reverse the trend this season, SL Jewelry would risk bankruptcy by next year.  

Emily did not want to put the future of the entire company and its employees at risk because of a personal grudge.    

Infuriated, Vivian couldn't see past her anger and hatred thinking that Emily was not willing to meet her halfway. Fists clenched with blanched knuckles, her red nails dug deep into the palms of her hands.   

 "Then, let's have a competition, Director Emily.    

We need to take up the matter with five studios to cooperate with Sky Entertainment. Let's draw lots to pick items and negotiate with them. The one who finishes first will be the winner of this competition, okay?" suggested Vivian.   

 Vivian had already connected with all the five studios so she was quite confident with this competition as she raised up her head high to wait for Emily's answer.   

 Vivian's idea, as shallow as it was, could bring the company profits without any harm so Emily looked at her calmly and said, "Sure! This will also drive us to conclude the deal with Sky Entertainment quickly."  

After the draw, Vivian got three items and Emily got the other two.   

 From the onset, it seemed as though Emily had the advantage as she had fewer studios to negotiate with, however, that assumption was far from the truth. 

   "Director Emily, there must have been something wrong with the draw. How else could we have landed two of the most difficult studios to deal with at the same time?" Emily's assistant, Joyce, could not help sticking up for Emily.  

Dina and Ray, respectively, owned two of the most famous studios of Sky Entertainment and they were also the most difficult ones to negotiate with. 

And now, they were in business with Emily.    

Meanwhile, apparently Vivian had already managed to bag a semi-agreement with the other three small studios before the draw even took place, giving her the real advantage over Emily.   
Emily couldn't tell whether there was something wrong with the draw but she did not miss the complacence in Vivian's eyes.  

 Moreover, at this point the die was already cast. Emily had no choice but to honorably continue with the challenge despite the difficult hand she had been dealing with.    

"Come what may, I am not afraid. Joyce. Cancel most of my appointments for tomorrow and call the superintendents of these two studios to make an appointment with them for me." Emily's resolve was unwavering.    

"Got it, Director Emily."    

Emily's confidence at the face of adversity gave the rest of her group members strength and inspiration as they all went back to work without complaints.    

Since Emily did not have a lot of prior connections with entertainers before, after she got back home and spent some time with Bowen and Beryl, she went straight to her study and began to conduct a thorough research on Dina and Ray over the Internet.    


Jacob's voice came from above her head as he put a glass of warm milk on her desk.  

Taken by surprise, Emily shook and accidentally knocked her head on Jacob's chin. She turned around quickly and said, "Are you okay? I am so sorry, honey."    

"I'm okay. Don't worry." Jacob gave her a back rub, while squinting his eyes to read the words on the screen.    

"When did you come in? I did not hear you at all,"  Emily muttered, while maintaining steady eye contact on the screen.   

 Jacob knitted his eyebrows as he took the glass of milk to her mouth and asked, "Who is Ray?"  

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