Chapter 50 Isabella’s Act Natalie had no desire to involve herself with this man anymore. Cedric’s face instantly darkened. Right now, she was resolute about getting a divorce. Even at this moment, she hadn’t forgotten to discuss the terms of their divorce. Natalie gave him a challenging look. Although she had already given up her feelings for this man… But at this moment, she still wanted to see how this man would choose. “I can apologize if you want, but only if you agree to the divorce.” A divorce for an apology! Cedric looked at Natalie, and they stared at each other for a long time. Suddenly, Cedric laughed. It was sudden, and Natalie asked, “Why are you laughing?” “You’d really do anything to get rid of me, huh? Do I disgust you that much?” “The moment you started things with Isabella, you should have known we would end up like this. Why bother holding on?” Holding on? Was this how she saw him now? In her heart, his reluctance had turned into holding on. Just as he expected…! Cedric took a deep breath and looked at Natalie. The warmth and patience in his eyes had all been replaced by a chill. “Apologize.” Natalie’s heart sank. She was already emotionally dead. But now, facing Cedric at this moment, it felt like her heart had +15 BONUS She just stared at him intensely and calmly said, “Fine.” There was no trace of emotion on her face anymore. She turned and headed for Isabella’s hospital room. Cedric watched her back with an indifferent look on his face, but his heart grew even heavier. He had been trying to get her to apologize to Isabella all along. But back then, she consistently refused! Now, though… Was he… so disgusting to her?! The door to the hospital room swung open. Natalie looked at Isabella on the hospital bed and froze. Isabella was leisurely wearing her headphones. Natalie turned, her gaze instinctively shifted towards Cedric, who was waiting outside the room. Cedric’s eyes had been fixed on her all along. At that moment, Natalie’s mind went blank for a moment. Then, shock overtook her. She turned and met Isabella’s bright eyes. Her eyes were sparkling and beautiful. They appeared so lively, and the woman before her didn’t seem blind at all! Natalie felt her breath catch in her throat. When Isabella saw Natalie, she was equally startled. It was already nearly dawn, and she hadn’t expected Natalie to come at this hour. After a moment of irritation, she composed herself. Isabella’s face smoothed out into an indifferent expression. There was also no hint of the hatred that burned within her. She calmly removed the white cloth on the cabinet beside her and used it to cover her eyes. Natalie tried to speak but found herself too shocked to utter a word. +15 BONUS Then, Isabella suddenly swept the water jug from the bedside table. The moment it crashed to the floor, she let out a painful scream. Natalie was speechless at her actions. Cedric rushed into […]
A Divorce After My Rebirth by Gentle Rain In June
Chapter 49 The Conditions for Apology Yuvan felt like he was going to die soon as he watched the scene unfold before him. As Cedric closed in on her, the coffee she had splashed on him earlier now adorned her white dress. Natalie had a penchant for cleanliness, and she was furious. “Cedric, are you out of your mind?! You… Mmph!” It hurt! Cedric’s k*ss was domineering and fierce, lacking the tenderness he once showed. His sudden, forceful actions made everyone in the coffee shop quickly bury their heads in their work as if they hadn’t seen anything. The taste of blood lingered on her l*ps. Natalie struggled to push him away, but she couldn’t budge the unyielding man. Warm breath tickled her ear, and his tone was gentle as he coaxed, “Nat, be a good girl, hm?” So, he was trying to coax her, huh? In the past, Cedric would leave her alone to calm down for a while. Then, he would coax her like this, treating her almost like a child. It was a trick that had always worked wonders on her. it Whenever Cedric used it, it was very effective. It could turn her from the most enraged and furious woman into a calm and forgiving one. Even when she faced the disdainful gazes of those from the Johnson family, a little coaxing from Cedric could make her forget everything. But now… Natalie didn’t push him away. In the face of his coaxing, her voice grew colder. “Spit it out. What do you want me to do?” Had he forgiven her? No, he knew nothing about it. He was blindly swayed b public opinion, putting unlimited faith in Isabella’s words. He had no intention of What he wanted was her compromise on Isabella’s matter. *Come with me first,” Cedric said, not answering her question. He simply took Natalie’s hand and pulled her out of the café. Natalie was reluctant to go! However, Cedric was gripping her wrist so tightly that Natalie had no choice. She ultimately got into the car with him. As they got closer to the hospital, Natalie’s heart grew even colder. He hadn’t given up yet?! “Cedric, what do you think of me?” She had clearly refused, but this man brought her here. In the past, whenever she voiced her refusal, he never forced her to do anything. But now… he seemed obsessed. “Come inside with me first, alright?” Cedric didn’t want to argue with Natalie. He now understood that she became particularly rebellious during arguments. The current Natalie left him at a loss. Finally, Cedric half–coaxed, half–forcibly took Natalie into the hospital, In the hospital room, Isabella emerged from the bathroom in a bathrobe. Her hair was damp, and the scent of her shampoo lingered around her. She had always been beautiful, and the post–bath glow accentuated her natural beauty. She had long, shapely legs and the gift of natural beauty. Her inherent qualities were truly exceptional. Her phone buzzed, and she noted it was Christina calling. She answered, “Hello?” “So far, they haven’t divorced. You need to put more effort into it,” Christina said impatiently, her tone more like a command. It had been dragging on for too long. Originally, given Natalie’s love for Cedric thele dis Cedric had also been raised like a prince in the Johnson family. If Natalie caused enough trouble, he would surely run out of patience, right? After all, in the eyes of the people in the Johnson family, Natalie had always been a very proper woman. She had used her gentle approach to keep Cedric’s heart. Isabelle acted as a woman who was more gentle and understanding than Natalie. Christina had firmly believed that since Isabelle appeared, the relationship between Natalie and Cedric would be over! However, Natalie had caused so much trouble. Yet, Cedric still showed no sign of letting go.
Chapter 48 Isabella’s Request Natalie didn’t agree to go back to the Johnson Manor for Elizabeth’s birthday, and Cedric was getting increasingly agitated. At least today, the design submitted to him was satisfactory. However, with Natalie causing a commotion, his mood…! “Yuvan!” “Yes, sir. Where would you like to go?” Yuvan asked. After leaving the
Chapter 47 No Chance for the Johnson Family in the Future Over the next two days, Natalie and her team camped out in a coffee shop across the street from the Financial International Center to save time. Karina boldly reserved the entire place to provide the team a quiet workspace. Once they made the necessary modifications to the designs there, Natalie would deliver the drafts to Apex Global Group for Irwin’s review. After his review. she would return to the coffee shop for any further revisions. The process wasn’t as smooth as Natalie had initially thought. Irwin turned out to be exceptionally meticulous. After multiple revisions, Natalie realized she had been wrong about him. He was more demanding than she could have imagined. “No matter how I look at it, it doesn’t match the previous excellence. The same specific areas need to be improved,” he said as he returned the drafts to her. Natalie’s heart raced, realizing that tonight would likely be her final opportunity! If she didn’t hand in the perfect draft by tomorrow morning, her cooperation with Apex Global would come to an end. She couldn’t let this chance sl*p through her fingers! Once Cedric got involved, she would definitely face additional obstacles in her business… Back at the coffee shop, it was time to get off work. The team watched Natalie with bated breath. Karina’s anxiety levels were rising as well. After all the effort they had invested, they were eager for a breakthrough. “There are revisions,” Natalie uttered, and the entire team slumped in response. Natalie slumped into her seat with the same dejected feeling. Karina approached her, offering words of encouragement. “Don’t lose heart. Our team is just getting started, and working with Apex Global can provide us with valuable experience.” While the words were reassuring, Natalie’s frustrations increased. If they couldn’t produce a satisfying draft after tonight, it would only be the b Natalie took a deep breath and said, “He wants us to revise the same specific areas. Let’s get to it!” The pressure weighed heavily on her, as Apex Global was now a significant client for her budding team! Karina nodded and gathered everyone for a meeting to discuss what specific changes they needed to make this evening and how to go about it. Natalie hadn’t been in the workforce for many years, and facing feel a bit overwhelmed. Uch an obstacle at the start made her n this journey. But she knew that Stephen expected success from her once she embarked on this As they delved into their discussion, her phone buzzed on the table. It was a call from Cedric. Natalie closed her eyes briefly, her petite face filled with irritation. Still, she answered, “Hello.” “Are you still working overtime?” Cedric asked. “Yes,” Natalie replied. “I’m outside the coffee shop, Cedric said. Natalie’s heart skipped a beat. She knew that a man who hadn’t even agreed to a divorce wouldn’t easily let her go, but she hadn’t anticipated him keeping such a close watch on her. She felt like she was constantly being monitored, Annoyance welled up inside her! “Is there a point to this?” She was already having a tough time at Apex Global. With Cedric showing up like this, Natalie couldn’t hold back her frustrations any longer. The man on the phone seemed to sense her exasperation, and his tone changed. “Come out!” Cedric said forcefully “I’m busy!” “Do you want me to come in and drag you out?” Cedric threatened. Natalie was furious. Karina obviously sensed that something was wrong and walked over.
Chapter 46 Cutting Off Her Cooperations When Natalie entered Irwin’s office again, she was nervous. Irwin’s expression was far from welcoming, and she didn’t have much confidence. Though she wasn’t under his direct authority, they had a business relationship. If her designs left a bad impression, it would be embarrassing for her! Irwin fl*pped through the designs, and his brow furrowed. Natalie found it hard to breathe. Had she made a terrible impression on him yesterday? Did he find her designs utterly unsatisfactory? However, Irwin nodded in the next moment and said, “It seems I was too quick to judge yesterday. It’s better than I expected.” “R–really?” Hearing these words, Natalie felt a sense of relief wash over her. But she remained cautious. Irwin continued, “It appears you put in considerable effort last night, but there are some areas that still need improvement.” “I would greatly appreciate your feedback, Natalie replied. This project was the greatest opportunity for her. She couldn’t miss a single chance to get ahead! Irwin raised an eyebrow and gave her a scrutinizing look. While his expression was serious, his gaze was deep. Natalie didn’t dare to linger on his captivating presence. She lowered her head and pulled out another identical copy, ready to outline the areas that needed changes. Her earnestness made it difficult to reject her. Irwin took a deep breath and glanced at the design in his hand. He quickly marked several areas that needed adjustment and handed it to her, saying. “These areas seem suboptimal and completely overshadow the strengths of this design.” Natalie accepted the paper and examined it. She didn’t realize the problems with the design until Irwin pointed them out! Irwin certainly had a unique eye for design. “Do you need me to explain how to make the changes?” Irwin asked. “No, I know what to do,” Natalie replied, shaking her head. Standing up, Natalie respectfully said to Irwin, “Thank you very much. I’ll be heading back now.” Irwin nodded, and his expression seemed less serious than before. However, Natalie maintained a professional attitude. After all, he was a major client! Exiting Irwin’s office, Natalie found Dylan waiting outside. He wore glasses and had a cultured and warm demeanor. Yet, his politeness contained an undeniable air of competence. When he saw Natalie, he greeted her with a polite smile. “How did it go?” “It went quite well. Thank you,” Natalie replied. “You’re welcome, Ms. Walker.” “Well, I’ll be heading back now. Goodbye.” “Goodbye!” Natalie entered the elevator with her designs. She felt more confident today compared to the uncertainty she had when entering Apex Global this morning. When Natalie returned, Karina asked, “How did it go?” While the Apex Global project was a substantial one, Karina felt it was still dispensable. So, compared to how nervous Natalie had been, Karina was much more relaxed about it. Natalie nodded and replied, “Mr. Frazier suggested some changes, so we need to work on those.” Karina agreed. agreed with a nod. Taking the designs handed to her, she examined them and nodded again. “I felt that something was off before, but I couldn’t tell what it was until now.” It was as Natalie had suspected. Though they hadn’t said anything at the time, they both felt that something was amiss. hat was the reason Korina ka “I’ll hold a meeting with the team. You should get some rest,” Karina suggested. Natalie was the most stressed at the moment out of all of them. She had been working diligently and was genuinely tired.
Chapter 45 Her Seclusion It had to be said that for most of their marriage, Cedric had been a devoted husband except for the last six months. He would return home early if he had no business commitments and never stayed out past elever.. As a result, Natalie’s bedtime rarely extended past eleven as well. Working late into the night like this so suddenly was taxing on Natalie. In the office’s rest area, she sat in a large chair, covering herself with her coat. Karina sat nearby and said, “You might need to move out of Ms. Sander’s place.” Natalie nodded, well aware of the situation. Living at Bianca’s place had already seriously affected Bianca’s life, which was why she had been reluctant to move there three months ago. She just hadn’t expected such tactics to resurface. As she was pondering this matter, Cedric called. Cedric didn’t wait for Natalie to say anything when she answered. 200 He immediately asked, “You haven’t gone back yet?” “I never said I was going back.” “Do you think Blanca can protect you, or do you believe you can handle it yourself? Come back immediately!” Cedric said impatiently. It was clear that he knew about the parcels. Natalie closed her eyes. She was exhausted, and her patience had run thin. “Seriously? I reported these people to the police three months ago, and you bailed out those people. Is it my fault that they’re coming after me again?” “Natalie!” “Why are you yelling?” Natalie snapped. She had no desire to hear anything from Cedric, especially when she remembered that he had bailed out. those people Why had he called her? +15 BONUS Was he worried about her? What a joke! “It’s not a time for us to be arguing, okay?” Cedric said. He softened his tone, trying to use another tactic when he saw how stubborn Natalie was being. “Just be good, okay? I’ll have Yuvan pick you up. Wear more layers. It’s chilly outside.” “I’m not at Bianca’s place! I’m working overtime!” Her words left Cedric momentarily stunned. Overtime? At this hour? On the other end of the phone, Cedric felt a chill running through him.. He hung up and called Yuvan. “Yuvan!” Those words were laden with suppressed anger. Yuvan hurried over and reported, “Sir, they are still working overtime downstairs. We just sent back the drafts to be revised again. They need a little more time.” They were going through a difficult time right now. However, instead of demanding something related to the drafts, Cedric said, “Find out where she’s working right now.” “Are you talking about the young mistress? No one would dare to hire her!” Yuvan was absolutely certain of that. They had made it clear. Employing Natalie at this point would be equivalent to going against Cedric, and no one in Verde City was that foolish. The next moment, Cedric’s anger flared as he exclaimed, “She said she’s currently working overtime!” Yuvan couldn’t believe his ears. Overtime? Cedric must have heard wrong, right? Something was wrong either with their side or with Natalie. Why on earth would she be working overtime? How could she accept such a thing? The air around Cedric was cold. Indeed, Natalie was working overtime. Wasn’t that ridiculous?
Chapter 44 The Reasons for Her Hatred Cedric tightened his grip on her wrist, and Natalie stopped struggling. She looked at him and said, “Tell me, what significance does that place hold for me?” Cedric narrowed his eyes. In the next moment, he stated firmly, “You know I won’t divorce you.” The underlying message was clear. Cedric was telling Natalie that since she was aware of this, she should stop trying to make trouble. That was the best choice she could make right now. In the past, Natalie would have complied. But now, things were different. Taking a deep breath, she said. “Then give me a reason to stay by the side of a man who wants me to disappear for the sake of another woman!” Cedric’s breath caught in his throat. Isabella was now like a ticking time bomb between them. As soon as she was mentioned, an explosion was guaranteed! The two locked eyes. Cedric looked at the defiant woman, his disappointment growing. He thought about how the public opinion in Verde City was shifting against her. Even those who had previously supported her were now favoring Isabella. “Do you even know what Verde City is like now? If this continues, you won’t be able to stay here anymore.” Cedric warned. That was a fact, especially if she didn’t have him protecting her. Natalie retorted, “Don’t waste your time worrying about me, Cedric. My presence in Verde City doesn’t matter. You know that.” For the past few years, she had been living in Verde City solely because of the man in front of her. She was only still in the city because she was waiting for the divorce If they did indeed divorce, her connection to Verde City would cease to exist. She would be indifferent to where she lived. Though, of course… +15 BONUS Until she had sorted things out with Isabella, she wouldn’t leave. She wouldn’t mind if those people obtained what they wanted as long as it was within reason. However, if they wanted to trample on her to get ahead, they had to go through her! As Natalie had thought, the public opinion had gone completely wild. When Bianca returned home from work in the evening, she received several packages in Natalie’s name. When Bianca called Natalie, the latter replied without hesitation, “Throw them all in the trash; don’t open any of them.” “Is it those things again?” Bianca asked. “Yeah,” Natalie replied with a sigh. She hadn’t expected those people to be so relentless and evil. She thought a few months abroad would help her avoid such a predicament. Who would have thought things would get even worse? Natalie laid out all the documents Dylan had sent for everyone in a meeting. It gave everyone a better understanding of the development plans for the eastern suburbs. “Let’s get to work,” Natalie said. And once again, she immersed herself in her work. The outside world was in turmoil, and the weather in Verde City was mirroring Natalie’s situation–gloomy and rainy. Regardless of the chaos outside, Natalie remained focused on her work. She paid no attention to anything else. As for the matter with Isabella, Stephen was helping with the investigation. He was also helping her with her business. Right now, she had nothing else to worry about but her work. All she had to do was concentrate on her designs, which was the most significant way she could strike back against those who opposed her! * +15 BONUS Isabelle looked at her through bleary eyes. There was some redness around her eyes, apparently due to the bandages irritating her skin. She had blocked pores and mild inflammation, greatly affecting her formerly pristine and delicate appearance.
Chapter 43 Resign and Go Home Even if they wanted to cancel the contract, it was likely because they were dissatisfied with Natalie’s designs. She hadn’t even submitted her design yet, so why would they…? The person on the other end interrupted her thoughts, “I’m sorry, Ms. Walker. I didn’t recognize that your were the Johnson family’s young mistress earlier. It would be too much for me to use your designs.” “You’re being too kind…” Natalie muttered distractedly. After hearing what the person said, Natalie knew that Cedric probably had something to do with it. Originally, it was to leave her without a job, but who would have thought that it would affect her ongoing collaborations as well? She hung up the phone. Before she could say anything, Karina said, “It’s okay, we have no shortage of orders here!” The way Karina said it made it seem like they were financially secure. Natalie also felt a bit relieved. She knew that with Cedric’s interference, things wouldn’t be so easy for her. That was why it was crucial to secure Apex Global’s project, as the business was on par with Cedric’s. While smaller companies might give in to Cedric’s influence, the man she had met today didn’t seem like someone who would easily bow to pressure. “What are you thinking about?” Karina asked when she saw Natalie was silent. Natalie replied, “Mr. Frazier isn’t someone who takes things lightly, is he?” Karina looked surprised and asked, “Wait… You didn’t know?” Natalie asked, “Know what?” “Mr. Frazier has never had a good relationship with the Johnson family. So, this deal is a test of our capabilities and not anything else.” Natalie was stunned. She hadn’t heard about this before, but it was clear that Mr. Frazier and Cedric weren’t friends. Otherwise, she would have seen them interacting over the years she had been with Cedric That’s good, Natalie sighed in relief. With this in mind, she had to work even harder in the coming days and make use of everything she had learned during her months abroad. Natalie knew that securing Apex Global was the key to resolving all her concerns. Meanwhile, on Cedric’s side, he was frantic as well. After Yuvan presented the design drafts for the upcoming bidding three days later, Cedric found all of them unsatisfactory. “Tell them to redo them immediately, Cedric ordered. “What the hell is this crap?!” Cedric rarely cursed. Even if he was dissatisfied with the work, he usually sent it back silently. This time, however, he showed no restraint. Yuvan picked up the designs and said, “Yes, sir. But, sir… We should communicate your thoughts to them so they understand what they need to-” “Didn’t they visit the site? If they can’t even do this, we might as well shut down the design department, Cedric’s tone was sharp, showing he wasn’t open to discussion. Yuvan knew it wasn’t the right moment to reason with Cedric. He had never seen Cedric so incensed before. The design department would have to work tirelessly for the next few days.!! “If they can’t produce anything adequate by tomorrow, kick them all out!” Cedric stated coldly. As Yuvan turned to leave, he shivered upon hearing Cedric’s ruthless words. He realized that Cedric was extremely serious this time. People might genuinely lose their jobs if they fail to produce satisfactory results the next day. Back in the office, Natalie and Karina held a meeting and then dove into their work. The entire design team was gathered around a long desk in the lobby, discussing drawings and plans. Any issues or concerns were raised immediately for efficient problem–solving. Throughout the process, Natalie’s phone kept ringing. She checked each time to see who was calling. She rejected calls from Cedric and Rebecca. Unexpectedly, she received a call from Dylan, Mr. Frazier’s representative. “Do you need the architectural plans for the developments around the land in the eastern suburbs?” Dylan asked. “Yes, I need them,” Natalie responded without hesitation. Those architectural plans were of immense importance to her.
Chapter 42 Settling Old Scores From the numerous past scandals, it was evident that Isabella had feelings for Cedric Therefore, it wasn’t surprising that she would behave so generously in front of Cedric. Though Rebecca didn’t like Isabella, the way she was now did bring some relief to Rebecca. However, Rebecca couldn’t help but wonder. “Why is this news circulating now?” “Because Natalie has been refusing to apologize,” Christina said in a low voice. This remark only infuriated Rebecca further. Talking about Natalie was a surefire way to make her wish she could tear Natalie to pieces. “She did such a malicious thing! Even if she was asked to give her eyes to Isabella, she would deserve it! Yet she remains unrepentant and refuses to apologize?!” Rebecca’s anger grew with every word. Isabella had already spoken in such a forgiving manner, and Natalie still wouldn’t apologize. What the hell did she want? Christina sighed, “If she continues like this, Isabella might just hand over the evidence to the police.” “That wretched woman!” Rebecca fumed. The situation had already caused considerable embarrassment to the Johnson family. If Natalie were to end up in jail, their reputation would be dragged through the mud. The more Rebecca thought about it, the angrier she became. In the end, Rebecca called Natalie again. This time, Natalie answered. Before Natalie could say anything, Rebecca said furiously, “Come back immediately.” No matter what happened, Rebecca wanted Natalie to apologize to Isabella and put this matter to rest! Natalie had always respected her elders. However, she curtly replied, “I’m busy.” “What could you possibly be so busy with? Since you married into our family, we haven’t let you work a single day. How dare a young mistress of the family like you tell me that you’re busy-” Before she could finish, the sound of the call ending interrupted Rebecca’s scolding. At this moment, Rebecca no longer exuded the air of a refined lady. She looked more like a woman full of “She’s gotten completely out of control!” Rebecca screamed, unable to hold back her anger anymore. Christina watched as Rebecca fumed, and she couldn’t resist adding fuel to the fire. She said, “Ced is also at fault! Since he isn’t getting a divorce, he should take control of the situation. If she goes and apologizes to Isabella, this whole matter will be resolved!” Apologize? Christina was well aware that Natalie would never apologize to Isabella. She was using this method to ruin Natalie and Cedric’s future relationship. When Rebecca heard that, she decided to call Cedric, On Cedric’s side, everyone felt like they had crawled out of hell after a long meeting. People gradually left the room, leaving Cedric alone. He picked up his phone and saw the push notifications for the top headlines. The Johnson family had been a hot topic in Verde City for some time. Even if they managed to suppress most of the public opinion, any small incident could bring all the suppressed issues back to the forefront. Even without news coverage, online comments and discussions could still ignite a storm of public opinion! Now, headlines about how Natalie injured someone using underhanded means, how she had escaped legal consequences, and many others were being pushed as hot topics. “Yuvan!” Cedric exploded in anger. Yuvan had been waiting outside and rushed in upon hearing Cedric’s call. “Yes, sir?” Yuvan’s expression wasn’t much better. It was clear that he knew what had transpired. Cedric asked, “Have you seen this?” “Yes, sir!” “Shut it down immediately!” Such extreme articles hinted at the kind of person lurking behind them He also wanted to make those responsible understand the consequences of their ne Exploiting others‘ private matters for profit came at a price! “I’m already on it,” Yuvan said. He had anticipated this situation and arranged for it to be dealt with as soon as he saw the news, even
Chapter 41 A Change of Title Natalie shook her head and said, “He gave me three days to submit the design before they finish work on the 14th, but I can tell that it’s not just us who got this opportunity at Apex.” “Definitely not just us; you probably don’t know how important the eastern suburbs are for Verde City’s GDP. It’s impossible for them to rely on us alone.” Before coming here, Karina had thoroughly investigated Apex Global and had some idea of what kind of projects they might get But she never expected it to be the eastern suburbs project. “It looks like we’ll be busy for the next few days.” “Yeah. Let’s go check the site first,” Natalie said. In any case, they had to see the site first to find some inspiration. In the car, Natalie’s phone rang. It was Rebecca calling. Natalie didn’t want to answer and just hung up. Shortly after, the phone rang again. This time, it was a call from the Johnson Manor’s landline. “Go ahead,” Karina said to Natalie and added, “You shouldn’t stay on the line too long.” Natalie was momentarily stunned, realizing that she was no longer a full–time housewife at home. She had a career now. After meeting two clients yesterday, she had received four calls from them. It was all about confirming various details. With that in mind, she answered the call, “Hello, Ms. Carter.” Ms. Carter!? On the other end of the line, Rebecca clearly didn’t know how to react to this new title. “You’re in such a hurry to cut ties with the Johnson family when you haven’t even divorced Ced yet? It seems like you really like that man who’s old enough to be your father!” “Isn’t that what you wanted? Why are you acting all high and mighty now?” +15 BONUS “Even if you divorced, it’ll be because my son doesn’t want you anymore! You’re not worth it, Natalie!” “It doesn’t matter. I already initiated the divorce. If you’re not satisfied, I can withdraw the lawsuit immediately. You want your son to initiate it first? Fine. I’ll sign the papers without any hassle, no strings. attached.” *Are you implying that my son is bothering you?” “Yes!” “You…!” Rebecca’s breathing was heavy as she grew angrier. Natalie knew she had clearly angered Rebecca, But at this point, Rebecca’s emotions and physical well- being were no longer Natalie’s concern. In her past life, Natalie didn’t fully understand. Now, she finally grasped that when one deeply loved someone, one had to accept everything about them. However, when that love was gone, nothing would matter anymore. For Natalie, Cedric had become just that–a past love. She had given up on him, and her attitude towards the people around him had become remarkably resolute, leaving them no room to react. “You… You…! You need to come back to the manor immediately!” Rebecca commanded furiously. Natalie retorted, “You can say what you want over the phone. There’s no difference.” “I can’t explain over the phone. Unless you want to hear rumors of you killing me, you’d better come back! Without a second thought, Natalie hung up the phone. So, Rebecca was resorting to threats? Had she lost her mind? Or was she simply this desperate? Natalie wasn’t buying it. Karina Test +15 BONUS