Chapter 50 I’m really worried, your aunt can’t take it anymore and her blood pressure is through the roof,” Salma replied,” Joey is such a jerk. If he and Gianna can’t make peace, they should just get a divorce. Why does he have to lie like this? I heard that Joey’s the other woman even has a five–year–old daughter with him. That means they’ve been together for years. And now she’s pregnant with their second child, a son. The Edmunds family really wants this kid, but they’re not willing to divorce.” Thinking of Joey playing the innocent victim in the hospital, claiming that his mistress was the one clinging to him, Anastasia couldn’t help but think what a great actor he was Their daughter is five years old, so they’ve been together for at least six years now That means Joey started having an affair not long after he got married to Gianna. He was really good at keeping his secret activities hidden all these years. Joey’s career has been getting better, and he’s always been incredibly sweet and caring towards Gianna. He was the perfect husband, except for the fact that they didn’t have any kids. They were the model couple. Because of Joey’s affair, Anastasia started to lose faith in marriage. If even the perfect man can cheat, what else is impossible? On the phone, Anastasia reminded Salma not to interfere too much. Even if she goes, she should just be there to comfort Gianna. As for how Gianna handles her marriage, she shouldn’t intervene too much. After hanging up the phone, Anastasia sat in the living room, lost in thought, wondering how far her marriage with Herman could go. If Herman ever betrayed her, what would she do? Anastasia was too distracted to work all afternoon and ended up watching TV shows on the couch. Around five o’clock, she heard a noise at the door and turned to see Herman coming home. She glanced at the time and thought, oh crap, she haven’t even started cooking dinner yet. She didn’t expect Herman to come home so early today Anastasia immediately stood up and said, “I’ll go make dinner. “Anastasia, let’s go out for dinner tonight.” Herman said as he changed into his slippers, “Let’s celebrate your new job tomorrow. I’ll go take a shower and change clothes.” Anastasia was a bit surprised. Herman came home early today to celebrate for her? “Alright,” she said, I’ll go change clothes too.” After Herman went back to the bedroom to shower and change clothes, they left the house around six. Herman was driving and Anastasia was in the passenger seat. He noticed that she seemed to be preoccupied with something and asked, “How was your medical check–up today?” Anastasia replied, “No issues, everything’s normal.” “So, something’s bothering you?” When Herman asked that, Anastasia who was full of worries, couldn’t help but blurt out, “My cousin Gianna’s husband Joey cheated. They’ve been married for eight years and now that Gianna can’t have kids, Joey had a child with someone else. The whole thing was exposed and now Gianna is arguing with him about a divorce” Hearing this, Herman understood, “You’re worried about our marriage.” Anastasia was a bit taken aback by how straightforward he was. She gave a weak smile and said, “Not really” “Anastasia” Herman suddenly called her name very seriously. “As long as we’re married, I will never betray you.” His words meant that as long as they were husband and wife, he would be absolutely loyal to the marriage. Anastasia awkwardly responded with a laugh, “I trust you completely” Whether she really believed him or not was another matter, but she had to say this out loud. Herman smiled and didn’t call out her lie. As Anastasia thought about Gianna’s situation, she sighed and said, “Even though Gianna and I aren’t close, I feel bad for her. She was deceived for so many years, and her husband’s mistress is even pregnant with their second child. The thing I hate most in life is deception.” Hearing this, Herman’s heart tightened. “Your cousin and her husband won’t get a divorce, Herman said, “At least, not in the short term.” ““Why?” She asked, looking at him, “Gianna is very strong–willed. Now that she’s found out about her husband’s affair, she’ll definitely get a divorce” “You just said they’ve been married for eight years. They must have feelings for each other. Right now, Gianna is just furious. Once she calms down, she won’t want to divorce either, Herman analyzed, “Her husband probably doesn’t want to divorce either” Anastasia still didn’t understand, “Why wouldn’t they want to divorce? His mistress is pregnant with their second child, and he’s made it clear at home that he wants the child.” Herman laughed and said, “Anastasia, you’re oversimplifying things. If her husband really wanted a divorce, he would’ve done it a long time ago, not hide it until now. He probably just wanted children. But in a man’s eyes, his wife is always irreplacable”
The Bound Between Us ( Anastasia )
Chapter 49 Joey’s full attention was on the baby in Dora’s belly, he didn’t have the time to argue with Gianna “Gianna, you better leave now, don’t make a fool of yourself here” Those words only stoked Gianna’s rage. “You cheated on me, knocked up another woman, and I’m the one who should be embarrassed? Eight years of marriage, Joey, did you do me right? Are you even human?” In the public sphere, Gianna and Dora started arguing, immediately drawing a crowd People started pointing fingers at Dora, while others criticized Gianna for being too domineering, considering Dora was carrying a baby Hearing some support, Dora smugly retorted, “Gianna, you’ve been with Joey for eight years and haven’t popped out a single baby You can’t have kids and now you’re trying to deprive Joey of having any? Joey’s been over you for a while now You better divorce him now and stop wasting time Even Anastasia was taken aback by Dora’s audacity In this day and age, a homewrecker dared to be so arrogant? Being unable to have kids was Gianna’s pain. Seeing Dora pregnant, she lost her cool once again. Joey kept silent at this point. Gianna grabbed her bag and flung it at Dora “I’ll make you pay for being a homewrecker!” Joey stepped in front of Dora, grabbed Gianna, and scolded, “Are you trying to make a scene here and embarrass me?” I’ve gone mad, and it’s all because of you two!” Gianna continued to attack Dora and argue with Joey. Joey became angry and slapped Gianna, causing her to lose balance and fall to the ground “Look at yourself, you’re acting like a shrew.” Gianna fell silent, unable to believe her husband would treat her this way. “You hit me for her? Joey, you’ll regret this.” Seeing Gianna get slapped, Dora felt a tinge of satisfaction, but she put on a pained expression, hugging Joey and crying, “Joey, my stomach hurts.” Joey immediately grew anxious, disregarding Gianna and rushing Dora to find a doctor. “You bastard, Joey.” Gianna cursed at Joey, but she couldn’t stop him from leaving. Gianna couldn’t control her emotions and started crying. Anastasia stood aside, unsure whether to step in. She knew Gianna’s temper, if she stepped in, she’d definitely get dragged into the fight. As expected, Gianna turned her accusations towards Anastasia. “Are you here to laugh at me? You knew Joey was seeing someone else. You’re jealous of me, so you helped them gang up on me, right?” Anastasia had no response, “Don’t be ridiculous, your problems are not my business” Even if she knew about Joey’s affairs and told Gianna in advance, would Gianna be grateful? Monica also added, “If you have a problem, go confront her, confront your husband. Why are you yelling at us? It’s not like we made your husband cheat or got the other woman pregnant.” Gianna turned pale with anger. Monica grabbed Anastasia, “Ana, let’s go Anastasia knew Gianna was angry, and since they weren’t on good terms to begin with, there was no point in staying to comfort her. As Anastasia and Monica were leaving, Gianna yelled after them, “Anastasia, if you won’t let me be, I won’t make things easy for you either” Anastasia thought today was a total disaster. What did Joey’s betrayal have to do with her? Gianna was taking it all out on her. Anastasia didn’t take it to heart, thinking as long as she stayed clear of Gianna, everything would be fine. Anastasia and Monica left the hospital, had a normal lunch, carried on with their normal lives. After lunch, Monica had to attend to her beauty salon, so Anastasia took the bus home alone As soon as Anastasia got home, Salma called, “Ana, Gianna’s in trouble. Your aunt just called me, Joey really did betray her. Gianna’s making a fuss about getting a divorce I’m on my way to your aunt’s house to try and…” “Yeah, Mom, + know Anastasia sat down on the couch, “I ran into her at the hospital earlier. Mom, you better stay out of this. It won’t end well and it’ll just cause unnecessary trouble”
Chapter 48 Anastasia stood there, speechless, while Joey was clearly freaked out. His secret, hidden for so many years, was now discovered by Anastasia If Gianna found out, he would be in deep shit. Joey quickly ushered the woman to the car and she grumbled as she asked, “Who is she? You look like you’ve seen a ghost. What’s there to be afraid of?” Joey tried to explain calmly, “She’s Gianna’s cousin” Upon hearing this, the woman found it amusing. “So she’s your wife’s cousin. No big deal if they find out. I’m not planning to keep the secret forever. I’m pregnant now, I can’t hide it.” Anastasia, after hearing this and looking at the woman again, found her familiar. Then she remembered, wasn’t this woman a nurse who worked with Joey in the same hospital? Anastasia had seen her a couple of times when she went to Joey’s hospital with her mother, Salma, who was sick. She vaguely remembered her. Joey didn’t actually work at Hope Hospital. He brought the woman here for her prenatal checkup because he didn’t want anyone to know. “Go back to the car, I’ll talk to her, Joey insisted, sending the woman off first. The woman reluctantly left with a roll of her eyes. Awkwardly, Joey asked Anastasia, “Anastasia, are you here for a check–up? Are you feeling unwell?” “I’m here for a check–up” Joey didn’t mention the woman, and Anastasia didn’t pick up the conversation. Joey got a bit nervous, hesitantly said, “Anastasia, about what just happened, don’t tell Gianna. You know her temper, she’ll blow up if she finds out.” The woman was named Dora. She used to work with Joey in the same hospital and was his assistant Their relationship developed and they ended up together. Monica sneered, “She’s pregnant with the second child and you still want your wife to be peaceful at home?” Anastasia, who also despised those who were unfaithful, said, “Joey, you’d better tell Gianna soon. There’s no secret that can be hidden forever. Lies will only grow bigger and eventually, you won’t be able to handle it.” Joey quickly agreed, “Yes, I’ve been looking for the right time to tell her. It’s just that Dora is pregnant now. Anastasia, don’t worry, I’ll handle this. I was impulsive and had a few too many drinks and things happened. Dora kept on clinging to me, I didn’t have a choice.” Of course, Anastasia didn’t believe Joey’s words, but she couldn’t interfere in this matter. Monica mocked, “That’s what every cheating man says.” Joey was embarrassed by her words and forced a smile, “Anastasia, about Gianna, you…” He was hoping for a positive response from Anastasia. He needed to keep Anastasia calm first. However, before Joey could finish his sentence, there was a commotion from the elevator area and Dora’s screams were heard. Joey immediately ran towards the elevator, with Anastasia and Monica following behind to check out what was happening. At the hospital elevator, Dora was being beaten, her hair pulled by none other than Gianna. Gianna gave Dora a few slaps, yelling angrily, “Shameless! Look at her, she seduced my husband, ruined my family. She’s a shameless homewrecker!” Dora was utterly confused, her face red and swollen. Seeing Joey, she cried out for help. “Joey, help me, save me.” “Gianna, let go,” Joey rushed over to pull Gianna away, then turned to Dora, “Are you okay? Is the baby okay?” All Joey cared about was the baby, after all, it was the heir to the Edmunds family. Plus, he was nearing 40 and finally had a son, of course he was worried Dora clutched her stomach and cried out, “Joey, my stomach hurts. You need to punish that bitch, she’s trying to hurt your son.” Hearing their conversation, Gianina was devastated. She knew her husband had betrayed her, but she didn’t know the other woman was pregnant. Only then did she notice Dora’s slightly bulging belly. The baby must’ve been at least four months old. Gianna broke down on the spot, and without caring about her image, she grabbed Joey and demanded, “Joey, tell me, is the baby in her belly yours? How long have you two been together?”
Chapter 47 Monica successfully convinced Anastasia to get in her car, and then she started talking nonsense. “Ana, I had a nightmare last night, scared the bejesus out of me, so I came to find you” Anastasia just looked at her, not saying a word, with a ‘you’ve got to be kidding me expression. Monica continued her rambling, hugging Anastasia tightly, sobbing and saying, “Ana, seriously, I dreamt that my boyfriend betrayed me and took all my money. Can you imagine how terrifying that is?” Monica was dating a guy three years younger than her. She never takes men over twenty–five seriously Her dating criteria were under twenty–five, over eighteen, handsome, sweet–talker, and obedient. “Well, that’s indeed scary How’s your boyfriend doing lately? Any signs of him planning to take all your money?” In reality, Anastasia didn’t believe Monica, she wasn’t born yesterday, but she was willing to listen to Monica’s nonsense, knowing that she meant no harm “He’s a good boy, Monica said. “By the way, where did you get your medical checkup?” “Hope Hospital” An hour later. They arrived at Hope Hospital. Anastasia had booked an appointment on her phone, and it was just her turn when they got to the hospital. The doctor gave Anastasia a checkup form, asked her to have a blood test, and examined her liver, gallbladder, spleen, and kidneys. Monica stayed with Anastasia throughout. Anastasia joked, “Look at you, all worried. People might think we’re a couple,” Monica replied, “If I were a guy, I’d definitely marry you. I wouldn’t let Herman get the chance.” Anastasia teased back. “Then be a man in your next life, I would marry you. I’ll go show the test result to the doctor.” “I’ll come too, Monica was worried inside. Ever since the incident a few years ago, whenever Anastasia fell ill, Monica and Salma would get all tensed up, fearing what the hospital checkup might reveal The doctor took a look at the test report and asked routinely. “Are you married?” Anastasia replied, “…I am married.” The doctor asked again, “Do you have children?” Hearing this question, Monica got nervous and quickly answered for Anastasia, “No, my friend The doctor looked at Anastasia and asked again, “Have you ever given birth?” Anastasia shook her head, “No.” 1 have any children. Monica, worried that the doctor might say something inappropriate, deliberately changed the subject, “Doctor, is my friend’s checkup okay?” “She’s fine,” the doctor was just asking routinely. The checkup included an examination of the uterus and appendages, and the results seemed like she had given birth. But seeing Anastasia’s firm denial, and considering she was just here for a checkup, the doctor didn’t say anything more. Anastasia didn’t think much of it; some doctors would routinely ask married women if they had given birth. She hadn’t, so she just answered truthfully. The doctor signed on Anastasia’s checkup book and said, “You’re good to go.” “Thank you.” Anastasia took the checkup form, and Monica breathed a sigh of relief. They were walking in the corridor when Monica said, “It’s nearly lunchtime, Ana, you should treat me. I’ve been with you since early morning, haven’t even had breakfast” “Sure, what do you want to eat? My treat, Anastasia generously offered. “Let’s consider it a celebration of me getting a job at Elysian Technologies.” *Sound good!” “Monica, that guy looks like my cousin’s husband,” Anastasia interrupted Monica, looking at a man walking towards them from a distance. The man was supporting a woman who was proudly saying. “You saw it just now, I’m carrying a boy. When are you going to divorce and marry me? If you don’t marry me, I won’t give birth, leaving your family without a kid. Gianna married you for eight years and hasn’t given birth. I’ve given you a daughter and now carrying a son, it’s time I join your family” The man, trying to appease the woman, reassured, “I’ll divorce soon, there’s no love left between me and her. Don’t get upset, it’s not good for the baby. This is the heir of the Edmunds family, you need to be careful.” Before he could finish, he looked up and saw Anastasia in the corridor. His expression changed dramatically as he was taken aback, “Anastasia…” “Joey Edmunds” Anastasia was equally shocked. The words she had spoken had actually come true. Gianna’s husband Joey had really found another woman to have children with, and she was even pregnant with her second child. His ability to keep secrets was really something
Chapter 46 Anastasia felt a bit guilty, startled by Herman, who was suddenly awakened. 1.I didn’t mean to spy on you” Anastasia withdrew her extended hand, hiding it behind her, like a child caught doing something wrong Herman stayed lying on the sofa, his deep gaze fixed on her, “We’re legally married, it’s perfectly fine for you to watch me sleep. If you enjoy it, feel free to do it every day.” Every day.. Did that mean sharing a bed? Was Herman hinting that they no longer needed to sleep in separate rooms? Anastasia chuckled awkwardly sidestepping the topic, and asked him. “Why are you sleeping here?” 1 was too tired and passed out before I knew it. Herman sat up, casually replying. Upon hearing that Herman was so exhausted that he fell asleep in the living room, Anastasia felt a pang of sympathy, though she was yet to realize it herself. “Sorry, I woke you up.” Anastasia asked, “Did you eat the watermelon I left for you? Was it good? Was it sweet?” Herman recalled the watermelon that had him running to the tuilet all night, his butt was still sore to think about it. “…It was delicious, very sweet.” Just as Herman finished speaking, his stomach started acting up again, “I need to go to the restroom” Once again, Herman spent twenty minutes in the restroom. By the time he came out, Anastasia had already prepared breakfast. “I made sandwiches. Come eat after freshening up. I’m gonna check with your aunt next door to see if she wants breakfast.” Herman, unaware that Katelyn had moved next door, was puzzled at Anastasia’s words, “My aunt is next door?” He wanted to say “my mom, but quickly corrected himself. “Yep, didn’t you know? Your aunt bought the place next door and moved in yesterday” Herman was familiar with his mother’s character. The fact that she moved next door meant she was keeping an eye on him and Anastasia. “No need to go over. My aunt never eats breakfast, probably still in bed.” Katelyn always liked to sleep in. She wouldn’t get up before ten. “Oh, I see” Anastasia didn’t bother to call her. She told him, “You should start on breakfast. I’ll get started with cleaning.” Herman asked, “You’re not eating?” “I have a medical check–up at the hospital today, need to be on an empty stomach. Go ahead and eat.” Anastasia said, “By the way, why do you think Elysian Technologies hired me? Of all the talented people, I was chosen.” “They have good taste.” Herman knew exactly what Anastasia had encountered during the interview. But since Anastasia didn’t bring it up, he kept it to himself. The interviewer, on the other hand, had already been fired. Anastasia chuckled, ‘Anyway, it feels a bit strange Herman changed the subject. What time is your check–up?” “I booked it for 9:30 on my phone…” “I’ll go with you Anastasia was about to say that Monica would accompany her, but upon hearing Herman’s offer, she didn’t say much. She texted Monica, saying she didn’t need her company for the hospital visit. Anastasia found it strange. Monica was a late riser, but knowing that she had a medical check–up at 9:30, she insisted on going together. It was just a check–up, not a sickness. Monica being so anxious seemed weird. Monica had set on alarm. As soon as she woke up, she saw the message from Anastasia and instantly became alert. If Herman accompanied Anastasia for the medical check–up and her secret was discovered, then what? Without bothering to freshen up, Monica rushed to Harmony Meadows and waited for Anastasia and Herman. Luckily, she made it in time and bumped into Anastasia, who was heading to the hospital. “Ana” Monica pulled over and called out to her. Herman also halted his car Seeing Monica, Anastasia was surprised, “Didn’t I mention you don’t have to accompany me to the hospital?” Not only did Monica show up, she didn’t even put on makeup, which was very unusual. In all the years that Anastasia had known Monica, she had hardly ever seen her without makeup. According to Monica, going out without makeup was like going out naked. Monica always put on makeup when she went out. have something urgent to deal with. I’ll explain later.” Monica then looked at Herman, “Mr. Salstrom, may I borrow Anastasia for a while? IV accompany her to the hospital for the check–up.” With no good excuse to get out of the situation, Monica could only say she had an emergency and needed to take Anastasia away first.
Chapter 45 Ms. Katelyn, how come you know so much about Herman’s childhood?” Anastasia asked with a puzzled expression. Katelyn suddenly felt a surge of nervousness, realizing she had blabbered too much. With an awkward laugh, Katelyn explained, “Oh, it’s all from chats I had with Herman’s mom. You know how it is when women get together, we just can’t stop yapping about our kids. That’s how I know so much” “Ah, gotcha “Anastasia found the explanation reasonable. Seizing the opportunity, Katelyn nudged, “Ana, you and Herman should think about having a kid of your own. Everything changes once you have a child, men tend to become more tied to the family, and feel more responsible.” Considering she and Herman were still sleeping in separate rooms, Anastasia didn’t feel the rush to have a baby. “Ms. Katelyn, I know you mean well, but we don’t want to rush things,” Anastasia replied. Katelyn bluntly asked, “Are you two still sleeping in separate rooms?” The question made Anastasia a bit awkward. Holding Anastasia’s hand, Katelyn said with seriousness, Ana, Herman’s a good catch, you should hold onto him tight. Men of the Salstrom family are super loyal in marriage. As long as you and Herman are solid, you’ll have a good life ahead. I only see you as Herman’s wife.” Anastasia felt moved by Katelyn’s approval “Ms. Katelyn, I…” Anastasia was about to speak when her phone suddenly rang. She quickly washed her hands and answered the call. It was from Elysian Technologies HR department, “Is this Ms. Anastasia? This is HR from Elysian Technologies. Congratulations, you’ve passed the interview. Please bring your medical report and come for the onboarding process as soon as possible.” The news left Anastasia somewhat dazed. After verifying the caller’s identity, she kept thanking them on the phone. After hanging up, she was still in a bit of a daze. “Ana, what happened?” Katelyn asked curiously. “Ms. Katelyn, I passed the interview. Elysian Technologies just called me to complete the hiring process.” Anastasia slapped her face and said, “I really made it. I thought I had no chance.” She had been humiliated by the interviewer during the interview and had lost hope. This call was definitely a pleasant surprise for her. “Really?” Katelyn was delighted to hear that Anastasia was joining their family business. It seemed Anastasia still held a significant place in her sons heart, otherwise, she wouldn’t have been arranged to join the family’s company Anastasia quickly shared this good news with Herman and also texted Monica. Everyone but Anastasia knew this was a sure thing and hence weren’t surprised. Upon hearing Anastasia had to get a medical check–up the next day, Monica got a bit nervous and offered to accompany Anastasia to the hospital. Meanwhile, Herman had dinner plan that evening. He texted Anastasia to have dinner alone without waiting for him. Anastasia and Katelyn made a lot of dishes. Hearing Herman wasn’t coming home for dinner, she felt a bit down, But Anastasia didn’t show it. Knowing Herman was busy, she and Katelyn had dinner and watched TV together until 10 pm when Katelyn went back to her place Herman didn’t come home until 11 pm. By the time he got back, Anastasia was already asleep. There was a piece of watermelon on the table with a sticky note that read, “Remember to eat the watermelon, or it won’t be fresh tomorrow.” Herman picked up the note, a small smile playing on his lips. He had already eaten dinner and wasn’t really hungry. But seeing the note and the smiley face on it, he obediently sat down and ate the watermelon. After eating the watermelon, Herman felt a bit bloated and soon started feeling uncomfortable. His stomach was upset. That night, Herman didn’t know how many times he ran to the bathroom. He became a bit weak and found some medicine in the early morning before falling asleep on the living room couch The next morning, when Anastasia came out of her room and saw Herman sleeping on the couch, she was surprised. Seeing that Herman was still sleeping, she tiptoed over. This was the first time she saw this man sleeping. His handsome face exuded a cold aura, thick eyebrows, tall nose, slightly closed thin lips, every detail was striking. Anastasia couldn’t resist the urge to touch his nose. Suddenly, Herman’s eyes shot open, and their eyes met.
Chapter 44 When Anastasia found out Katelyn bought the house next door just because she was lonely and wanted to keep her company, she was gobsmacked, In the midst of their chitchat, the movers had already moved all the furniture into the new house So, Katelyn invited Anastasia to have a peek. Feeling too awkward to decline, Anastasia said, “Ms Katelyn, I need to drop off these groceries at my house first.” Anastasia had bought a ton of ingredients and a huge watermelon. After she put the groceries away, she cut half of the watermelon for Katelyn. Katelyn was on the phone in the new house, calling the housekeeper to come over and clean up. Anastasia stood behind Katelyn, not wanting to disturb her, just listening quietly to her conversation. After Katelyn ended her call, Anastasia curiously asked, “Ms. Katelyn, does your family know about you buying a house?” In Anastasia’s book, buying a house was a big deal that needed to be discussed with family. Katelyn just waved her hand with a smile, “No biggie, it’s just a house. I bought it on a whim, I don’t need to inform them.” Anastasia thought about the diamond bracelet Katelyn had given her before, which was quite a fortune. She knew Katelyn was loaded but didn’t realize how loaded she was. Anastasia smiled and said, “Ms Katelyn, I just bought a watermelon, this is half for you.” “Thanks” Katelyn chuckled and accepted it, then handed Anastasia a key. “This is a spare key to my house, keep one. In case one day I have a brain fart and forget my key, you can help me out.” Actually, Katelyn was mainly looking to get closer to Anastasia With such an excuse, Anastasia had no reason to refuse, she could only take the key Anastasia hesitated for a moment, then said, “Alright, I’ll keep this spare key safe. Ms. Katelyn, I bought some ingredients, do you want to come over for dinner tonight?” “Sure thing” Katelyn replied without missing a beat, I can help you cook dinner.” Katelyn was extremely enthusiastic, and Anastasia felt bad letting her prep the meal alone, so they both got busy in the kitchen. As Anastasia was washing the cilantro, Katelyn mentioned, “Herman can’t eat cilantro.” “Really?” Anastasia had no idea. Katelyn explained, “He’s allergic to it.” “I didn’t know” Anastasia hadn’t used cilantro in her cooking before, she only bought it today because she felt like making a different dish. Upon hearing Herman’s allergy to cilantro, Anastasia immediately stopped washing it and put it away. Anastasia asked in surprise, “Ms. Katelyn, how do you know so much?” Usually, distant relatives wouldn’t know everyone’s dietary preferences so well. Afraid of spilling the beans, Katelyn said, “Many years ago, Herman had an allergic reaction to cilantro when he came over for dinner, so I remember it very well. Herman is always buried in work, living a lonely life. He’s already thirty and still doesn’t have a girlfriend. He’s lucky to have met you, otherwise, he might be single forever.” Anastasia laughed and said, “Ms. Katelyn, Herman is an excellent man. How could he possibly be single forever? Even without me, there would be other girls who like him.” Katelyn grumbled, “I’ve introduced him to more than a dozen girls, none of them worked out. It’d be a miracle if he found a wife.” Katelyn seemed quite disappointed, but Anastasia found it funny. She just found out that before Herman went on dating sites, Katelyn had already introduced him to more than a dozen girls. Anastasia curiously asked, “Ms. Katelyn, why didn’t he like any of the girls from the blind dates? Not even one out of more than a dozen?” “Exactly. Herman has been picky since he was a kid. He thought one girl was too fat, another too skinny, or their faces didn’t look pretty enough to be his wife” Katelyn described it so vividly that she made Anastasia laugh out loud. She recalled her blind date with Herman and didn’t think he was picky. She wasn’t some top beauty, and her family was just average. “Ms Katelyn, tell me more about Herman’s past. Anastasia wanted to know more about him. Katelyn also became enthusiastic, laughing and saying, “No problem, I can talk about Herman for days and nights” Katelyn talked happily, even mentioning that Herman used to wet the bed as a kid. She got more and more excited, recounting his life from kindergarten to university At first, Anastasia was very interested, but the more she listened, the more something felt off. She was just a distant relative, why did she know every little detail about Herman’s childhood?
Chapter 43 Anastasia turned to look at the newcomer. It was none other than Herman’s secretary, Nelson. She didn’t know him, but he knew her This was Nelson’s first time meeting Anastasia, the wife of his boss. The male interviewer who had just insulted Anastasia was all smiles. “Nelson, what brings you here? Any directives from Mr. Salstrom?” “Just checking things out.” Nelson replied, without mentioning that this was an order from his boss. He deliberately walked up to the interview table and glanced at Anastasia’s designs. Despite being a man and not particularly interested in jewelry, Nelson found himself intrigued by Anastasia’s designs. He felt a sudden urge to see the finished prece Seeing Nelson looking at Anastasia’s designs, the male interviewer laughed. “Nelson, there’s been a mistake from HR. I was about to ask this candidate to leave There’s no way Elysian Technologies would hire a high school graduate.” Hearing this, Nelson was glad he had arrived just in time, or else the wife of the CEO of Elysian Technologies would have been driven away by these fools. Anastasia wouldn’t stand for the insult. “If your company doesn’t hire high school graduates, then you should have put it in your requirements. Please return my designs” Seeing her crumpled resume in the trash, Nelson immediately understood that Anastasia had been wronged. “Ms Jewell, I apologize for the inappropriate behavior of our staff. If Elysian Technologies posted this job ad, no one is allowed to disregard that. I’ve seen your designs and they’re excellent. Our company values not only education, but also ability Nelson handed back her designs and asked, “What was your initial intention in designing jewelry?” The secretary to the CEO of Elysian Technologies was apologizing to a candidate? Everyone was shocked and started speculating about Anastasia’s background. Nelson’s sincerity left a good impression on Anastasia. “I want everyone to wear the jewelry I design. Emotions that can’t be expressed in words can be conveyed through designs. It’s about sharing love, capturing precious moments and making sure lovers end up together.” “Good,” Nelson nodded ‘Ms. Jewell, please wait for our call” Anastasia was a bit confused. Was she being turned down? In her past interviews, she was also asked to wait for a call, but the call never came. Being asked to wait for a call was the most polite way of rejection. Anastasia didn’t argue further. She picked up her designs and resume and walked out. As soon as she left, Nelson turned to the male interviewer “Go to HR and quit your job. Don’t bother coming in tomorrow.” The male interviewer turned pale. “Nelson, why?” Was it because of Anastasia, a high school graduate? Could it be that Anastasia has some powerful connections? “You’re in charge of recruiting talent for the company. If you judge candidates based on your personal bias, how can you find the right people?” Nelson said. “If you’re unfit for this role, you should step aside.” Nelson didn’t have the authority to fire employees, but he knew Herman’s temperament well. Could someone who insulted the wife of the CEO of Elysian Technologies stay in the company? The male interviewer didn’t figure out Anastasia’s background until he was fired. He had offended a woman of importance. But Anastasia had left after the interview and had no idea about what happened next. She didn’t have high hopes for getting the job.. When she got home around four in the afternoon, Anastasia went to the market to buy groceries. As she got out of the elevator, she saw Katelyn leading a moving crew into the next–door apartment Curious, Anastasia asked, “Ms Katelyn, what are you doing?” “Ana, you’re back” Katelyn smiled at Anastasia. “I bought the apartment next door. From now on, I’ll be your neighbor. Are you happy about that, Ana?” A condo here would cost at least a million dollars, yet she bought one so easily? Did she do it just to be her neighbor? “Ms. Katelyn, are you serious?” Anastasia was taken aback. “You really bought the condo next door?” “Yes.” Katelyn chuckled. “Now I can come chat with you when I’m bored. Also, I can cook. Let me know if there’s anything you want to eat and I’ll prepare it for you. You won’t have to work so hard” Katelyn’s main goal in moving here was to facilitate the relationship between Anastasia and Herman. As the future mother–in-law, she wanted to make sure they would have a baby soon.
Chapter 42 Anastasia waited for the lady outside to leave before she came out of the toilet stall. As she washed her hands, sell–doubt crept in She wondered, if others could get a shot by bribing, did she still stand a chance? Just then, Monica called to ask about the interview. Anastasia told Monica about what had happened, “Monica, do you think I’m overconfident? Everyone who came for the interview was incredibly brilliant, some even got a chance through bribery, do I still have a shot?” Monica didn’t think it was a problem, “Ana, chill, you’re gonna be just fine.” Who could compete with Anastasia’s background? After all, she had the backing of the CEO of Elysian Technologies. Monica was stoked when she learned that Anastasia was going to interview at Elysian Technologies. Even though she couldn’t figure out what Herman was up to, at least he hadn’t let Anastasia down so far. Getting Anastasia into Elysian Technologies was an endorsement in itself. Anastasia took it as a comfort, “By the way, I guess most of the women here today are here for the CEO of Elysian Technologies, not the interview” Those women are chasing rainbows, the CEO of Elysian Technologies is out of their league.” Monica teased, “Maybe the CEO already has someone special, the world just doesn’t know yet.” Anastasia didn’t care about the CEO of Elysian Technologies‘ private life. Even if she passed the interview, it was unlikely she would ever meet the CEO. Anastasia checked the time, “I gotta go, no matter the outcome, I’m gonna give it a shot. I’ll catch up with you later.” After hanging up, Anastasia headed to the waiting area. She hadn’t gotten a good look at the woman who had bribed the interviewer in the stall. In front of Anastasia was Lauren Mill. Lauren emerged from her interview in just a few minutes. Anastasia asked, “That was quick! How’d it go?” Lauren shrugged, “Not sure.” “Darn it, if you with your amazing credentials are not sure, then I’m screwed.” Anastasia immediately became nervous as a voice came from the room. “Next!” It was Anastasia’s turn. Lauren said, “Anastasia, good luck.” Anastasia grabbed her resume and hurried in. She wasn’t very confident outside the door, but once she stepped in, she had completely adjusted her attitude and appeared very confident. Success or not, the key was to have the guts. Anastasia greeted the four interviewers modestly, “Hi, I’m Anastasia, here’s my resume.” Anastasia handed over her resume. The interviewers had already interviewed many people and were a bit worn out, but when they saw Anastasia’s resume, they perked up The HR’s requirement was at least a high school degree, but all the candidates were top–notch graduates. A high school graduate applying for the job, was she asking for trouble? Anastasia was the only one with just a high school degree among the candidates. One of the female interviewers asked uncertainly, “Anastasia? 25 years old, with only a high school degree? Is there a printing mistake?” That was a polite way of putting it. Anastasia nodded seriously, “No, there’s no mistake. I only have a high school degree” The interviewers were a bit puzzled. A high school graduate applying for the job, was she wasting their time? One of the male interviewers didn’t even look at Anastasia, he crumpled her resume and threw it in the trash, scolding. What the hell is HR department doing, even inviting high school graduates to interview! Next!” This act was a slap in the face to Anastasia’s self esteem. Anastasia’s face turned sour, she lifted her head and said firmly but respectfully. “Based on your company’s hiring requirements, a high school degree is enough for the interview. I understand that a degree is important, but it’s not everything You haven’t seen my design sketches, how do you know I’m not capable?” That was Anastasia’s character. She could back down normally, but if someone doubted her abilities, she would be driven to prove them wrong. The male interviewer scoffed, “You, a high school graduate, what do you know about jewelry design? I bet you can’t even tell the difference between a gem and glass” Anastasia was furious and was about to retort when the door behind her was suddenly pushed open. All four interviewers stood up, their faces showing respect.
Chapter 41 Anastasia walked into the interview waiting area with her resume, but got a rude shock by what was in front of her. The waiting area was packed with people, all holding resumes, all there for interviews. The competition was fierce. It took Anastasia some time to find a seat. The girl next to her struck up a conversation. “You’re here for the jewelry designer interview too?” Anastasia smiled and nodded, “Yes.” The girl continued, “My name is Lauren Mill. I just came back from studying in France. I love jewelry design and have won many awards. What about you?” Upon hearing such credentials, Anastasia felt a little bashful and subconsciously covered her resume, “I’m Anastasia.” As for the resume, she felt too embarrassed to elaborate. Lauren was very outgoing and asked, “I heard they’re only hiring three people. Are you confident?” Anastasia replied with a smile, “I was quite confident before I saw the crowd. Now, not so much.” Lauren laughed, “I asked around. There are a lot of talents here today. It’s not going to be easy to stand out. Oh, do you have a boyfriend? Are you married?” Lauren asked such personal questions directly. Anastasia was taken aback, but answered, “I’m married.” “That’s good, Lauren seemed relieved, “You are so pretty. If you get hired, that’s one more competitor for me.” Anastasia was speechless. What kind of logic was that? They were here for a designer interview, not a beauty pageant. Anastasia asked, “Ms. Lauren, just to make sure, this is the interview for Elysian Technologies‘ jewelry designer, right?” “Yes,” Lauren corrected. To be precise, it’s for an assistant designer.” Anastasia breathed a sigh of relief, “Then, there’s no problem.” She thought she might have come to the wrong place. Then, Anastasia asked, “Ms. Lauren, with your high qualifications and many awards, why are you applying for an assistant designer position?” With Lauren’s credentials, many big companies would want her. “I’m not after the position, I want to get into Elysian Technologies, Lauren said bluntly. “As long as I get in the design department, one day, I can make it to the CEO’s office and see the man of my dreams.” Anastasia said, “My husband told me that even if you get hired, you’d work in a subsidiary company, not in the Elysian Tower.” Upon hearing this, Lauren’s face changed, but she quickly recovered, “It doesn’t matter. As long as we’re in the same company, I’ll have a chance to see him.” Elysian Technologies has thousands of employees. For designers in subsidiaries like them, the chance of seeing the CEO is almost zero. Anastasia didn’t want to burst Lauren’s bubble anymore. Lauren asked, “Anastasia, how does your husband know so much? Is he with Elysian Technologies?* It’s generally discouraged for office employees to date each other. Thinking of Herman’s future, Anastasia denied it, “No.” She just met Lauren and didn’t want to reveal too much. Anastasia also worried that Lauren was testing her. The workplace is like a battlefield. It’s always good to stay vigilant. “I need to go to the restroom,” Anastasia excused herself. “Go ahead,” Lauren said, “I’ll save your seat.” In the restroom, Anastasia stayed for a while, nervous about the upcoming interview. As she was about to leave, she heard someone come in, followed by a woman’s voice, “Why should I be nervous? I’ve already fixed things on the interviewer’s side, I definitely get hired. Who can resist money these days? Once I get into Elysian Technologies, I’ll find ways to attract the CEO” Anastasia was shocked in the bathroom. Even in such a large company as Elysian Technologies, people were getting in through personal connections? There were only three spots, and one was already taken. Only two left. Anastasia had to admit, the CEO of Elysian Technologies was such hot stock. These women were here for the position of the CEO’s wife, not the designer position.