Biting her lips, Hannah was like a terrified little rabbit. Her heartbeat raced rapidly as her breathing quickened. How should I answer him? Do I tell him the truth? What if that angers him more? But won’t it be worse if I get caught for telling lies?
“I conducted an interview and then attended a social event.” Hannah was hoping that her ambiguous answer could satisfy him.
“With who?” Fabian more or less knew what happened as he had called Hannah’s senior editor. However, he wanted to hear what she would say.
Inhaling a deep breath, she decided to come clean with him. I didn’t do anything wrong anyway.
“Xavier Jackson.” She continued, “Mr. Dijon requested me to send him the article I wrote. Then, Xavier wanted to treat me to dinner. I did try to reject him, but to no avail, so I went out with him. When I saw your missed calls, I came back right away without even finishing the food.”
Hmm… Good, very honest. You should be thankful that you didn’t lie to me. Otherwise, you would face harsh consequences. Did you clear the air so that I won’t misunderstand you?
“Would you like to have some more to eat?” Fabian smirked.
Hannah was confused by his expression. Was he being sarcastic or did he mean it literally?
“I’m good. I don’t want to consume too much food at night.” Regardless of his intention, the best solution right now is to say no.
“If you say so. Let’s have a chat then.” Fabian gestured her to sit beside him.
Chat? What is there to talk about? The last time he wanted to have a chat, we broke into a fight. What will happen this time?
As much as Hannah was reluctant, she still strode over to the sofa and took a seat. “What is it that you want to talk about? Go ahead.”
“You do know that my mom asked to see me in the study this morning…” he paused, creating suspense to check her reaction.
Hannah had a bad feeling about this. Automatically, she shut her eyes in trepidation. Is he going to divorce me? But I don’t think so because Heather just presented me with the family heirloom, a jade bracelet. So what did they talk about?
A satisfied smug appeared on his face. This silly girl does care, doesn’t she?
“My mom doesn’t know about our relationship. Hence, she wants to meet your parents and get to know them better.”
“What? Meet my parents?” Hannah’s heart skipped a beat.
What should I do? Back then, I made the impulsive decision to register my marriage with Fabian because of the pressure from my family, and I haven’t even told them that. So how should I explain to them now that Fabian and I have been married for a year?
“I know this is too sudden, but I don’t have an alternative.”
“The thing is… my parents aren’t aware that we’re married! How do I explain everything to them?” Hannah felt so helpless. Had I known this earlier, I would have informed my parents of our marriage. That would save me a load of trouble, and I won’t need to spin more lies to cover up for the previous ones.
“That’s your problem. It’s got nothing to do with me.” Fabian shrugged and washed his hands clean of the matter as if he deliberately wanted to see her distressed.
She gritted her teeth at the sight of his haughty expression.
“What is that supposed to mean? It’s your mom who wants to meet up, not mine. It’s fine if you have no intention to help me out, but you’re even making fun of me. Why don’t you think of a solution, my better half?” Hannah refuted confidently.
“Should you not want to become the daughter-in-law of the Norton family, you can return the heirloom to my mom. But then again, I think it’s quite challenging to have her accept it back.”
Seeing a mischievous grin on his face, Hannah almost wanted to throw a few punches at him. But obviously, she didn’t have the guts to do it.
“Hmph! What kind of a man are you? How could you not contribute any solutions to help your distressed wife out?” she tried to convince him to come up with a plan for her.