Larry feigned calmness.
“Sure. Here you go.” Joan swiftly handed him the proposal.
“What’s with this crappy proposal? This won’t do! Draw up a new one!” Larry naturally didn’t forget his intention in coming to her office.
“But why? I think it’s pretty good.” Bafflement inundated Joan.
“Is the decision in your hands or mine? Of course, you can opt not to change it…”
“I’ll do it, I’ll change it,” Joan interrupted him, knowing that the matter was in her control.
“There’s no need to do it now. I’m thirsty, so get me a cup of coffee,” Larry ordered.
“I’ll have someone make a cup of coffee for you.”
“You do it!”
Joan could tell that Larry was deliberately making things difficult for her, but she didn’t mind it. I owe him too much, so it’ll assuage my guilt if I even get to repay him the slightest bit.
“Here’s your coffee, Mr. Norton.” Lacking the guts to look at him, she dipped her head.
Larry took the coffee and placed it on the table. Then, he stared at her. At that moment, it was as though time had come to a standstill.
After a long moment, he demanded, “Lift your head up, Joan Watts. I’ve got a question for you.”
Upon hearing that, Joan shook slightly. Has this moment finally arrived despite me hoping otherwise? But what should I do?
She raised her head and met his deep and conflicted gaze.
“You still owe me an explanation. Why did you leave me back then?” Larry’s voice carried a weight that overwhelmed her.
However, Joan remained silent.
“Why? Why did you leave? Do you know how much your actions hurt me?” Larry’s voice was no longer calm. “Do you have any idea how I suffered back then?”
Gradually, Joan’s eyes turned red-rimmed, and tears shimmered within them. “I know I have wronged you, but we can never go back to how things once were.”
She tried her utmost best to suppress the urge to wail aloud. I love him! I love him so much, but he already has a girlfriend of his own now, and she’s my best friend to boot! In that case, how could I tell him the truth and make us both miserable?
At the sight of the tears swimming in her eyes, Larry felt as though someone had stabbed him in the heart. “So, you’re still unwilling to tell me the truth? Or was it truly because you had fallen in love with someone else back then?”
In the end, Joan’s tears still escaped her eyes and streamed down her face like a faucet. “If you think so, then just continue to believe in that. I’m sorry. I’m really sorry.”
At the end of the day, she still chose to sacrifice the love she could have attained. Even now, she was still willing to do anything for him.
Seemingly grasping the sorrow and despair in her eyes, Larry felt that he shouldn’t continue coercing her. Perhaps she truly had her own reasons in doing that.
“You don’t need to apologize. Neither of us owes the other anything, for I did everything for you willingly.”
He reverted to his calm and unruffled state once again. He couldn’t bear to see her in distress even if they could no longer go back to how things once were.
“There’s no need to change the proposal anymore. You may continue your work. I’ll leave now.” After saying that, he left without a backward glance. He didn’t dare tarry for even a single second, afraid that he would relent and hug her tightly upon seeing her sad and helpless expression.
He has left, so he has probably given up on me, huh? I’ve pushed him away again, just like how I ruthlessly left him back then!
Joan’s love for him remained in her blood, and the vivid memories consumed her time and again. As she crouched on the ground in agony, tears flowed soundlessly.
Since I’ve made my choice, I shouldn’t regret it anymore!
She chose to forget the past. Her present self merely wanted to complete the business deal smoothly and she would sever all ties with him after that.
I don’t want to be hounded by the past anymore. I only want to live my life peacefully, and at the same time, wish him happiness!
It was good to have a resolution, but Larry didn’t give her such an opportunity.
Presently, it was already the fourth time he came to Opulent Designs, and the staff members had already gotten used to his presence from their initial surprise and awe.
Starting from his third visit, the owner of Opulent Designs no longer came out to greet him personally. Good Lord, his visits are so frequent that I truly can’t be bothered to welcome him every single day!