Chapter 680 Deserve A Beating
Victoria had already offended the Ludwig family and didn’t mind blowing the matter up.
Those who dare to bully my friend will pay the price.
“Vera, we haven’t resolved this issue yet, so you’re not going anywhere!” Victoria exclaimed, rushing over to block Anya’s path with a determined stance. Folding her arms defiantly, she lifted her chin and shot Anya a sarcastic gaze. “Did you conveniently forget how arrogant and smug you were in front of my friend last night? You had the audacity to act that way, yet you cowered at the thought of me exposing your actions to everyone?”
Anya’s fists clenched tightly, her anger bubbling to the surface as she shot Victoria a menacing glare. The growing whispers around them seemed to amplify. The onlookers relished the drama and chose to indulge in the show rather than intervene or defuse the situation.
Christina’s expression twisted into an evil grin as she declared, “Oh, it seems you were desperate to offer yourself to him, but he rejected you. How pitiful. As a member of the esteemed Ludwig family, you clearly didn’t uphold your position and instead stooped so low as to offer yourself as someone’s lover. Has the once prestigious Ludwig family fallen so far that they are willing to discard their dignity and pride in exchange for money? If your ancestors were to learn of your disgraceful actions as their descendant, they would surely rise from their coffins in righteous fury.
Though Anya seethed with frustration, she knew they were currently being watched by a curious audience. She growled softly, “Victoria, let’s not go too far. I haven’t done anything to harm you, and we should both conduct ourselves as adults. Isn’t it childish to publicly accuse and slander me, tarnishing not just my reputation but also that of my family?”
Victoria’s confidence remained unyielding as she fired back a retort. “Being a coward is embarrassing. I’m confronting you in public instead of resorting to despicable tricks behind your back. How is it childish to address the situation directly? It seems you’re feeling guilty, and that’s why you find this embarrassing!”
Clearly, Anya was not Victoria’s match.
Humiliation coursed through Anya’s veins, overwhelming her as an instinctive urge to retaliate and teach Victoria a lesson welled up inside her. But before she could act on it, a firm grip closed around her wrist.
Surprised, she turned over her shoulder to see Yerek gazing at her darkly. At once, she stiffened.
“Ms. Ludwig, don’t be reckless. We are in a public setting, and even if someone else disregards their own dignity, you should be mindful of your own image. Yerek spared Victoria a malicious smile. “Ms. Lesley, resorting to violence will not resolve anything. Perhaps it would be wise for both of you to find another venue to have a discussion. Indulge me by engaging in a civil conversation.
Victoria’s goal was to humiliate Anya in public, so she sneered, “And who are you to meddle in our affairs? I have no interest in indulging you. Mind your own business, or I’ll make sure to direct my insults your way as well!”
It was clear that Victoria was playing dumb.
Yerek’s expression turned dark. From the corner of his eye, he noticed Christina standing not far away, wearing an amused smile as she observed their altercation. At that moment, it became clear to him that they had unwittingly fallen into a trap.
Yerek’s voice dripped with sarcasm as he addressed Victoria. “Ms. Lesley, I can understand if you’re too busy to remember me. However, let me remind you that Ms. Ludwig is here attending the business conference on behalf of her family. She is known for her kindness and generosity, unlike some who target easy victims for their amusement. Such behavior is unbecoming of a member of the Lesley family, don’t you think?”
With that, he led Anya out of the restaurant.
Christina observed them thoughtfully.
Victoria had been in control of the situation, but an unexpected intervention occurred halfway. She returned to Christina, seemingly displeased. “That Yerek is far too meddlesome for my liking. I had no idea he was on such close terms with Vera and actually defended her.”
Christina averted her gaze and replied carefully, “It isn’t safe to speak here. Let’s talk somewhere else.”
“Let’s head to the second floor. There are private rooms there that are only accessible to VIP members. We won’t run into any unwanted visitors there,” Victoria suggested.
“Sure. Let’s head there.” Christina nodded.
There, Victoria and Christina showed their ID cards before they were led to a private room meant for two people.
Victoria ordered a spread and proceeded to take care of Christina.
“Christina, drink the milk,” she urged. Though it may have seemed like an ordinary meal, Victoria was mindful of Sebastian’s reminder. If one observed closely, one would notice that the food she selected was specifically chosen to provide the necessary nourishment for Christina’s well–being.
Christina didn’t think much and accepted the milk, downing the drink in one gulp. They then resumed their earlier conversation.
“Yerek and Vera don’t appear to be mere acquaintances who recently met. As I observe Vera’s actions closely, I can’t help but notice a striking resemblance to someone I know.”
Victoria immediately discarded the bread she was holding and urged excitedly, “Who is it?”
“Anya Gibson,” Christina answered, her memory piecing together fragments of information. “While she was choosing desserts earlier, I notice that she deliberately avoided anything with peaches. Anya has an allergy to peaches.”
There were plenty of people who were allergic to peaches in the world, but it was no coincidence that both Anya and Vera were allergic to peaches.
Victoria’s observation skills weren’t as good as Christina, so she silently listened to Christina’s analysis.
“There was talk among the onlookers about Vera Ludwig. They mentioned that Vera was supposed to have succumbed to an illness three years ago, yet here she is, alive and present today. Someone who had encountered Vera in the past even speculated that she might have undergone plastic surgery, given the apparent changes in her appearance,” Christina revealed.
“Many socialites have had plastic surgery, so it’s not uncommon.” Victoria touched her chin thoughtfully. “However, I couldn’t help but notice that Vera’s skin is absolutely flawless. It’s as if she doesn’t have a single
pore. I found myself fighting the temptation to ask her about her skincare routine and the beauty treatments she did.”
Despite her curiosity, Victoria wouldn’t forget what the despicable woman did.
“If you want to be sure, I can help you check if Vera Ludwig has undergone plastic surgery,” she suggested.
While uncovering Vera’s true identity was important, Christina felt a stronger inclination to explore the private relationship between Yerek and Vera.
“Can you send someone to keep an eye on both Yerek and Vera? Something tells me they are up to no good,” Christina uttered.
“Of course!” Victoria replied with a smile. “Money makes the world go round. I’ll make the arrangements, and we’ll receive updates soon. Now, let’s not starve your baby. Eat up.
Christina patted her belly gently and began munching on her breakfast.
Meanwhile, Yerek brought Anya back to the guest room. There was no one else around, so Anya no longer had to put up a pretense. She tore off the dirty hyper–realistic mask and tossed it in the sink.
“Victoria is such a b*tch. Why did you stop me from retaliating?”