Chapter 685 Going With The Flow
Sebastian watched in disbelief as Victoria, who was right in front of him, chatted and laughed merrily with another man.
Driven by jealousy, he erupted in anger and swiftly approached them, taking a stance between them and forming a barrier to keep them apart.
Victoria looked at Sebastian in confusion. “Seb, what are you doing? I’m talking to Mr. Forrester. Don’t cause trouble.”
Hearing this, Sebastian finally recognized the man before him.
It was Julian!
Having dealt with similar situations before, Sebastian adeptly addressed him, stating, “Mr. Forrester, my apologies.”
Sebastian didn’t offer any further explanation, and Julian didn’t seem to take offense at the former’s intrusion.
“No problem,” Julian replied absentmindedly, his eyes scanning the area as if seeking someone. “It’s good to see that you have a genuine concern for Ms. Lesley, Mr. Taggart. I wish you both everlasting happiness.
have some other matters to attend to, so please excuse me.”
The relationship between Sebastian and Victoria remained a well–guarded secret, known only to a privileged few.
Considering the circumstances surrounding the Lesley family, Sebastian had reservations about revealing, their relationship to the public.
Nevertheless, he wasn’t worried about Julian exposing their secret as the man didn’t appear to be the type to meddle in such matters.
Victoria flashed Julian a grateful smile before stepping back and positioning herself behind Sebastian.
Despite Hadley Corporation and Forrester Group being fierce competitors in the business world, Sebastian’s admiration for the Forrester remained unaffected.
Perceiving Julian’s intentions, Sebastian was willing to extend a favor to him. “Mr. Forrester, the fifth floor offers abundant entertainment options and an excellent view. I suggest you go and have a look. I assure you, it won’t disappoint.” D
A brief moment of warm gratitude softened Julian’s typically cold gaze. He promptly responded with a quick “thank you” and hurried toward the fifth floor.
Victoria tugged on Sebastian’s sleeve, confused. “Seb, what did you say to Julian? I couldn’t understand a word.”
Sebastian explained, “Ms. Gabrielle Cook has returned to attend the international business conference. Mr. Forrester was looking for her, and I simply helped him as thanks for his genuine well–wishes for us,”
“What? Gabrielle has returned?” Victoria exclaimed, her mouth hanging open in surprise. The recent rumors about Gabrielle’s affair with Julian had spread far and wide. Gabrielle had left the country to escape the ensuing controversy, leaving Christina heartbroken, especially since Gabrielle hadn’t confided
in her beforehand. “Christina must not be aware of this. I need to tell her right away.”
However, Sebastian swiftly grabbed her arm, urging caution. “I suggest you wait and inform her later.”
A realization struck Victoria, and she lightly tapped her forehead in realization. Understanding flooded her, and she chuckled. “You’re right. Distance can indeed make the heart grow fonder. Okay, I get it now.”
Sebastian gazed at her joyful face and spoke seriously. “Victoria, I want us to make our relationship public. What are your thoughts on that?”
Taken aback, the woman looked at him in disbelief before questioning, “Seb, are you joking?”
Sebastian shook his head. “I’m serious. I want to be with you without hiding it. I genuinely care about you, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of.” D
Touched beyond measure, Victoria sniffled. “It’s okay not to make our relationship public. I don’t feel unhappy about that. I love you for who you are, and I don’t care what others say.”
During their time together, Sebastian contemplated many things.
Regardless of the disparity in wealth and social status between his family and the Lesley family, Sebastian’s affections were solely directed toward Victoria.
Yet, he understood that as long as he and Victoria remained together, there would come a time when he would have to confront the Lesley family. Furthermore, witnessing the profound effect of Nathaniel’s and Christina’s relationship deeply influenced him.
“I apologize for leaving you to bear the burden of pressure alone,” Sebastian sincerely apologized. “I want to give you the recognition you deserve. Even if our family backgrounds aren’t perfectly aligned, my genuine love for you will always remain unchanged.”
Sebastian’s heartfelt words stemmed from his genuine emotions. Even if he wasn’t the most eloquent person or someone who was quick to understand emotions, meeting his true love had taught him to be romantic and express his feelings candidly.
Tears welled up in Victoria’s eyes as she looked at Sebastian. She was rendered speechless by the overwhelming emotions swirling within her.
Meanwhile, Sebastian awkwardly reached into his pocket and took out a long–cherished small box. He slowly opened it to reveal a plain silver ring resting inside.
“Will you keep loving me forever?”
There was no grand setting for a proposal, nor were there expensive diamonds involved. In fact, the silver ring showed visible scratches upon closer inspection. Nevertheless, it held a captivating allure that completely enchanted Victoria. D
Overwhelmed with emotion, she threw herself into Sebastian’s arms and cried tears of joy. “Sebastian, I will!”
Sebastian held her tightly and whispered, “Thank you for continuing to love me.” D
While he may not have had the means to shower Victoria with extravagant gifts at the moment, Sebastian was resolute in his determination to work hard and make up for it in the future.
Meanwhile, Christina leaned against the railing on the upper deck, a mischievous smile playing on her lips as she observed the affectionate couple below. Teasingly, she remarked, “Looks like Mr. Taggart’s thick skull finally cracked open. It only took him a few years to escape the single life. Quite the achievement, I must say.”
Nathaniel sighed helplessly. “I’ll make sure to give them a generous wedding gift as compensation.” D
Having already opened their hearts to each other, Nathaniel and Christina had resolved the misunderstandings from the previous night. They engaged in a smooth conversation, but they did not anticipate witnessing Sebastian’s and Victoria’s public declaration of love as they made their way to the conference hall. D
Christina was filled with concern as she remarked, “Victoria is the Lesley family’s only daughter, and she’s precious to them. Can Mr. Taggart successfully persuade them?”
“Sebastian possesses the qualities that the Lesley family desires in a son–in–law. The only potential issue might be Victoria’s brother,” Nathaniel replied, having pondered the matter carefully.
Concerned about Sebastian’s and Victoria’s happiness, Christina couldn’t help but ask, “Aren’t you close friends with Victoria’s brother? How about speaking a few kind words about Mr. Taggart in his presence?” D
“Yeah, I’ll give it a try when the opportunity arises.” Nathaniel nodded affectionately and added, “Can we head to the hall now?” D
Christina bashfully linked her arm with his and offered an apology, “I’m sorry for dragging you along and subjecting you to all that lovey–dovey stuff.”
Nathaniel smiled and maintained a serene silence as they walked hand in hand into the elevator.
“When are you going to stop your peeping habit? What would people think if they catch you doing this?” Yerek expressed his disapproval.
“Who are you to judge, Yerek? Aren’t you also fond of such activities?” Anya retorted, facing Yerek with determination, refusing to back down. “Remember when Timothy and Dad used to discuss important matters in the study? You were always lingering by the door, eavesdropping. I witnessed it all.”
Anya had a tendency to resort to old grievances when she found herself unable to prevail in an argument. Worried that Anya might inadvertently reveal some secrets, Yerek swiftly changed the subject.
“It appears that Nathaniel and Christina have reconciled completely. The previous plan didn’t work out. What’s your next move?”