Chapter 745 Falling Out Again
The fact that Nigel was going to prison was set in stone. Nonetheless, Sheridan had planned to spare Azure and Yerek initially on Barnaby’s account.
Unfortunately, they just couldn’t stop coveting something that didn’t belong to them. Moreover, they were also gradually becoming a threat to his position.
Sitting in a position of power, Sheridan enjoyed the thrill that came with wielding authority and forcing others into submission. However, anything that escalated out of his control or didn’t bend to his will would have to be destroyed.
“There’s conflict within the Stone family recently.” Sheridan paused before letting out a snigger as he stared at the opulent mansion before him. “It seems this mansion that Grandpa built for his old flame is jinxed, as it has brought bad luck upon the Stone family. It’s time he builds a new one.”
Just as he spoke, he gave his assistant a thoughtful look before adding, “I’m sure you know what to do.”
The assistant replied, “Yes, Mr. Stone.”
After Sheridan got into the car, the assistant closed the door behind him before driving away.
Inside the mansion, Barnaby and Azure were still quarreling about the drug, unaware of the looming storm.
“Let me ask you again, did you give Timothy lethal poison instead of the drug that’ll render him mute? Are you lying to me?”
Azure had no idea what Barnaby was talking about. She had given Timothy the drug that would make him lose his voice and even made an effort to check when she procured it.
Furthermore, she still couldn’t bring herself to kill someone just to silence them.
Azure shook her head. “I’m not lying to you.” She then gave the matter some thought. “Is the test result out?”
Barnaby responded with a frown instead of answering.
“I knew it! Christina must have tampered with the results!” Azure ranted, “After causing Nigel to be imprisoned, someone as wicked as her would definitely not let me off. Barnaby, you had better not fall for her tricks.”
At that moment, Barnaby couldn’t tell whether Azure was telling the truth.
The only thing on his mind was that the woman in front of him was no longer the woman he loved decades ago. The pressures of reality had molded her into someone Machiavellian.
He then realized his intention to rekindle their relationship past was just as Sheridan had described—he was just trying to make up for the regrets in his youth. As for Azure, she got back with him for her own selfish reasons.
She’s just using me as a tool for revenge!
Barnaby asked abruptly, “Let me ask you. If you hadn’t given birth to Nigel and your life hadn’t changed, would you have returned to my side after all those years?”
The candidness of the question caught Azure off guard, causing her to smile awkwardly. “Barnaby, let’s not talk about this. Why are you bringing this up all of a sudden?”
Steeling himself, Barnaby demanded, “Answer me!”
His roar gave Azure a fright. Clenching her fists with a glint in her eyes, she retorted softly, “Is that answer more important than the freedom and future of our son?”
The truth dawned upon Barnaby.
Even though he was mentally prepared for it, confirming her intentions still made him feel as if everything he had done for her was nothing but a joke.
“You’re Nigel’s mother, so I’ll still treat you accordingly. Although his case is complex, I’ll try my best to delay it. I just hope that you’ll think through your actions before doing anything.” As if he had moved on, Barnaby continued, “This mansion will be your accommodation going forward. If you want to return to Hallsbay, I’ll buy you a place there too. Every month, your allowance will be deposited into your account, and you’ll not have to worry about your livelihood for the rest of your life.”
The shocked Azure replied, “What do you mean, Barnaby? Are you breaking up with me?”
Regaining the frosty demeanor of the past, Barnaby retorted, “Isn’t this your objective?”
A sudden sense of guilt swelled within Azure. “No, Barnaby. Why are you kicking up a fuss at a crucial time like this? Don’t you realize how inappropriate this is?”
She couldn’t figure out what she had done wrong to have caused Barnaby to regret his decision and revert their relationship back to square one.
“You don’t have to force yourself to do something you’re not willing to. Both of us have aged now. We’re no longer young lovebirds who can’t live without one another.”
Barnaby understood what he really wanted. There was no need for him to make up for his regrets. All he was looking to do was take responsibility for the mistakes of the past.
“I’ll get someone to transfer the money to you. Going forward, we’ll contact each other by phone to avoid any unwanted attention.”
When Barnaby turned and left, Azure was left standing in bewilderment, as if she had been struck by lightning. A long while passed before she finally regained her senses.
The events that happened consecutively on that day were entirely out of her control.
“Don’t leave, Barnaby!” By the time Azure rushed out, Barnaby had already gotten into his car. While banging on the car window, all she could see was his icy side profile.
Upon watching the car disappear from her sight, she didn’t continue to lament her fate. Instead, she rushed into the mansion in search of her phone.
She hid in the bathroom and spoke softly into her phone. “Barnaby has turned his back on us, Yerek. We need to set the second plan in motion.”
After she heard his response over the line, Azure’s expression turned grim as she unknowingly raised her voice.
“You were the one who suggested we work together. Instead, you failed to stop Sheridan from coming back early, allowing him to ruin my plan.” The more Azure thought about it, the angrier she became. “Sheridan might have some dirt on Barnaby. That’s why the latter may have been forced to protect himself. Also, we need to deal with Christina, who keeps getting in our way. It was she who tampered with the test results…”
Azure dramatically related everything that happened at the banquet to Yerek, sending a chill down his spine. Hearing about how Barnaby had fallen out with the Hadley family almost drove him crazy.
When it comes to choosing between the Stone family’s interests and his love and affection for Azure, Barnaby would definitely choose the former.
Yerek murmured, “My sources tell me that Christina has found a new lead. Barnaby was involved in that past incident.”
“What?” Azure was stunned. “Why would Barnaby—”
“What’s there to be surprised about? We were only focused on the enmity between the Gibson and Hadley families and neglected the fact that the Stones, Gibsons, and Hadleys were all competitors back then.” Yerek gave Azure an idea. “Therefore, we’re not going to allow Barnaby to extricate himself from the matter. You should use this information to blackmail him. Regardless of how powerful Sheridan is, there’s no way he would disobey Barnaby.”
Nonetheless, Azure felt hesitant about the idea. “Yerek, Barnaby isn’t a fool. Let me think about it first.”
Once the call ended, Azure was lost in thought as she stared into the mirror in front of her.
After bidding farewell to the last guest, Christina returned to the break room to rest, only to hear Sebastian reporting the movements of the Stone family to Nathaniel.
“The person who stole the test sample wasn’t sent by Barnaby. In that case, who is the mastermind behind him?”