Chapter 755 Surprise
D*mmit! Why is it Victoria again? What an unlucky day! I can’t believe I have to deal with the same nuisance twice in a row! Melanie glared at Victoria.
Seeing Melanie standing perfectly still like a log, Victoria shoved the former’s shoulder and snapped, “I’m asking you a question. Are you deaf?”
Furiously, Melanie brushed the spot on her shoulder where Victoria just touched and glared at the latter with disdain. “You don’t own this restaurant, so what right do you have to obstruct me from demanding compensation, huh? Don’t you think you should mind your own business, Ms. Lesley?”
In response, Victoria stuffed a bank card into the manager’s suit pocket. “I’m buying this restaurant.”
Melanie’s eyes almost popped out of their sockets as she opened her mouth in shock. Humiliated and exasperated, she exclaimed, “You’re insane! Do you think just because you’re rich that—”
Without warning, Victoria gave Melanie a hard and ruthless slap across the face, which startled everyone.
Shaking her painful hand, she produced a few large banknotes from her wallet and hurled them at Melanie’s face haughtily. “This is the compensation for your injury and the restaurant’s failure to notify the cancellation of your booking. Also, you should use the money to get a doctor to tighten the loose screw in your head. You should know who you shouldn’t offend and what you shouldn’t say.”
Melanie was livid, for she had never been humiliated to that extent before. “You’re such a bully, Victoria! I’m going to beat you up!”
In response, Victoria rolled up her sleeve. “Bring it on, then! Today, I’ll pummel you until you kneel before me and admit defeat!”
She couldn’t care less about her image when she finally had the chance to take revenge on Melanie for destroying her masterpiece.
“Don’t act rashly, Victoria.” Christina and Hera held Victoria back while the restaurant manager and employees blocked Melanie’s path.
The scene became noisy and chaotic as everyone tried to calm the two angry women down.
“She was asking for a beating, Christina!” Victoria gritted her teeth. “If I don’t teach her a lesson today, she’ll piss on our heads one day!”
“You were the one who was being unreasonable, Victoria! You don’t have the right to slander me!” Melanie’s eyes turned bloodshot out of anger as she looked at Christina and said mockingly, “Don’t you know? You treated your beloved junior sincerely, yet she helped your nemesis, Emilia, escape behind your back.”
Taken aback, Christina glanced at Victoria. The latter panicked and averted her line of sight before glowering at Melanie. “I’m going to tear your face into pieces if you continue spouting nonsense!”
Breaking free from the employees’ grasp, Melanie tidied her shirt and sneered, “I’m not. She’ll know it’s true once she investigates the matter. I’ll consider myself unlucky and let the matter slide today, but I won’t let you off that easily next time!”
She left after shooting Victoria one last glare.
Bewildered, the restaurant manager held Victoria’s bank card and asked, “Are you still buying the restaurant, Ms. Lesley?”
Silently, Christina returned to her seat. Victoria couldn’t be bothered to deal with the manager and simply said, “Yes. Just swipe the card, and don’t bother me.”
Hera was puzzled, for she didn’t know who Emilia was or what was the story behind it all.
Christina perused the menu expressionlessly in her seat. “I’m hungry. Let’s order some food.”
Victoria wanted to say something but decided against it in the end. Just like that, the three women finished the meal with their minds occupied by each of their own thoughts.
Hera could sense something was going on between Victoria and Christina. As an outsider, she didn’t feel it was appropriate to stick her nose into their affair. Hence, she came up with an excuse and left after dinner.
Afterward, Victoria drove Christina back to Scenic Garden Manor. On the way back, Christina didn’t ask Victoria any questions, which made the latter on edge. Finally, when the vehicle pulled into the courtyard of Scenic Garden Manor, she couldn’t hold it in any longer.
“Don’t you have anything you want to ask me, Christina?” asked Victoria as she locked the car and faced Christina.
Christina raised her eyes. “I do, but I’m waiting for you to tell me about it.” I thought about it for a long while. While I hesitated whether to believe Melanie’s words, Victoria’s behavior just now told me everything I needed to know.
“Melanie was telling the truth. Emilia met me some time ago. She demanded I create a fake identity for her and send her overseas safely. She had dirt on me. Lewd pictures of me with someone else at a gathering back when I was studying overseas.” A sigh escaped Victoria’s lips. “If I had rejected her request, she would’ve posted the pictures online. I wasn’t afraid of it happening, but back then, my relationship with Sebastian had just stabilized. I… was afraid he’d look at me differently if he saw those photos.”
Her eyes reddened as she spoke while choking back tears. “I know I shouldn’t have done that or hid the truth from you, but I had no other choice, Christina. I can’t lose Sebastian.”
Humans had a selfish nature. No matter how strong the bond between Christina and Victoria was, the latter still couldn’t sacrifice her happiness for Christina’s sake.
Coldly, Christina questioned, “If Melanie didn’t bring up this matter, were you planning to hide it from me for the rest of your life?”
Victoria nodded before quickly shaking her head. “I’m sorry, Christina. I didn’t want to.”
Christina remained completely silent as Victoria’s sorrowful sobs echoed in the car. A while later, Christina said, “What else did Emilia ask you to do?”
Victoria blinked guiltily, pursing her lips as she hesitated to speak the truth.
Christina pushed the car door and demanded, “Unlock the door!”
Panicking, Victoria seized her senior’s arm. “I’ll tell you, Christina! Don’t get angry.”
Glaring at Victoria, Christina warned, “If you lie to me again, our friendship ends here.” I won’t tolerate this any further.
Paling, Victoria answered, “Emilia already knows that Winston possesses the evidence from fifteen years ago.”
“How dare you disclose that information to Emilia!” Christina’s chest ached from anger as she panted heavily.
Pain was also radiating from her abdomen.
Victoria submissively accepted Christina’s admonishment. “I don’t know what method she used to obtain it. By the time I learned of the news, she already had it.”
Christina’s voice trembled. “Even then, you didn’t reveal the matter to me. You even created a fake identity for her and sent her out of the country to lie low!”
Victoria nodded and repeated, “I’m sorry…”
Wearily, Christina closed her eyes. When she opened them again, a frosty look was swirling within. “I’m so disappointed in you, Victoria.”
Victoria clenched her fists. “I’m sorry, Christina!”
Sighing, Christina waved her hand. “Forget about it. I don’t blame you. After all, we’re just friends. You don’t need to sacrifice your happiness for my sake.”
“Your choice isn’t incorrect, Victoria,” she stated softly. “Unlock the door.”
While Victoria wished to explain further, Christina’s cold attitude made her feel ashamed. Hastily, she unlocked the door and watched Christina leave with teary eyes.
In a daze, Christina entered the mansion. Suddenly, Raymond rushed toward her with a grim expression. “Mr. Hadley is injured, Mrs. Hadley. He’s resting upstairs. You should go and take a look.”