“You must be exaggerating. Do you really think I’m gullible like Audrey?” John grew impatient.
Disregarding his reluctance, I snatched the coffee cup from him and placed it on the coffee table. “Well, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You’re not young anymore, and you should take good care of your body for both Emma and Drew’s sake. Your family needs you.”
John was rendered speechless. With a pitiful expression, he smacked his lips but said nothing.
That was when Ashton suddenly added, “However, when a person abruptly stops consuming caffeine, it can also cause caffeine withdrawal symptoms such as arrhythmia, abnormal gastric secretion, and constant anxiety.”
“Now what?” I pulled a long face. Who’s side is he taking?
Ashton remained composed as he took a seat opposite me. “Well, that means he can still drink coffee while gradually reduce his caffeine intake.”
Both John and I rolled our eyes at him. His words didn’t accomplish anything.
“That’s it! Now let’s cut to the chase.” John had grown impatient after waiting for us for a long time. “Did they stop you when you tender your resignation today?” he asked Ashton.
“Well, I eventually managed to resign though it was not without a hurdle.”
Then, Ashton briefly told John about our day at Fuller Corporation.
John nodded thoughtfully. “So, Nicolas and Nathaniel didn’t show up?”
That was the same thing that was bothering me as well. “Well, since we have spread the news, I suppose it’s just a matter of time before they show up.”
As if something had hit me, I then asked, “Did your men receive any news?”
Hearing my question, John’s expression grew serious. He cast a meaningful glance at Ashton, making it clear that he regarded the latter untrustworthy.
Before I could say anything, Ashton beat me to it, “Someone used Letty’s and my name to contact the elders in M Country. Is this what you wanted to tell us?” The man was composed as he leaned against the couch.
I cast my gaze at Ashton and then at John.
Both big shots in the business industry held their gaze, trying to stare each other down.
In the end, it seemed like John got the upper hand in the staring contest. “You actually knew about this? That means this is really your deed?” he questioned harshly.
The two were talking in riddles, yet I didn’t fail to notice the coldness in John’s voice. I quickly asked, “What were you guys talking about contacting the elders in M Country? Can anyone explain to me what was going on?”
John suppressed his anger as he explained, “This man whom you insisted on getting back with has gone behind my informants in K City and sent a letter to M Country. He told the elders that you and the kids wished to reside in the country and asked them to come back to discuss it. Hmph! He was using you and the kids to force the elders to return to the country.” Then, he said through gritted teeth, “How despicable!”
From John’s revelation, I understood that someone was trying to trick the elders into returning to the country. That person intended to hold the elders captive to threaten us.
That must be a devious and guileful person who came up with this plan.
After having recovered my memories, I had only managed to take care of the situation in the country. On the other hand, the one who plotted all these was able to come up with a countermeasure in such a short time and reached the elders in M Country.
If it wasn’t for John’s wariness, we might be stuck in a difficult position again.
Yet, this time, I trusted Ashton.
In the face of John’s suspicion, I held Ashton’s hand and made my stance clear, “John, Ashton is not the one behind this. I believe there must be a misunderstanding.”
Gazing at me with disappointment in his eyes, John let out a deep sigh. “Didn’t you hear him admitting it earlier? Oh, Letty, it’s time for you to wake up and smell the coffee. Life is not only about love. You’ve died once. Don’t make the same mistake twice.”
I knew it was John’s earnest advice, yet I insisted on following my heart and believed in Ashton.
I tightened my grip on Ashton’s hand. With a wry smile, I uttered, “I’ve died once, and that’s why I know how precious a man is when he was willing to humble himself to become a live-in son-in-law.”