“I have something that might work!” The sobbing woman muttered excitedly before she paused and whispered, “I am not going to take this silently any longer. Why do I have to put up with her? I’m going to make her burn her finger, and yet there’s nothing that she can do about it.”
“What do you plan to do about it?”
I could only hear hushed whispers, but not what they were saying clearly. However, I felt oddly amused by their demeanor. No wonder people were looking at me all weird whenever I came into the office recently. It looked like this was the reason.
After hearing nothing for some time, I thought the two women had left. My stomach was still wringing in pain, and there was no rush to leave the bathroom. However, I could hear heels clacking coming from the outside all of a sudden.
Then, someone chimed, “Hi, Ms. Collins!”
Stella? I was stumped.
Suddenly, the air grew still in the bathroom. A text came in on my phone. It was from Hailey. She asked when I would be able to meet her as she was planning to go back to K City.
I replied to her and kept my phone. Then, I heard a scream from my neighboring bathroom stall. “Ahh! Who is that?”
Sounds of water splashing could be heard, and I was stumped for a brief moment. I headed out of my stall, and bumped into two women holding two big buckets.
Are these two women trying to teach Stella a lesson?
“Who is that? Have you lost your mind?” A voice berated from inside the stall. I turned around to the bathroom stall, and noticed that someone had locked it from the outside. The person inside had no means of getting out of there unless someone unlocked the door for her.
The three of us exchanged glances in astonishment. We were still reeling in from the shock. I could have pretended that I didn’t know if I hadn’t seen the culprits, and just treated it as a prank. But now that I’d seen them…
I had no interest in meddling in their business as well. I gestured for them to shush while they were still eyeing me in trepidation. Then, I signaled using my hands that we could all get out of here, quietly.
The two women were dumbfounded at my response. Then, all of three of us tiptoed out of the bathroom in silence.
After we got out of the bathroom, the two women high-fived each other triumphantly and broke into a cackle. Then, they snapped back into their senses and realized that I was actually there too. The two of them ceased smiling in an awkward manner and looked at me. “Mrs. Fuller!”
I smiled back at them and asked, “Who is inside that bathroom stall?”
“It’s… Ms. Collins!” The two women were obviously embarrassed and cast apprehensive looks at me. “Mrs. Fuller, will you…”
“No,” I gave them a grin. “I won’t rat you girls out. But don’t do this again, it’s not um… safe.”
The women grinned from ear to ear and nodded.
It had been some time since I left, and I turned on my heel to head back to Ashton’s office. However, the two women stopped me in my tracks and asked, “Mrs. Fuller, aren’t you going to ask why we’re doing this to Ms. Collins?”
I thought for a brief moment and replied, “It’s none of my business. Alright, get back to work, you two.”
The two of them exchanged glances at my reply and nodded before they left.
Not long after, I noticed that the cleaning lady was heading to the bathroom. I said nothing and made way to Ashton’s office.
Before I could head inside his office, I heard hasty footsteps behind me. Turning around, I noticed that it was Stella. Her clothes were soaking wet, and she looked disheveled with her damp hair and her faded makeup.
I stopped and put on a surprised face. “Ms. Collins, what happened to you?”
The woman seemed taken aback at the sight of me. She forced a smile and replied, “I was attacked by a few crazy people in the bathroom.”
I nodded. “You’d better sort yourself out. Luckily, you’re about to get off work. Take care, or you’re going to get sick from the cold weather.”
She lowered her head and mumbled a response before leaving.
To be frank, I was actually surprised at the way she dealt with her coworkers. She had always given me the impression of a tactful person, and I was confounded by the way other people talked about her.
Back in Ashton’s office, he was still on a conference call. I did not disturb him and waited for him to finish the meeting as I sat on the sofa. He was finally done after half an hour.
He kept his document when it was time to get off work and looked at me. “What would you like to eat? Let’s go have dinner together.”
“We’re going to the hospital tonight. Mom and Dad are worried about Summer. Let’s go to the hospital and visit her later, and just think of a way for her to undergo the bone marrow transplant surgery as soon as possible. She doesn’t have all the time in the world to wait.”
He nodded, took his keys, and held my hands as we exited the office.
In the elevator, he bit on my lip and looked at me, “Don’t meet Armond without me next time. I don’t know what I’m going to do if that happens again.”
I was rendered speechless. He’s still pining over it. Move on… mister.
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It was already night-time when we reached the hospital. Fortunately, we made a call beforehand and asked Cameron to get Mrs. Dune to prepare some food and send it to the hospital so that we could have a simple dinner.
My father pushed Summer over for a checkup. Cameron looked at me and said, “Your dad said that you might be able to find bone marrow that matches Summer. Is that true? Don’t do silly things, my dear. You’re pregnant now, and you need to make yourself a priority.”
Judging by how worried she was, I knew she was thinking that I was going to do a bone marrow match myself to see if my bone marrow would fit Summer. “Mom, you’re overthinking this. Ashton and my blood types don’t even match Summer’s. We wouldn’t have to be so worried if my bone marrow could match hers.”
Stumped, she paused for a moment before she replied, “Yeah, you’re right. What do you plan to do then?”
Armond gave me the card, but I did not have complete faith in that man. The only way I could find out if this was legit was if I made a trip to A City. If this indeed produced a viable lead, my plan was to make Ashton fetch Summer over there.
“Don’t worry about it. Summer is going to undergo chemotherapy soon. You need to take good care of her. Ashton and I are really busy, and we really need your help in this matter.”
Cameron sighed. “Don’t worry about that. I know that you guys are busy. I’ve handed over all the projects under Anderson Corporation to Nick. I’m going to take care of Summer full-time now. And you, you need to take good care of yourself now that you’re pregnant. Don’t tire yourself out.”
I was planning to ask more about Nick but decided against it. I’d better deal with things on my plate first before thinking about poking my nose in other matters.
After half an hour, Zachary pushed Summer back into the ward. The girl had fallen asleep, and he looked tired. He leaned back against the chair in a daze while Cameron asked the nurse on the things that she should look out for these few days.
I took the time to chat Zachary up and handed him a glass of warm water. “Dad, how did you know about the organ trade thing?”
Ashton was not in the ward, and as a matter of fact, we were alone. Hence, I could be as outright as I wanted. Zachary was almost dozing off but set his back straight at my question. “Your mom told you that?”
I nodded. “I got the gist of it. Dad, could you tell me more about it? Summer is my daughter, and as long as they’re legally sourced, it doesn’t matter how much it’s going to cost. But I’m not going to risk breaking the law.”
He pursed his lips, lowered his head, and sighed. “I heard this from someone too, and I’m still asking for more information on it. Previously when I contacted them, they had mentioned that with the right price, the organs would be donated by children who died of unnatural causes. Your mother is really worried about me after knowing this. But don’t worry, I know what to do.”
After contemplating for a moment, I said, “Dad, I think it’s better that you stay out of this. I will find out more when I go to A City. It’s not appropriate for you to get involved with this. The Moore family is going to be in so much trouble if you’ve been exposed. I’ll take this over from here.”
He went silent. After some time, he said, “Hmm, it will be better if you’re the one to deal with this. I’ll ask Boris to come back from Moranta and accompany you to A City. I’ll be more at ease if he’s with you.”
I got curious at the mention of Boris. “Dad, how are you related to him? Judging by his status at Moranta, I don’t think he’s just a normal bodyguard.”
Zachary smiled and said, “He’s not a bodyguard, my dear. You have enough bodyguards following you around. Boris is not my subordinate, nor I his. He doesn’t have a family, and he just decided to settle down in Moranta.”
I was actually surprised. Given Boris’ age, I thought the man would have had a family already but the man was not even married yet.
Cameron came back after consulting the nurse. She had been so busy these days her face looked so pale. I felt a lump in my throat and led her to a seat. After debating with myself, I looked at her and my father. “Mom, Dad, I need you guys to help take care of Summer these few days. I need to head to A City to deal with something.
Zachary was slightly stumped before he asked, “Have you decided to head there?”
I nodded and replied with a smile, “Yes, I’m hoping to get back as soon as possible.”
Cameron looked at me, then turned to Zachary. Shrewd as she was, my mother quickly caught up to us. She frowned and asked, “Are you going to A City because of Summer?” She had always been against us doing anything that might have harmed our future even it was for Summer. As expected, she spoke up to oppose our ideas. “I don’t agree with this, Scarlett. I understand how exasperated you feel about saving your child, but you need to stay clear-headed and think straight. Think about your family, think about your father and me. Please don’t act rashly. What should I do if anything should happen to you both?”
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I could not divulge further and only said, “Don’t worry, Mom. I’m just going over to take a look. I’ll discuss it over with you guys before making any decisions. I know this is something big, so I won’t make rash decisions.”
Her lips pursed into a thin, hard line before she said, “Okay. But you have to tell us everything that happens at A City. Don’t be rash and rush into decisions. Please discuss it with us first.”
I nodded. “Don’t worry, I know what to do.”
Ashton was back from taking a call. He noticed that my parents were eyeing me with a worried look on their faces, and asked, “What’s the matter?”
Cameron spoke first, “Mr. Fuller, are you going to A City with Scarlett too? I’m really worried that she’s going on a trip alone, especially now that she’s pregnant. I know that you’re a busy man, and you have a lot on your plate. But she’s pregnant with your baby. I’d appreciate it if you could make her and the baby your priority.”
Ashton actually had no idea that I was heading to A City. After listening to my mother, he cast a glance in my direction, and his brows creased slightly. Luckily, he did not inquire further and merely replied to Cameron as he nodded, “Yes, I will.”
Noticing the time, Cameron was worried that I might have to stay up late if I stayed any longer and egged us on, “It’s getting late. You guys should head back soon. Please inform us when you’re heading to A City. Your father will send someone to look after you.”
I nodded. Actually, I was planning to head to A City alone, but I knew they would not be able to stop nagging me if I had told them my plan. In the end, I relented and headed out of the hospital with Ashton.
After getting into the car, I did not actually talk to Ashton. Instead, I was on the phone with Hailey.
I had not noticed Ashton’s odd demeanor, even after we had reached the villa. When I was about to head upstairs for a shower, the man who was sitting on the sofa finally spoke up, “You’ve never planned to tell me that, nor have you ever considered how I’d feel about the matter, right?”
I was stumped and turned around to gauge him. His deep-set obsidian gaze was frigid. Feeling a chill down my spine, I explained, “No, that’s not it. I was actually planning to tell you after we got home, I mean after I’ve told Mom.”
He continued to stare at me. “Then, why didn’t you say anything?”
I was rendered speechless. This man was really starting to act like a child. Helpless, I explained myself. “I actually gave what Dad said in the morning some thought, and thought it was worth a try. I’m really worried about Summer’s prolonged stay at the hospital. So, I was thinking to make a trip to A City myself to find out if there’s any bone marrow match for her. That way we wouldn’t have to worry all the time.”
His lips turned into a disapproving hard line. “Do you plan to head there alone?”
I nodded and noticed his gaze darkened. I could not help but ask, “Can you really let things go unattended at Fuller Corporation? Don’t you have a lot of things to deal with?”
The man frowned. “I’m going with you.”
I was going to reject his offer, but thought better of it since he wouldn’t listen anyway. Nodding my head, I said, “Fine. We’ll go together then.”
I was getting sleepy and said nothing else. He had a call coming in, and I headed for a shower upstairs.
Initially, I planned to head to K City after meeting up with Hailey, but I did not expect Ashton to buy the tickets as soon as the next day. What was more, he woke me up really early as well.
Warm cozy beds were especially inviting during winter, and I had not been able to snap out of it despite having sat on the bed for quite some time. I only heard Ashton nagging about the things to bring over to K City. In a daze, I merely listened as he prattled on. After he was done packing, Ashton noticed that I was still sleepy. Helplessly, he edged closer and whispered into my ear, “Do you need me to carry you into the bathroom?”
I opened my eyes and looked at him, still drowsy from being sleepy. “Why the bathroom?”
He could not help but chuckle. “Aren’t you going to wash up before heading out? Or are you planning to head outside looking all disheveled?”
I nodded, “Yeah, I need to wash up,” I mumbled as I dragged myself out of bed. He could not stand seeing me struggling and proceeded to carry me into the bathroom. I yawned as I leaned in his embrace.
In his embrace, I protested, “Why are we rushing over to A City anyway? I was planning to have a date with Hailey before leaving. I didn’t even have the chance to let her know yet.”
Noticing that I was still sluggish, Ashton decided to just help me wash my face. I closed my eyes, and enjoyed the warmth of the water that sobered me up a little. As he squeezed toothpaste out of the tube, he said, “You could ask her out anytime, but isn’t it better if you could really find the bone marrow match at A City and just get this surgery over and done with?”
Nodding my head, I took over the toothbrush with the toothpaste on it, and said, “You’re right.” I started to brush my teeth as I leaned against the sink. Being a head taller than me, there was no problem for Ashton to brush through my unruly hair with a wooden brush. I shifted uncomfortably as he combed through the tangles, and mumbled, “I’ll do it myself later.”
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Ashton pursed his lips into a hard line, and brushed the strand of hair that was blocking my vision to the back, and said, “The flight is really early, we have to speed up.”
After I was done with my teeth, he had already done my hair. I cocked my head to one side and peered into the mirror. He had actually done a decent job. Raising a brow, I said to him, “How many times have you attempted to style this for it to turn out this perfect?”
He raised a brow as well and drew out a tissue to wipe the foam off the corners of my mouth. “This is my first time, and I’m still fumbling, but practice makes perfect. However, seeing that you, my client, are quite satisfied. Maybe I’m just a gifted stylist.”
I chuckled dryly and headed out of the bathroom. While I was applying my skincare, he had already done packing. All luggage had been loaded into the boot of the car as well. Ashton noticed that I was putting on makeup and asked curiously, “Why are you in the mood to put on makeup all of a sudden?”
I actually just did my brows and put on lipstick. The man crossed his arms before his chest and glanced at me, he was expecting an explanation. “I just want to look decent standing next to Mr. Fuller.”
His lips curled into a smile as he held my hands. “You’re already a natural beauty, and you don’t need makeup to be pretty. Besides, it’s not good for you to put on makeup now that you’re pregnant. You should swap these out.”
I eyed the makeup on my dressing table. They were all actually high-end cosmetics infused with plant extracts. “That’s not necessary. Pregnant women can use these too. Mister, you’re forbidden from swapping out my stuff, period.”
He would always swap out my clothes and skincare when I was not paying attention, and not because they were not fit for wear, nor was it because I ran out of them. Ashton just had the notion that if I did not finish using the skincare within three months, it simply meant that I did not enjoy using them, which was not at all the case. His little gesture left me confused, and lack of a set of skincare that I truly enjoyed using. I really enjoyed the set I was just using and had to remind him not to swap it out, lest the man acted on his own accord again. I really had no idea how a big boss like him had the time and effort to pay attention to trivial matters like these.
He nodded when I reminded him, and said, “Okay, I’m not going to change that one. Let’s go, we have a plane to catch!”
After getting on the car, I leaned against the seat, and felt lethargic all over. My eyes were half-closed when I said, “Call me when we reach the airport, I want to rest for a bit.”
I was actually not tired. It was the morning sickness. Maybe I had it too easy the last time I was pregnant. This time, the symptoms were much stronger.
Ashton had wanted to say something but bit his tongue the moment he noticed the weary look on my face. He cradled my hands in his, and said, “Take a good rest. You’ll feel better.”
I did not feel like talking and merely nodded. It did not take us long to reach the airport.
However, almost half a day went by before we could board the plane. I started to retch as soon as the plane took off, and Ashton asked for some motion sickness medication from the air stewardess. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take them because I was pregnant. There was nothing he could do except looking at me with a concerned look.
It seemed like forever before we finally reached A City. I was utterly spent from the flight. Ashton brought me to the villa and started to work after making sure that I had settled down.
After a long nap, I felt much better. I headed downstairs and noticed that Ashton was taking a nap in the living room. I took a duvet and draped it over him. Right then, my phone pinged with a text from Armond.
I caressed my belly. It’s been two months, but my belly is not showing yet.
“You’re at A City already? It looks like you do really care about your daughter! Such a pity that my mother’s soup is going to waste.”
Before he mentioned it, I’d almost forgotten about how Armond’s mother had misunderstood about the baby in my belly. She did mention that she wanted to brew some tonic for me.
I did not reply his text. My phone pinged with another text from Hailey. “Are you still at K City?”
I replied to Hailey’s text, asking her to tell Nora to head back to A City if she had nothing else to do at K City. After all, it would be even more difficult for her to cut off all ties with Armond if she hung out for much longer with the man. There’s nothing time couldn’t fix.
Hailey was surprised at the message that I asked her to pass on and asked, “I’m going back to A City at night. How’s your daughter doing? Are you going to the A City because of her?”
Bemused, I frowned. I had never mentioned to anyone that I was coming to A City, let alone disclosing that I was here because of Summer. How did she know about that?
It felt awkward to ask her point blank. I replied with a smiley emoji and said, “Okay, let’s meet up when you’re back in A City then.”
Unknowingly, Ashton had woken up while I was engrossed in texting with Hailey. After I sent out the text to Hailey, I could feel someone eyeballing me by my side. I turned around slightly, and there he was, gawking at me. Stumped, I managed an awkward smile. “Did I wake you?”
He shook his head slightly. “No. Who are you talking to? Are you still feeling better?”
“Yes, I’m fine.”
He set himself straight and circled me in his embrace. He put his head on my shoulders and asked, “What would you like to eat? Let’s eat out.”
I did not actually have much appetite and leaned against his chest, shaking my head. “I don’t have anything specific in mind. What about you?”
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“Are we going to cook at home?”
He did not seem like he had a lot of work to do, and so I nodded my head. It’s not like we had the chance to cook homecooked meals together every day.
Five o’clock in the afternoon, it was drizzling in A City, and the weather was gloomy. Ashton was staying in, and I thought I might as well take the chance to contact the person on the card that Armond handed over to me.
I went back to the bedroom, and called the man. It took him a few rings to pick up. A voice rang, “Hello!”
Stumped by the enthusiasm in his voice, I replied, “Hi, is this Mr. Brandon Dumphy?”
The person mumbled a response and replied in a weird accent, “Yes, speaking. Is there anything I can help you with?”
Puzzled by his weird accent, I was starting to doubt the man. How did Armond get to know people like him? However, I decided to just ask, “Mr. Murphy gave me your contact.”
“Oh, I see. Ah, are you Ms. Stovall?”
“Yes, I am. I’d like to ask if your hospital really could find a bone marrow match and kidney?” I had a notion that it was all too good to be true.
“Yes, we can. What about if you send over your daughter’s most recent medical records to me so that I can have a look first? I’d appreciate it if you could take some time tomorrow for me to bring you for a tour. We do have the supply for what you’re looking for. The only question is if it’s going to match your daughter.”
To be frank, I was a little stumped by the sheer amount of information. However, it seemed like the man really knew what he was talking about. So, I agreed to meet him the next day.
After hanging up the call, Zachary called to inform me that Boris had reached A City as well. My father told me to bring along the man wherever I went, and that he would be of great help in the city.
I agreed. After debating with myself, I sent over Summer’s medical records to Brandon. The man replied after some time: We’ll go visit the place where our stock is coming from. After you have a look at the condition, we could discuss the price.”
Stumped, I replied: Stock? Did the man just refer to organs in people’s bodies as stock?
It seemed like the man did not even bother to explain things to me as he merely replied: Yes. There were no more texts from him since.
After contemplating for a moment, I contacted Boris and requested him to tag along for the trip tomorrow. I initially wanted to let Ashton know, but he had been held up in the study all day for work. I did not wish to disturb him.
The next day, Ashton seemed like he had something urgent to attend to, and headed for the door right after he bade goodbye to me. I sorted out things around the house, and it did not take long for Boris to arrive at my place.
Brandon sent me an address and a message that read: Let’s meet at the Second Highway exit. It’s going to be a long journey for you. Don’t be late.
After replying to him, I headed out with Boris. There was a lot of traffic for mornings in A City. We had only managed to meet up with Brandon past the agreed time. The man seemed a tad furious since he had been waiting for quite some time.
He was driving a black Mercedes and did not get off the car even after we had arrived. Even though I could not see his figure, but judging from his face alone, it was not difficult to guess that he was a little plump. The dark-skinned man looked like he would own a successful coal mining business in the nineties.
He pursed his lips into a hard line at the sight of me. “Our stock is in the mountains. I will bring you there later. Did you bring along everything you need? There is nothing to buy there. It’s going to be troublesome if you need anything else.”
He must have had his fair share of dealing with fussy people for him to make an upfront statement like that. However, I was puzzled by his question. “Aren’t we heading to the hospital? Why are we going into the mountains?”
He pursed his lips again, this time with disapproval. “Aren’t you going to take a look at the donor’s parents since their daughter is giving you what you need? You can choose not to accept it though. Since you’re Mr. Murphy’s friend, I won’t sign any contracts with you. Consider it a deal done if you’re satisfied with what we offer.”
Bewildered, I cast a glance in Boris’s direction.
The man was calm and composed as he nodded his head at me. He was telling me that it was fine for us to go take a look.
Brandon did not beat around the bush either. He told me to trail behind his car, and got into his car right after.
As he mentioned, it was a long journey. We drove for easily seven to eight hours straight. Brandon’s car had only come to a stop after night fell.
I fell asleep along the way. After noticing that the car had stopped, I looked outside and was surprised at the surroundings. It was a village on the hillside, populated by around twenty families.
Brandon stopped his car by a well in the center of the village. He got off the car and splashed his face with the cold water. After gulping down a few mouthfuls, he looked at us and said, “We’ve arrived. Get off the car and drink some water. Follow me!”
Boris got off the car, and he seemed slightly stunned by the surroundings. He fished out a bottle from the car boot and handed it over to me. Then, he gave me some bread that he had brought along and said, “Eat some.”