Claire said nervously, “Oh, no, I can’t make you do that…”
Charlie took her hand and said with a gentle smile, “Dear, since Miss Young would like to offer her help, just accept her kindness as a form of respect.”
“Huh, it’s not that I don’t want to accept her offer, but that’s too much help…”
Charlie took the check from Bobby and put it in Claire’s hand. “Since Miss Young said that it’s free, keep the money. Emgrand Group is a large company with a net worth of hundreds of billions of dollars, they won’t mind your menial rent. Besides, you’ll have projects and collaborations with them in the future. Let’s not make everything so formal and rigid.”
Claire was a little moved when she listened and pondered upon Charlie’s remarks.
He was right. Emgrand Group was the largest company in Aurous Hill and the company alone was comparable in scale to the entire Moore family. If she made things complicated with Doris Young because of the hundred and eighty grand check, it might probably make Doris feel that she was being stiff and uncompromising.
So, she accepted the check graciously and said, “Thank you very much, Miss Young!”
Doris smiled gently. “We are partners, we should help each other.”
Claire nodded and handed the check back to Charlie. “I don’t have pockets on my dress, please help me keep it.”
“Okay!” Charlie slipped the check into his pocket and said to Claire, “Let me introduce you to Miss Moore. The Moore family has some renovation projects that I think you’ll be interested in.”
Claire nodded, but she didn’t feel like chatting with Jasmine because she felt inferior and mediocre when she stood by Jasmine.
More importantly, she could feel some hostility hidden behind Jasmine’s generous and polite smile.
A woman’s intuition is never wrong. Deep down in Jasmine’s heart, she was thinking that one day, she could snatch Charlie from the Wilson family to the Moore family, hence the inconceivable hostility towards Claire. Apparently, Claire could sense the hostility from Jasmine as well, but she simply hadn’t figured out where the hostility came from and why.
She looked at the time and it was already past 10 am. Her parents were supposed to be here by now. She tugged Charlie’s sleeves and asked, “Charlie, Mom and Dad aren’t here yet. Why don’t you call them and ask them about their whereabouts?”
Charlie nodded. “Maybe there is a traffic jam on the way…”
He and Claire had woken up very early today as they had to arrive at the office earlier to clean up the place and prepare for the reception. Before they went out the door, they had even told the parents to come before ten for the opening ceremony.
It was ten minutes past ten now but they still hadn’t arrived.
Charlie took out his phone and was about to make a call when Claire’s phone suddenly rang. She quickly answered her phone as it was from her mother, Elaine.
Elaine’s frantic voice resonated through the phone, “Claire, we had an accident! Your dad has been sent to the Silverwing Hospital. Come quick!”