Chapter 26 I Can’t Relax When You’re Acting Like This!
When they came to a forked path, Conner walked in the correct direction, while Brayden chose the wrong path on purpose because he wanted to see which Alison would choose.
For Alison, however, there was no choice to make. It didn’t matter whether she knew which path was the right one because, between Brayden and Conner, she would choose to follow Conner on any given day without hesitation. This was a lesson she learned from Brayden.
“Boss….” Just as expected, Conner noticed Brayden making a wrong turn from his peripheral vision and stopped in his tracks. “Miss Lambert’s ward is this way. That’s the wrong way.”
Brayden doubled back, and the three of them continued their journey.
He laid his eyes on Alison, who remained composed the whole time. “How do you know that this is the correct way?”
“Because Conner is walking this way.” Just one statement from her was enough to squash all of his suspicions.
Brayden’s silence struck Conner with panic, worried that Brayden would jump to the conclusion that there was some hanky-panky between him and Alison. After all, he was the one who accompanied her shopping, ordered her food, and was her chauffeur. What should I say if he fills in the blanks with the wrong idea? He wondered nervously, waiting for a reaction from Brayden.
Meanwhile, Brayden was hopping mad, but when he saw that all seemed normal with Alison, he quickened his steps toward Hannah’s ward. He was merely trying to test her, and it wouldn’t make a difference if he sent someone else later to negotiate the collaboration.
At the same time, in Hannah’s ward, Carl straightened his clothes and asked Hannah to check before asking, “Do I look fierce like this?”
“Will I be able to compete with Brayden?”
“I can’t be sure about that…”
Every word Carol said was true. In her memory, Brayden had never been overwhelmed by anyone and was always the one who instilled fear in others.
Carl also knew about this, and his eyes grew solemn as he wondered, How can I strike fear in Brayden’s heart? I have to teach him a lesson for mistreating my daughter!
While he was lost in his own thoughts, his secretary dressed in a suit made an appearance in the
ward, announcing professionally, “Mr. Lambert, the president of Cornell Corporation, is here.”
“Let him in.”
His secretary then invited Brayden into the ward. For Brayden, it was his first time to have a business talk in a ward, and the same went for Carl.
When Brayden showed up with Alison, he greeted Carl and observed his and Hannah’s reaction the entire time but got nothing for his efforts. Whether it was Carl or the young lady of Lambert International, both seemed very composed when Alison walked into the room, as though she was just a stranger.
While they were exchanging pleasantries, Brayden expressed that he was sorry about Hannah’s accident and wished her a speedy recovery. Then, the business talk with Carl finally started.
“You said that you’re rather interested in a new project by our company. I wonder which project you mean?” Carl leaned against the chair and asked the question politely. He exuded a mature, dependable air throughout the discussion.
Alison’s eyes flickered, noticing the change in his temperament. Unbeknownst to her, Carl was highly unsatisfied with Brayden right now because he didn’t even introduce Alison to him when he walked in with her, which made him feel that he thought nothing about her. This dissatisfaction gave him a stronger sense of dominance than Brayden.
Although Brayden sensed the hostility from him, he reckoned that he was overthinking matters after careful observation. “The project regarding artificial intelligence.”
“We have quite a few projects related to artificial intelligence,” Carl answered promptly, fixing his ‘eyes on Brayden. “Which one do you mean?”
“Artificial intelligence robots.”
“That’s a good project, but we’re already collaborating with another company on that.”
“That’s okay.” Brayden’s initial intention wasn’t to speak about business, anyway. His eyes drifted to Alison for a second, and his lips parted as he asked thoughtfully, “I wonder if you have another daughter besides Miss Hannah, Mr. Lambert?”
“What do you mean?” he asked, sounding genuinely natural. Even Alison raised her eyes and looked in their direction.
Brayden casually said with a straight face, “Just some time ago, someone in the city claimed to be the heir to Lambert International. I thought you had another daughter besides Miss Hannah.”
“I’m his only daughter,” Hannah cut in, sitting up in bed. Alison was the precious daughter of their family, and they had to protect her no matter the cost!
In juxtaposition with Hannah’s vibrant energy, Carl appeared calmer. He even huffed in
amusement. “You should take these rumors with a pinch of salt because, most of the time, they are false Previously, I even heard that women are clamoring to bear you an heir.”
“You’re right,” Brayden admitted, chatting casually with him;
However, Hannah couldn’t control herself and kept staring at Alison. Finally, when she stole a look at her for the tenth time, Brayden met her eyes and asked solemnly, “Do you know my wife, Miss Lambert?”
Will Anna give me away? Alison thought anxiously.
“Is she your wife?” Finally, Hannah could look at her sister openly.
Brayden gave her an ambiguous answer. “For now, yes.”
“For now?” Carl repeated.
“We’re in the midst of a divorce,” Brayden said calmly, observing every change in Carl’s expression. If he’s really Alison’s father, he will definitely be furious after hearing something like this.
Yet, there were no signs of emotion from Carl because he wasn’t a person who particularly enjoyed gossiping. Besides, he didn’t have any interest in the personal affairs of others. If I ask more questions. Aly’s identity will be exposed, ruining her plans.
“Dad!” Hannah found an excuse to fend off Brayden at long last. “Don’t you think that Mrs. Cornell looks a lot like someone we knew?” she asked in excitement.
“What the hell are you doing? Carl asked with his eyes.
We have to show Brayden that Aly is not a nobody!”Don’t expose Aly’s identity!”Chill. I know what I’m doing.”
A helpless Carl thought, Stop what you’re doing. I can’t stop worrying when you’re acting like this!
“Who?” he asked, cutting off the exchange of glances between the Lamberts.
“My personal bodyguard when I was in primary school, Aly,” she answered, making up an identity for Alison, the light in her eyes dancing with excitement.
While Alison and Carl were stunned with astonishment, Brayden frowned and muttered, “Personal bodyguard?”
“Aly?” Then, Carl began to play along. In fact, he had no idea how he should act because this scene wasn’t included in the script they went through prior to this.
Then, Hannah’s acting skills kicked into action, and she began recounting the tales of the past to help her father’s memory. “Didn’t you hire a girl five years older than me when I was nine? She was responsible for my safety, so I won’t get bullied by others outside of school.”
Carl furrowed his brows. What am I supposed to do next? Should I recall everything suddenly or go on
pretending that I don’t remember? Indeed, Hannah was five years younger than Alison, but he didn’t have the nerve to write a script by himself. What if he made the situation worse? Alison already had plenty of reasons to despise him, and he would really rather not test her boundaries.