Theo gave strangers the cold shoulder most of the time.
The issue now was that she was eight months pregnant, and if she went out and about, she would stick out like a sore thumb. She was a walking billboard!
If she didn’t go, the Blanchet Corporation wouldn’t cough up the final payment, and Crescent Society would be up shit creek without a paddle; they would even be on the brink of going belly up.
This was the company she had busted her hump to build from the ground up. How could she bear to watch it crash and burn?
Besides, she had a kid on the way now and needed the company so she could bring home the bacon.
The more she thought about it, the more worried she became. She couldn’t figure out a perfect solution for love or money
Just then, the doorbell rang at the villa.
Ellinor snapped back to reality and was immediately on high alert. Who could that be?
There was usually no one coming here except for the supply truck sent by Bartlett
But they just dropped off supplies yesterday. There was no way they’d send someone again today
Ellinor watched with a furrowed brow as the servant went to answer the door.
After seeing the servant bow respectfully to the visitor, Ellinor finally breathed a sigh of relief.
It was Bartlett!
But what the heck was he doing here?
This place was a stone’s throw from the city. It took two hours to drive here and another two to drive back. Didn’t he find the drive annoying?
And she had made it crystal clear to him before that she didn’t need him to check up on her all the time. If there was any problem, she would reach out to him.
Even if it was Bartlett, if he started showing up more often than not, he would get on Theo’s radar
Theo had Greenhaven under lock and key, waiting to nab her
Bartlett better not be here to stir up trouble!
Bartlett walked in with a friendly grin, holding a takeout box. “Ellinor, guess what I brought you?”
Ellinor frowned, already having a bee in her bonnet about the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and now she had to deal with Bartlett making a mountain out of a molehill. She couldn’t help but feel imitated. “Why are you here again?”
Bartlett pouted, looking wronged. “What do you mean ‘why am I here again? I haven’t been here since last month! I thought you might be craving something to eat, so I got you your favorite BBQ And you’re giving me the cold shoulder?”
Ellinor grumbled ‘Do you think I want to risk being found by Theo just for food?”*
Bartlett walked over, put down the takeout box, and sat on the couch, grinning from ear to ear. “Don’t worry, I’m extra careful. I won’t be spotted by the Blanchet family Ellinor, what you may not realize is that I’m more worried about being found out than you are! So I wouldn’t joke about this.”
Ellinor gave him a sideways glance. “You’re more afraid of being found out than me? What are you afraid of? Are you afraid that the Blanchet family will pick a fight with the Rex family if they find out? Actually, I think this is too risky for you. I’ve already told you that you don’t have to look after me. I can find a place to rent in the village.”
Bartlett shook his head. “Ellinor, what are you thinking? I’m willing to take the risk as long as I can help you! What I mean is, if the Blanchet family finds out you’re hiding here, I won’t be able to protect you under the radar anymore! At that point, I might not even have a chance to see you!”
Ellinor fell silent.
Bartlett touched the takeout box he brought. The BBQ cooled down after two hours on the road.
He raised his hand to summon a servant and asked him to reheat the BBQ
Then he looked at Ellinor and noticed that she seemed a bit troubled.
“What’s up? Feeling down? Is it because you’re bored being here by yourself?”