Chapter 100: Unexpected Meeting
Yareli was taken aback by Ayla’s request.She had thought that it would be more convenient for them to cooperate because they already knew each other.But now that she had refused, it only meant that she wasn’t willing to do this.
“Wenny, can’t you reconsider?”
Yareli believed that Ayla would regret it if she didn’t seize this opportunity.
“Ms.Evans, you do know that I’m still studying so I can’t go back to A City yet.I suggest you choose someone else.I’m afraid that I’m not capable of such a great responsibility on my own.I think Linda would be more suitable for this than I am.”
In reality, Ayla didn’t need to go to school anymore.She was able to work full-time.She was just making up an excuse not to go back to A City.
Yareli looked at her and persuaded her, “Wenny, please think twice about this.I think you’re the perfect candidate for this job!”
If Ayla wasn’t going to take this job, she’d rather not assign it to anyone else.
Anna looked at Yareli, and said, “Ms.Evans, may I have a word with Miss Wenny alone?”
Yareli had arranged for them to meet, and considering the fact that the two of them had already known each other before, there was no need for her to stay.
Perhaps things would turn out better after they had spoken.
Once Yareli had left, only Anna and Ayla were left in the room.
“I never imagined that you’d be here.It’s so unexpected,” said Anna.
“To tell you the truth, I was also surprised.”
At that time, the only detail Ayla knew about was that the partner company of Starlight Fashion Hub would develop a business in Antawood.
It never crossed her mind that it would be the Clark Group, and that Anna would be their representative.
Perhaps this meant that there really were some people that were hard to avoid running into.
Last night, Lucas took her away from them, but today, facing Anna was inevitable.
“I think you’re already aware of my relationship with Brian, right?”Anna glanced at the ring on her finger.
It was a beautiful and brimming diamond ring.
Naturally, Ayla also looked at it.She had initially thought that she wouldn’t care about it.
A year ago, she was heartbroken when she found out about their engagement.
But after a painful struggle with heartbreak, she eventually got over it.
She had believed that it could no longer hurt her, but in the end, she still felt pain.
“I do know, and I congratulate you for it.” Ayla tried to conceal her pain with a faint smile.
“Thank you.Without you in the picture, Brian and I have been so happy,”
Anna reluctantly remarked.She was a selfish woman.She had hoped that Brian would be hers for the rest of her life.
As long as Ayla didn’t show up again, her relationship with him wouldn’t change.
Glancing at her, Ayla replied, “That’s why I can’t go back to Antawood.Just consider me dead.I can’t go back, and I refuse to go back.”
Escaping might be the better option for her.
There was no way she would go back there.
“I didn’t mean for you to go back there.I won’t tell Brian that you’re alive, and I won’t tell him that you’re here in Milan.I think you understand why I’m doing that, right?” Anna said bluntly.
Ayla shouldn’t have returned to her and Brian’s life.
“As long as you love him and the two of you are happy, that’s good enough for me.I have nothing more to do with you two.So please convince Ms.Evans that I can’t be in charge of this cooperation,”
If she went back to Antawood, eventually, she would run into Brian one way or another.
Anna couldn’t see any nuances of emotion on Ayla’s face.
This woman had changed so much after two years.
She was no longer the same powerless and submissive woman she once was.
After leaving the coffee shop, Ayla didn’t take a car.
Instead, she slowly walked towards her apartment.
Seeing Anna didn’t just leave her uneasy, it left her heartbroken.
Upon seeing Ayla walking along the street, Lucas honked the car horn to get her attention.
“What are you doing here?” She looked at him in surprise.
“I’m here to pick you up.”
Lucas was aware that she had a meeting with Yareli in the coffee shop today, so he came to pick her up.
He knew that she didn’t like taking a bus or a taxi.
After sitting in the car for a long time, Ayla broke her silence.
“I saw Anna just now.”
“Did she say anything to you?”
As a matter of fact, he wasn’t worried that Brian would find out that Ayla was still alive because Anna loved him.
That woman probably wouldn’t tell him that she ran into Ayla today.
She would just pretend that it never happened.
“She didn’t say anything noteworthy.I don’t want to go back to Antawood and I don’t want anything to do with the cooperation project with the Clark Group.”
Ayla turned her gaze towards the window.
It turned out that Brian’s sudden appearance wasn’t just a coincidence.
It was actually related to the partnership between Starlight and the Clark Group.
Pulling over, Lucas said, “You don’t want to see him? But this is your chance.Are you really willing to give it up?”
He didn’t want her to see Brian, but he also didn’t want her to ruin her future.
“It doesn’t matter.I just don’t want to go back to that sad place.It reminds me of too much of my painful past.”
Ayla looked at him with a faint smile on her lips.
“If you want to go back, I can come with you.You have to remember that you’re Wenny now, not Ayla, right?”
Over the past two years, Lucas ensured that she was safe and sound.
And even if she returned to Antawood, he would still take care of everything for her.Ayla shook her head.
“I’m still Ayla.Nothing has changed, and I’m still heartbroken.”
Meanwhile, Yareli refused Anna’s proposal to replace the designer.
In her mind, Ayla was the best designer for this project.
And so, Anna was left with no other choice but to contact Ayla for help again.
“Miss Anna, what can I do for you?”
Ayla and Anna were sitting face to face in a coffee shop again.
They had met each other so many times, but they still kept each other at arm’s length.
“I’ve spoken to Ms.Evans, and she said that you’re the only designer she’d want to work on this project.As much as I hate for you to go back to Anita Wood and stop you from meeting Brian, I’d rather not hinder his career because of my selfishness.You have to accept this project and go back!”
Anna’s attitude softened.
It was true that Brian’s career needed to be established little by little, and she would do anything for it to happen.
Shaking her head, Ayla responded, “You, of all people, should know that this isn’t the right time for me to appear in Antawood.”
Indeed, her reemergence in Antawood would cause problems, and she wasn’t willing to go anyway.
“I am aware of that, but I’m fully responsible for this cooperation.I’m the only one you need to talk to and meet.You wouldn’t have to meet Brian at all!”
It took Anna so much courage to make this decision.
It was a big risk and she was trying her Juck.
Still reluctant, Ayla said, “I need some time to think about it.”
The truth was that she was still afraid that the worst could happen, so she was still hesitant to do it.
Anna stirred her coffee.
“I will give you three days to decide.After that, I have to go back to Antawood.If Ms.Evans speaks to Brian directly, I think by that time, even if both of us don’t want it to happen, you’re bound to meet with him.”
This was what worried Anna the most.
No matter what happened, Yareli and Brian’s’ partnership would definitely proceed.
Even though Brian hardly cared about this project, since he had already reached an agreement, he probably wouldn’t let it go that easily.
The only choice Ayla had right now was to run away again.
However, doing so would let Yareli down after she had given Ayla her trust and mentored her for so long.