Bye, My Irresistible Love by Gorgeous Killer Novel

Chapter 5


Chapter 5 The Brightest Girl. Scarlett’s POV:. I looked at myself in the mirror. I wore a long white evening dress, a pair of Prada high-heeled shoes, and a pair of pearl stud earrings. I tied my hair up into a tight, clean bun. But I still thought that there was something missing. Then I put on my black choker necklace with the small turquoise on it and smiled. My father gave it as a gift to my mother, and my mother handed it down to me. “Are you done? Come on, Scarlett, let me see. Can’t you raise your phone so that I can see you?” Tiana and I were on video call while I was getting dressed. While I got ready for the party, she was protesting loudly on the other end of the line. “I only have two hands, Tiana. Calm down. I’m almost done. At last, I put on my favorite pink lipstick and pouted my lips to check the color. “Turn around. Let me have a look. I looked at myself in the mirror and still felt uneasy. I picked up my phone and angled the front camera toward myself. Tiana covered her mouth and stopped moving. The picture had frozen. Was it because of a bad signal?. “Tiana, are you still there?”. “Oh, my God, girl! You look absolutely stunning! Oh, Charles is going to be stupefied by how gorgeous you look tonight! In fact, all the men at the party will be stupefied!”. “Mrs. Moore, if we don’t set out now, we’ll have to take the helicopter,” Burton, the driver, called at me from the driveway. “Thanks for the over-the-top compliment per usual, Tiana. I have to go. I’m already running late. ” Then, I hung up. I lifted my dress and went downstairs carefully. “You look beautiful, Mrs. Moore. You’ll be a sensation at the party tonight. ” Burton opened the door for me. “Thank you, Burton. Let’s go. ” I was not that much into attending formal events, but I was looking forward to this party. “Will we make it?”. “We will, Mrs. Moore. Trust me. ” After saying that, Burton stepped on the accelerator and drove toward the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Before I knew it, I was at the hotel’s drop-off area. I got off the car and felt the cold evening wind on my arms and face. Fortunately, it should be warm indoors. I entered the banquet hall, and many heads turned toward my direction. All the attention made me feel a little tense and wonder if I had somehow gone overboard with my outfit. “Scarlett! You’re finally here. ” I heaved a sigh of relief as Christine approached me. “Hi, Grandma. Sorry I’m late. “Our little princess is finally here. I beamed as Alice and her husband Lawrence also walked toward me. “Dad, mom. Oh, I’m so glad to see you both. I deeply apologize for arriving late. “Don’t worry about it, dear. The best is always the last one to show up anyway,” Alice assured me with a smile. At this time, many people in the banquet hall had taken notice of me. One of them was a young man who waved at me and smiled. It was Spencer. I swept my eyes over the buzzing crowd and finally met a pair of cold, dark eyes. It was Charles, and he was staring right back at me. Other than the usual detached look, there was something else in his eyes tonight that I could not quite figure out

“Who is she?”. “I think that’s the girl Lawrence and Christine adopted. Don’t you think she’s magnificent?”. “Yes, she is breathtak ing. She is even more attractive than Rita. … … . Everyone began to whisper am ong themselves. “Look, our little Scarlett has become a charm ing young woman!” Spencer came over with a sm ile on his face. David was right on his heels. “Long time no see. ” I e xtended my hand toward t hem, and they kissed it. When Spencer hugged me, I caught a glimpse of Charles. He was standin g by the stage and watching me. He still looked at me with those icy, unreadable eyes. This time, I caught a glimpse of anger on his face. “Ladies and gentlemen, before we celebrate the 60th anniver sary of the Moore Group tonight, let us first please welcom e our dear CEO, Mr. Charles Moore, for his opening remarks. Charles went onto the stage, smiled at the emcee, and shook hands with him. The col d look on his face was gone, and he started giving his speech in a warm tone that I had not heard him use. He glanced at me from time to time, and I returned his gaze. A few reporters were invited to the part y tonight. After Charles’s speech, they were allowed to ask him a few questions. “Mr. Moore, there’s a rumor goin g around that you and Miss Rita L ively are engaged. Is that true?” . “Were you with her when she was photographed try ing on wedding dresses?” . … … . I was not surprised by the questions they threw right at Charles. The Moor e Group had always been in the spotlight, and Rita was an actress whose ca reer fueled the rumor mill. Financial reporters could sometimes be gossipy. I turned to look at Alice, Chr istine, and Lawrence. They were not liking what was happening. “I think my personal life is the least of everyone’s concerns tonight. A nd with that, let me welcome you to tonight’s festivities. On behalf of the Moore Group, thank you for joining us and have a wonderful evening. Charles handled that quite well, and it wa s expected. He had been in the game long en ough to learn how to deal with nosy people. After Charles ended his speech, the band resumed the music, drowning out the reporters’ follow-up questions. Soon, the guest s began to fill the dance floor. “Scarlett, may I have this dance?” Spencer walked over to me and offered me his ha . I found it a little amusing, considering Spencer was a bit of a la dies’ man back in high school. No amount of gentlemanly demeanor c ould ever cover up the trail of broken hearts he left in his wake. “Well, why not?” I took his hand and let him to w me to the dance floor. He put one hand around my waist and he ld my hand in the air with the other. I rested my other hand on his shoulder. “Hold me tighter, you coward. Are you afraid of getting beaten by Charles or something?” I whispered to Spencer. Spencer grinned and sho ok his head slightly. T hen, he held me closer. We began to dance. After a few moments, I suddenly felt uneasy. I felt as if someone was watching me. I immediately dismissed the feeling. Maybe I was just thinking too much or maybe I just put on my choker too tightly. “Take your hand off her. ” A familiar voice suddenly inte rrupted my train of thoughts. Someone had yan ked Spencer’s ha nd off my waist. I had no choice but to stop. I turned around sulkily and foun d Charles standing right behind me with that confusing expres sion on his face. I could not tell if he was angry or in pain. “What’s the matter, Char les? I’m just dancing wit h our friend,” I snapped. He looked stunned. He obviously was not expecting such a reaction fro m me. But he did not say anything. He just turned around and stomped a way like a little boy whose parents did not allow him to play outside

At this time, a waiter passed by, and I took a g lass of champagne from his tray and downed it in one gulp. I was not in the mood to dance anymore. “Why does he always swoop in and ruin everyone’s fun ?” I complained to Spencer. “Force of habit. Don’t worry, Scarlett. Your go od days are on the way. Good days? Did h e mean the days a fter the divorce? . I was not sure about that. Soon enough, the revelry in the banquet hall proved t oo much for me, and I had to get out to get some fresh air. I took off my choker as I made my way to the balcony. The cold night air felt so nice against my face. Spencer and David did not follow me, a nd I appreciated it. I needed some time alone to calm down and realign myself. Los Angeles was a different kind of beautiful compared to Paris where I spent the last three years to study. But even though Paris would alway s have a special place in my heart, Los Angeles would always be my home. But since I came home, I had felt a little lonely. I missed Tiana. I could not wait for he r to return from her business trip. It was now suddenly occurring to me that I had spent t he last three years of my life with just my European friends. Now I missed Tiana even more. A breeze blew, and my arms prickled with goose bumps. I took a deep breath and welcomed the discomfort. Somehow, it helped ease my nerves. Next thing I knew, someone was coverin g me up with a suit jacket. I instantl y recognized the scent off the fabric. I turned around. In the dim light, I was able to make out the contours of a handsome face. I met the gaze of the man standing behind me, and the river of emotions inside me that I had just calmed ran into raging rapids once again. “It’s freezing out here. You’re goin g to catch a cold. It amazed me sometimes how my husband turned from an uncaring man to a concerned one. It was like he had a switch somewhere that he flipped whenever he wanted. But why? Why did he do that? Why did he give me the cold should er and then turn around and mess with my head? I already said y es to the divorce. He was no longer obligated to care about me. “Aren’t you co ld?” I looked up at Charles. “No, I ’m all right. At this time, my phone beeped. It was a message from Tiana. She said that she h ad already found a place for me to live. “I’m going t o move out in a few days. “W hy ?” . “Because divorced couple s usually don’t go on liv ing under the same roof. “I haven’t signed the papers yet. “The place is close to the offic e where I’m going to work. It’ll be much more convenient for me. “Where you’re going to work? You found yourself a job? I co uld’ve arranged that for you. Hearing that, I smiled bitterly in my heart. I suddenly realized that Charles had been arranging many things for me, the most notable of which was him arranging for me to grow into a woman worthy of his n ame. I had been living a life that he directed, and I had been flowing with his current like dead fish. “No, thanks. I’m good. I’v e already spoken to their h uman resources department. “Liste n, Sca rlett…” . “Why should I listen to anyt hing that comes from you any more?” I snapped once again. I started taking off the suit jacket, bu t Charles stopped me. “Are you trying to catch a cold so that you can make me take c are of you? Or would you like me to go inside right now and get Grandma so that she can scold you?” he said with a half-smile. I rolled my eyes and put the sui t jacket back on. “Take this. ” Charles put a bank card in my hand and t hen turned around to leave. “When shall we go th rough the divorce fo rmalities?” I asked. “Why are you in such a hurry to divorce me? I s it because of that French artist? What’s his name again? Piero? Pierre?” he asked sharply. I did not know what to say. I fixed my eyes on him for a few moments. Then, I turned on my heels and left. If he thought that I had answere d yes to his question, then I gu ess he had just misunderstand me