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The Substitute Bride: Making Memories Of Us-n

Chapter 13: Her Dignity

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As they were eating, Ayla looked up from the plate and turned around. Suddenly she froze when her eyes met Brian's sharp gaze directly on her. Anna followed Brian's gaze and located Ayla. Asmirk appeared on her face as she waited for the drama. "Lala, what's wrong?". Toby held Ayla's hand and shook it gently. "Are you cold? Why is your hand so cold?”. "Oh, it's nothing. !'m fine. Ayla forced a smile as she averted her gaze from Brian and looked down. She withdrew her hand gently from Toby's hold, conscious of Brian’s burning gaze that bore into her. She knew he was misunderstanding the whole situation. She'd have to face its consequences. "Come on, finish the food. Do you want more? I can order more for you. Toby looked at her with adoration in his eyes. She was still that little girl whom he left years ago. He reached out and rubbed her hair softly. He wanted to come back before her eighteenth birthday and celebrate it with her. But he couldn't make it. Now that he was here, he could make it up for her. "Thank you, Toby. Ayla nodded then drank the orange juice quickly. Toby noticed how suddenly she turned restless. Meanwhile, Anna gave Brian a side glance. "Mr. Clark, why did you marry such an unworthy woman?". In fact, Anna never really understood why Brian married Clayton's daughter if he wanted to take revenge on him. Such a skittish woman was not suitable for him. For a person like Brian, any woman would want to marry him. But he chose Arlene out of all. It was beyond understandable to Anna. Brian and Anna took seats at the table opposite to the one where Ayla was seated. Brian quietly stirred the coffee in front of him before saying, "Well, I expected this. He had expected that Clayton's daughter wouldn't be a loyal woman. Brian used marriage to bind Arlene for a lifetime. Because the hatred he ha d in his heart, wouldn't have subsided otherwise. "Mr. Clark, I really don't understand why wo uld you do that? Although she is beautiful and slender, as far as I can tell, you don't

care about app earance. " Anna looked at him. Brian was hands ome and a renow ned businessman. But his appearanc e was of a cold a nd strict person. No one could really unde rstand what went on in h is incomprehensible mind. He was l ike a clo sed book. She couldn't read him, and perhaps no one else could. "You are r ight. Indeed, Brian wasn't a man who only paid at tention to appearance. When he decided to marry Arlene, he didn't even know how she looked like. Brian had no idea that he actually marr ied Clayton's adopted daughter, Ayla, a nd not his biological daughter, Arlene. "I hope I am the onl y woman who knows yo u well. " Anna smiled. No matter how many women Brian woul d meet and take, she was the only on e who would always stay by his side. Brian didn't answer. He just picked up the coffe e cup and drank it slowly. Hi s icy glare shifted to Ayla. Seeing her with another man, h e felt bothered. He said to Anna, " I've had enough co ffee. Let's go now!" . Anna loo ked over at Ayla. She might look nervou s on the outside, but that woman was bold. She didn't even try to leave and continued to t alk with that other man. Brian was car eful of his i mage outside. Otherwise, he'd have done some thing reckless. Ayla shudd ered at th e thought. Ayla's heart sank when she saw the deathly glare in Brian's eyes when he left. She felt guilty and helpless, g lancing at Toby. “Lala, are you living in the scho ol dormitory now? I can help you find a better place to live. Okay?" . Toby didn't want her to be bulli ed in the school. The Woodsen family nev er treated her well, b ut she deserved better. She might be the adopted daughte r of the Woodsen family, but she was nothing more than a servant. Ayla s hook he r head. "No, that won't be n ecessary. She didn’t eve n have the bas ic freedom now. It was impos sible for her to move out. "Why? What's wrong? Do you still liv e with the Woodsen family? Have Uncl e Clayton forbidden you to move out?" . Toby knew that Ayla was obedi ent to Clayton

She'd never refu se Clayton's word s no matter what. "Uh, I'm living in my student's home. I am her home tutor. Ayla lied to him. She could n't tell him that she was s old to a devil named Brian. "Do you st ill work p art-time?" . Toby was awar e of her work ing part-time. She worked to earn m oney and save it for her higher studies. "Yes, I do. "Ayla nodde d guiltily. She wanted to hide h er marriage from him as long as possible. She wanted to prote ct her dignity in fr ont of Toby for now. She knew she shouldn't lie to him, but she couldn't bear t o be looked down upon by him. If Toby had returned ea rlier, she wouldn't have been in this situation. "Lala, you don't have to do part- time jobs anymore. Now I can affor d a good life for you,” Toby said. He wanted to provide her a good life. She needed no t to rely on o thers anymore. "Toby, I'm f ine. Don’t wo rry for me. Ayla didn't w ant Toby to s tress for her. He must have a lot of pres sure already. Ayla didn't want to come between him a nd his achievements. Toby closely ob served her, the n held her hand. "Lala, don't lie to me. Tell me what's wro ng with you? You are so thin. Aren't you t aking care of yourself? I'll find a house . tomorrow. You can quit your part-time job and move out. You just need to focus on your study. You don't need to worry about . anything else. I will b e with you and everyth ing will be fine. Okay?" . He didn't wa nt her to su ffer anymore. Since childhood, he had see n this girl suffering a lot , and he felt sorry for her. Toby had loved her since those younger days and wanted to marry only her