That afternoon, as the sun set and the sky gradually darkened, the man behind the wheel drove, while Richard reclined in the back seat, eyes closed, taking a rest.
The assistant grumbled next to him. “I can’t figure out what this ridiculous president of Sapphire Group is thinking. He seemed to be playing coy so you’d come over, then asked this creepy man to bring you around.”
The man heard the comment but remained silent, wearing a smirk.
The journey from their hotel to their destination took approximately two hours. When they arrived, the city lights illuminated the drinking establishments, and crowds of people gathered around.
Nathaniel parked the car and guided Richard inside.
“We love to come to this place. It’s a man’s heaven,” Nathaniel remarked, genuine excitement in his eyes.
Suddenly, a group of women approached them, reaching out to touch their chests. The
assistant, an inexperienced young man unfamiliar with such environments, took a step back and helped fend off the women from Richard.
“This must be the famous red light district of Mernaut,” Richard finally spoke, ending his prior silence.
“You’re very knowledgeable, Mister Richard. Indeed, this is the renowned red light district. The women here have incredible figures and are very hot. Last time I was here, I didn’t want to leave…”
The assistant looked at him with disgust. “That’s enough. Mister Richard is not that type of person. Stop saying disgusting things. It’s offensive to our ears.”
“Offensive? Your president is merely human. How could he not experience these primal desires?” Nathaniel retorted.
While Nathaniel spoke, Richard was thinking about something else. Nathaniel sensed that he might be getting to him and continued, “You must be remembering something. Listen, the women here are really good at providing service. I’m sure you’ll be satisfied.”
Richard coldly replied, “I don’t need that.”
Nathaniel chuckled, thinking that Richard was simply in denial and would eventually succumb to temptation. He looked down at him but maintained a polite smile. “Of course, Mister Richard. We have a variety of women here. Take your time to select your preferred type.”
Richard frowned, feeling uncomfortable. No matter how he tried to distract himself, a single image persisted in his mind. She always possessed long and dark hair, a teasing and sultry smile, and a black dress, looking seductive.
Why was Pearl on his mind? Yet her name remained a painful knot in his heart.
He shook his head in an attempt to banish her from his mind, but she only became more vivid.
Not only that, as he gazed at the women on the streets, one of their faces transformed into
hers a woman he knew well. This familiar figure adorned herself in provocative attire and
wore heavy makeup, standing on the street like the others, wearing a flirtatious smile. Was that… Pearl?!