“I didn’t catch the whole conversation, but from what I gathered, you’re saying you want to take my girl away from here? Are you here to ruin my business, Mister Richard?” Zinedine positioned himself in front of Pearl, creating a barrier between her and Richard.
Pearl’s heart jumped when she saw the man’s imposing figure. Although he was powerful there, Richard wasn’t someone one could just offend.
And just as she expected, Richard raised his chin and said, “I’m taking my fiancee out of here. Do you have a problem with that?”
Zinedine clapped his hands and laughed. “That’s funny. You think my girl here is your fiancee, and you want to take her away?”
“It’s the truth.” Richard’s tone sounded cold.
“I don’t care if it’s the truth. Any girl working here pretty much sold themselves to me. They can’t leave unless they fulfill their contract.”
Zinedine smiled at Pearl. “Maybe you should ask if the lady wants to leave with you.”
Richard looked at her. “Come with me.”
“No, I want to stay.” Pearl sighed and shook her head. Gigi was waiting for her, and she couldn’t just give up and disappoint her now.
Zinedine’s gaze deepened. “See. I’m not stopping her. She doesn’t want to leave.”
Richard’s anger ignited once more. He took a step forward and grabbed Pearl’s wrist tightly. “I said I’ll give you anything you want. Come with me.”
“Richard, I already told you I won’t leave with you. I have obligations here.” Pearl felt bitter. It would be wonderful if he could genuinely provide what she needed, but Zinedine was the only one who had the medicine.
The work she referred to was something entirely different from their discussion, and she believed Richard could understand it. However, he seemed consumed by his determination and tightened his grip. “What do I need to do to convince you to come with me?”
The standoff continued until Zinedine proposed an intriguing solution. “Why don’t you pay for her for the time being? She’ll be yours then.” It was the best idea he had so far.
“I don’t want him to pay for me!” Pearl hated the idea as being paid for would place her under Richard’s control. While she wouldn’t have to entertain other clients, it would still be a hassle for her.
She had no intention of serving Richard!
“I have no choice then.” Zinedine shrugged, then looked at Pearl. “Remember your job, or the deal I made with you will be null and void.”
This was a reminder to Pearl. Her heart felt cold as she nodded. “Okay.”
After Zinedine left, Richard looked at her, as if he had more to say. Just as Pearl thought he was going to yell at her, he looked away and left without saying anything.
want him to leave?
Shaking her head, she tried to dispel this strange notion from her mind. They no longer had any ties to one another. He could do as he pleased, and she had no right to interfere.
Nevertheless, she couldn’t be sure if Richard had given up trying to convince her or if he had other plans.