The next morning, Pearl was still asleep at ten o’clock when her phone rang and woke her up. She answered it impatiently and immediately perked up when she heard the familiar voice on the other end.
“Miss Pearl, I’d like to take you to lunch. Is it a good time?” Owen was quite polite.
Pearl’s annoyance at being awakened vanished. She quickly got up and dressed properly before heading downstairs.
Hugo was sitting in the living room, looking curiously at Pearl when he saw her in a black off- shoulder dress. “You look so elegant. Are you meeting Owen?”
“Yeah, today’s the deadline Mister Zinedine gave me. He might not give me the herbs if I fail.” Pearl twirled, and her dress billowed around her.
After some time, she had fully understood what kind of person Zinedine was.
“Do you need me to go with you?” Hugo offered to accompany her, which was rare.
“No, it’s too conspicuous if we go together. I’ll go alone.” Pearl casually grabbed a piece of toast from the table and took a bite to satisfy her hunger. “I’m not that kind of fool.”
“I don’t want him to take advantage of you,” Hugo replied gently.
“Don’t worry. He can’t do that.” Pearl knew how to handle such a pervert.
When she got downstairs and walked a bit, she saw a black Maybach at the door.
A sudden bad feeling gripped her. She quickly walked to the car. Her expression changed when she saw the person in the car.
Richard was sitting in the car, staring at her with a grim expression.
Darn it! He had found her.
Pearl reluctantly got into the car because she knew he would insist if she refused.
“Can you explain why you’re here?” Richard sounded calm, but Pearl could tell his dominance.
“I… can explain.” Pearl swallowed and whispered, “Hugo is using something against me, so I have to stay here.”
“It’s related to your mother, right?” Richard guessed correctly. He had heard that Hugo was treating a Jordan. Unexpectedly, it was Pearl’s mother.
“I can help you find the best doctor in the world to treat her. Why do you have to deal with him?” Richard frowned at Pearl and expressed his desire to help.
Pearl raised her brows and replied gently, “I don’t want to be here, but no one else can cure my mother’s illness except him.”
Richard then put aside what he wanted to say. “What about your mentor? Can’t he do anything?”
“Yeah.” Pearl sighed helplessly and weakly.
“I’m running out of options. That’s why I lied to him and let him cure my mother. Then, I’ll
see how things go.”
Her words filled Richard with gloom. It seemed like something bad was about to happen. “Lied? How did he threaten you?”