I went silent because everything he said was true; I couldn't refute that. Of course, I wished there would come a day where I did not have to avoid Tiger and bear whatever misery I would always go through in the nightclub.
Mr. Adler caressed my head before saying, “I won't be here for the next few days. If you need something, just let Mannie know.”
“Where are you going?” I blurted out, but then it dawned on me that I was in no position to question him. “Um, pretend you didn't hear me,” I added awkwardly.
“I need to take care of some personal matters. Here,” he uttered, taking out a mini box.
“This is...” I trailed off, staring at the box in surprise. The logo of a well-known brand from a certain country was on the top of the box, catching my eye. Mr. Adler had bought me the latest mobile device. A SIM card was already inside, and all the widely-used applications had been installed beforehand.
I took the phone from him and smiled. “Is this for me? I don't have your phone number, though.”
With that, the man fished out his own phone and tapped on some buttons. Shortly after that, the phone he just handed me rang. When I glanced down at the screen, I noticed the name “Augustus Adler” on it.
That was the first time I learned his name, and it was also the first contact name saved on my new phone.
At night, Augustus stayed with me with his arm wrapped around my body instead of returning to his room. It felt a bit awkward, but just as I felt like struggling free from his grip, he covered me with the duvet. “Don't worry. I'm not interested in doing those things you have in mind. I just need someone to hug 'cause I have trouble sleeping.”
My thoughts went sideways when I heard those words, yet I felt that something was amiss, which was odd.
I brushed that feeling aside. With such an amazing man holding me like this, I drifted off to dreamland.
Just as he had informed, Augustus was not present the next few days. Even Colter was nowhere to be found. However, the latter did arrange a chauffeur to drive me to and from work.
Truth be told, I was embarrassed to be treated in such a manner. Whenever I arrived at MIX, I could feel the judgment in people's eyes. Everyone assumed I was Augustus' sugar baby.
After swimming several laps in the pool, I changed my clothes and got ready to head on a walk. Unexpectedly, I bumped into some familiar figures in the hallway. My heart instantly started beating faster, and I quickly took a few steps back. However, I ran into someone behind me and the things in her hand fell to the ground, creating a deafening sound.
“Watch where you're going! Are you blind?”
It was Lisa from the second floor. Her eyes glimmered with anger as she glared at me before crouching to pick up her items.
“I'm sorry, Lisa. I didn't mean to. Let me help you.” I immediately squatted to gather her stuff. From the moment I did so to the moment she left in a huff, I wished to flee the scene as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, the commotion from earlier had attracted the attention of the men in front. They turned their heads towards me and stared dead into my eyes before starting to approach me.
It was Tiger and his subordinates. “Huh. I thought you left the city, but you're here, I see.”
The man might be thinner than before, but he was still eye-catching. Tiger was staring at me as if he was going to swallow me alive.
I forced a tight smile. “What a coincidence, Tiger.”
“You work here?” he questioned as he fixated his gaze on me.
My mind went blank for a second, but my smile remained on my lips. “Yes. I work for MIX now.”
Since this is Augustus' territory, I believe he won't do as he pleases.
Tiger frowned for a moment before a strange smile crept onto his face. “I can't believe an exquisite place like MIX has allowed someone like you to work for them. You sure have your ways, don't you?”
“What are you talking about? I need a job to put food on the table.” I stayed collected while trying to subtly observe the surrounding environment in case he attempted to do something. All I had to was yell and perhaps, a bodyguard would show up.
Unpredictably, he only waved his hand and left with his subordinates, not forgetting to shoot me one last look before disappearing from my sight.
As long as I stay here, he won't do anything to me.