Maxim turned to look at her, “What do you plan to do about this situation?”
Briana was silent for a few seconds, then slowly said, “Just like last time, pretend nothing happened.”
Hearing this, a glint of coldness flashed in Maxim’s eyes as he stared intently at her, saying, “Briana, I’m a businessman, I never do business at a loss, and moreover, I’ve helped you twice.”
“What did you want?”
Seeing the wariness in her eyes, Maxim spoke with an indifferent expression, “Don’t worry, I won’t ask you to take responsibility. However, I feel that we are very compatible, so I want to maintain this relationship with you for a long time.”
A flash of surprise crossed Briana’s eyes, she frowned and asked, “What do you mean?”
“Just sex, no feelings, how about it?”
No sooner had he finished speaking than Briana coldly said, “Sorry, I refuse!”
Thinking of the words Kiley had sent her before, Briana let out a cold laugh, “Mr. Yoder, if you have any needs, Kiley should be more than willing
Maxim’s eyes cooled down, looking at Briana with an icy expression.
“I wasn’t interested in anyone else, and we were happy together, weren’t we?”
Briana fell silent for a moment, then frowned and said, “We’re already divorced, shouldn’t you be preparing to marry Kiley next?”
“I wouldn’t marry her, nor would I be with her.”
This kind of similar assurance, however, made Briana’s brow furrow more deeply.
“You asked me to think it over.”
Speaking from the heart, Maxim’s skills were impressive, and Briana didn’t feel shortchanged by sleeping with him.
If it were someone else, she might have agreed by now, but they had been married before, and she didn’t want this matter to entangle them again.
Seeming to perceive her concerns, Maxim said nonchalantly, “Don’t worry, I won’t use this as a reason to reconcile with you. If you find another man you like, or if I want to be with another woman, we can end this relationship at any time. I won’t demand anything from you ordinarily.”
“Did you really not plan to be with Kiley anymore?”
Maxim frowned deeply, saying coldly, “I’ve told you, we were never together after she returned to her country.”
Briana didn’t press further, nodding and saying, “Alright, I can agree, on the condition that you can’t interfere with my dealings with other men in the future.”
Although the two were now divorced, it would still be a hassle for her if Maxim really wanted to pester her. It would be better to use this
matter to make him step back. If she really didn’t plan to sleep with him in the future, could he still force her?
Maxim’s eyes deepened slightly, “Alright.”
After reaching an agreement, Briana stood up and said, “I have other things to do, so I’ll leave first.”
“Please, go ahead.”
Briana took her phone and left.
Just as I stepped out of the break room, I saw several missed calls on my phone, all from the staff of the design competition.
She dialed back, and as soon as the call connected, the anxious voice from the other end came through.
“Miss Elia, where did you go?! The internet is all discussing your sudden disappearance! When will you come back?!”
A flicker of confusion passed through Briana’s eyes as she said, “I’ll go back immediately.”
After hanging up the phone, she opened Twitter. The first trending topic was #EliaMissing#. She clicked on it only to find out that she had suddenly stopped commenting on the design draft, which was why everyone online was discussing where she had gone.
She quit Twitter, quickly returned to the referee room, apologized to the staff, and then went back to her room to continue looking at the design drafts.
On the other side, Maxim’s lounge.
After Briana left, he sat on the sofa, picked up the wine glass from the table and took a sip, his eyes deep and thoughtful.
Suddenly, the cellphone on the side rang.
“Mr. Yoder, all traces have been completely erased.”
“Um, bring Kiley to see me.”
Kiley had just finished her design and stepped out of the competition venue when Rayan approached her, saying, “Ms. Schneider, Mr. Yoder would like to see you.”
“Maxim came over today?!”
A flash of surprise and disbelief crossed her eyes. It seemed that despite Maxim’s cold demeanor, he still liked her, otherwise he wouldn’t have come to watch her game.
Suppressing her excitement all the way to the lounge, the moment Kiley saw Maxim, she couldn’t help but joyfully say, “Maxim, my design draft scored really high today, I’m sure I can make it to the next competition!”
Maxim didn’t respond to her words, his expression cold as he dismissed Rayan.