Usually, when this kind of thing happened, hotels handled it privately. They contacted the newspaper, deleted the photos, apologized, and compensated. Problem solved. And celebrities usually didn’t want to stir up trouble with the media.
But Mamie wasn’t an average celeb. She’s a national sweetheart.
Mamie was pretty chill about the whole thing “Let’s call the cops then Investigate her newspaper and send them a lawyer’s letter,” she said.
The General Manager was all, Yes, yes,” and had Agnes escorted out.
Now it’s 4 a m. Agnes just got out of the police stationis interrogation room
Ben’s already there. He didn’t scold her. Instead, he comforted her. “Paparazzi end up at the police station all the time. You get used to it. But you really have guts to jump over a building like that. Remember, whatever you do, it’s for a living, it’s not worth risking your life.”
Agnes said, “Did I cause trouble for the newspaper? I deleted all the photos.
Ben was like, “I saw this coming. The top brass got a call. Mamie’s secret boyfriend is a big shot, and we can’t afford to offend him. Even if you really got the scoop, it might not be made public. Think about it: why hasn’t any media outlet been able to get proof all these years? Let it go, it’s in the past now.
Don’t sweat it.”
Ben left. Agnes was still at the police station, just staring into space. The higher–ups ordered no bail for 24 hours.
Half an hour later, Jared showed up at the station.
Agnes was still holding a cup of water with her head down, seeing Jared’s shoes slowly walk to her.
She didn’t look up or stand. Pretended not to see him.
Jared reached out and patted Agnes’s head. “Regret it yet?”
Agnes turned her head away. “Don’t touch me. I don’t know you.”
Jared chuckled and said, “Let’s go. We’ll talk back home”
Agnes didn’t budge. What she wanted was an explanation.
During her time at the police station, Agnes thought a lot. Maybe it wasn’t that Jared wouldn’t explain, but that he couldn’t.
For so long, Jared had been so considerate to her that Agnes almost forgot that to others, he was untouchable.
Tonight, one photo revealed his true colors.
Thinking of Mamie in her bathrobe made Agnes feel sick.
Seeing Agnes unmoved, Jared’s tone cooled. “Agnes, are you going to keep acting like this?”
Agnes suddenly got up and ran out.
Jared caught up with her and grabbed her arm at the station entrance. “What’s gotten into you today?”
Agnes wanted to cry, but she held it in. She didn’t want Jared to see. It would be too embarrassing.
Jared asked, “Agnes, don’t you trust me?”
This left Agnes speechless. Trust that there’s nothing special between him and Mamie? Agnes didn’t distrust him, she distrusted her own judgment.
Their marriage was only a few months old, even impulsive. How could there be trust in such a marriage?
Agnes couldn’t help but ask, “What exactly is going on between you and Mamie?”
Jared seemed to be waiting for her to ask.
After a while, he finally said, “There’s nothing special between us. We’re just good friends.”