Agnes exited the newspaper office with an envelope containing 20,000 yuan in her bands. She dug out the business card the driver had given her and dialed the number on it.
“Hello, who’s this?” A deep voice came from the other end of the phone.
The intense aura made Agnes nervous. She quickly said, “Is this Mr. Ivan? I’m the one who hit your car last time. I’ve got the compensation ready. What’s the easiest way for me to get it to you?”
Agnes paused and said, “Yes”
“I’m tied up at the moment. Come find me on the 19th floor of the Century Building later.” And with that, Mr. Ivan hung up.
Agnes was a bit puzzled. Even though it was cash, he could have just given her his bank account number, and she could have transferred the money. Why go through all this hassle?
But considering she had hit such an expensive car, Agnes figured she should apologize in person.
She had no classes in the morning, so she hailed a cab straight to the Century Building. This landmark building was not far from the Tim Group, also a prominent feature in Willowbrook Town.
The building was the headquarters of Century Entertainment, shining like a golden castle. Half of the top stars from the entertainment industry were signed to the company, with Mamie being the most popular.
Agnes was surprised to find out that the seemingly businesslike man worked at this entertainment company. Without thinking too much, she headed straight to the 19th floor.
As the elevator doors opened, Agnes was stunned by the scene before her. Hundreds of young girls were gathered in the long hallway, creating quite an impressive sight.
To her surprise, she spotted Beatrice Pritchard among the crowd.
Seeing Agnes, Beatrice sarcastically said, “Agnes, I never thought I’d see you here at the auditions. But you sure do stand out in that getup. Didn’t you know today’s scene is a ball?”
Agnes was confused Auditions? She noticed all the girls were dressed in fancy gowns, while she was just wearing jeans and a white shirt.
A girl nearby asked, “Beatrice, isn’t this your… sister?”
Beatrice responded, “She’s not my sister, she’s a burden to my family.”
Laughter erupted from the crowd.
Agnes kept a poker face and said, “Beatrice, if my memory serves me right, you have your college entrance examination tomorrow. Does your father know you’re here?”
It was already June, and Beatrice was in her senior year of high school, with the college entrance examination just around the corner.
Beatrice replied, “To me, the college entrance examination is just a formality. I’m destined to be a star. Now that the The Magical Romance of Cinderella” crew is holding national auditions, getting picked would skyrocket my fame. Why would I let an examination block my path to stardom?”
Agnes didn’t know what to say.
Beatrice added, “Agnes, don’t waste your energy. You won’t get picked looking like that. Don’t embarrass yourself here.”
“I’m not here to audition.”
“Then what are you here for?”
“None of your business.”
Beatrice said, “If you’re not here to audition, then don’t stand in the way. We’re about to start shooting the casting documentary. If you don’t want to be caught on camera, you better find somewhere to hide.”
Beatrice pointed to a room behind Agnes and said, “That’s an empty conference room. You can hide in there for a while.”
Agnes was actually there to meet someone and didn’t want to be crammed in a hallway with so many people. Without thinking twice, she turned and headed towards the conference room Beatrice had pointed out.
She could faintly hear Beatrice and a few people around her laughing maliciously.