Ivan went on, “But I’m curious, what has got you all muddled?”
Agnes replied, “Just some stuff that’s got me scratching my head.”
Not wanting to dwell on it, Agnes changed the subject, “Why are you at the hospital?” Ivan answered, “My sister is in the hospital because of a car accident. I came to visit her
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Upon hearing this, something clicked in Agnes‘ mind.
Hesitantly, Agnes asked, “Your sister isn’t Mamie, is it?”
Ivan glanced at Agnes, “You know her?”
It all made sense now. The Bartley family was complicated. One of the Four Families of Willowbrook, Ivan was the CEO of Century Entertainment, and Mamie was their star, but she had never put two and two together.
Agnes, with mixed feelings, said, “Mamie is a national icon, who wouldn’t know her?”
Ivan smiled, “If you would step into the entertainment industry, you’d quickly become the next big thing, Director Zoe keeps singing your praises, trying to convince me every day to let you play the lead in his new drama.”
Agnes declined politely, I’m still in school, it’s not convenient.”
“It wouldn’t be a hassle, actually. The drama is set on school life, and filming would be done on your campus at Lakeside College. Besides, you’re about to go on summer break.”
Agnes still turned him down.
After dinner, Agnes returned to Maplewood Manor. Half an hour later, Jared called to say he would be late and asked the driver to pick her up from the
Agnes said, “No need, I’m already home.”
After hanging up, Agnes sat alone on the couch.
Her eyes were fixated on the clock on the wall. When would Jared be back? If Jared was back before midnight, she would clear things up with him. If he didn’t come back, she would choose to leave.
Agnes was a Libra, often caught in dilemmas. But at times like this, she would let time and fate make the decision for her.
Time was ticking away. Agnes‘ heart was sinking, slowly, steadily, into the endless abyss. When the second hand on the clock crossed midnight, Agnes suddenly calmed down. As if a sword hanging over her head, had finally fallen.
Without hesitation, she picked up her phone and dialed Ivan’s number.
Ivan on the other end of the line seemed slightly surprised, “Ms. Pritchard?”
1 wanted to ask, if I agree to do your TV drama, will you arrange my accommodation?”
“Of course, the best dorm at Lakeside College.”
“Okay, I agree.”
After hanging up, Agnes started packing. She didn’t want to live with Jared and her old dorm room had been taken. She didn’t want to go home either. she’d always stay at school or go to a summer camp during the holidays.
After packing, Agnes lay down on the bed for a while, but her sleep was restless.
Jared didn’t come back all night.
The next day, Agnes left with her luggage.
Agnes first dropped her luggage off at Kerri’s dorm, then went to Century Entertainment.
After she walked into the CEO’s office, Ivan handed Agnes a document saying, “This is the contract. Take a look. If you have any questions, feel free to
Agnes looked through the document. Since her father was a chairman of an entertainment company, she had known details about these types of agreements since he was a child.
Agnes said, “I don’t want to be a part of Century Entertainment. Can we simplify it? I do one movie, and you pay me what I’m due. When the movie’s done,
the contract ends. Just like that”