Chapter 6 The Second Surprise Guest
Aaron stepped out of the car wearing a suit, followed by Jodie in an exquisite white dress, who took his hand as they both got out. Their fans screamed in excitement as they watched the live stream. One of them commented, ‘What a wonderful pair of siblings! They are incredibly good-looking.’ Another fan remarked, ‘It’s rare to see Aero in a suit! He must have dressed up to match his sister’s outfit this time. He’s such a caring brother.’ Another fan chimed in, ‘Jodie looks like a little fairy.’ Simone glanced at the siblings. Jodie was already good-looking, and her sweet and gentle appearance today perfectly matched the image of a little fairy she was trying to portray.
They were dressed so elegantly that it seemed like they were attending a party rather than participating in a show at a mountain village. This is going to be interesting. As the siblings approached, Leyla took the initiative to greet them with a smile, even linking her arm affectionately with Jodie’s. Simone noticed that Leyla’s gaze, although discreetly, shifted towards Aaron from time to time. So, she’s warm and friendly towards Jodie because she has her eye on Sc*mbag No. 5. Keira and Eric also greeted the siblings, although not as warmly as Leyla did. Simone simply smiled in greeting. Jodie insists on coming to this show not only because of its popularity but also because she wants to stand out in contrast to me. I guess she’ll probably use Aaron and Leon to provoke me into losing control of my emotions and doing something irrational on air because of them. This will not only make these two sc*mbags dislike me but also make the viewers detest me, ultimately humiliating me. It was easy for one’s public image to be destroyed on a live show, so she had no plans to adopt a particular public persona. She was even more unwilling to compromise herself and wanted to stay true to who she was. Therefore, she had no intention of pretending to be friendly with Aaron and Jodie.
On the other hand, he felt uncomfortable seeing her indifference towards him. Ever since she left the Gray Family with such confidence, he and the rest of the family had been struggling to adjust. However, he wouldn’t help her unless she took the initiative to reconcile with him. Aaron’s fans were surprised by Simone’s attitude as they watched the live stream. One of them commented, ‘I thought Simone would enthusiastically greet Aero and try to get on his good side.’ Another fan speculated, ‘Maybe she knows Aero won’t pay her any attention. Perhaps she’s backing off to avoid looking bad on air.’ ‘She’s quite self-aware, huh?’ ‘Who knows? Maybe she’s just playing hard to get. After all, the live stream has just started. Let’s wait and see what happens next.’ Several minutes later, two more cars arrived. Leon was the first to step out of his car with a cold and serious demeanor. As soon as he emerged from the vehicle, everyone, including Eric, showed looks of surprise. Simone noticed that Jodie’s eyes showed no surprise, only delight. That meant she already knew he was one of the surprise guests, confirming Simone’s suspicions that these two had been in touch beforehand. Everyone went up to greet Leon, while Simone stood where she was without approaching him or speaking to him. On the other hand, as he got out of the car, his gaze fell upon the brightly dressed Simone. Deep down, he wondered how she would greet him. To his dismay, however, she simply stood there, unmoving, with a cold attitude. Leyla disliked Simone for being prettier than her. Seeing Simone’s aloof attitude, she deliberately asked, “Simone, aren’t you going to say hello to Mr. Foster?” She added meaningfully, “I heard you two used to be childhood playmates.” Simone replied in a businesslike tone, “We’ve already cut ties with each other, so we don’t keep in touch anymore.” She did not want any involvement or association with Leon in the show. If she was going to sever ties with him, she should do so completely. Therefore, by answering Leyla’s question, she made it clear that their relationship was over, giving everyone a heads-up. Everyone present was stunned by her reply. They couldn’t believe how bold and candid she was, especially considering that the show was being live-streamed! Leyla asked in surprise,
“Huh? You did? Why?” Just as Simone was about to respond, Leon shot a look at Leyla and said, “I don’t think this is any of your concern, right?” He didn’t want Simone to say anything more about their severed relationship, not because he was afraid of embarrassment, but because he resisted the idea deep down. Leyla didn’t expect him to step in and speak in Simone’s defense. With a sheepish smile, she replied, “I was just curious.” A viewer commented, ‘I’m curious too. Why did Simone and Mr. Foster cut ties with each other?’ ‘Maybe Simone tried to seduce him and got warned not to make any advances on him anymore?’ ‘But judging by Simone’s frank demeanor, it doesn’t seem like Mr. Foster was the one who cut ties with her.’ ‘It feels like there’s some juicy gossip here, but unfortunately, Mr. Foster intervened in time.’ Meanwhile, Leon’s fans were particularly displeased at that moment. One of them criticized, ‘Why does Simone have such a big ego? She even ended her friendship with my hubby. Who wants to be friends with her?’ Another chimed in, ‘That’s right! Stop trying to glorify yourself, Simone. Mr. Foster has long wanted to get rid of you, you bloodsucking parasite.’ Another fan commented, ‘She’s playing hard to get. I bet she’ll cling to Mr. Foster in the upcoming episodes of the show.’ ‘Since she publicly declared that she’s cut ties with my hubby, she better not actively pursue him afterward.’
‘Can’t wait to see her eat her own words.’ Just then, a young man wearing sunglasses stepped out of the car behind. He was big and tall, exuding rebelliousness and assertiveness. Despite the sunglasses covering most of his face, one could tell from his fair skin, prominent nose, and sharp features that he was undeniably handsome. Having watched part of the opening of this variety show in her previous life, Simone already knew who this surprise guest was. Zac Turner was born into one of the most prominent families in Cebros society, surpassing even wealthy families like the Grays. Additionally, he was the reigning esports champion from the previous year and a highly popular gaming streamer, earning him the nickname Zeus among the esports fan community, in reference to the mythical king of Greek gods. After winning the world championship, he retired from the esports scene due to a hand injury and ventured into the entertainment industry as a side pursuit. Apart from having millions of fans within the esports community and his attractive appearance, he possessed exceptional singing and dancing skills, as well as abundant resources in the entertainment industry. Consequently, he achieved A-list status within just over a year in show business. Since entering the entertainment industry, he had amassed a massive following of devoted fans, earning him the affectionate nickname Zachy. His participation in this variety show was likely an attempt by his talent agent to expand his fan base. Simone had a particularly strong impression of Zac because he was the only man who didn’t take a liking to Jodie and had even ridiculed her before.
The others were unaware that Zac was the second surprise guest, and their expressions were filled with even greater astonishment than when they saw Leon. They had all heard of his reputation in the industry, where he was known for his assertive and carefree style, not hesitating to express his displeasure. Furthermore, he had a sharp and biting tongue. However, due to his influential background, people dared not offend him even if they had issues with him. Nevertheless, it was said that as long as one didn’t provoke him, he usually wouldn’t abuse his power or seek trouble. Moreover, this guy had numerous devoted fans who were not only rational but also equally sharp-tongued and fiercely protective of him. Everyone internally sighed in distress. How did they end up with such a guest this time? They didn’t dare to offend him, even if he might prove to be difficult to get along with during the upcoming live stream. Aaron’s face couldn’t help but darken when he saw Zac step out of the car.
He and Zac had never gotten along, finding each other intolerable. What was even more infuriating was that Jodie had approached him at a previous party, but this individual had not only ignored her but also treated her as if she were an easy woman who went around hooking up with men. He had even made sarcastic remarks towards her, displaying a complete lack of gentlemanly behavior. Jodie’s eyes also flickered with surprise when she saw Zac. The show’s director and production team had kept this a secret, so she hadn’t known that he was the other surprise guest. Recalling his obvious disdain for her and his incredibly powerful background, she couldn’t help but tighten her grip on her dress. Well, it’s good that he’s participating in this show. I’ll make him realize my worth and make him fall for me.