Chapter 280 Dating Around
Calista looked at Liam and muttered, “How did you
Liam calmly pulled his phone from his pocket and answered the call. As he did so, Calista caught a glimpse of the displayed number. It wasn’t hers.
“Sorry, I need to take this,” Liam remarked.
He walked a few steps away to answer the call. Meanwhile, Calista continued to hear the beeping sound
on her phone until it disconnected.
Liam attended to Calista after finishing his call.
“Where to next?” he asked.
“Back home,” she replied.
Calista no longer had to make daily visits to the Baker Group office.
The overall project plan had been set, and the remaining tasks were about refining the details, which she
could easily manage from home.
She could plan another trip when the final draft was ready.
Calista’s foot injury had taken two weeks to heal, but it still restricted her from walking for extended
She needed to ensure she took enough rest to facilitate the recovery of her muscles and bones.
It happened to be a weekend when Yara invited her for what was initially dubbed shopping, but it quickly became a quest for a cozy cafe to unwind in.
Calista inquired, “So, where are we grubbing?”
rested her chin on her hands, her head shaking like a tambourine.
Tve been feeling queasy every time I try to eat lately. You won’t believe how persistent my mom can be. She’s arranging six blind dates for me daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and even
It’s like a never–ending cycle. I kinda hate both guys and food now, all unintentionally.”
sta hadn’t gone through the whole blind date ordeal. She had tied the knot at a young age, and
arranged anything like this for her.
ales in a single day? Just ima
“Doesn’t your mom worry about your jam–packed schedule?” Calista chuckled.
“Heh, she’s pretty chill about it as long as I date any one of them and bring him home. A few days ago, two of my blind dates accidentally bumped into each other. Let me tell you, it was awkward. But, hey, it saved me one meal’s worth of time, so there’s that.”
Yara had no desire to divulge the awkward specifics of how it all transpired.
In any case, her reputation as a woman who casually dates multiple men was firmly established now, and
there was no shaking that image.
Suddenly, a woman’s voice echoed behind them, “You know, you can learn a bunch about folks from the folks they hang out with. Like they say, “birds of a feather stick together.‘ It seems you two aren’t satisfied
with what you already have.”
Calista and Yara turned their heads to find that the woman who spoke, radiating contempt, was a
stranger they hadn’t encountered before.
Her condescending gaze bore into them. In a less–than–pleasant mood, Yara was eager to vent her
frustrations and didn’t hold back.
“Lady, have you got a screw loose? Do we know each other? What gives you the right to meddle in others‘
lives? Yara exclaimed.
The woman, Ava, responded, “I ain’t talking about you. I’m talking about Ms. Everhart. She’s the one who’s actively pursuing her next partner, juggling multiple guys at once even though she hasn’t finalized her divorce yet, isn’t she? Kinda ironic, don’t you think?”
Calista raised an eyebrow. Did she know her?
She directed her attention toward Ava, who seemed somewhat unfamiliar. The hostility in Ava’s demeanor suggested a deeper connection with Calista.
It appeared they might have had conflicts or disagreements before.
“Do I know you?” Calista asked.
Ava clenched her teeth, recognizing Calista as a rival for Hector’s affection. However, it appeared that
Calista was dismissing her as a threat.
We ran into each other at the coffee joint not too long ago. You and Hector were having coffee,” Ava
had grown up surtounded by male companionship since childhood, and Ava had been the first
main to form a loan bond with him
This connection was partly due to her friendship with Hazel.
However, when Calista entered the scene and befriended Hector, Ava couldn’t help but feel disappointed since his attention seemed to shift to someone else.
His interactions with Ava appeared somewhat less sincere than they could’ve been.
Ava continued, “I just wanted to give you a heads–up, Ms. Everhart. You can’t just waltz into the Calloway family. You must have a family background in the military or politics to please Hector’s mom.”
Ava added, “And if you’re from a business background, it should be as impressive as the Northwood, Carter, or Baker families. However, Ms. Everhart, you’re a bankrupt heiress with a divorce. No clever tricks will open the doors to the Calloway family for you.”
Calista grabbed Yara, who was about to lose her temper.
Calista maintained a poker face and inquired, “And who are you to speak on behalf of the Calloway
family? Are you their spokesperson?”
Ava’s expression froze. She had no authority to represent the Calloway family.
Having disapproved of Calista for a long time, Ava had seized the opportunity to confront her when they
crossed paths today, speaking her mind on the spur of the moment.
“I’m just giving you a friendly reminder to know your place, Ms. Everhart. Don’t aim for something that’s
out of your league.”
Calista raised her eyebrows and retorted, “Even if I weren’t in the picture, would Hector have married you?
I’ve known him for some time, and though I can’t say what type he prefers, I do know he can’t stand
women like you. Women who resort to petty tactics to establish dominance and are consumed by
jealousy in a relationship.”
Ava grew up in a privileged family with influential parents in politics. Even if someone had a grievance
with her, they wouldn’t dare to challenge her directly.
Instead, they might make veiled remarks behind her back.
Calista, who do you think you are? How dare you speak to me like this?” Ava demanded.
Calista rolled her sleeves and retorted, “I don’t come from a high–and–mighty background, so I’m not
led about embarrassing myself, Bickering like this won’t resolve anything. How about we settle it the The winner takes it all. Hector was into fights back in high school. And who knows, It more of his respect if you win.”
Ava was caught off guard by Calista’s rapid escalation into a physical confrontation. In her typical social circles, disagreements were expressed verbally, sometimes laced with subtle jabs.
It showed how people often fake a smile while secretly cursing under their breath.
“You…” Ava had barely uttered a word when she stumbled.
Calista didn’t even have a chance to lower her raised hand before Ava abruptly changed her demeanor.
Suddenly, tears welled up in Ava’s eyes, casting herself as a tragic victim on the brink of tears.
Calista was all too familiar with this act. As expected, she turned her head and saw Hector approaching
from a distance.
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