Chapter 289 Plausible Suspect
Lucian’s mocking of Ava caused Ava to spend the night angry and cursing Calista. When she heard someone knocking at the door early in the morning. Ava went to answer it without much thought.
To her surprise, Hector, the man Ava had longed to see, was standing outside.
She instinctively raised her hand to cover her bare face and exclaimed, ‘Hector? Can you wait a moment?
I’ll wash my face and be right with you.”
Just as Ava was about to dash back to her room for a quick touch–up, Hector stopped her with a firm
“Hold on there, Ms. Moore. You bloody. I’ll keep it brief. No need to fuss about looking your best.”
His harsh remarks took Ava aback.
“Hector, what did you just call me?”
Ava was shocked, never expecting to hear such a derogatory and hurtful term from the man she had. feelings for.
With a blank expression, Hector offered a sincere apology, “My bad, I didn’t mean that.”
Tears welled in Ava’s eyes as she turned her face to show Hector her most appealing angle.
Hector stood tall and earnestly spoke as if he were back in the military, “Listen up, Ms. Moore. You and
Hazel are best buddies, so I’ve treated you like a sister since day one. Even though our parents have been
meddling lately, I want to clarify this. I won’t stop you from being friends with Hazel, but I expect you to
avoid any mention of Calista when my mom’s in the picture.”
Hector skipped beating around the bush,and commanded Ava not to mention Calista’s name, confident
she might badmouth Calista every time she did.
Ava stared into Hector’s eyes and replied, “Hector, so you believed in Calista? She accused me of
speaking ill of her in front of your mother, yet you didn’t even consider checking with me first and
confronted me instead?”
“Does that imply you have limited trust in mine and Hazel’s judgment? Do you truly believe I would
Intentionally try to harm your relationship with her, especially in front of your mother?” she said in a
Hector frowned and patiently explained, “Callata has never confided in me. But trust me. I know my
mother’s ways inside out, Since Calista hasn’t accepted me yet my mom won’t dare to do anything that
of security and to keep your mind at ease. As for her motives, I’m sure you know it better than I do.”
After all, Patricia had a knack for acting that helped her capture people’s hearts to secure her prestigious
Hector continued, “Ms. Moore, you better take my words seriously. I hope that there won’t be another opportunity for this to occur in the future.”
He came and went quickly, slamming her door shut with force. Ava seethed with anger, unable to control
the trembling of her body.
She screamed and angrily swept everything off the shoe cabinet, crashing them to the floor.
Meanwhile, Teresa had spent the whole day at the museum. Based on their exchange, it was clear she was more than just a pretty face.
She displayed knowledge not only in restoring artifacts but also in various subjects across different fields.
As the clock neared 5:30 pm, Calista gathered her stuff, ready to leave. With a friendly smile, Teresa
caught up to her.
“Hey, Callie, want to grab a meal together?” she asked.
Calista politely declined.
“Thanks, but I have some stuff to take care of. Maybe next time.”
Calista was increasingly cautious about making new friends, especially with people she didn’t know well.
She usually didn’t plan meals with people unless it was work–related.
As Calista reached the museum entrance, she saw a Maybach parked in the lobby and a tall man
engrossed in a phone call nearby.
Almost instinctively, Calista slowed her pace, hoping to slip by unnoticed.
However, Lucian had already spotted her. He wrapped up his call and strode over confidently. The
sunlight created a golden aura around him.
I’ve come to pick you up,” he said.
was an entirely new gesture from him that took Calista by surprise. She reacted immediately,
considering using Teresa as an excuse.
I have plans with
Calista turned around and realized that Teresa was nowhere to be seen, leaving her no excuse to avoid
Lucian arched an eyebrow, followed her gaze, and asked, “Plans with whom?”
At this juncture, Calista had managed to regain her composure. Although she was unsure about Lucian’s sudden offer to pick her up from work, she politely declined.
“I have my car. Thanks for the offer, Mr. Northwood. But I’ll take a rain check. Goodbye.”
Lucian fixed his gaze on her and said, “Callie, I just want to make things right and reciprocate for
everything I owe you.”
Although it was customary for spouses to pick each other up from work, Lucian had never done so. Calista didn’t want to argue, but she couldn’t help herself.
“Mr. Northwood, you should just head back. There’s no need to come for me. We’re divorced, for God’s
Lucian remained silent momentarily before replying. “I can handle it even though we’re divorced. Do you. want to go back to Everglade Manor and keep an eye on me?”
Callsta rolled her eyes at him.
“You wish, I’m never moving back to Everglade Manor ever again.”
Just as Lucian was about to respond, a Jeep screeched to a halt before the lobby steps, drawing
Hector stepped out of the car, sporting a white tee and jeans. His short hair accentuated his chiseled
features and radiated a strong aura.
He walked briskly and approached Calista, creating a gust of wind as he passed. The furrowed brows and imposing stature of Hector gave off an intense vibe.
“Calista, I’m sorry about last night. I promise it won’t happen again. I’ll talk to my parents. I promise they
won’t bother you anymore,” he exclaimed.
Calista stepped back as Hector approached, forcing a polite smile.
“Your parents are just concerned about you, I understand. I talked things over with Madam Calloway to
explain were just friends, and there’s no romance in the cards.”
Calista continued While waiting to get hitched later in life is all the rage these days, let’s face it, you’re
1of getting Any younger it’s fin surprise your folks are concerned, especially with no significant other in
Hector’s expression grew increasingly tense as Calista spoke, but eventually, he burst into laughter, seemingly unfazed. He glanced at Lucian beside him and quipped.
“Don’t worry about it. Even if I miss out on getting married later in life, there’s always the chance for romance in old age, right? I’ve got plenty of years ahead of me. Who knows, maybe I won’t have to wait
that long for it.”
Lucian shot Hector a cold look and retorted, “Finding love in your later years isn’t in the cards for you either. She’s not blind. She won’t be attracted to an aging man.”
Lucian turned to Calista and said, “Let’s get going. I’ll give you a ride back.”
Before Calista could respond, she noticed Lucian looking in Hector’s direction.
“Or would you prefer him to give you a ride?” Lucian asked,