Ben took a seat and listened closely to Elliot’s woes.
“It’s true that you were forced into a relationship with Zoe, but that wasn’t because of Avery. You did it for Shea,” Ben said bluntly. “Avery is unaware of your relationship with Shea, so she is quite understandably upset.”
Elliot stared at him with his deep-set eyes. “What do you think my relationship with Shea is?”
Ben chuckled lightly, then said, “Are you really asking me to guess?”
“I know you’d figure it out,” Elliot said confidently. “You know me well.”
“Are you upset that Avery doesn’t trust you enough?”
Ben had a feeling that, if he was right, Elliot’s relationship with Avery was about to worsen.
“Wouldn’t that explain the problem?” Elliot retorted.
Ben stroked his chin and said, “Not everybody is as calm and reasonable as you are. Besides, love is a completely different matter. Last year, you had been jealous of Mike, and you weren’t as calm as you are right now.”
The light in Elliot’s eyes dimmed, and his voice was soft as he said, “This entire mess is my fault.”
“Of course not!” Ben said as he noticed Elliot’s dejected mood. “Shea’s your sister, right? I bet Avery has not even considered the possibility. You’ve never specifically described the matter to her, so she was never able to confirm the matter even if she had suspected something. The more someone cares about something, the easier it is to think negatively about it.”
A pained expression flashed across Elliot’s face.
“Everyone has their secrets, Elliot. You’re not wrong, and neither is Avery. You’re just not meant for each other,” Ben said. “It might sound harsh, but I don’t think she’s worth the pain you’re going through. You’ve given up way too much for this. It’d be even harder to walk away if you don’t retreat in time.”
Elliot raised his brows, then said, “You want me to walk away while she’s pregnant with my child?”
Ben coughed, then said, “That’s not it. I just don’t think you should be putting so much energy into her anymore. She’s a doctor and she knows how to take care of herself. Once the baby’s born, you should take the child and finally end things with her.”
Elliot fell into deep thought after hearing Ben’s suggestion.
Perhaps he was right.
It would only hurt him and Avery if they continued to get entangled with each other.
If Avery successfully gave birth to his child, he would grant her freedom in return.
There was a symposium going on at a five-star hotel in the city.
At 10.30 a.m. that morning, Avery stealthily entered the venue under the company of her bodyguard.
Wanda Tate was sitting up on stage with a few other entrepreneurs as they shared their startup experiences and secrets to success.
Avery took off her shades and stared coldly at Wanda.
Last night, Mike had discovered who the individual who had paid the company to publish the article that contained her children’s photos was.
She was not surprised to find out that it was Wanda’s assistant.
Wanda’s assistant was only doing Wanda’s bidding.
Why would her assistant do something like that without her boss’s orders?
After all, it was not cheap to pay off a company to publish an article like that, and to make it go viral on top of it!
Halfway through the symposium, the host opened the floor to the audience for questions.
When Avery raised her hand, the host pointed at her.
Avery stood and asked, “Can I go on stage to ask my question?”
The host froze for a moment, then nodded and said, “Of course!”
Avery could feel the eyes of everyone in the hall on her, including Wanda’s.
Since Wanda did not expect Avery to be there, there was a hint of shock on her face.
The bodyguard took a deep breath.
He did not expect Avery to be this brave!