Hailey didn’t reply. She didn’t instantly say anything. In fact, she had zoned out and was thinking about what he said.It was true that they had agreed to divorce after his grandmother’s death. The marriage contract stated that they would only be together for four years since the doctor already said the Old Madam wouldn’t live past four years.Hailey wasn’t that surprised that he called her to talk about. It. After all, it was only expected that he’d deal with it now that his grandmother was dead.Hunter saw that she didn’t say a word and waited a few seconds for her to digest his words before he cleared his throat and said, “Hai…”But, she cut him off midway.“Ok.”Her reply was short and discreet. It instantly took the man off guard. After all, she hadn’t said anything for a few seconds after he announced his wish. So, he initially thought she had something she wanted to say.But regardless, even though he was surprised, it only took a second for him to recover. In fact, his voice was as calm and straightforward as it has always been.“Alright,” he replied. “Let’s meet at the Civil Bureau Office by 2pm tomorrow to process the divorce.”Hailey gave a nod even though he couldn’t see her before answering, “Ok. I’ll be there.”The man gave a low hum in acknowledgement of her words before the line was disconnected.After, Hailey heard the mechanical voice that came from the phone that signaled that the call had been ended, she dropped the phone back on the center table. Then, she continued to watch the program.Barely a few minutes later though, she stood up from the sofa and grabbed the half filled popcorn bowl and returned to the kitchen. After disposing of the left over, she walked back in the direction of the hallway. Then, she took the stairs up and entered a room.It was one of the masters' bedroom in the villa. There were two of them. Hailey slept in one and Hunter slept in the other whenever he came home. Although, he had only come to the villa twice during their marriage.Their relationship was that of business partners. It was completely formal. Her only job was to be pretend to be a good wife in front of the Old Madam. But since there was no need for that anymore, there was no need to keep being married. Everyone would part ways peacefully and she’d be back to her normal life that was disrupted three years ago.Before that, she had to pack up all her things to move out. After all, it was Hunter’s villa. She’d have to move out after tomorrow. So, it was better to prepare before that time comes
.She entered her own bedroom. It was a very large room with a queen sized bed in it. It was very simple though. There were only the basic furniture in it and it wasn’t extravagant nor showy.This wasn’t because Hunter wasn’t willing to take care of her. In fact, he had done the opposite.
After they got their marriage certificates, he hired the services of a home renovator and everything in the whole house renovated. He even hired a full time group of house helps and butler.
But, Hailey had always led a simple life. She wasn’t used to the extravagance. Moreover, the more people who knew she was once married to the billionaire, the more it would affect her later on after they divorce.
Hailey shook her head and broke away from her thoughts. Then, she walked into the bedroom. Her scent lingered in every corner of the room. It was that of lotus flowers. It scented like incense powder and had a very calming effect to it.She walked to the closet and pulled the door open. Then, she entered through the door. The room was filled with clothes and accessories. They were mostly ball gowns and dresses for banquets. She grabbed an empty travelling bag from the corner of the room. Then, she walked to a wardrobe at the end of the room. There were only a few lounge wears since she hardly went out during the last three years except occasionally during parties or family gatherings that she had to show her face. In fact, most of her days were usually spent indoors.She picked out all the loungewear that she brought along with her when she moved in. They turned out to be so little that they didn’t even full a suitcase. It was only when she dragged the suitcase back to he dressing table in her bedroom and arranged her accessories in it, was it finally full and heavy.It was only about an hour later, did she finally finish packing up. She stood by her bedside with her arms akimbo as she looked at the green colored suitcase. Afterwards, she walked into the bathroom to take a bath.After she returned, she was putting on a simple knee-length night dress. As she approached the bed, the phone on her bedside table chimed.Hailey glanced in the direction of the cell phone interface had lit up after the notification. Her brows furrowed slightly as she wondered who had texted her. It was very unusual.But nevertheless, she crawled into bed and draped herself with the blanket fitted into the bed. Then, she reached out and took the cell phone. There were three notifications on the phone. All were messages. She saw that one came from a number saved as Nick. She only glanced at the notification for a moment without bothering to read the message before scrolling downwards.
The next one was a message from a number saved as Bestie. It was from her best friend, Ivy. Hailey clicked on it and read the contents. The message read thus;
Bestie: I heard the news that the Old Madam is dead. Is it true? If it is, then you’re getting divorced, right?
Hailey’s fingers which were initially dancing on the screen paused. She adjusted her head on the pillow and pursed her lips slightly.The Old Madam was dead and it was only right that the next thing to do was to get a divorce. But, why was he having second thoughts about it? Her mind kept veering to thoughts of how it'd be like to keep the marriage. Even though, it was only a marriage of convenience, why was the feeling so uncomfortable at the thought of parting ways.Had she gotten used to the life of being married?Hailey had no idea what was wrong with her. But, she knew better than anyone that the marriage had to split up. She knew they had to get a divorce no matter what.After all, within the past three years, she hadn’t lived the life of a person at all. She was holed up in the house alone and didn’t keep any company except for the constant chats between her and Ivy.It was only a few times when there were gatherings at the King manor or when there are events being held by the
King Family Manor…Knox had just entered the manor and was pulling his shoes at the door. The butler, Uncle Tim pulled out a pair of comfy home slippers from the upper cupboard fitted into the wall at the main door. He placed the slippers on the floor and looked at Knox.“Welcome home, Master.”Knox put on the slippers. Then, he straightened up and pulled off his suit. A rare smile appeared on his cold face as he turned to Uncle Tim.“Thank you, Uncle Tim. For everything you’ve done in the past few days.”After the Matriarch's death, Knox had been disoriented and he wasn’t in the mood to handle anything. But, the people at home were different. The person who had been able to keep them in check all these while was dead.They couldn’t wait to show their true colors. Knox wasn’t in a good mood and was still shaken due to his grandmother’s death. Moreover, he still had to deal with the formal things and maintain the forces that would try to attack the businesses from outside. After all,
“Master, this is your tea,” a servant of the family said with a bow and placed the saucer on the table before him.Knox gave Lance one more glance before saying to the servant, “Thank you.”“It’s my responsibility, Master,” the young girl immediately replied with a bow even though Knox’s attention was no longer on her. Then, she scurried off into the inner part of the mansion.Knox grabbed the saucer along with the teacup. There was a spoon beside it. He folded his long legs and stirred the tea slowly with the spoon.Then, he looked up in the direction where Lance half sat, not daring to sit comfortably. Lance looked up when he sensed his gaze on him and when his gaze met with that pair of cool obsidian eyes, he shivered and lowered his gaze tensely.Lance’s friends had long gone the moment Knox gave the order for the guards to lead them out of the mansion. So, at that moment, there was only Lance bearing the brunt of Knox’s cold aura.Knox released a half-smile. Then, he lifted the t
Knox himself wasn’t meant to be at the manor too. He was occupied at the company and his pattern of living had been to work, eat and sleep in the office. But, he needed to get the contract agreement and his home registration papers at the old house. He had brought it when he married Hailey to prove to his grandmother who was still skeptical that he was married.He didn’t want to carry it around so he simply kept it in his room, tightly secured away from a place where other people could find it. In reality, he wasn’t truly worried that anyone would trespass into his room.None of the other family members would. Especially the younger generation who were wary of him. He had shown them hell during the times they were all living together in the old house. Even though, he was considered young amongst his age class, he had been a tyrant since young. Moreover, the Old Madam doted on him a lot because he inherited a bit of her father’s looks when he was younger. He was also good at pleasing
The Civil Bureau Office was bustling with activity. The building was filled with people going in and leaving at intervals. It was a tall building that stood tall in the city center with an inscriptive banner hung at the top.Cars of different brands were parked in front of the building. They were within the road bounds. Along the trail of cars, a black Maybach was parked along the railing in the street bend. It had tinted glass windows and it was conspicuous and easily noticed.Knox sat alone in the backseat of the car and the space beside him was empty. He was putting on a black three piece suit with a white center pleat shirt underneath. He was also putting on a pair of fine textured black pants. His attire was simple and corporate. However, they were all designated with a similar branded logo at the hem.There was a tablet in his hands and he scrolled through it with his index finger. He seemed focused and concentrated at that moment. After a moment, he retracted his gaze from the
The clerk ran an inquisitive gaze over them. Knox was putting on a suit and a pair of pant trousers. He was tall to begin with and he had an impressive figure, so he looked even more eye catching. Coupled with the cold but calm aura that emanated from him, he seemed majestic and noble.The clerk couldn’t find anything wrong with him. He seemed like a man every girl would dream to have. Except for the cold expression on his face as though someone owed him money.Then, she looked Hailey's way. Hailey was dressed causally and simply. She looked even younger than she was. She was full of youth and vibrancy. There was light in her eyes and she didn’t seem like she was a naggy or troublesome woman.The clerk clicked her tongue. She gestured for them to sit across her. There were two chairs opposite her desk which the two sat on.After they sat, the woman braced her palms. She narrowed her gaze and asked, “Is there a reason why you want to divorce?”Hailey and Knox were taken aback.When t
After departing the Bureau Office, Hailey returned to Prime Manor, the villa where she stayed during her three years of marriage to Knox. It was quiet and empty since no one else was there. As Hailey stood in the middle of the living room, she looked around with emotion.She was sentimental. It had been long since she lived there. She lived alone so she was more closer to the inanimate things in the house. It felt sentimental to leave.But, she had to. She shook her head and turned around, dragging her suitcase along with her. She walked to the front door and licked the door before stepping out of the manor while dragging her suitcase along.The manor was in an estate in the suburbs so there was hardly anyone around. The roads were empty and everyone where in their homes. It was even harder to get a cab if you had no means of transportation.So, Hailey already hired a cab on her way to get her luggage. As she stepped out, the man who was initially leaning on the car hood, instantly
However, to Hailey's disappointment, her stepmother was not in the mansion at the time. She went to a dinner party with her father as his plus one.Instead, she found a group of teenagers gathered in the living room. They were about six in number and most of them were girls. There were only two boys seated around the TV. They huddled around the center table which was filled with all sorts of condiments and drinks.Hailey raised a brow. Such grand reception.Just then, she heard a shuffle behind her. The door opened and a familiar figure rushed in. When the person saw her standing at the door, he instantly rushed up to her and cried out, "Eldest Miss."Hailey was then enveloped into a warm embrace. The person was taller and had a broader build, so, her entire face was sandwiched into the person's chest.Hailey grinned sniffing the familiar scent on the person's body. That voice was also clear and couldn't be lost on her so she could discern it no matter what."Tony," Hailey called out