Donning tattered shorts paired with a loose black sweatshirt and sneakers, Amelia and her friends made way to the crowded aisle of the Lindt Mall. Although the three of them constantly banter about a lot of things, even petty ones, they love to spend time together during the weekends."Lia, there's a new summer dress I've been dying to have. It's a limited edition and it's only available in three colors but only one per color. I really love the yellow one. I have to buy it before anyone does, please, let's go to the shop first" Cristy pleaded while they all entered the mall entrance. "K, let's go there first" Lia casually agreed while Caleb followed in silence. Cristy is seeming to be bouncing in glee while entering the elevator that will bring them to the fourth floor of the mall. The instant the elevator door opened, she hurriedly dragged the two towards the exclusive shop where the dresses are already on display. "Wow, there it is Lia" Cristy whispered in awe while her eyes glistened with admiration at the dress being worn by the mannequin. "You get it now, or somebody might snatch it from you" Caleb reminded the drooling girl who instantly snap from her reverie. "Miss I will get this dress, the yellow one please" she immediately spoke to the attendant while she caressed the soft cloth with the tip of her fingers."Right away, Miss..." the store attendant responded with a smile before turning away to get the yellow dress from the display and handing it to her. Cristy's eyes sparkle with pure admiration while staring at the dress she is holding. "I can't understand why girls could this be petty. It's just another dress. What difference does it have from all the other dresses" Caleb mumbles with slight confusion and amusement at Cristy's animated expression. "You will never understand" Cristy glares at Caleb while pursing her lips to a sulk. "Come on now, let's pay so we can go" Lia spoke while smiling at Cristy whose smile is very contagious. "I want that yellow dress!" everyone tensed when a hard and bratty voice echoed inside the store. Cristy by instinct hugged the dress close to her body before turning to the voice. Seeing the entourage entering the store, they were welcomed by the glaring eyes of a woman whom they have just seen a few days ago in the news. "Give me that dress, I want that yellow one. You can choose the other two colors" the woman spoke directly at Cristy. Her demanding tone and raised brow intend to intimidate. But Cristy was not deterred, she even raise her own brow, higher than the woman. "I got this first...this is mine..." she mutters seriously. "Not for long. I want that dress" the woman insisted with a smirk which made her more annoyed. Ignoring the pompous woman, she turns toward the cashier to pay."I'll pay for this dress now..." she announces to the cashier who looks anxious. The poor employee was nervously glancing at both of them, torn about who to believe."You don't know who I am? Do you not value your work here?" the woman smirk and ask the cashier with a glint of warning. The cashier was dumbfounded as she stares at the woman's eyes when another group entered the shop."Have you bought the dress? I still have a meeting" the very familiar man asks with such authority, earning everyone's attention."Vasili, that girl stole the dress from me" the woman viciously whined to the newcomer.Cristy's eyes grew so wide from disbelief as she abruptly turn towards the man who squinted his sharp eyes towards her. "I... I didn't...steal...I got this first..." she tries to explain despite her stammering voice. "I like that dress, Vasili" Sophia whined cheekily at the man who is already staring back at her. "Then get it" he replies casually. "But that stubborn girl is about to pay for it. She will steal it away from me" Sophia pursed her lips and whined cutely. The older woman is acting like a victim but her vicious smirk did not escape Amelia's eyes. The cashier is also anxiously gaping at the guests, totally lost about what to do. She clearly recognized the imposing man with his entire entourage but the younger one was the first to ask for the dress. Wealthy people are so petty, making their job difficult. Vasili turns to look at the girl at the counter who is tightly hugging the dress. Her head is shaking in disagreement with what the woman was telling them. "Do you have any other color of that dress?" he turned to the store attendants. "We have an available color of blue and brown, Mr. Wright" the attendant responded, wise enough to know the person asking them. "Then take any other colors" he turns to Sophia. "But I want the color yellow, Vasili. I don't want any color but yellow" the woman stubbornly insisted. She even stomps her feet like a child. Vasili sighed and turn to look at Cristy who is also looking back at him. "Miss, can you just pick from the other colors available and give us the yellow one?" he spoke calmly but his words are commanding enough for Cristy to recognize. Anxiously, she gapes at the man before turning to Amelia with her pleading eyes. Amelia who has been watching the scene with her clenched jaw narrowed her eyes and turned to the other group. They saw Cristy's excitement when the attendant gave her the dress earlier and now, it is threatened to be taken away from her. "She got the dress first so she will have it" Amelia spoke with a hard tone while she walked toward Cristy. "...and you are?" aghast, Sophia sneers at her. "Amelia" she calmly replies before averting her gaze to Alek Vasili. As their gazes lock, they silently duel for dominance."I don't care who you are, I want that dress" the woman rolled her eyes before trying to approach Cristy who defensively took a step backward. "I also don't care what you want, woman" Amelia coldly counters, making Sophia Saunters pause midstep. "Pack the dress, we will pay for it...now" she seriously added.The tension inside the shop increased tremendously after Amelia intervened. Even Alek Vasili did not counter her."Vasili, do something!" Sophia irritatedly exclaims, in time the panting and nervous store manager approached and arrives. "Good day Mr. Wright" despite his obvious nervousness, the store manager politely greeted him."Give the dress to Miss Saunters and negotiate a compromise with the other customer" Vasili immediately orders the manager without averting his gaze away from Amelia. "Yes, Mr. Wright" the manager bowed before turning to Cristy and smiling. "Miss, we still have two available colors for that dress and you can choose any other dress, shoes, bag, or any accessories for free...that's on the house" the manager carefully explain with a learned smile. Whilst praying hard the girl would concede to the man's entourage for lesser trouble. Cristy gaped at the manager before staring at the dress she was clutching with a sad and hopeless smile. "She will not take anything from this shop except for the dress she is holding. Just because they are more powerful as they seemed to be, they will be treated like they are above everyone. The price of the dress will just be the same regardless of whoever bought it. I will not allow this to be a chance to belittle someone you deemed to be lacking in your eyes" Amelia coldly mutters to the manager before turning to look at the woman and lastly to Alek Vasili Wright. Meeting her cold calmness, he stares back at her with the same animosity.Caleb is already too anxious to say something moreover intervene. He fully knew who the man Amelia has been challenging. He is not an easy person to mess with. "I have made a compromise and I expect that you are wise enough to take it" with a cold tone, Vasili Wright spoke directly to Amelia. "Well maybe, I'm not that wise enough, you expected too much from me...SIR...so I will be taking the dress for my friend. Just console your minx of a girlfriend before she throws a fit like a spoiled brat. Since she won't be getting this dress" sarcastically, she smiles. If she is fueling a raging fire, then be it. But she will not surrender the dress.With what she uttered, everyone's eyes grew wide in disbelief and panic. However, she remains unaffected. Sophia Saunters, triggered by her outright defiance, glares at her. "Who do you think you are, girl?!" she angrily exclaims, facing Amelia who remains calm under her intimidation."I'm someone you don't want to mess with..." she sweetly smiles before turning to the man who clucked his tongue in annoyance. "Lia..." Caleb moves closer to whisper his warning near her ear. His arms rounded her slim waist, aiming to stop and protect her. For everyone's eye, he is back hugging her.But Amelia's attention is not on her friends but on the man who is earnestly looking at her. The clenching of his jaw did not escape her eyes and as they silently duel, tension immensely increased."Amelia, stop it. That's Mr. Alek Vasili Wright. It's okay, I will give the dress to his girlfriend. Let's just leave" Cristy suddenly conceded upon seeing how triggered Amelia has become. "No! You dragged me here and you kept me awake late last night because of that dress, I won't waste my time and will buy that dress for you" she insisted while grabbing the dress from Cristy.Fuming with anger, she places it on the counter together with her black card. Staring at the black card next to the dress, the cashier was torn between the two parties.Everyone knew the vast influence the Wright has. And if the rumor is correct, Alek Vasili Wright will be untouchable and must be feared as the incoming CEO of Petrov Petroleum. A Mafia-owned company. Not just an ordinary organization of power and influence. With immeasurable power, Petrov Mafia has been indestructible for several decades now. Messing with any of them is tantamount to death. But the girl is obviously not some ordinary student too. No ordinary student has a black card in her name.Even Sophia Saunters' eyes reflect disbelief while Vasili remains stoic. He saw the card on the counter and he become more curious. The girl instantly becomes a mystery not only to everyone but also to the very famous heir of the Wright empire.
Sophia was in a daze while staring at the black card. She had been dreaming to own one but failed all the time. Knowing a mere student owns one made her loathe her more. "A mere student having a Black Card, interesting" she snickers. "Which you don't have, I pressume" spitting back, Amelia mockingly smiles. "You, impertinent girl!" Sophia angrily raves.Scoffing, she just watch the woman throw a fit. "I don't think pointing out a fact is impertinence. What's more interesting is a full grown woman throwing a tantrum like one year old child. You should watch your unbefitting action" she spoke after a while of enjoying Sophia's tantrum but her words riled the woman even more. "You...bitch" "Enough!"The woman is about to attack her when a thunderous voice rumbled. Flinching from the frightening sound, everyone froze on their feet. "You tame your cat's tantrum. A preschooler has a better disposition than her" turning to Mr. Wright, Amelia mutters with disgust. Unaffected by his ang
"Welcome home young mistress Amelia" Manuel greeted her and got her sweet smile. "Thank you, Manuel" she smiles and politely thanks the man. "How's your day young mistress?" he gently ask, staring at her tired face. He watch her drag her steps until she reach the couch and slumped her whole body on it. "The usual, I just met a petty old man at the mall earlier, he is such an ass...but all in all I had a great day" she softly whines but becomes annoyed at the thought of the man at the mall. Amused, a smile grazed his lips while watching the emotions crossing her beautiful face. It's very unusual for her to be irritated like what he is seeing now. So maybe the man she met really exhausted her patience. "Have some refreshment first, young mistress. Take some rest. Dinner will be served later" he gestured to the servant to serve the fresh strawberry shake. "Thanks, Manuel, this is what I really need...hmmm" she smiles sweetly while taking a sip of the very cold shake, her favorite.
It's been a few days since the restroom encounter and Amelia's life is quite peaceful. With their upcoming hospital internship, they become preoccupied. Except for tonight. They will be attending the birthday celebration of Cristy's father.Caleb picked her up from the hotel she was staying in in preparation for tonight's event."This unit hasn't been out of the market yet and this is the top of the line" Caleb mumbles as he admires the interior of the latest addition to Amelia's car collection. For a girl, she has all the latest and limited-edition vehicles any man could ever dream of. No one knows Amelia's background but whoever is her guardian, he or she is insanely wealthy. He and Cristy never ask where her wealth came from. "She is yours tonight" Amelia winks before buckling herself. Tonight, she let Caleb drive her newest car.Upon reaching the hotel, admiring eyes turned their way while they walked towards the entrance. From just anyone's perspective, Caleb and Amelia looke
After the encounter at the party, Amelia is once again faced with the tense encounter with the Wright heir.She clucked her tongue upon seeing the couple at the other table. Unfortunately, the two are also looking at them when they entered the exclusive restaurant. The tension immediately become obvious when they were seated next to the couple's table. Despite being dismayed by the table assignment, she choose not to show it. She will never give the shameless couple the chance to see her as a coward by requesting a transfer. After the encounter at the restroom of the bar and at Cristy's father's birthday celebration, of which her friends are not aware until now, Vasili Wright seemed to be more pissed with her. His expression darkened upon seeing her. Needless to say, he and his date has been trying to intimidate their group, which somewhat affected her friends' mood. An attendant approached the other table after Sophia Saunters gestured for them. "What are the students doing here
Inside the vehicle back to his office, Vasili remains dangerously quiet. Wanting to be alone, he sent Sophia Saunters in a different vehicle. Which the woman didn't counter seeing his grim disposition.His mind is full of the girl whose angry eyes taunt him more than being infuriated. She reminds him of someone he cannot remember. Yesterday, Timothy Petrov has officially turned over the CEO seat to him upon the approval of the board. The official announcement will follow in the next few days. The weight of the responsibility of the entire company has been transferred to his shoulder but here he is, troubled over a petty fight with a university school girl. He has been immensely busy but his mind cannot sit well until he knows all about the girl, Amelia. Admittingly, she had succeeded in creating havoc in his peace of mind and he is not liking it at all. He won't be pacified until he gets what he wants. He cannot go on with all the uncertainty lingering in his head. With a grim face
"You are jealous and you are stubborn to admit it" Larry added.He is sure Vasili heard him but the man chooses not to counter. Instead, he stares at him in silence. Defiant of what he said. "I don't care how you understand the situation, Larry. I hate that girl and I want her background. I'm asking you a simple task, do it" he coldly mutters. Looking at him, Larry heaves another sigh. "Vasili...stop it" he frustratedly begs. "Why are you protecting her? Are you attracted to her?" seeing the other man's frustration, Vasili angrily raves.Taken aback, Larry gaped in pure surprise."What the fuck, Vasili? What's happening to you?" upon coming to his senses, he spat at him. "Why are you protecting her? What hold does she have on you?" he persistently asked while fuming in anger. "I'm not interested in her...fuck Vasili, why are you this unreasonable? Leave the girl alone" exasperated, he exclaims while glaring at him."Then why are you protecting her? Do you know her parents? Is s
"I am fucking jealous that she is so fucking cocky on me while sweet with others! I seem to not do anything right in front of her! She despises me" he paused to take a ragged breath. "I hate her for displaying that boy everywhere near me! She is rubbing to my face how attentive she could be towards him! It's making me feel insignificant to her" huffing, he continues."She will only look at me with disgust and mockery. While she looks at the boy with her sweet smile! Everyone bows to me but she ignores me like I'm just a scum" furiously, he seeth."She is fucking making me feel like an asshole! Making me desperate to gratify her. I am Vasili Petrov for goodness sake!" he growls despite the frustration in his voice."I will not be treated like this! She will witness how capable I am to destroy her. I am not a coward, Larry! I will let her see how powerful I am. I will make her watch how I crush anyone if I dare to!" Vasili yelled back, totally forgetting all his facade. The entire tim
"YOU" Confused, Vasili's brows instantly knotted. It took him a while to discern Larry's word."What did you say?" unable to comprehend, he weakly whispers."Amelia's protector is YOU..." Larry casually replies. Totally lost, he gapes at Larry while trying to say something but all he did is open his mouth just to close it again. He cannot find the right words to say. His brain seem to went blank. Dumbfounded, his blank gaze remains on Larry who is seeming to enjoy his predicament.Silence rules the room while he remains in confusion while Larry patiently waits for him to come around. Which is taking a while. "How...? Me...?" Vasili whispers in disbelief."Yes, you. No one would dare go against your order to protect Amelia at all costs. And whoever tries to hurt or threaten her safety was being dealt with accordingly" Larry earnestly explain. "No one is as powerful as you, Vasili Petrov. Who do you think could protect Amelia to the extent of becoming untouchable? A Petrov name cou