“Daniel!” He went too far. How could he pretend that he didn’t know Winona?
After that, Sarah banged the table and rose abruptly.
Her face was gloomy and her tone was cold.
She was so angry that she lost control of her emotions for a moment.
Michael embraced her tightly and gently pressed her down. “Enough now,” he said. “Don’t what kind of occasion this is?”
Sarah looked away in anger. But in the end, she managed to control her emotions.
The situation had changed. The present Daniel was no longer one of the privileged rich kids.
Even Sarah’s parents and her grandfather treated Daniel with great respect, being cautious not to offend him in any way.
Even though she was aware deep down that she shouldn’t have a falling out with Daniel, she couldn’t shake the sense of unease.
She felt that Winona was treated unfairly.
At that time, Daniel was simply one of the privileged youth, seemingly lacking any notable abilities. Winona guided him and led the way.
Without Winona, he wouldn’t have achieved what he has today.
Winona’s credit was now taken by Olivia. That was unfair.
Sarah thought that such an outstanding Daniel belonged to Winona.
Sarah was filled with indignation!
Winona was stabbed all over and left with wounds all over her body.
Due to Winona’s departure, Daniel had matured and learned how to care for others.
Nevertheless, he showered Olivia with all his love and attention.
The more Sarah dwelled on the matter, the deeper her sense of sadness grew.
Michael, Daniel, and she had been childhood friends, sharing countless memorable and adventurous moments over the years.
Following that, they attended university.
That was when they met Winona, a wealthy young lady from the Capital City.
Winona stood apart from the rest. Despite her affluent upbringing, she had never been indulged and harbored her own ambitions.
She had already established a reputation in the realm of oil painting at a tender age.
Like a pristine swan, she glided with elegance, beauty, nobility, and grace from the altar to join the cluster of less refined souls.
In those days, Daniel had fervently pursued Winona.
Despite their long–standing friendship, Sarah couldn’t help but feel that Daniel wasn’t quite up to Winona’s standards.
Winona was the cherished daughter of the Prooco Group’s leader, whereas Daniel was merely a wealthy youngster. Plus, with his uncle’s influence looming, Daniel’s standing within the Sullivan family wasn’t significant.
He appeared to be nothing more than an arrogant affluent youth with no prospects of inheriting the family fortune. Therefore, it was no surprise that Sarah considered him unworthy of Winona. Sarah ridiculed Daniel, scoffing at his lofty dreams.
She went so far as to make a wager with him, insisting that he would never be able to measure up to Winona.
Yet the result far exceeded her expectations.
Daniel made it. He successfully made Winona date him.
In that instant, Sarah was so astonished that her eyes nearly bulged out of their sockets.
However, despite her shock, she still held onto the hope that Daniel could have a meaningful relationship with Winona.
At that time, Daniel was riddled with bad habits, and Winona had to endure a lot with him.
Daniel’s heart was never inclined toward serious matters; he simply relished having a good time and little thought to the Sullivan family’s business.
No matter how many times Winona advised him, it was futile. He remained consistently careless. Ultimately, Winona felt disheartened and chose to depart the country.
So Daniel and Winona broke up. They separated from that time.
Upon Winona’s departure, Daniel experienced a profound emotional blow, causing him to disappear from the scene for a full year.
After he came back, he became a different person.
In addition to reacquiring control of his family’s business, Daniel went on to establish the Sullivan
Group, which eventually catapulted him to the pinnacle of wealth, making him the most affluent person in the entire country.
All of this was motivated by Winona.
All these years, although Daniel had a child, he had never had any other women by his side. He did not even have a date.
Sarah thought that he had been thinking about Winona.
She thought that he must be waiting for Winona to return.
But to her great surprise, he was getting engaged to another woman!
Sarah clenched her teeth in frustration.
Michael softly consoled Sarah, his tone tinged with a sense of helplessness, “Come on. let’s stop now. Olivia is here, and there’s no need to spoil the atmosphere for everyone.”
Sarah lowered her head to hide her emotions.
After a while, she lifted her head and extended her apologies to Daniel and Olivia. “I’m genuinely sorry,” she confessed. “Today, I overindulged a bit and spoke without much thought. Daniel, Olivia, please pardon my conduct.”
With that, she picked up a glass of red wine and downed it.
Sarah almost choked and coughed a few times before she recovered.
As Michael patted her back to calm her down, he said to Daniel, “Daniel, to celebrate your engagement with Olivia, we’ve prepared a masquerade ball. Let’s go over now.”
As she spoke, she stood up and made way for Daniel to come over smoothly.
However, after waiting for a while, he realized that Daniel did not move.
Michael was puzzled and looked over curiously.
Gideon also poked his head out.
Daniel did not get up and remained seated.
He ignored Michael and the others. Instead, he raised his chin and looked at Olivia. He asked in a low voice. “Do you want to go over?”
Michael did not react for a moment.
When he realized what Daniel was doing, he suddenly opened his mouth in shock.
Daniel, who was fearless, and arrogant, was actually asking a woman for her opinion in a low voice! This was too unbelievable!
Michael was stunned, and so was Gideon.
“Yes.” Olivia nodded.
After nearly a month of hypnosis, she was mentally and physically exhausted.
Hence, she didn’t intend to focus on studying or working during this period. Her plan was to take it easy and unwind.
In the past, Olivia also liked having fun and was skilled in various forms of entertainment.
However, after being pushed off the cliff by Gillian, her heart turned cold.
She completely sealed herself off and devoted all her energy to learning and experimenting.
Now, she and Gillian had reconciled.
She no longer needed to repress herself; rather, she would begin to gradually open her heart and revert to her original self.
The masquerade was on the first floor.
Everyone had to change first. The men were all wearing the same tuxedo, and the women were wearing the same sapphire blue fishtail dress.
The distinction was the mask.
Sarah and Emily brought Olivia to change.
“There’s a separate changing room over there.” Emily handed a sapphire blue fishtail dress to Olivia. “Try this one first. Change it if it’s not suitable.”
Olivia lowered her eyes and glanced at the clothes.
Seeing this, Emily explained, “Don’t worry, they’re all new and very clean.”
Olivia went to the changing room to change.
Emily was talking to her outside. “Ms. Taylor, have you been to 2046 before? Why haven’t I seen you before?”
Olivia said calmly, “It’s my first time here today.”
“Oh.” Emily nodded. Then, she exchanged glances with Sarah and silently mouthed three words: “Country pumpkin.”
She hadn’t even visited 2046 before.
Every rich man and woman had been to 2046.
This was actually Olivia’s first time here.
Emily took out her lipstick and applied it. She pursed her lips in front of the mirror and glanced at Olivia from the corner of her eye.
Her eyes were filled with contempt.
She thought that Daniel got a bad taste.
Olivia was far inferior to Winona.
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