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Chapter 31 Part I

He didn't follow me.

I kept my head low,
Towards the elevator.

"Lilia?"
A familiar voice called out to me
And by instincts,
I looked up to the voice.

Her eyes widened upon seeing my face.

"What happened?!"
Ashley asked in concern. 

I smiled and shook my head. 

She sighed, 
"Let's go grab a drink after work." 

I nodded.

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"What?! Your boyfriend cheated on you with his ex?"
She said, pounding her drink on the bar table.

I nodded.

Her brows narrowed,
Showing concern and confusion.

"How long have you known?"

I looked down at my drink.
"About 2 to 3 months."

"And you guys started living together for 6 months?"

Yes,
I lied to her.
But it was a secret, our relationship.

She doesn't know who he is,
Nor our relationship.

She sighed.
"It's okay, you can find better."

I forced a smile,
"Thanks."
I said,
"Anyways, do you have a boyfriend, Ash?"

"No,"
She sighed, taking a sip of her beer.
"But,"
She grinned.
"I have someone I like."

I tilted my head ,
"Who?"
I grinned.

"Hm,"
She thought for a moment,
Deciding if she trusts me.
"Don't tell anyone okay?"

I laughed and nodded.

"It's the President."

And it thumped.

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Chapter 31 Part II

"It's the President."
Her smile widened,
And her eyes shine.

It thumped, my heart.

I coughed out a laugh.

"But I guess it isn't much of a secret."
She said, resting her cheek on the palm of her hand.
"Since half the company admires him."

I didn't say anything.

"He's the whole package; smart, handsome and rich."
She added.

I laughed at her comment.
"Yeah, I guess he is."

She smiled and raised her cup
"Cheers."

I clicked my drink with hers
And the night continued that way;
With small talks and drinks.

"Lilia, are you okay?"
Ashley asked me.

"Yeah,"
I said.

"Call someone to pick you up,
It's late. I live around the corner so I'm fine."
Ashely said,
Her face worried.

I should call someone.
Both for my safety and for her worry to be at ease.

I nod pull my phone out,
Looking through my contacts.
I can't call Shawn.

I dialed a number.

"Hello?"
He asked on the other side.

"Jake,"
I gulped.
"Can you pick me up?"

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