lt;pgt;“How did you know that?” Lily smiled and took a seat opposite Alexander. Her hands supported her
cheeks as she looked up at him. “Is there anything you don‘t know?”
lt;pgt;Alexander slowly poured hot water from the kettle into the teacups while he said, “There are a lot of
things I don‘t know. For instance, when are you willing to make our relationship public?”
lt;pgt;His serious look made Lily chuckle. “Dear Mr. Russell, you‘re known to be a low-key person. Would you
want to announce our relationship to everyone?”
lt;pgt;“I only lie low for certain things.” He put a tea bag into Lily‘s cup and slid it across the table toward her.
“If it‘s about our relationship, I want as many people to know about us as possible!” Alexander wanted
to tell the entire world that Lily was the woman he loved and that she belonged to him. No one could
ever take her away from him. The most they could do was just be envious.
lt;pgt;Lily lowered her gaze and reached for the cup handle. Happiness was filling her heart. “Oh, right.
Those two have been in close contact with someone called Frank Moreau recently. That man is not
someone you want to get yourself involved with.” Alexander just remembered this and reminded Lily.
The tea was still hot, so Lily paused her movement when her fingers touched the cup as she asked,
“What‘s up with him?”
lt;pgt;Something seemed off about Frank. He was everywhere recently. Initially, Lily thought it was usual to
meet him at perfumery–related events as Nathaniel‘s company had engaged his help.
lt;pgt;However, three things alerted Lily about Frank: First, it looked like something was happening between
him and Melanie; Second, he attended the sampling session as a special guest; Third, Alexander
reminded Lily to stay away from him. Lily began to wonder what Frank‘s true identity was.lt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;“He‘s a dark horse in the perfumery industry abroad. He‘s talented and won several awards, but there
are also many speculations about him. Some suspected he stole others‘ work, while a few media
outlets reported problems with his products.”
lt;pgt;Alexander placed the kettle down and took a seat too. He held the teacup in his hand as he pondered.
“He had disappeared from the public‘s eyes over the last six months. I didn‘t think he would be here,
lt;pgt;“Well, let‘s just say he has terrible morals.” Alexander took a sip of tea and nodded in satisfaction. Then
he looked at Lily‘s untouched cup of tea. “Try it! That‘s the specialty tea over here. It‘s an uncommon
type of tea and is only harvested in small amounts, but it tastes amazing.” Seeing how he promoted the
tea enthusiastically, Lily also took a sip. Indeed, it was smooth and fragrant with a fresh aftertaste.
lt;pgt;“It‘s nice.” She nodded, her mind still on Frank‘s matter. “What do you mean by terrible morals? As in
lt;pgt;“Yeah.” After a moment of silence, Alexander nodded. “Someone sued him for rape before
lt;pgt;this, but the case got dismissed because the other party did not have enough evidence. Later, they
tried to clear his name by saying that the allegation was false and that someone was trying to defame
him. No matter what, you should stay away from him.” “I won‘t have the chance to interact much with
him anyway,” Lily said.
lt;pgt;Even if Frank did not have all that dirt on him, Lily would not involve herself with anyone from MN Inc.
lt;pgt;It was enough for Alexander that Lily listened to his words. He raised his head slightly and drank some
more tea. Then something hit him. “About yesterday... Are you okay?”lt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;“Cough! Cough, cough!” Lily spat her tea out and choked instantly upon hearing that ‘What does he
mean by that? Why is he talking about that all of a sudden? I wasn‘t prepared for that at all!
lt;pgt;Alexander found her surprised look and red cheeks adorable. “Are you having trouble answering my
lt;pgt;The more he said, the hotter Lily‘s cheeks became. She covered her mouth with one hand to cough
and also to avoid his gaze, but what happened the night before filled her mind. “It seems you‘re not
satisfied with my performance.” Alexander sighed and took another sip of tea.
lt;pgt;“I–It‘s...” Lily wanted to tell him it was okay, but Alexander interjected, “That‘s why we must try again.”
His words rendered Lily completely speechless.lt;/pgt;