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   Chapter 25 Abrupt and Unexpected

The Enchanted Night By Chu Se Characters: 8200

Updated: 2019-04-22 00:15

Cassandra felt her blood pound in her ears as Rufus walked closer to her. The sound of her heartbeat was deafening in the silent room. Her breath came out in short gasps. She gathered up some courage and closed her eyes, breathing in deeply as she put her hands on his hard chest and tried to push when he stepped up to her.

"Go away!"

It happened in the blink of an eye, but Rufus seemed to have foreseen her move. He retreated swiftly, still staring at her. A sly grin surfaced on his face. Cassandra lost her balance, staggering forward a few steps. Her arms flailed as she reached out for support.

Just as her body was about to hit the floor, she tried to grasp at anything that would break her fall. Her hands gripped on the sleeves of the man, though it was not her intention. The sleeves weren't strong enough to entirely support her, so the accident occurred anyway. Cassandra's firm grip accidentally pulled Rufus forward and he lost his footing. They went down together with a thud.

Clumsily, Rufus fell right on top of her. It all happened so fast that he had no time to catch himself.

Cassandra had originally intended to push him away, but instead pulled him closer. Lying on the floor, she felt his heaviness press onto her and groaned in pain.

"Seems to me that you're always coming up with new ways to touch me,"

Rufus teased her, although he knew the fall wasn't intentional on her part. He flashed her a wicked smile as he looked down at her. They were so close that he could feel her breath on his skin. Before she had a chance to push him away once again, his lips descended on hers.

It was an abrupt and unexpected kiss. His lips moved against hers with urgency.

She kissed him back with fervor, but he pulled away at once.

"It's not very appropriate to do this here. Don't you think?" He gave her a naughty grin when he posed the deliberate question.

Cassandra opened her eyes as if waking from a dream, suddenly realizing that they had been kissing wantonly. Her face flushed with anger and shame as she pushed his chest once again. This time, she succeeded. Rufus swayed back as she sprang up and straightened her clothes, flustered.

"You shameless man!"

she shouted with raising voice. What the hell was he up to? Once again, he had taken advantage of her. Her heart fluttered; whether out of guilt or excitement, she didn't know. She registered with shock that she hadn't, in fact, been averse

tion would be slandered and I would be kicked out of Tang family."

She finally had a clear picture of why it had happened, thanks to Rufus's meddling. Tears began to well up her eyes. She had a name in her mind. Only someone with a lot of hatred and disgust for her could have done something so cruel.

It was someone who truly loathed her, and someone who couldn't stand her presence in the family.

It could only be one man.

"You mean, someone wanted to defame you, so you would be thrown out of the Tang household?"

Rufus repeated her words, although he had known that already. He just wanted to prompt her to speak out the truth.

"That's probably it. I didn't know his hatred for me was so great that he would resort to this disgusting method to get rid of me,"

Cassandra stated in a daze. Disbelief still lingered in her tone, although by now she had deemed her assumption to be a fact. Unknowingly, she bit her lower lip and shook her head, as if to deny what she had just uncovered.

A marriage without love, to her, was the most grievous tragedy - where two people bound by sacred law lived like strangers under the same roof.

"You think it was Lionel?"

Rufus finally brought up the name in her mind.

Cassandra still looked absent-minded. She looked back at him but did not reply. Her lack of response was an answer in itself. They came to a silent conclusion together. Except for Lionel, she couldn't think of anyone else who could detest her enough to do this. She still found it hard to believe that Lionel could be so cold-blooded. How could he carry out something like this inside the office?

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