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   Chapter 29 A Long Embrace

The Enchanted Night By Chu Se Characters: 8908

Updated: 2019-04-23 00:15


The morning came.

Rufus took off last night, leaving Cassandra in the arms of a restless sleep.

She opened her eyes at first light. Still too early, but it was impossible for her to go back to sleep. Cassandra lay awake in bed, waiting for the tell-tale signs of morning to rouse her from her half-asleep state. That morning at breakfast, there was still no trace of Rufus. Hadn't he returned last night?

On the table were only two people - Horace, wearing a glum expression and Jill who was her usual grumpy self. Lionel's seat remained empty, too. Cassandra had no idea where he was.

"Good morning," she greeted the older couple politely.

Neither of them responded, as if they didn't hear her. Cassandra proceeded to sit down uncomfortably, watching her motions as if fearing that the smallest movement would disturb the two. She took a glass of milk and drank it with uncharacteristic attention, as Horace and Jill continued to sit wordlessly.

After a while, the silence became too excruciating and Cassandra could not help but ask,"Where is Rufus? Haven't seen him lately?"

Jill's head shot up at her words, as if she had said something unforgivable. She looked at Cassandra, her eyes silently speaking in daggers.

For some implacable reason, Cassandra felt as if she had made an offense. She lowered her head, waiting for Jill's reproach, although it was not clear what upset her. But instead, Horace spoke, letting off a heavy sigh as he looked at Cassandra.

"He is not here. He probably won't be home for a long time," he said sorrowfully, his eyes drowning Cassandra with an unknown grief. He closed his eyes and continued,"This is all my fault."

It was rare for Horace to be in such low spirits. He seemed to be holding in something.

"What happened?" Cassandra pressed.

She had not been able to shake the feeling from last night. She had been ill-at-ease, as if something was not right.

"Don't blame yourself. That woman died of illness. You are not to blame,"

Jill, who had been quiet, said with a sour tone. Cassandra's paled at her words.

That woman? Died of illness?

Horace turned to Jill sharply and said,"You! Do not involve yourself in matters that do not concern you! Rufus is preparing his mother's funeral abroad, so he won't be home for some time. I owe him and his mother everything..."

Horace heaved another rueful sigh, and Jill spoke nothing more of the matter.

At this time, the atmosphere turned from uncomfortable to claustrophobic. Cassandra's mind reeled from the realizations, and somehow, a part her ached.

Rufus's mother died. It was no wonder he acted so oddly last night.

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s asking for you in his office,"

he said directly.

Lionel. Upon hearing his name, Cassandra felt slightly disconcerted.

What would he want now? As far as she was concerned, they had nothing to talk about. Giving off a small sigh, she rose from her chair and answered,"Alright. I will be there."

Cassandra pushed her personal feelings aside as she walked to his office. She was his employee, and in the company, she had to act accordingly as his subordinate.

It was better to draw a clear line between private and business matters. This was one of her basic principles, and she was determined to be one of the best in her field.

"Mr. Tang, Manager Qin is here," the man announced when they arrived at the door of Lionel's office.

His assistant opened the door and she walked inside, seeing Lionel busy playing shooting games.

Once she was inside, the assistant closed the door behind and silently left. Now, there were only the two of them in that wide office. Despite the big space, Cassandra felt constriction in the atmosphere.

"You asked for me?"

she asked in a cold and distant tone, getting straight to the point.

Lionel stopped playing and met Cassandra's cold stare with his own. Unceremoniously, he stood up and went to his desk, taking out an envelope from a drawer.

She narrowed her eyes, trying to make sense of what he was doing.

He turned to her and flung the envelop on the table.

Cassandra wordlessly looked down, and gingerly picked up the envelope to see what was inside it.

"Take a look," he said, smirking.

Her fingers shook as the image that came into view was the photo of Rufus, with his arms wrapped around her.

Her eyes went to the rest of the photos in envelope, revealing more images of him and her

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