“Esme, don’t be as prideful as you were in the past. Now that he still cares about you because of your past, work hard. Otherwise, all the seductresses out there will take him and you’ll lose your chance!”
Esme could feel her chest tighten.
She had never looked at Fia as a worthy enough rival, but her mother’s words made her anxious.
“He’s not that kind of man.”
“I know that he’s someone loyal to his feelings. Even when he didn’t have any feelings for Fia, he still respected her and allowed her to be Madam Maxwell for the past three years. However, that doesn’t mean that there are no other seductresses outside!
“In Gryphon’s social circle, all the other madams are hoping to find a chance to get close to him. They’re willing to even let their daughters become homewreckers if that’s what it takes!”
“Why would they let their daughters ruin themselves like that?” Esme asked with an innocent look on her face.
“Oh, Esme! The Maxwell household is the most powerful household in all of Gryphon. All of those households with ambition would definitely try to get a piece of the pie!”
Originally, Esme wasn’t that nervous. Only now did she realize how urgent things were for her.
She could not allow her success in getting rid of Fia blind her and let another woman take advantage of the situation instead!
Beth grabbed Esme’s hand tightly and said, “Listen to me, alright? Hold him closer to you.”
“Mom!” Esme said with embarrassment. “How can I do that? Conrad would look down on me.”
“Don’t be stupid!” Beth poked at Esme’s forehead and whispered, “All men are lustful. Despite Fia looking like a fool, she has a pretty face and a good body. The reason that she secured happiness in the past three years must be because of the good times they spent in bed.”
“No, I won’t believe it…” Esme tightened her fists as she blushed.
Even when they were in a relationship and she gave him hints, he didn’t touch her.
She would not believe that Conrad would betray her and touch Fia! Otherwise, Fia would have at least had a child during the past three years!
“Esme, pride can’t fill your belly. Conrad’s not a boy anymore. He’s a man now and different from when you were dating him back then. He needs to eat too,” Beth said to her daughter as she patted her hands, worried that Esme wouldn’t listen to her.
“Find a chance and get him in bed. Then force him to marry you. Otherwise, I’ll be anxious for as long as
Esme raised her head and said shyly, “Stop it, mom. I know what to do.”
Seeing that her daughter didn’t refuse her suggestion, Beth smiled brightly.
“My baby girl is all grown up. When you marry into the Maxwells, your father and I will count on you.”
“I’ll do my best.”
Esme was racking her brain, trying to find a time for them to get into bed together.
While the mother and daughter were planning on how to get Conrad into bed, Fia was guarding outside
the operation theater with butterflies in her stomach.
Conrad walked over and looked at her pale face and the black bags under her eyes.
He was feeling somewhat regretful about it all. He raised his hand and stroked her face.
“I’m sorry, Fia.”
Fia was startled, and she quickly took a step away as Conrad’s hand dropped.
“I didn’t know that your grandmother had a cerebral hemorrhage. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have said those things to provoke her.”
“This is all your fault!” Fia glared with her eyes becoming even redder from all the crying.
“Even if my grandma isn’t sick, you shouldn’t have said those things to her! And you did all of this for Esme Manning! Your love for her made you blind! You think everyone is a crook trying to plot against her now?”
“Esme…” Conrad couldn’t say a word.
“Don’t even think of arguing your way out of this!” Fia said with hatred in her heart. “I told you. If something happens to my grandma, I will never agree to the divorce! You can kill me if you dare! Otherwise, you two can forget about being together forever!”