Chapter 17: The Stranger
This woman was so persistent, even trying to compete with her for her son?
It seemed she must find a way to make this woman never come to the Walker family again. Oherwise, sooner or later, she would bring trouble to both her and her son. She had always said that this woman was a troublemaker and must not be kept around.
At this moment, even Benjamin’s emotions were a bit unusually irritable.
He rubbed his throbbing forehead, feeling that he had almost reached his limit with
Martina’s recent behavior.
Clearly, every time he came back before, Martina was always the most cheerful one, and she would even take the initiative to kiss and hug him. But now, she was totally
Her behavior was completely out of character when she went to the nightclub, ended up being taken to the police station, and appeared like an abandoned animal. She created a significant disturbance, which was unlike her previous self.
Despite his best efforts to remain composed, Benjamin found himself unable to tolerate the recent events. Martina had repeatedly disappeared without warning, causing him great distress. He couldn’t help but wonder if she had no intention of returning and what her
After a few seconds, Benjamin got back in the car and asked Simon to investigate, “See
where she is now.”
Simon acted quickly, and since Martina did not deliberately conceal her whereabouts,
she was soon found.
“Miss Martinez and Miss Rodríguez are together, at the art studio run by Miss Rodriguez,” Simon replied.
Benjamin had impulsively planned to go and see Martina, determined to bring her back.
However, his efforts ultimately proved to be unsuccessful. Because another call soon came in, probably about work-related matters that needed urgent attention, and Benjamin’s face became increasingly gloomy as he listened.
Finally, he scowled and instructed Simon to turn the car around and head towards the company building.
Meanwhile, Martina had arrived at the studio and checked in. As soon as she had
settled into her seat, Elena rushed over, looking her up and down.
Martina’s phone had been left in Elena’s car the last night, which had made it impossible for Elena to contact her.
As Elena rushed over, she looked at Martina up and down and said, “Are you alright, my little troublemaker? You gave me such a fright last night. When I found out, I rushed back. and even got my brother to pretend to be your guardian to get you released from the police. station. However, when I arrived, I was told that you had already been picked up by your
Martina shook her head and sat down next to Elena, saying, “I’m fine. There was a little.
accident last night, but I’m okay now.”
Although Elena grew up in a male-dominated environment and could curse like a sailor,
she also had a soft heart.
Her eyes were now red and she looked particularly self-blaming. Even her dark circles. under her eyes were deep, indicating she probably didn’t sleep all night.
Martina could only pretend to be displeased, “I said I’m okay, why do you still look like
that? If you keep doing this, I’m going to get angry.”
Elena sniffed and said, “Okay, okay, I won’t cry anymore. But where did you go last night? I went to your place and couldn’t find you.”
Martina was taken aback for a moment. To be honest, she didn’t want to mention that man, but she didn’t want to lie in front of her best friend either.
“Last night, Benjamin took me back,” Martina said.
Elena was instantly stunned, and it took her a long time to react. She opened her mouth wide and said, “What? Are you saying that Benjamin took you back and you stayed
with him overnight?”
Her expression was no less shocked than if she had seen a ghost. She was truly
Martina nodded and rubbed her temples.
“Yeah, probably it was Adam Paloma who told Benjamin,” she said.
She had thought about it for a long time on her way here, and no one else knew about this except Adam. Elena wouldn’t have told Benjamin herself, so the only possible connection to him was Adam.
Elena became angry again, as if she wanted to flip the table over. “I knew it wasn’t a coincidence that I saw that guy last night. He must have been up to something again,” she said. “So what are you going to do now? Did Benjamin explain anything to you?”
Martina shook her head, and a hint of confusion flickered across her face. She said, “What can he explain? It’s no different from before. He just told me to go back.”
Elena stared intently at Martina’s face. saying, “So, are you going back? If you do, then all your previous efforts will have been in vain.”
Wasn’t that right?
That’s why Martina had no intention of going back in the first place.
Martina remained silent and retrieved the portraits from under the bed, paying particular
attention to the double portrait.
Then, in front of Elena, she tore the photo in half and said, “I can’t go back, and there’s
no need to.”
Whether in the past or now, Benjamin had never really cared about her. What was the point of going back and becoming the laughingstock of everyone?
Martina had always been willing to swallow her pride, but even she couldn’t bear it any
Forget it. She could just treat it as if it were all just a dream. Now that she had. awakened from the dream, everything should return to reality.
Elena immediately hugged Martina in her arms, comforting her, “It’s okay, no matter
what, you still have me. I can take care of you!
Elena suddenly felt a bit worried, but she still affirmed, “Although my family is not as wealthy as Benjamin’s, at least we have our own place.”
She gestured with a wave of her hand, saying, “From now on, you can go my home with me, be my parents’ goddaughter, and I’ll introduce you to a handsome and wealthy guy with a good temper who will treat you well!”
On this day, Martina kept herself busy with work to distract herself, and only took the subway home late at night.
As soon as she arrived at her apartment’s gate, Martina’s stomach grumbled. She took out her key and opened the door, then walked a few steps inside according to habit, and reached for the light switch on the wall.
As soon as the light turned on, Martina saw a figure sitting on the sofa with his back. facing the door.
“Ah!” Martina was startled and almost sat on the ground.
She nervously picked up a small wooden stick from the shoe cabinet and held it in her hand, ready to defend herself.
She couldn’t be sure who this intruder in her home was and what his or her intentions was. She had only recently moved here, and it was possible that someone was targeting
Martina was very scared, as this was the first time she had encountered such a
However, she tried to remain calm and composed.