Chapter 22: Preparation of Gifts
The next morning, Martina got up early. Due to her weakened body, she didn’t force. herself and simply went downstairs to buy a breakfast to fill her stomach.
She arrived at the studio on time again in the morning, which surprised Elena. Elena had been guessing that Martina, with her personality, would not come to the studio again. soon. After all, she was such a pampered and precious girl, how could she endure this kind.
of hardship for such a long time?
However, Martina proved herself with her actions. She was genuinely committed to her
work and arranged everything meticulously, making it flawless.
Elena really suspected that the Martina in front of her wasn’t real, otherwise how could
she have done such an incredible thing?
During lunchtime, while Martina was busy working, Elena was bored and sat beside Martina with her hands supporting her cheeks, staring curiously at Martina’s face for a long
Martina couldn’t stand being stared and lift her head to look at Elena, saying, “Hey, Elena, why are you staring at me like that since early in the morning? Do I have something
on my face?”
Martina wore heavy makeup to conceal her exhausted look, so her appearance seemed fine. However, there must be something related to Elena that caused her concern.
Elena shook her head first, then nodded, and kept clucking her tongue, “It’s strange, really strange. I thought you could only last two days at most, but you’re coming to work on time every day. Have you really made up your mind not to go back to the Fu family?”
Martina reluctantly promised, “Of course, I’m serious this time. I don’t have the energy to joke around with you all the time.”
Elena opened her hands and looked particularly innocent as she expressed her inner doubts, and said, “But I feel like before long, you’ll still go back, like if Benjamin comes to your apartment to find you, can you resist?”
This time, Martina raised her eyebrows in a rare show of determination, saying, “Of
course I can resist.”
Elena looked incredulous and asked, “How do you know?”
Martina replied, “Last night, Benjamin came to find me again, saying he wanted to take me home, but I wisely refused him and broke up with him face-to-face.”
Elena exclaimed, “What?!”
It was like telling Elena that her own brother had gotten married out of nowhere completely unbelievable!
Oh God, were these really the words coming out of Martina’s mouth? Could it be some
kind of joke?
Elena’s expression revealed her doubt towards Martina’s words, but Martina saw through her suspicion in an instant and said again, “I’m serious.”
Although Elena didn’t see what happened last night, she could guess that it must have been a place more terrifying than a battlefield.
She didn’t expect her good friend to be so tough this time, able to resist the temptation of Benjamin personally coming to pick her up at the door!
It seemed that Martina had improved a lot compared to before, which was really
Elena applauded and said, “You truly are my master!”
Martina shook her head and said, “Let’s not talk about this anymore, it affects the
Elena made a sound of agreement and then stared at Martina again, propping her chin with both hands, and said, “By the way, clear your schedule this afternoon.”
This time, Martina looked curious and asked, “Why? I still have several drawings to
Elena poked Martina’s forehead and said, “You’re really a busy master. You haven’t “forgotten what day it is today, have you?!”
Martina was stunned and still didn’t realize what she meant. Recently, there have been too many troublesome things going on, and she can hardly keep up with even the most basic things about herself, let alone remember anything else.
Still, Elena explained patiently, “Did you forget about our teacher Ms. Evelyn Bridge? Today is her birthday!”
Martina’s expression changed and she quickly took out her phone and checked the
calendar. There was indeed a reminder for their teacher’s birthday.
Ms. Bridge was an important figure for Martina and Elena. Without her encouragement and persistence, Martina might not have the painting skills she had today. Martina used to attend Ms. Bridge’s birthday every year, but with so many
troubles, she almost forgot this important event.
“I can’t believe I forgot such an important event. Fortunately, there’s still time to make up for it,” she suddenly stood up and said. “Quick, drive me out, Wanwan!”
Elena’s brain was obviously not functioning properly and asked, “What for? Ms. Bridge said her birthday celebration is in the evening. She still has some private matters to handle in the afternoon.”
Martina rolled her eyes and said, “Of course we’re going to pick a gift. Do you want to see me go empty-handed?”
These past few days, perhaps because Martina was spending a lot of time with Elena, she no longer seemed as artificially obedient as before. She had developed some of her
own ideas and thoughts, making her seem more lively and vivid.
This somewhat eased Elena’s anxious heart, at least Martina wasn’t going to do
Perhaps over time, Martina would come to realize that Benjamin was just a man, and there were plenty of men on the streets.
They say three-legged toads are hard to come by, but there are plenty of two-legged men around! Moreover, considering how beautiful she was, she could have found any kind
of man she wanted.
If she hadn’t been muddled and clueless about what she wanted in the past, always loving a man who didn’t reciprocate her feelings, she might have been enjoying herself more than anyone else now!
Soon, the two drove to a nearby mall. Luckily, Martina had some private money of her own, so she didn’t have to live too frugally.
Firstly, she purchased a bouquet of flowers for her teacher, and then she acquired a ‘splendid necklace specifically designed for her teacher.
The necklace was priced at around 3000 US dollars, which was not exorbitantly expensive, but it was apparent at first sight that it was intended as a gift for her teacher. It was very suitable in terms of temperament and appearance.
Martina could guarantee that Ms. Bridge would definitely like it.
Elena couldn’t resist complimenting, “This necklace is truly stunning. I might have to
search for a similar one myself next time.”
Finally, Martina bought a set of exquisite formal wear.
Earlier, Elena mentioned that tonight the teacher’s birthday celebration would be held at
a five-star hotel with at least hundreds of attendees. Most of them were their college. classmates or personal friends and family of Ms. Bridge.