Chapter 5 With Her
There was no way Nicole could forget about how cold and ruthless Kerr was when he talked over the phone just now. Based on his words, she could tell that this was a woman who was also with Kerr for some time. He could have even forced that girl to have an abortion. But Nicole was nothing more than just a meaningless one night stand.
The last thing she wanted was for Jay to find out that his father was a cold-blooded man. Other than that, she couldn’t imagine what Kerr would do if he found out what her and Jay’s true identities were. At that very moment, there was only one thought in her mind.
There was no way she could let him find out about them!
The car ride dragged on in silence until they finally stopped outside the Riverside Garden. Just as Nicole was about to get out of the car without a word, Kerr suddenly opened his eyes and spoke softly,
“You may go ahead and pick up your son. The car will be here waiting for you.”
After getting over her initial shock at his words, Nicole smiled quietly.
“Thank you, Mr. Gu, but my home isn’t very far from here, and my son isn’t very comfortable with strangers. Besides, I would hate to bother you.”
Since she had already declined, Kerr no longer insisted. He did, however, ask her a question.
“Why don’t you let your husband take care of the kid since you are already so busy?”
She quietly clenched her fists. “I don’t have a husband.”
As it turned out, she was actually a single, unmarried mother.
A spark of joy appeared on Kerr’s face as Nicole got out of the car and walked into the Riverside Garden. Then, after he asked the driver to take him to his apartment, his assistant called all of a sudden.
“Mr. Gu, the money has been transferred. You were right. That woman’s baby is not yours at all. She really thought that she could make a fortune with this child, huh. She did not expect that you would frighten her, so she spilled everything.”
The corners of his mouth curled up to a sneer. “Forget it. You have more important things to do.”
There was a pause on the other end of the line as the assistant felt a tinge of guilt.
“I truly am sorry, Mr. Gu. That night, seven years ago, the circuit of the hotel you visited was cut short, so we failed to take the video. We still haven’t found the woman you told us about, so…”
“So you waited for seven years?”
There was a hint of aggressiveness in his tone. “I have told you before that it doesn’t matter if we don’t find her at once. But you have worked for me for many, many years, and you should know by now that I am not a patient person.”
The assistant on the other end of the line took a deep breath and was about to say something, but before he could utter a single word, Kerr hung up the phone. He lazily leaned his body against the leather seat. His eyes were dark.
Kerr closed his eyes, and he could still feel the gaze Nicole had set upon him. When she was about to leave, she concealed her true feelings very well, but the faint shiver in her voice betrayed her.
What was that woman so afraid of?
Meanwhile, in Baron’s home in the Riverside Garden, Nicole was sitting on the sofa with a pale face and trembling hands. When she saw the worried and concerned look etched on Baron’s face, she took a deep breath and spoke in a hoarse voice.
“Baron, please do me a favor.”
Now, Baron was the only person she could rely on.
As he looked back at the ghastly pale Nicole, his expression grew even more nervous.
“What is it?”
Nicole glanced at her son, Jay, and tried her best to calm herself down.
“Please help me destroy
my past. No one can find out about who I was. I don’t want Jay’s father to come and take him away from me.”
She wasn’t sure about whether or not she should tell Baron that Kerr was actually Jay’s father.
She knew very little about just how powerful of a person Kerr really was, but she had a rough guess. And since she didn’t want to bring any trouble to Baron in the future, she decided that the less he knew about it, the better.
“I know what to do. Don’t worry.”
He knew just how much Nicole cared about Jay, and that’s why he chose not to tell her his true feelings for her.
After all, even though he was okay with the fact that Nicole brought up a six-year-old child on her own, his family would never accept Jay.
When Nicole walked out of the Riverside Garden with Jay in her arms, she didn’t notice that the black Porsche had returned. It was parked a short distance away from her, hidden in the darkness.
Kerr’s sharp black eyes were still bright even in the dark.
This time, it was Kerr who called his assistant on the phone.
“I’d like you to investigate the newly hired Nicole Ning.”
Before the assistant could even answer, Kerr hung up the phone.
The next day, as Kerr sat in his office and looked through the information that his assistant Jared had collected for him, his calm face turned gloomy all of a sudden.
The document Jared had brought him was almost a carbon copy of what Nicole had submitted to the personnel department of the Gu Group. Basically, the only thing it said was how she had almost nothing before she went to school in Manhattan–not even the father of her child.
“Is this really all you’re giving me?”
Hearing the coldness in Kerr’s voice, Jared hesitantly bowed his head, not daring to look into Kerr’s eyes.
“Mr. Gu, these were the only information I could find when I investigated Nicole. Strangely, Nicole was part of the Ning family, but not long after the Ning family was brought down, she was already in Manhattan.
There was nothing I could find about her child. Maybe she gave birth in secret, and that is why we can’t find anything.”
Jared had been working for Kerr for quite a long time, so he had a good grasp of what kind of person Kerr was. Admittedly, it was strange for him to see Kerr being so interested in a woman.
Kerr waved his hand dismissively and decided not to probe even further. However, the deep impression that Nicole had left on him remained.
“If I remember correctly, there is a business dinner tonight.”
“Yes, it is with the president of the Chu Group, the young master of the Song Group, and some of the staff working on this project.”
As Kerr’s assistant, he was perfectly capable of anything as long as it wasn’t about investigating what happened seven years ago.
“Director Ning is also involved in this project. Am I right?”
Kerr’s gaze fell upon one of the photos on Nicole’s file and he fell deep into thought.
Jared immediately reacted after getting over his shock. He nodded at him and said,
“Yes, Mr. Gu. Don’t worry about it.”
With that, he took the folder containing the project they had with the Chu Group, walked towards Nicole’s office, and knocked on the door gently.
Knock, knock, knock.
“Come in, please.”
Nicole’s eyes remained fixed on the computer screen. She didn’t bother to look up to see who entered the door.
“Director Ning, this is the cooperation plan regarding the Gu Group and the Chu Group project that is about to start. Mr. Gu has decided to put you in charge of this project.”
He placed the documents on the desk in front of her.