Eleanor stole a glance at Cedric sitting in the passenger seat.
Seeing him focused on looking out the window, the embarrassment in the her heart gradually eased.
She held a tissue, bowing her head and silently cleaning the rainwater off her body.
Cedric looked in the rear–view mirror at the thin figure in the back seat.
In such cold weather, she didn’t even have a coat on, and was out in the rain trying to hail a cab. Cedric was quite curious.
“Ms. Shultz, why didn’t Mr. Caporal give you a ride home?”
Hearing the name Mr. Caporal, Eleanor furrowed her brows in confusion. It took her a moment to remember that she was currently Josef’s “girlfriend“.
She clenched the tissue in her hand and lied, “We had a fight, and he just left me by the road.”
Cedric nodded, “I see.”
Seeing her shivering from the cold, he raised the car’s heating without asking further.
The sudden increase in temperature inside the car gradually warmed Eleanor’s icy, stiff body.
She glanced at Cedric gratefully, then carefully explained, “I actually wanted to take a taxi, but my phone was out of power, and the nearby shops were closed. I had no place to wait out of the rain, so I stood by the road. Sorry to trouble you.”
Cedric rested his chin on one hand, looking at the embarrassed and uneasy Eleanor in the rear–view mirror. He reassured her gently, “It’s okay.”
Eleanor finally relaxed and leaned her head against the car window, closing her eyes wearily.
She was really tired. With the warm air blowing, she soon fell into a deep sleep.
Not long after, the car stopped at the entrance of her residential area.
Without turning around, Cedric said, “Ms. Shultz, we’re here.”
After waiting for a while and receiving no response from the back seat, Cedric turned around.
Seeing Eleanor leaning against the window, sound asleep, his eyes widened slightly.
Was this woman too naive? Could she just fall asleep so comfortably in a stranger’s car?
Did she think he was a good guy?
Cedric frowned and motioned to his assistant.
The assistant quickly got up, went to the back seat, opened the car door, and nudged Eleanor.
“Ms. Shultz, you’re home.”
Eleanor woke up with difficulty, opened her eyes to see the darkness, and couldn’t make out anything clearly.
She knew it was due to the rain worsening her condition, but luckily, her mind was still clear, and she remembered that this was Cedric’s
She quickly straightened up and thanked him again, then pushed the door open and got out.
Cedric stopped her and handed her an umbrella from the back seat, “It’s raining heavily outside, take this with you.”
Eleanor saw the logo on the umbrella, knew it was worth tens of hundreds, and was afraid she wouldn’t have a chance to return it to him. So, she gently refused, “Thank you, but it’s just a few steps away. I’ll run over.”
Cedric paused, seeming to see her thoughts through her eyes. He simply tossed her the umbrella, “you don’t need to return it.”
Eleanor hesitated, but seeing Cedric’s assertive look, she had to accept it.
“Then Mr. Laurence, please give me your contact information so I can find a time to return it to you tomorrow.”
Hearing her asking for his contact info, looking at her eyes, Cedric’s expression gradually became disdainful, “I don’t like those who show up uninvited.”
Eleanor didn’t expect him to misunderstand her intentions, and tried to explain, “That’s not what I meant. I just felt that this umbrella…”
Cedric coldly interrupted her, warning in his eyes, “No matter what you meant, I only gave you a ride out of kindness. If you have other ideas, advise you to give up now.”
His words made Eleanor uncomfortable. She didn’t say anything more, just put down the umbrella and walked away.
After taking two steps in the rain, she couldn’t help but feel wronged. She turned around and said to Cedric:
“Mr. Laurence, I’m very grateful for your kindness in giving me a ride home, but you don’t have to be prejudiced against me. The reason I refused is because I felt that the umbrella you gave me was too expensive and I might not have a chance to return it to you.”
Having said her piece, not caring about his expression, Eleanor turned around and ran into her residential area.
Cedric stared at her petite figure, somewhat stunned.
He originally thought that women like Eleanor would try to hook up with anyone who seemed wealthy.
Otherwise, she wouldn’t have just broken up with Bernard and thrown herself into Josef’s arms.
However, her words just now made Cedric feel a little embarrassed, as if he had misunderstood her…