Poor Hayes had no idea that danger was creeping up on him.
Yuna’s hand inched closer and closer to Hayes‘ back. Closer and closer… But just as her fingers were about to graze him, a jarring ringtone shattered the silence.
Hayes jumped, whirling around in an instant.
Met with Yuna’s glare, seething with hatred, Hayes was utterly baffled.
When did Mom sneak in? He hadn’t heard a sound.
The little guy cocked his head, puzzlement written all over his face as he gazed at Yuna.
Damn it! The kid had spun around unexpectedly, catching Yuna off guard. Her diffidence reflexively made her withdraw her hand.
Damn it all!
What was she afraid of? There was no one else around! So what if he saw her? As long as he was out of the picture, she didn’t mind the brat watching her do the deed!
She wanted to crush his hope anyways!
Yuna, teeth gritted, was about to reach out again when Hayes furrowed his brow and reminded her, “Mom… your phone…”
Damn it! Which low–life was calling her now?
Fuming, Yuna yanked out her phone to hang up, but then she caught sight of that familiar number. Barnes!
He couldn’t even handle a little kid, and now he had the nerve to call?
But she couldn’t ignore Barnes‘ call; he must be reporting on last night’s business!
Suppressing her loathing for Hayes, Yuna pressed the answer button.
But just as she brought the phone to her ear, Barnes‘ voice came through, livid with fury, “Yuna, you’re nothing but trouble! Why the hell did you use my gun license to buy a weapon? Do you have any idea I’m being hunted down right now?”
Hearing his words, Yuna’s heart skipped a beat, her gaze flicking involuntarily to the little boy before her.
Realizing he seemed not to have heard, she hastened out of the room and back to her room.
Hayes was left in confusion. Why did Mom leave again?
But her look just now… it was terrifying. Did he do something wrong again?
Afraid of another punishment, Hayes dashed out of the room to seek refuge with Grandma.
Grandma would surely protect him!
Meanwhile, in the other room.
“You deserve to be hunted down!” Yuna spat venomously. “Didn’t you say the problem was taken care of last night? Why is Hayes still alive today?”
“The fog was thick last night! I missed the shot, for crying out loud! I didn’t realize it until later!”
Barnes had just dropped that bombshell when Yuna heard him panting heavily on the other end.
As if he were on the run!
The next second, a gunshot ripped through the receiver, nearly bursting Yuna’s eardrums.
“Listen up! You’re surrounded! If you try any funny business…”
Yuna’s heart lurched, and she abruptly ended the call!
It had to be Frederick’s men on Barnes‘ tail!
Smiling to herself, Yuna thought about the situation. If Hayes couldn’t be dispatched, getting rid of Barnes, the ticking time bomb, was the next best thing.
Now, she just needed a hacker to erase her call and text history with Barnes, and no one would ever know she had been in contact with him.
No matter how much he squirmed or even reveal her name, Yuna wouldn’t bat an eye.
After all, with their communication erased and Freddie being a man who needed hard evidence, he’d never take Barnes‘ word for it.
Yuna thought about it and exhaled a satisfied sigh. She was going to show Barnes what happens when he crossed her.