Only a handful of guests were scattered around the banquet hall, making the grand hall seem desolate and cold. Most of them were
elderly gentlemen who were business associates of Gregory Salvador.
Apart from the waitstaff and the pianist, there was not a single
female guest in sight.
None of those rich housewives, who usually pretended to be friendly
with Shannon, showed up. Neither did those who had to butter up to her due to the influence of the Salvador family turn up.
They seemed to have coordinated with each other, as not a single.
one of them showed up!
It was utterly infuriating!
If it were not for the presence of a group of media reporters behi
her, Shannon might have burst into a rage right there and then.
Gregory furrowed his brows. His lips showed a restrained expressi
but not much emotion could be discerned.
Bethany was completely bewildered. She knew that her mother did
not have the best reputation amongst the social circles, but she did
not expect it to be this bad!
“Quick! Quick, take pictures! This could become a trending headline!”
The reporters stuck their heads out, frantically capturing shots of the forlorn place.
“How about the headline, ‘Birthday Banquet of Salvador Corporation
Chairman’s Wife Takes an Unexpected Turn-Is the Glitz Fading in Tough Times?””
“She just claimed to have invited many people a moment ago, but now she practically embarrassed herself. How hilarious!”
Shannon was so enraged that her legs beneath her elegant gown trembled uncontrollably.
She shot a fierce glare at Bethany, signaling for her daughter to speak
on her behalf.
Facing the reporters, Bethany forced a smile and said, “Dear friends
from the media, my mother’s birthday banquet is about to begin. We
need to go inside to greet the guests. Please feel free to leave, and
we’ll be giving out goody bags at the entrance later. Thank you and have a good day!”
The bodyguards swiftly ushered the reporters out.
Even after receiving the goody bags, some reporters could not but express their discontent.
“Huh, they made us rush here in the heavy snow, and now they’re
kicking us out. It’s obvious they feel embarrassed and don’t want to
“Greeting guests? Where are the guests? Are they going to greet ghosts, perhaps? Hahaha!”
The birthday banquet had just begun, yet it felt as desolate as if it
were about to end.
Shannon was seething with anger. Her refined makeup failed to
conceal the stiffness and anger on her face.
The guests, who were all Gregory’s friends, offered their
congratulations to her before engaging in lively conversations with Gregory. They completely ignored the supposed female lead on the
‘How could this be happening? How could it be like this?’ Shannon
“Mom! Mom!” Bethany rushed in, clutching her long dress.
She was panting heavily, and her face was drained of color. “I sent
someone to check, and guess what? The guests we invited have all
gathered at the KS World Hotel. Bella stole them!”.
Shannon had suspected it, but having it confirmed was a heavy blow
to her, almost making her faint. “Bella Thompson… Why is it that damned wretched girl again?!”
Seated nearby, Carrie, who was playing with the small teddy bear,
overheard her sister-in-law’s name and looked at them with a
“Tonight, half of the people went for the Thompsons, while the other
half went for the Iversons. It is said that those who matter in the
Iverson family were all present at Celeste’s birthday party. The
Thompsons have joined hands with the Iversons, and those
pretentious people are trying to curry favor with both the Thompsons
Bethany surprisingly displayed a boost of intelligence at this moment.
She took another step closer to Shannon and spoke with an exasperated tone. “Also, I heard that a few people who weren’t
initially invited by the Thompsons received invitations from Bella yesterday. So, they changed their minds and went to the KS World
Hotel. It turns out the mastermind behind all this was Bella all along!”
“This wretched woman causes me trouble all the damn time! Does
she think she can ruin my birthday banquet this way? Does she think
that I’m a pushover?!” Shannon cursed, her features contorting angrily.
“Mom, please don’t call Bella a wretched woman. She’s not a
wretched woman!” Unable to endure it any longer, Carrie gathered her
courage, her face turning red as she retorted.
Shannon glared at her in uncontrollable anger. “Shut up! She’s not
your sister-in-law anymore!”
“Carrie! Do you even know what you’re talking about?!”
Seizing the opportunity while Shannon was furious, Bethany angr
rushed to Carrie. With a fierce jab of her sharp nails, Bethany pinche
Carrie’s cheek. Carrie gasped in pain and tried to pull away.