My one in a million wife [Ashlyn and Lucas] chapter 121
Ashlyn rolled her eyes. Could he get any more childish?
“I thank you on the behalf of Ms. Saunders,” she said coldly.
Everyone started to get restless.
Lucas immediately bid five million higher.
It seemed that Ms. Saunders’ painting was really worth a fortune.
Thus, everyone else increased their bids.
Not long after, the bid reached twenty million, which was no small amount for a painting!
Nonetheless, Ms. Saunders was too influential.
These big shots would usually fight to purchase Ms. Saunders’ painting but cannot do so.
How could they not fight for it when one was right in front of them?
Thus, they bid higher in a frenzy.
It was still going up!
Their eyes seemed to turn red from the greed.
Joseph was speechless throughout. He desperately wanted to take down the paintings in his living room to put them up for auction!
However, he did not dare to do so; those paintings were his mom’s treasures.
Even though the price skyrocketed, the higher the price, the more greedy the crowd seemed to be.
At that time, the bid had reached fifty million!
At last, a big-bellied man shouted, “100 million! 100 million! I have to have that painting for myself!”
Everyone fell quiet and had their eyes fixed on him.
This person was a known art lover. He usually liked to collect ancient paintings and calligraphies, but he was simply missing one of Ms. Saunders’.
Hera was dumbstruck.
He’s gone mad! Really mad!
A hundred million!
Ashlyn looked beyond satisfied. She stood up gracefully and strutted toward the middle-aged man and glanced at his nameplate on his seat. “Mr. Cornell Bailey, I thank you for your knowledgeable taste. I promise you that Ms. Saunders will give you another one of her newest pieces.”
“Really?” Cornell went mad with admiration as he blushed bright red. Both his hands were even shaking.
“Really,” Ashlyn said before she took her seat.
As Cornell filled out the cheque, he could not help but said to Ashlyn, “Thank you, thank you!”
The crowd erupted in chatter.
Buy one, get one free. What luck!
Could it be that Ashlyn was bluffing? Was she really so close to Ms. Saunders?
Ashlyn smiled as she received the cheque, and it looked like roses had bloomed. “Ms. Saunders has instructed me to donate all the earnings from this painting to Saunders Charity. We want to be transparent with you and you are welcome to check on it.”
Lucas frowned and felt like there was something amiss.
Dixon’s expression darkened. This woman! She was indeed arrogant, having blatantly ignored Haddock Group.
The earnings from the charity auction were supposed to be decided by Haddock Group.
It was the first time that the money earned from the charity gala was donated to another charity.
All the admiration he had for Ashlyn instantly became hatred.
She stepped down from the stage and returned to her seat.
Jared tugged on Ashlyn’s sleeve anxiously. “Are you crazy? Are you close with Ms. Saunders? What if she rejects you? You’re too impulsive!”
“She won’t,” Ashlyn said before she turned her attention back to the auction.
Winsor eyed Dixon whispered, “Ms. Berry, you just offended Haddock Group.”
Unlike Winsor’s deliberately soft tone, Ashlyn spoke with a voice that was just loud enough for the people seated in the row in front of her to hear. “Oh. I didn’t think that Haddock Group was so narrow-minded and cared so much about a mere hundred million.”
Dixon was speechless.
His expression noticeably stiffened, but he still turned to Ashlyn and smiled. “Ms. Berry must be joking. Of course, Haddock Group would not mind. It’s all for charity; no matter what means are used, the main goal is to help the needy. It’ll be fine as long as we can help them.”
That statement was pretentious and grandiose but showed Haddock Group’s generosity.
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Dixon felt that what he said was extremely fitting.
He was a cold-looking person. Even when he smiled, there was a feeling of negativity; like a viper waiting for an opportunity to pounce. It made others incredibly uncomfortable.
Though Winsor’s family was involved in illegal businesses in the past, he was quite a big-hearted man.
On the other hand, Ashlyn was unimpressed by Dixon. He was handsome, yet lacking.
This level of attractiveness was not admirable.
“Thank you for that, Mr. Haddock,” Ashlyn said as she nodded.
Dixon did not know why, but when she thanked him, he felt a strange sense of comfort, as if he had been rewarded.
It’s not like I’m Ashlyn’s dog!
Although he looked down on Jared and Winsor, he had lowered himself to become her lapdog.
At the same time, the hashtag “Ms. Saunders’ A Hundred Birds Facing Phoenix Sold For An Insane Price” immediately overtook other searches and became the top search.
It was even weirder was that the topics that closely followed were “Ms. Saunders’ Painting Sold For 100 Million” and “100 Million Donated to Saunders Charity”.
“This is really something else. The auction was at the charity gala, but the money went to Saunders Charity.”
“Wow. Don’t you guys think that this girlfriend of Jared’s is really impressive?”
“I wonder if Haddock Group will get angry.”
“We won’t know. It’s a hundred million! I will never have that much money in my entire life.”
Hera swiped through Twitter, and her anger rose.
Originally, when she attended the charity gala and auctioned her most precious work, it was sold for half a million dollars.
She wanted to get some hype for it and round up some fans, and show that talent could come with beauty.
She wanted to please Mr. Chapman. Once he was happy, he would appoint her as his heir.
Her sale was seventh on the list of hot searches, and her fans continuously boasted in the comments.
Hera is truly a multi-talented, beautiful lady.
How I wish I could kneel before Hera’s art.
I’m a fan now. I knew she could play the piano. To think that she can draw well, too!
Five hundred thousand! Impressive!
There were several new fans who were unaware of the truth.
However, ever since Ms. Saunders’ search topic made its way up the list, it occupied the top three spots.
“Hera’s Painting 500k” suddenly seemed awkward and insignificant.
The official announcement of Haddock Charity read: At the charity gala at Oakleaf Hotel, Ms. Saunders’ A Hundred Birds Facing Phoenix was sold for a hundred million. The money will be donated to Saunders Charity, and we hope we will have the opportunity to work with Ms. Saunders in the future.
The comments section was instantly flooded.
Poverty has restricted my imagination. A painting at one hundred million… What kind of painting is it? It must be heavenly!
Just one painting is worth a hundred million? Is it a scam?
Ahhh! But that money really is wired to Saunders Charity.
These two foundations seem to get along well!
Right? Jared’s girlfriend is really impressive. She actually earned a hundred million from Haddock Charity, and Haddock Group didn’t mind either.
Is Haddock Group letting it go on account of Mr. Quickton’s behalf?
You’ll never know!
As they discussed, the online comments eventually focused entirely on Ashlyn.
Human morals are getting worse with each day! The rich can earn a hundred million just from auctioning a painting!
The rich can get away with anything!
Mr. Quickton’s girlfriend is really powerful! She could actually personally manipulate Ms. Saunders’ work. After today, won’t Ms. Saunders’ painting always be a hundred million and above?
No matter how I look at it, it feels like Jared is trying to market his own girlfriend.
Are you trying to say that the Quickton family and Haddock Group joined hands? Are you dumb? They donated the money to Saunders Charity, but Haddock Group had no say in this. This is already a difficult pill to swallow, and you’re still talking about joint marketing?
My one in a million wife [Ashlyn and Lucas] chapter 124
It was difficult to determine the value of the headdress, especially when it was an antique.
Ashlyn could not help but suck in a breath. She fixed her burning gaze at the kingfisher headdress. She loved it so very much.
The headdress’ colors were vibrant, and it was made with the most exquisite materials; in the past, only royalties were fit to wear headdresses like this.
Wealthy families would wear were the golden and silver ones.
This was the first time she had seen an antique headdress that was preserved so well.
It was magnificent.
In modern times, although some actors and actresses in plays would wear headdresses, the ones they wore were counterfeits.
Once the auctioneer announced its price of ten million, she uttered, “Twenty million.”
Almost at the same time, a man’s voice rang out. “Twenty million.”
The crowd was stunned. Jared loves her that much?
All of them thought Jared was the one paying.
However, they were more surprised when they realized Lucas seemed to like it as well. They’re so synchronized! Both called out an increment of ten million at the same time. Not one million or five million; it was ten million.
It seemed like they were determined to get it.
When Lucas saw the headdress, he was astounded. Once he recalled that Madeline Saunders had a preference for items like this, he was tempted to get it.
The next thing he thought about was Fae’s words. She had told him to cater to Madeline’s liking.
If he were going to meet Madeline, he could not be stingy with his gift.
However, he had not expected Ashlyn to like it too.
He stared at the headdress with a complicated look in his eyes before he said, “Let her have it.”
The crowd was silent; no one else called out a higher price.
Ashlyn turned to Jared. “The money.”
Jared swiftly stood up to swipe his card when Winsor rushed in front of him. “I’ll be the one to pay!”
The auctioneer looked at both of them and uttered, “There’s no need to rush. Mr. Nolan has already paid for it.”
Both Jared and Winsor were dumbfounded.
Dixon looked at Lucas nonchalantly as a wicked grin grew on his feminine face. “I wonder what Mr. Nolan’s collection is.”
Lucas swept his gaze in Ashlyn’s direction and muttered coldly, “It’s just something my wife doesn’t particularly like. Since she doesn’t, I’m selling it for charity.”
He was furious whenever he recalled the woman throwing the present he had carefully prepared for her on the table.
Something that Mrs. Nolan doesn’t like?
What is it?
The crowd was curious.
One of the staff then took out a red velvet box. When she opened it, the diamond necklace that was at least six carats gleamed brilliantly under the light.
The crowd in the hall could not help but curse under their breaths.
They could not believe that Mrs. Nolan did not like something as beautiful as that.
Then what the hell does she like?
No woman can resist the temptation of owning diamonds, right?
Desire flashed past Hera’s eyes. Since she met Lucas, the only thing that he had only given her was a bouquet of flowers. Although it was a large bouquet—there were 999 flowers in it—it was incomparable to the diamond necklace.
She felt upset. How does Mrs. Nolan look like?
She’s married to Lucas for four years. Do they really not have feelings for each other?
Hera had been confident earlier, thinking that she held a special place in Lucas’ heart.
She was so sure that he would divorce his wife.
Her confidence fled her.
Why am I panicking?
First, it was Mrs. Nolan; now it was Ashlyn.
Only God knew how jealous she was when she heard Lucas had spent twenty million on that headdress for Ashlyn.
She could not comprehend what was going on. Isn’t she just prettier? She’s flits around so many men like a butterfly.
Is Lucas really blind to this?
She has both Jared and Winsor wrapped around her finger.
Ashlyn infuriated Hera.
On the other hand, Winsor was contemplating. Is Ashlyn really not Lucas’ wife? That doesn’t sound right. But if she is, why isn’t she living with him? If she’s not, why did she take Blair away from Jaquin Residence?
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She was confounded.
However, it did not seem like Jared would court a married woman.
Hence, Ashlyn was definitely not Mrs. Nolan.
The auctioneer at the stage had started to call out the prices. Coincidentally, the starting bid was 500 thousand.
The item that Mrs. Nolan did not want was the same price as the artwork that Hera was proud of.
The latter could sense the surrounding people staring at her with mocking eyes.
The corners of her lips twitched in barely concealed anger.
Just as the crowd was wondering what amount they should bid, Ashlyn said, “One million.”
A glint was in Lucas’ eyes. “You like it?”
Ashlyn glanced at him before smiling brightly. “Who doesn’t like diamonds?”
Then why didn’t you take it away?
Lucas gritted his teeth, furious.
Does she not like it because I was the one to give it to her?
The more Lucas thought about it, the angrier and more frustrated he got.
In other words, she’s telling me she doesn’t like me.
If she doesn’t like me, why did she sleep with me?
Why was she so enthusiastic and passionate on the bed?
Lucas nearly ground his teeth flat.
There was a raging bonfire burning in his chest. He wanted to ignore all social pleasantries and drag this woman back to lock her up.
That way, she would not have the chance to laugh at him here.
The moment Ashlyn joined in, many of the audience started buttering Lucas up.
Soon, his diamond necklace was worth nine million.
In the end, one wealthy businessman who was interested in working with Nolan Group outbid the rest.
Without any hesitation, Lucas shoved the check into Ashlyn’s hands. “Donate this to Saunders Charity. I wonder if it’ll let me meet with Ms. Saunders.”
Ashlyn flicked the cheque noncommittally. “Why do you want to meet with Ms. Saunders?”
“I have a favor to ask from her,” Lucas answered.
“It’s true that it won’t look good if she takes your money but refuses to meet you. I’ll make arrangements,” Ashlyn said as she kept away the cheque.
No one turned their back on money.
Everyone in the auction was staring at the two with greedy eyes.
Either of the two—nine million or the meeting with Madeline Saunders—was enough to tempt the people.
“About that, Ms. Berry, will I get to meet Ms. Saunders with nine million? I-I’ll donate nine million to the Saunders Charity. Can you make arrangements for me too?” asked Cornell, the man from earlier who was rich but brainless.
Ashlyn glanced at him. “Mr. Bailey, scarcity of an item determines its worth. There is only one meeting with Ms. Saunders, and it’s for Mr. Nolan. You’ve already received a gift from me earlier. I said I’ll ask Ms. Saunders to gift you a painting without asking anything in return. One must not greed.”
She sounded philosophical.
The others were impressed by her words.
Anyone could clearly sense the sincerity in her words by looking at her expression and hearing her tone. She was neither dismissive nor patronizing.
Hera was overjoyed. Lucas spent nine million for me.
I don’t care if you’re Ashlyn or Mrs. Nolan. I remain the most important in his heart.
Once again, she was filled with confidence in winning Lucas’ heart.
On the other hand, the trustee of Haddock Charity was devastated that they had been ignored.
The trustee was Dixon’s aunt, Sienna Oates. While Dixon was the head of the family, his relatives were in charge of certain fields in Haddock Group. As Sienna came from the currently thriving Oates family, and she was a student of managerial economics, she became the trustee for the charity among the many family members.
As she had a way with words, and her husband was bedridden, she had been the decision-maker of her family. Furthermore, she had sworn loyalty to Dixon, and he trusted her.
She could barely control the anger surging in her veins when Ashlyn and Lucas continuously humiliated the Haddock Group.
Yet, she did not dare to talk on behalf of Dixon.
Regardless, Ashlyn had now caught her attention.
After the auction was dinner.
Ashlyn elegantly sat in a corner. The soles of her feet were aching from her high-heels.