Authoress Berry Julie

Chapter 17

“The other firm is as competent as we are so we have to put in all our best. The contract worth lots of money and y’all know you’ll get so many tips off it” Ethan said,addressing his staffs in the meeting room.

They sat in a circle corporately dressed, Ethan was seated on a high chair, facing them all.
They listened as he spoke professionally and most of the female employees gushed over him as usual.
Ethan manages to avoid their gazes all the time cause they do nothing than cast seductive glances towards him.

“So i hope we all work very hard for this upcoming project” Ethan said.
“We will Mr Ethan” They chorused.
“Have a great day, I’ll fill you in on more informations later”Ethan said, dismissing them.
They all left for their offices and Ethan sighed.
He loosened the top of his shirt and pulled the knot of his silver-grey tie away from his collar.

He picked the bottle of water on the table and then headed for the door.
He’s still gonna drop by Ethan’s constructions later in the afternoon.
There’s another contract there too.

He exchanged smiles with Thelma, his secretary as he walked past her.
She has been working with him for the past five years,she’s one of the females he’s sure of that doesn’t have eyes on him.
Maybe because she’s in her early forties or because she’s happily married with four kids.
Aside from not having eyes on him,she has been a great secretary,so diligent. Always ready to work.

The glass door opened automatically and Ethan walked into his massively furnished office.
He dropped the bottle of water on the table and then headed for the bathroom.
He rinsed his face in the sink and sighed calmly.
The water refreshed him.

He wiped his hands off a clean napkin before walking back into his office and then sat on his soft leather couch.

He opened his laptop and powered it.
It came into life and he scrolled to his files.
He clicked on it and continued working from where he stopped.

“Coffee!” Thelma announced, walking in.
Ethan turned to her and salivated at the sight of the steaming coffee and hamburger.
She had made it a duty to bring that to him whenever he’s working and he enjoys it so much.

“Thank you” Ethan said as she placed it right in front of him.
“You’re welcome” She smiled. “How’s Arin?” She added.
“She’s good” Ethan smiled.
“My regards to her” Thelma said.
He was still on his hamburger and coffee when the intercom buzzed.
He scowled and pressed the answering button.

“Yeah?” He asked.
“You’ve got a call Mr Harold” Thelma said.
“From who?” He asked.

“Carl?’ Ethan wondered.

Carl has never called him on working hours.

“Put him on” He said.
“Yes Mr Ethan” Thelma said and the line went dead for a moment and then a voice said ‘Hello Mr Ethan”
It’s truly Carl’s voice.
“Carl” Ethan said.
“Our car was shot at” He said.
“What!” Ethan exclaimed, getting up from the couch.
His legs hit the table in the process and the whole coffee spilled but he was less concerned about that now.

His mind rose over what Carl just told him.

“I hope no one’s hurt?” Ethan finally asked.
“Irish… is in the hospital”Carl said.
“ God!” Ethan exclaimed slamming the receiver before rushing out.



Ethan sat in Doc Luc office, he just checked on Irish.
She’s asleep.

He had left Alex and Carl at the reception, he’s glad they were not hurt.
Alex just had a slight cut on his cheek where the heat of the bullet had grazed him.

“Doctor Lucky, how’s her health?” Ethan asked his private doctor who was seated in front of him.
He’s so worried, guilty and hurt.
What if she had gotten killed?
That’s so hard to think now.

“She’s fine, the bullet didn’t get to her. The shock only made her pass out” Doc Luc said and Ethan sighed in complete relief.
“I hope the shock didn’t get deep into her” Ethan asked.
“It almost did but we controlled it already,she’ll be discharged once she’s awake”
“Ohh…thanks so much Luc” Ethan said.
“You’re welcome. How’s Arin?” Doctor Luc asked.
“She’s perfectly fine, I’m glad she didn’t get to witness the incidence. You know how sensitive she is” Ethan said, breathing out loudly.
“Of course, it’s gonna be on her mind for so long and it might affect her” Doc Luc said.

Alex and Carl walked into the office.
Of course they both looked unhappy and worried.

“Sit” Doc Luc told them, pointing to the empty chairs but Alex shook his head .
“Why? You should relax even if you refused to allow us admit you ” doc Luc said.
“Really?” Ethan asked.
“Yes, he refused to be admitted. He just insisted we treat his cheek and leave him alone” Doc Luc said.

Ethan nods thoughtfully, he knew Alex to be that way.

“Should we involve the cops?”Carl asked.
“Of course, how else will i know who shot at my daughter’s car” Ethan said.
“Tell me, how did it happened? What really happened?” Ethan asked.
That’s the first thing he should have asked when he came rushing into the hospital but he had headed to Irish’s ward instead.

“We were on our way home when i suddenly saw a man point his rifle at the car, looked like, he had been waiting for us. ” Alex said while Carl contacted the cop.
Ethan sighed and raked unsteady fingers through his hair .

He knows someone is after him and that means they’ll hurt people close to him too.
He won’t forgive himself if any of his workers get hurt or killed just because of him.

Who the he.ll is after his life again!

“The cops are on their way with two FBI agents” Carl said.
“Good!” Ethan said.
“None of you should spill what happened to Arin or anyone” Ethan said and Alex and Carl nodded.

“I’m sure you have other patients to attend to, we’ll be at the reception” Ethan said, rising to his feet.
“You should stay here, you know you’re a public figure. I won’t want you causing hullabaloo in the hospital” Doc Luc aughed.
“Carl get my sunglass and face cap from my car” Ethan said and Carl left quickly.
“Tell the cops to hold on. We have to get home before discussing” Ethan said to Alex who came to inform him that the cops were around.
“Okay Mr Ethan” Alex said and walked outside.

Ethan was seated in the reception disguised in his face cap and sunglass.
His head was bent and he had told his bodyguards to stay outside.

He’s so worried even after knowing she’s fine.
He can’t just wait for her to be awake so she can tell him she’s truly fine.

He have to be super at alert now.
Especially with Arin,if things get worst then she’ll be homeschooling .

“She’s awake” Ethan heard and glanced up.
Doc Luc was smiling in front of him.
“Really?” Ethan rose to his feet.
“Yeah, come with me” Doc Luc said.


“Do you recognize the shooter?” An FBI agent asked Alex.
“Dmn well! I’d recognize him anywhere” Alex said.

They were now at home and he was discussing with the cops outside.
He was filling them in on the incidence.
Other workers looked on curiously, not knowing what was going on.

Ethan walked out, he’s changed into house wear.
He had watched Irish sleep in her room before coming to join the cops.
She’s still weak and Luc said all she needs is rest.
Ethan is so glad she’s fine, he had almost hugged her when he saw her awake.

“How is it going?” Ethan asked ~approaching them.
“We sent the bullet to the lab already” A cop said.
“We’ll check out the CCTV footage of the street which the incident happened and we’ll get back to you Mr Ethan” an FBI agent said.
“Okay, thanks so much,you may leave now” Ethan said.


Arusha sat in class, completely lost.
What happened yesterday kept replaying in his head.



“So would you like to come with me now?” The man repeated and Arusha nodded.

He followed the man with his heart beating fast.
“What had happened to Irish?” He thought fearfully.
“Did something happened?”Arusha asked but the man didn’t respond.
He was almost forced to go back but this is about his sister..

His sister!
The only one he loves most in the world .

The creepy man turned into a street and Arusha followed.

Is he doing the right thing?
Following a stranger cause he mentioned his sister?
And he hadn’t even mentioned Irish’s name.

Arusha suddenly stopped walking and the man noticed that immediately.
He turned to him.
“Why did you stop?” The man asked.
“What’s my sister’s name?” Arusha said, prepared to run if he mentions the wrong name.
“Irish Levine working as a nanny for Ethan Harlow’s daughter ” The man said.

It’s really his sister!

“Can we go now?” The man asked.
“What happened to her?” Arusha asked but again the man ignored him and he had no choice but to keep following him.
He was surprised he was taken to a bear where he met Morgan Harlow.

This will be the first time she’ll be seeing him face to face.
“But he doesn’t look nice” Arusha noticed.

“I offered your sister to sponsor your education and pay for your dad’s debt but she refused” Morgan Harlow said, toying with his glass cup of wine.
“So?” Arusha asked.
He doesn’t want to think about the fact that his father was no more but the debt was still there and again there’s his mother’s surgery’s bill to focus on too.
“She chose that nanny job over my great offer” Morgan said and even if Arusha was just seeing him for the first time,he can see that cruel look on his face.

“Why did you gave her the offer out of the blue?” Arusha asked.
The bodyguards surrounding them was almost choking him.
“Cause i want her to leave My Brother’s house” Morgan puffed out smoke from his cigarette.
“Why?” Arusha asked.

“Quit the foolish questions boy and have your drink” Morgan said.
“I’m fine, why did you want me here? ” He asked.
“To convince your sister of course, i found out you guys are quite close” Morgan grinned.
“Well, i can’t” Arusha said.
“What do you mean you can’t? Just convince her to leave that job and you’ll get something in return too” Morgan winked.

” I can’t convince Irish cause she can’t be forced to do what she doesn’t want to” Arusha said.
“Really?” Morgan’s face grew angry.
“Yes” Arusha said.
“That means you can’t convince her!”
“Then you should accept the fact that she’ll be in danger starting from now!” Morgan threatened and Arusha looked lost..


He had cried on his way home knowing all this was his father’s fault.
If he had forgiven Irish and they’ve both lived like a family, all this won’t have happen. Irish won’t have left home. And now, her life was in danger.

He and her mother will be moving out from Singapore to California tomorrow. He’ll get to meet his sister as often as possible and can also protect her

It’s quite obvious there’s a feud between the two brothers, Morgan and Ethan.
Morgan had looked like a desperate person.
He can do anything.

He had sent Arusha out of the bar and he had to start trekking.
Knowing Irish is in danger really made him sick.

But, Did Morgan travelled all the way from California to Singapore just to tell him this?
He was worried.
~End of flashback~

“Arusha, you haven’t answered the question i posed to you” Mrs Maxine, the English teacher said.
“Huh?” Arusha asked.

“Did she just asked him something?” He wondered until one of the girls crushing on him whispered the answer to him.


“After what happened today, i realised that just one bodyguard is not enough, you guys safety matters a lot. Another bodyguard will be joining you Carl” Ethan said.

He was in the living room with Irish, Alex and Carl while Javad and one other bodyguard stood behind him.

“Javad, you’ll be the one to join Carl” Ethan announced.


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