Chapter 2

Lily had to buck up when dealing with someone like Alexander Russell, so she got straight to the point, “I understand that La Beauté Group is also participating in this season’s perfumery competition tonight. I have a new formulation and wish to join your team.”

“We’ve already chosen our participating member,” Alexander said slowly.

Lily knew about this. “But you can have more than one entry. I just want to be an addition, not a replacement to the team…”

Alexander bluntly interrupted Lily. “Why should I trust you?”

Lily quickly opened her bag and removed a stack of documents from it. “This is First Love’s research and data formula. I hope it’s enough to prove my sincerity in working with you. You offered me a role three years ago, so I assume your company understands my capabilities. I’ve even brought a sample for you.”

“What sample?”

After talking for some time, Alexander’s expression finally changed. He raised his brow, seemingly interested.

Lily nodded and suddenly stretched out her hand toward Alexander. A whiff of sweet fragrance wafted along with her movement. It was a pleasant scent and not intense at all.

Alexander stared at Lily’s hand silently. Her skin was fair, and her fingers slender. The sweet scent lingered in Alexander’s nose, alluring him.

“I’m confident First Love will be among the Top 3 in the competition. It will undoubtedly be the icing on the cake for La Beauté Group.”

Afterward, Lily retracted her hand, but unexpectedly, Alexander grabbed her wrist. He held her with just the right amount of strength. Lily could not break free, but she was not feeling pain either.

“Do you think La Beauté Group needs such a thing?” Alexander asked.

“This is just a welcoming gift. If you think it’s not sufficient, I have a suggestion. I’ll allow your company to own the trademarks for the perfumes I formulate over the next two years,” Lily negotiated.

She had expected Alexander to be apprehensive. Still, she knew there was room for negotiation as long as they were still talking. Lily was running out of time and could not find a better person to work with than Alexander.

a faint fragrance from her perfume that lingered on his fingertips. He lowered his gaze, concealing the scheming look in his eyes.

did not understand what Alexander

you bring the thing I asked for earlier?” Alexander asked suddenly.

to, she still

and I’ll help you settle

wants me to

the limousine was opposite the clerk’s office. Alexander chose that location and told Lily to bring her passport

unwilling.” Alexander opened the door and

like that,” Lily hurriedly said as she held onto the door handle, afraid Alexander

means you’re willing then.” Alexander got out of the limousine, smirking. “Let’s get done with this. I have a meeting at 10:30

to marry her. She gripped the car door as she stared at the man before her.

me? Why

was casual, and he sounded natural. It was just that the

would not

only wanted karma to hit the shameless couple

as they had all the necessary documents. After the duo left the clerk’s office, Alexander carefully kept their marriage certificate. Then he wore his sunglasses to conceal the happiness in his eyes. Lily chased after him, breathless. “Mr.

could feel his gaze turning colder by the second. It made her subconsciously loosen her grip

his arm around Lily’s waist, his breath fanning

sample to Edward.

got into the limousine. Lily followed behind

turned to look at her. His phone was buzzing in his hand, waiting for him to accept the call.

secret for now?” Lily blushed, but she was afraid of delaying Alexander’s schedule. She said hurriedly, “I

sunglasses. She found

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