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.

it isn’t sufficient.” Alexander let go of Lily’s wrist, setting her free. There was still a faint fragrance from her perfume that lingered on his fingertips. He lowered his gaze, concealing the scheming look in his eyes. “Unless… you’re included

did not understand what

thing I asked

was up to, she still brought the thing he asked. “Y-Yeah, I brought

and I’ll help you settle your problems,” Alexander

did he say? H-He wants me to

clerk’s office. Alexander chose that location and told Lily to bring her passport because he

unwilling.” Alexander opened the door and motioned for Lily to

onto the door handle, afraid Alexander would kick her

smirking. “Let’s get done with this. I have a meeting at 10:30 am

She gripped the car door as she

me? Why so

while I need a wife. I believe it’s a fair trade.” Alexander’s tone was casual, and he sounded natural. It was just that the playful look in

and status, marrying him would not bring her any losses regardless of what he wanted from her. She

to hit the

so the two quickly settled it as they had all the necessary documents. After the duo left the clerk’s office, Alexander carefully kept

turned to look at his new wife. Through Alexander’s sunglasses, Lily could feel his gaze turning colder by the second. It made her subconsciously loosen her grip on

circled his arm around Lily’s waist, his breath fanning her cheeks. Lily went

information and sample to Edward. He’ll handle it.”

Alexander let go of Lily and got into the limousine. Lily followed behind but got left

phone was buzzing in his hand, waiting for him to

Lily blushed, but she was afraid of delaying Alexander’s schedule. She said hurriedly, “I still have some personal matters to tend

sunglasses. She found it difficult to read his current mood and expression.

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