ENCHANTED LOVE, VOLUME 2 - Season 9 Episode 98
Sheryl knew that parting with Kline Corp. would not be easy. Nevertheless, she was a little disappointed with Holley. It was true that Holley and George had helped her a lot when she needed it the most, and she indeed was grateful. But she never thought that Holley would bring it up in this manner.
It seemed that they had been waiting to be thanked by her. This gesture did not go very well with her.
Sheryl looked at Holley and said, “Miss Myers, I’m so grateful to you and George for your help. I’ll never forget about it. It’s truly been a delight being a part of your team. I am ready to compensate as per the contract. I am aware that the way I am leaving the company is really abrupt. But because of the kids, I am left with no choice at all.”
“So that means… you must leave?” Holley looked up at Sheryl with a stern face and asked. She narrowed her eyes and stared at Sheryl as she waited for her to reply. She knew it very well that it was futile speaking to Sheryl.
Sheryl had made up her mind to leave and now nothing could stop her. But would it be so easy to leave Kline Corp.? How could Holley let it happen so easily?
Sheryl had a resolute expression on her face as she nodded her head slightly and said, “Yes. I must.” She then brought a polite smile on her face and continued in an apologetic manner, “I’m so sorry for bringing the trouble to you and Mr. Patel. I’m truly grateful for your understanding and help.” Saying this she stared at Holley, praying inside her heart so that she could be released without much hassle.
No matter how calm and composed Sheryl looked on the face, she was really getting impatient and restless to get this matter settled. Holley looked at Sheryl expressionlessly. She was aware that Sheryl would leave the company one day, but she didn’t expect it to happen so early. She sneered and said, “Well, it seems that you won’t change your mind no matter what I say, will you?”
Hearing this, Sheryl felt awkward and replied, “I do want to help you, trust me. But I have no choice, so…”
She thought that she would be thankful if Holley could understand her, but if not, she would just let it be.
So she said to Holley, “Miss Myers, take care of yourself. Bye then.” After a long time of thinking, Sheryl decided to go back to Cloud Advertising Corp. Only when she was there could she feel so much alive. She was getting increasingly impatient as she just wanted the exit interview to end so that she could finally be free from this and go back to the career she dreamed of.
Holley smiled as she watched her standing up, and said, “Okay, there is no point in keeping you here since you have made up your mind.
But as you can see that we’re really busy now. I think I have to ask Sue to help me with the mass here, though she’s pregnant. I bet she can fully understand me.”
Sheryl turned round and stared at Holley. “What did you say? Miss Myers, Sue’s pregnant now, how can you do that? Isn’t it too much?” Holley’s words made her freeze at her place she was standing. From the expression on her face Holley could say that she had played her card well.
Holley shared a quick glance at Sheryl’s face that had gone pale and said, “I know that I shouldn’t. But what can I do? As you can see that we’re in the peak season and we have made the contract with our client. The number of models have been confirmed, so in order not to bring damage to the company’s image, I have to do that.
Can’t you guys understand my situation? Do you think it’s easy to run a company?”
Sheryl was enraged and almost ready to blast as she heard Holley threaten her in a soft and diplomatic way. There was no doubt in her mind that Holley was threatening her with Sue. And this was the point where Holley knew very much that Sheryl could not break free no matter what. She loved the dilemma that played on Sheryl’s face but maintained a nonchalant look.
Then she stood up and said to Sheryl with a smile, “Alright, off you go. Bye for now. Wish you can have a good luck and a happy life then.
Close the door when you leave the room. The lawyer of our company will discuss with you about the compensation. I believe that you will cooperate.” Holley stared straight at Sheryl’s eyes with a very diplomatic parting smile on her face marking every twitch of the muscle on her face. Sheryl felt as if she was shaken up from her trance as Holley stood up and gestured her to leave. She took slow shaky steps towards the door and stopped right there.
Unsure of what she should do, Sheryl stood by the side of the door and thought about how to deal with the situation. She was afraid that Holley would really go for Sue. After a while, Holley looked up and said, “What are you still doing up here? Are you not leaving?”
Sheryl turned around slowly. She looked at Holley and said, “Look, would you not go for Sue if I stay to help you?” Holley put down her pen and looked at Sheryl.
“Come on, you don’t have to worry about her. I won’t ask her to do those difficult tasks. Actually what she needs to do is just to present in a buffet. I believe she can handle it even if she’s pregnant. Well, you can leave now since you have made up your mind to leave, so don’t bother…” Holley looked down at her desk while she was very agitated of Sheryl’s presence in the room.
Sheryl spoke slowly, “Miss Myers. Sue’s very weak these days because of the pregnancy. I don’t think she can handle the tasks you would assign, and it’s not safe for her to travel either. So, I will go instead of her.”
Holley frowned. “Are you sure? You won’t screw it up, will you?”
Sheryl firmly replied, “Of course not. You can count on me. I’ll try my best to do it. Let that be the last thing I do for the company.”
Holley tilted her head a little backward, looked at Sheryl and said in a cold voice, “Ah, do you really mean it? Isn’t it a bit too hard on you?”
Sheryl gritted her teeth but gave Holley a smile, and replied, “Deal? Call me when you start. Okay?”
“Deal.” Holley stood up from her seat and walked slowly to Sheryl. She put her hand on her shoulder and said, “Sher, it’s fine that you have taken the entire thing on your shoulders, but you’d better not mess it up. I’m not sure what George would do to you if you screw it up. But, in that case, I can tell you that it wouldn’t be so easy for you to leave.”
Sheryl found a hint of acridness on Holley’s face, at the same time another familiar face slipped into her mind. She shook her head to drive away the idea at once.
She paused and said, “Okay, take it easy. I’m going to do it well. More so just for leaving the company safely.”
“That will be good.” Holley was satisfied with Sheryl’s answer. She said, “You can just take a day off for today. Go spend some time with your family and kids.”
Sheryl smiled and walked out of her cabin. After Sheryl left, Holley walked back to her desk, picked up the phone and dialed a number. “I’ve made an arrangement. You know what to do about it, right?”
“Yeah, I see what you mean. She won’t be able to tell others about it after that, what she can do is just to swallow it.”
Holley coldly smiled and said, “But you have to make sure that I have to be out of this if something goes wrong.”
Holley hung up the phone after she warned him about all the details she set up. And she stood by the French window and stared outside. Her eyes fixed at a distant gaze as she looked out and her face was solemn as if she was trying to envision something.
After stepping out of the office, Sheryl headed straight to Cloud Advertising Corp. She loved being at this place more than anywhere else. And also, she felt relaxed being in Isla’s company.
The project they worked on had been passed and Isla was always calling her and trying to get her involved in all kinds of projects and solving difficulties in design.
Having bathed in this kind of atmosphere, Sheryl began to find back the enthusiasm she once had for this job.