As soon as Charles spoke, the sound of the guests taking in sharp breaths could be heard. Everyone was shocked as their gaze fell on Tina, then Sonia.
The expert has confirmed that the video is real, so if Charles is telling the truth…
Toby was caught by surprise as well.
He looked at the woman standing in front of him, then his eyes darkened, and he asked, “Sonia, why didn’t you tell me?”
“Would you have believed me if I told you?” Sonia retorted in a slightly sarcastic tone. “President Fuller, we were married for six years, yet I can count with one hand the number of times we conversed every day. All you see is Miss Gray, and no one else.”
She used to go to the hospital daily to take care of Tina. She knew how her marriage to Toby came about, and she knew who Toby truly wanted, so she wanted to use the excuse of looking after Tina to make him see more of her.
Nevertheless, for the past six years, all she got from Toby was indifference.
Hearing this, Toby re-examined the red-lipped Sonia, who was dressed in a black dress and exuding a slightly cold demeanor. He found that this version of her and the virtuous woman who used to wait for him to come home seemed like two different people.
He then remembered that before the two of them got divorced, he and Sonia rarely talked. He never asked about her day or about her friends.
It seems like I never really got to know her…
The two of them only exchanged a couple of remarks, then Toby said nothing else. Beside him, Tina was keenly aware that the man’s heart had softened, and he seemed to want to defend Sonia.
Tina quickly swept her gaze across the guests, then she fiercely gritted her teeth and took a step forward before bowing to Sonia.
“Miss Reed, I didn’t expect that all these years, you’d been constantly going to the hospital to donate blood to me. You’ve been so kind to me…” Tina choked, her eyes gradually turning red as she bowed to Sonia once more. “I’m sorry…”
When she looked up, she cast a meaningful glance at the crowd, then continued apologizing to Sonia. “I’m sorry about the video. My father loves me too much, and a mistake was made during the investigation that caused us to think that you were the one who crashed into me.”
“Miss Gray, you don’t have to be so courteous. I’m two months younger than you.” Sonia didn’t appreciate her apology, and she even calmly shot Toby a look.
It turned out that Tina’s father was the one who leaked the video. At first, Sonia thought Toby was the one brutally attacking her.
Tina lowered her head and pursed her pale red lips.
In no time, Tina saw the jewelry box the servant brought over. After retrieving it, she handed it to Sonia. “Miss Reed, thank you for taking care of me for the past few years. This is a gift my father gave me last time. Now, I’m giving it to you as a thank-you gift.”
When the jewelry box was opened, a crown embedded with diamonds on the black velvet shimmered under the light.
“I-Isn’t this the crown Princess Lilith wore during her wedding?”
“President Gray really spoils his daughter!”
Among the guests, those who were fond of jewelry recognized the crown, and they all exclaimed that although it was incomparable to the Ocean’s Heart, it was extremely luxurious, and they lamented how much Titus loved his daughter.
When Titus saw the crown, his expression changed.
But, he knew why his daughter was giving this piece of jewelry to Sonia. Stepping forward with a cold expression, he said to Sonia in a considerably pleasant tone, “Regarding the video, I’d wrongly accused you, Miss Reed. Thank you for taking care of my daughter. Please accept this piece of jewelry!”
Sonia stood with her legs slightly parted, and she took one sweeping glance at the crown full of diamonds, but she showed no intention of taking it from Tina’s hands.
Seeing that she wasn’t accepting it, Tina stated, “When Princess Lilith got married, she asked a designer from Van Cleef & Arpels to design it. Many years ago, my father got it at the Sotheby’s auction house for 60 million…”
As she continued, her voice dropped. “This is also my favorite piece of jewelry. I really want to thank you, Miss Reed. That’s why I’m giving it to you.”
The guests could hear how bad Tina felt, and they could see that Sonia wasn’t accepting the jewelry. Her posture was arrogant, as if she was waging a war.
“Sonia, don’t be unreasonable. Miss Gray has already apologized.”
“That’s right. Mr. Gray was just eager to protect his daughter, which was why he made such a careless mistake. And hasn’t he apologized to you?”
“Miss Gray is giving you her precious jewelry as a thank-you gift, yet you’re not accepting it. What else do you want?”
When the guests spoke, their remarks were harsher than the next. It was as if Sonia was the one in the wrong, causing Toby to frown when he heard them.
“Toby,” Tina looked back at Toby and whispered. “I really didn’t know about Miss Reed donating blood to me at the hospital. Believe me. Help me persuade Miss Reed and get her to accept my thank-you gift.”
Looking at her frail frame and pale lips, Toby felt mildly distressed.
“Sonia, both Tina and Mr. Gray have apologized to you,” Toby said in his deep voice. “The thank-you gift that Tina is giving you is worth a lot, so just take it.”
Sonia knew that no matter how innocent she was, Toby would still stand by Tina’s side.
But, when she heard him say that, her hand around her arm tightened fiercely, and her heart was in such immense pain that it felt like it was being pierced by needles.
It was simply ridiculous that she loved a man like him for eight years!
When Charles, who was watching the scene unfold from the sidelines, saw that Toby was bullying Sonia, he became furious and wanted to rush toward him. “Toby, you f*cking—”
“Charles.” Sonia stretched out her hand to stop him.
After spending the entire night out, she was a little tired. Just as she was about to tell Charles that they should leave, she caught sight of the smug smile on Tina’s face from the corner of her eye.
That’s right. I’m here today to get revenge, not to save them from humiliation.
After swallowing her words, Sonia pressed Charles’s hand, and her eyes grew slightly cold. “I’ll handle this.”
In her high heels, she turned around to face Tina.
Caught off guard by Sonia’s actions, Tina put away the smile on her face in a panic, then she handed over the jewelry box again.
“Miss Gray, for the past few years, I’d been going to the hospital to donate blood to you, so my body is very weak now,” Sonia said while brushing her fingers over the crown full of diamonds. “Thanking me with this crown isn’t really enough, is it?”
Sonia looked toward Toby, then asked with a smile, “President Fuller, what do you think?”
After passing his gaze over her bright face, he asked in a deep voice, “What else do you want?”
“I want the thing in your hand—the Ocean’s Heart.” Sonia pointed to the jewelry box he was holding in his hand, looking completely serious.
“No,” Tina interrupted Sonia. In a dejected and aggrieved manner, she said, “Miss Reed, I know you’re upset with me because of the video. You can have the jewelry in my collection, but not the Ocean’s Heart. This is the necklace Toby proposed to me with…”
The guests were angry and dissatisfied as well. “That’s right! Sonia, you’re crossing a line. Miss Gray is giving you such an expensive crown, yet you still want the Ocean’s Heart!”
“Are you dissatisfied because President Fuller divorced you, so you’re deliberately retaliating against him?”
Turning a deaf ear to the insults they were throwing at her, Sonia looked at Toby. “President Fuller, don’t you love Miss Gray very much? Miss Gray, you’re the one who wants to thank me, so why are you refusing to give me the thank-you gift?”