Wendy's family didn't know of her current condition. No, they didn't even know that she was back to Alina.
Likewise, Steffy too was not aware. All she was informed was that the woman had to leave for a very urgent matter regarding her boyfriend. Heck, her phone calls couldn't even go through.
This was why even though she discovered that her sister was now very rich and could properly support a hundred of her, she couldn't take joy about it at all.
She was very worried.
'Sighs, that fierce Amazona really knows how to make people restless and anxious for her...'
A couple of days passed since she went back to Alina.
She had a tearful reunion with Sofony, but most of it was due to Wendy suddenly disappearing.
Even now, despite the cryptic message sent to her by the woman, she couldn't put her heart at ease.
If there weren't matters distracting her, mostly about university transferal procedures and ID processing, she would have sunk into deep and worrisome contemplation, reminiscing about their peaceful days three years ago.
After getting out of the university administration office where she just submitted her papers, she thought,
'I missed the days when the three of us are okay meeting up in an unpopular cafe or having pillow fights inside the bedroom of our previous apartment.'
In her heart, she was actually leaning more on the latter.
The joy she felt that time she hit a goddess' face with her pillow was so addicting. Unfortunately, in their three years stay in Country J, Wendy never gave her the opportunity to do that again.
'We used to be so carefree. Now, who knows. Even that apartment turned into ashes.'
She shrugged off the old memories and walked towards the gate.
To her surprise, when she took the left turn where she planned to ride the subway home, she saw a car parked there.
A handsome man in his early thirties stood next to the car door, looking so eye-catching in his business suit as he glanced at his wristwatch.
Steffy went over to him and exclaimed, "Sir George?"
The assistant raised his expressionless face, the brightness of the day made the lenses of his thin-framed eyeglasses gleamed for a split-second.
Without dilly-dallying, the man said, "The miss said that she's a bit guilty of not seeing you after the reunion at the airport so she asked me to fetch you and bring you to her."
The twenty-year-old girl gave him a blank look before deciding to come inside the car. George also climbed into the driver's seat.
Curious, she asked, "Is it okay for someone like you to come just to drive for me? I heard from her that you are a very prized secretary, like the presidents of some companies."
George explained, "I'm merely an employee."
"Hmm." Steffy went silent for a while. That time, the car was already moving. "Weird. Shouldn't you protest if the request has nothing to do with work and is kind of personal, like this?"
The other did not reply. Steffy felt awkward since the whole drive passed without them speaking to each other after she asked that question.
'Maybe this high-spec man became annoyed at me. Did my mouth make me look so nosy and insensitive to him?'
Her brain processed his silence as a silent affirmation. The man couldn't speak of his grievances and could only swallow his pride to fetch an unruly girl like her.
She wryly smiled as she exited the vehicle.
After the assistant escorted Steffy into an almost sky-high building which read 'Starlight Entertainment' above, he had to leave her in the care of the receptionist because he received an urgent phone call.
The unexpected encounter happened quite some time after she was ushered to the lobby of the ground floor.
It was Steffy's request to not be escorted to the top floor. The girl was scared of her sister's sudden ascend in status. Also, knowing that she was not really Sofony's sister, but only a distant relative adopted, she didn't dare hold her head high and be like 'My sis is a rich boss? Nice, I'm rich and a boss too!'
"Are you sure, Miss Mendez?"
The receptionist stood there, looking nervous as she remembered Steffy saying that she was Sofony Mendez-Silver's sister.
"I have already informed one of the President's secretaries and they told me that the President is there, just dealing with something. I could try to connect the call to them so you can speak directly with the President."
Steffy sat on one of the couches there more nervously than the other. The place looked so dreamy.
Earlier she made her eyes swept around the complicated interior of the place and saw how luxurious it was. The wall-sized screens flashing with advertisements or announcements were at least ten. The decors made it appear like she was in the lobby of a high-end hotel.
For three times, she asked herself if she was not in a dream and if Sofony was really the owner of everything here.
Hearing the receptionist, she felt like it was not good to bother her sister anymore so she said, "I'll be fine. I can just wait here, killing time by watching or playing with my phone. Don't worry about me."
The pretty lady receptionist didn't feel like that arrangement would be appropriate. The aloof chief secretary of Sofony had already confirmed who this younger lady was so she didn't dare leave her to her own devices and 'not worry about her.'
"Allow me to accompany you then."
Steffy smiled gratefully at the woman. She felt that her sister's employees were very polite, nice, and professional.
"If so, I hope I won't bore you."
The woman did stay with her, from time to time, supplying her with gossips and information about the company and the current news within the country.
The other's name was Julia, which she learned from the woman's nameplate attached to her staff uniform. The woman was four years older than her and had been working here for three years.
Minutes passed and they became comfortable with each other's presence.
Earlier, she explained that she was an exchange student that had just gone back from overseas.
When she requested to be given information about the artists coming in and out of the place and the faces that showed on the screens, the other gladly obliged, initiating the introductions with how proud she was to be part of Starlight. The number one reason was that her eyes could feast on beautiful people every day.
"The one on the left screen now is Ms. Maila. She's our top female soloist idol. I heard that she will be trying out acting as one of her next projects. In fact, she is already filming with a known director, Director Dave, as one of the leads."
"Oh? That beautiful girl who just walked out of the building? It's Miss Anita, our comedy muse. The tall woman next to her is Miss Keith, one of our popular runway and magazine models. They are good friends. Actually, those two are part of Miss Maila's clique."
Julia stood by her side and introduced other known celebrities to her. Some like Alessa Morgan, Sofia Mendoza, and Lina Haze were mentioned.
Actually, even Steffy's sister was said to be a celebrity, alongside Gio Albarez, Amelia Morgan, Marc Goldwin...
One time, due to a male perfume ad she saw flashing by, she asked, "Who's that one?"
For some reason, her eyes couldn't help but get drawn to that person.
To be honest, this was not the first time she saw the advertisement since she had already been back for almost three days. But this was the only time that she remembered asking someone about the male model.
The receptionist briefly followed her gaze and then smiled, "That one is currently our top actor. Or actually, he's currently the country's most popular actor. Very young too. The name is Chris Meyer."
Steffy could only nod as the other woman began to tell her of this young actor's exploits. It only took her a dozen seconds to realize that Miss Julia was a huge fan of the man.
'I don't know if this girl is showing off her extensive knowledge about this guy or what.'
She wryly smiled when it got to the part where even his educational background was laid bare to her.
"Do you know? He's from this university and I heard that he only took a year to finish his studies there. It's practically a miracle how he did it. But within that year, he not only completed his bachelor's degree, he even made sure to get his diploma for his masters and doctorate!"
'Is that even possible?'
Steffy looked surprised and the receptionist seemed very satisfied to see that.
Shortly, the other woman seemed to have remembered something and then added, "Now that I think about it, I think I also heard Miss Silver also achieving the same feat. The difference is that while Mr. Meyer took a computer-related course, hers is Business Administration. Well, our President is the princess of a giant family. What else should we expect?"
A second later, the receptionist once again remembered something. Julia's face changed into a flattering one as she added,
"Of course, I know that you are also will be as amazing as them!"
Steffy shook her head silently, choosing not to comment.
She felt embarrassed. After all, she was not really related to Sofony's status and family.
To be honest, she even doubted if they had a blood relation and if it was still okay to call Sofony her big sister...