Alexander fell silent and slowly put away Skyflower.
There was a glint of cold determination in his eyes. He was ready to give Donovan and the Dorvall family a piece of his mind.
The next morning, at the Ol‘ Mare Seaside Grand Hotel.
The top–floor luxurious banquet hall was filled with people. The air was vibrant with the chorus of birthday well–wishers, which made a lively atmosphere.
The Chesire family’s head butler, Ben Cosgrove, greeted the guests at the entrance with a smile, exclaiming, “The Ol‘ Mare’s Sinclair family gifted an emerald Hygieia for Sir Chesire, wishing him a long life and happiness!
“The Wintour family is here to wish Sir Chesire a great birthday, presenting a portrait by a well–known artist!
“The Chesterfields gifted a gold Caerus statue, wishing Sir Chesire all the luck in the world…”
Donovan, seated at the head of the banquet table, beamed with delight.
“Ahem!” Only when all the guests were seated did Donovan clear his throat, raising his hands and smiling before adding, “Thank you all for joining me, despite your busy schedules, to celebrate my seventieth birthday. I recognize that my Chesire family is considered a second–tier family in Ol‘ Mare, and your presence here is a great honor to me!”
“You’re most welcome!”
The hall erupted into applause and cheers as the guests expressed their appreciation.
Some could not help but praise the Chesire family.
“While the Chesire family may be a second–tier family in Ol‘ Mare, we all know Sir Chesire is esteemed and has the support of the Chesire family clan in Mosgas, the Capital, a renowned and prestigious family of Wyverna!”
“That’s right! Sir Chesire also has an outstanding granddaughter, Miss Zoe. With her around, the Chesire family will definitely be among the top soon!”
“I heard that Miss Zoe has divorced that worthless Alexander. Since Mister Herbert is dating Miss Zoe, I bet good news is just around the corner, right?”
“We’re all happy to hear that Dorvall and Chesire families are joining forces. Congratulations!”
Donovan was pleased by the endless commentaries, and his smile grew wider as he listened to their compliments. However, for some reason, he frowned when the Chesire family was mentioned, but it quickly smoothed out.
The guests, at least, did not seem to notice anything unusual.
Except for Zoe.
Sitting on either side of Donovan were Zoe and Herbert. They exchanged glances and, with hands over their mouths, giggled.
Zoe began, “Grandpa, your seventieth birthday is such a significant event, but it seems some people are being disrespectful. Don’t Alexander and Amber know what day it is? They dare not show you the respect you deserve on your special day. How disrespectful! Don’t you think they should be punished?”
The entire banquet hall fell into an uneasy silence. Many of them knew the history of the Chesire family.
It all began five years ago. Donovan, facing a shortage of male heirs in the Chesire family, decided both Amber and Zoe should get married to secure the family’s future. Whoever bore a son would become the future head of the Chesire family and inherit everything.
Then, a car accident left Amber with a damaged throat, rendering her mute. Patrick spent the family’s wealth trying to heal her, which broke a major Chesire family taboo.
Subsequently, Amber was manipulated by Zoe, who arranged for her to marry Alexander. A passionate night together resulted in the birth of Olivia. Influenced by Zoe, Donovan mercilessly exiled Amber and her family, declaring they would have no further relations with the Chesire family.
“Hmph!” Donovan glared at the main entrance of the banquet hall.
He had already called Alexander and Amber to ask them to come and apologize. However, there were no signs of them despite it being almost noon, with the banquet about to begin.
This infuriated Donovan.
“Sir Chesire, calm down,” Herbert commented, noticing Donovan’s expression.
nows ou you up.
willing to handle it as long as you give the word. I can send someone to sort their family out nicely for you. Just tell me if you want them dead or alive.”
Donovan cleared his throat, saying, “As the Chesire family’s son–in–law, Alexander Kane has acted recklessly and caused trouble. I hereby announce that the Chesire and Dorvall families are united against him. When you see Alexander, don’t hold back! Just…”
“Just what?” came an unexpected shout from the entrance of the banquet hall, silencing Donovan instantly.