“Alright.” Aurelia frowned at the mention of Kimberly. She turned and walked to Kimberly’s office, knocking on the door.
“Come in,” Kimberly’s arrogant voice sounded.
Aurelia pushed the door open and found three stand-up signs standing in the middle of the office, two of them already trampled.
“Why did you
y things?” Aurelia asked.
Kimberly furrowed her brows and stood up from her chair. “Aurelia, mind your tone. Is this the way you speak to a superior?” she said sternly.
“Ms. Watson, these are samples sent to me. Why were they trampled?” Aurelia retorted.
Kimberly clicked her tongue. “It says ‘Received by the marketing department, Ms. Simmons.’ It doesn’t mention your full name. These belong to the Marketing Department. Is there a problem with the vice director overseeing it?”
“The stand-up signs you designed are so ugly. I haven’t even gotten the chance to question you about it. You can’t just go through the motions simply because the contract has been signed. Do you want One Technology to become a city-wide joke?”
After speaking, Kimberly intentionally stepped on the broken stand-up signs and then pointed to the only intact one.
“I chose this for you. The color is nice. Let’s go with this.”
Aurelia glanced at it. It was obviously the least appealing of the three stand-up signs when displayed publicly.
Kimberly was sabotaging the project on purpose.
Aurelia wanted to argue but remembered Leslie’s words.
Only a fool would resist stubbornly. Now that Kimberly was the vice director, she indeed had the authority to modify employees’ proposals.
Even if Aurelia resisted, Kimberly would that she was defiant of the boss’s decisions and the nature of the situation would shift immediately.
The boss was embarrassed after yesterday’s meeting. If even an employee thought his decisions were flawed, he would dislike Aurelia even more.
With that considered, Aurelia immediately picked up the stand-up sign from the floor and nodded at Kimberly.
“All right, Ms. Watson. Let’s use this one.”
Kimberly was momentarily stunned, as she didn’t expect Aurelia to compromise so quickly.
Soon, she recovered and quickly raised her chin arrogantly. “As long as you understand my intentions.”
Aurelia nodded, turned, and left the office.
Back at her desk, she took out her phone, took a few pictures of the stand-up sign, and sent them to Kimberly.
“Ms. Watson, I feel that this signboard’s color is a bit too dazzling in the sunlight, making the words on it unclear. Should I redesign it?” She wrote.
“Aurelia! I say what goes! Do you understand the rules? You’re not the vice director; I am! I said we are using this one!” Kimberly replied.
Aurelia exited the conversation window but couldn’t help smiling.
“Kimberly, there are plenty of ways to deal with you,” she thought.
Ten minutes later, Kimberly walked out of her office in a good mood as she continued her efforts to regain the favor she lost yesterday.
“There’s still an available seat at the restaurant tomorrow. Who wants to go?”
The once quiet office instantly became lively, with many hands raised.
Kimberly’s gaze swept around the room, finally stopping at Aurelia.
“Aurelia, I apologize for what happened before. Do you have time tomorrow?”
“No, my husband and I have plans for dinner,” Aurelia replied truthfully.
Kimberly sneered. “You must really like your husband. One would think you two have been in love for many years.”
Aurelia looked up. “Why would we get married if we aren’t getting along? Would you marry someone you don’t like? What are you looking for then? Someone tall, rich and handsome?” Kimberly stiffened. “Forget it. I wanted to take you to a Michelin-star restaurant. It’s fine if you don’t want to go.”
“Kimberly, Aurelia hasn’t been to such high-class restaurants before. How embarrassing it would be if she didn’t know which fork to use. It’s best that she go and have a home-cooked meal with her husband,” Millie agreed along.
Kimberly nodded with a smile and invited another colleague who was known to gossip.
With Millie and this colleague spreading the news, the entire building would learn that she was dating the son of someone who owned a law firm and she wouldn’t even need to say a single word.
Aurelia didn’t respond and simply stared at her laptop quietly. Soon, a message popped up
She took a screenshot and sent it to the group chat without hesitation.
Soon, everyone’s phone was ringing.
They all checked the group chat and froze. Kimberly, who was just smirking earlier, now tensed with a dark expression.
Aurelia sent the screenshots of her conversation with Jason.
“Mr. Lynch, what do you think about this stand-up sign? If you confirm on this, I will get the factory to mass produce this.”
There was no issue with what Aurelia typed. The main issue was with Jason’s response.
“Ms. Simmons, I thought that Young Advertising is amongst the top ten marketing firms in Seacester. Don’t you think your judgment of beauty is a little strange?”