Aurelia sensed her colleagues‘ glances and explained, “These shoes were a gift from my mom…
Kimberly cut in, “Aurelia, I forgot that your mom is still in intensive care, and you also just got married. Your husband doesn’t seem to have much money either, so it’s no wonder that you can’t afford a pair of new heels. It’s fine to wear your old shoes. How about we e organize a donation for your mom? It could be our way of showing concern.”
Aurelia frowned, surprised that Kimberly would bring up her mother.
If Kimberly thought that she could humiliate Aurelia with money, she was utterly mistaken.
Right now, what Aurelia needed the most was money. She pretended to be grateful and said, ” Sure. Thank you, Kimberly.”
Kimberly’s smile froze. She didn’t expect Aurelia to actually accept her offer.
Did Aurelia have no shame? Only a pauper would need a donation.
Who would want to be considered a poor wretch among urban office workers?
Millie caught on and offered, “I’ll donate five hundred dollars. Kimberly, how much will you contribute? I’ll note it down. A rich lady like you will surely contribute more than me. When Mrs. Simmons wakes up, I’m sure she’ll b
Kimberly raised her eyebrows and casually donated five thousand dollars. “Just a small gesture.
Aurelia accepted the money nonchalantly, but the others were displeased with Kimberly’s ostentation.
Why did Kimberly have to also involve them when she had just wanted to flaunt her wealth? Now they couldn’t even afford the basic necessities for the month.
Aurelia happily accepted the money, but she was fully aware that she couldn’t actually take it.
She didn’t want to risk everyone hating her for taking their money. She just wanted to embarrass Kimberly.
In a few days, she planned to tell the others that she had received financial aid and return their money to them.
After all, colleagues should keep their relationships professional and not burdened with personal favors.
After receiving the money, Aurelia deliberately took out two adhesive bandages and handed them to Kimberly.
“Kimberly, the back of your heels are swollen. Don’t let them get too inflamed.”
Didn’t Kimberly like to show off? Let’s see how she’d show off now!
“No, it’s just a little red. It doesn’t hurt at all. How could such high–end shoes hurt my feet?” Kimberly laughed awkwardly.
She casually took a few steps and then glanced at her colleagues.
“Which of you wanted to buy the heels earlier? I’ll help you place an order.”
“Forget it. Your feet are almost bleeding. I have to be on–site often, so I don’t dare to wear them.”
“Yeah, I just donated money, so I can’t afford it now.”
“Kimberly, take care of your wounds soon. Don’t let them get infected.”
Kimberly was infuriated. She sneered at her colleagues. They really didn’t know how to appreciate her.
At that moment, a colleague noticed Aurelia’s high heels.
“Aurelia, have you really been wearing those high heels for three years? Are they really that comfortable?”
“They aren’t bad. Sometimes, even after a whole day, my feet don’t feel too tired,” Aurelia replied casually.
“Where did you buy them?”
“It’s from a small brand and can be found in any mall.”
“Then, I’ll go shopping after work today. Last week, I wore flats to meet a client, and Zachary scolded me for not paying attention to my image.”
“You’re going shopping? Count me in. My son went to his grandma’s house, so I’m finally free.
“Take me with you. I want to buy some summer clothes. It’s getting hotter lately.”
With that, the conversation shifted, and Kimberly was completely ignored.
Kimberly enjoyed only ten minutes of attention with her designer outfit. Her colleagues even complained about her for causing them to have to donate money.
Fuming, she forced a smile and returned to her seat.
Glancing up, Aurelia saw Kimberly forcefully kicking off her high heels under the table, nearly knocking down her computer monitor in the process.
Aurelia couldn’t be bothered to pay any more attention to Kimberly, so she averted her eyes and continued with her work.
A familiar client arrived in the morning, and after a brief chat, they signed a contract. The performance bonus for that month was now guaranteed.