Chapter 146 The Inauguration Ceremony
Karley stopped smiling. “Anaya, Grandfather’s shares are in my hands. How are you competing with me?”
Many reporters came today. Karley suddenly raised her voice and attracted much attention.
The reporters quietly got near, trying to get some hot news.
Karley saw the approaching reporters and tried to control her expression, giving a smile worse than crying.
“Anaya, I mean Grandfather has handed over the shares of Riven Group to me. Now, I am the biggest shareholder in the company. You say these words because you are angry with me?”
As Karley spoke, she sounded aggrieved.
“You should know what I think of you,” Anaya said with a faint smile.
Anaya didn’t waste any more time with Karley and turned to leave.
Joshua had been watching Anaya from the beginning. Seeing that she was about to leave, he subconsciously called out to stop her.
After calling her name, he fell silent.
He seemed to have nothing to say to her.
Anaya stopped and looked at him with calm eyes. “What’s up?”
Joshua paused for a moment and tried to find something to say. “Karley is the real daughter of the Dutt family. Riven Group belongs to her. She only takes back what belongs to her. It doesn’t seem right that you fight with her.”
He improvised, but it was what he thought.
He thought Anaya had been the young lady of the Dutt family for over twenty years, and it meant she had stolen more than twenty years of Karley’s life.
Now that Karley took back what belonged to her, Joshua didn’t think Anaya was in the position to stop Karley.
Anaya was adopted by Adams. Joshua thought it was ungrateful of Anaya to fight for the company with Karley.
“Mr. Maltz, since you don’t know how to talk properly, please shut up.” Anaya said slowly, “You’re an outsider and shouldn’t interfere with our family affair.”
“You say I’m an outsider?” Joshua asked with a complicated expression.
Anaya asked, “Aren’t you?”
Joshua was stumped.
Anaya was telling the truth.
Although they had divorced, Joshua felt upset that she cut all her ties with him.
Anaya looked at Lexie, who was standing beside Joshua with a gloomy face. “Mr. Maltz, you speak to your ex-wife in front of your fiancée. Aren’t you afraid that your fiancée will think too much? Or…”
Anaya’s eyes were filled with mockery. “Mr. Maltz, you’re a jerk and like to let your woman down?”
Her sharp words angered Joshua.
However, Anaya did not give him a chance to lose his temper. She left after saying those words.
Anaya did not come here today to waste her time with Joshua the bastard.
Lexie’s voice brought Joshua back to the present.
Her eyes turning red, Lexie said sadly, “Do you still love Anaya? I can leave if you…”
Hearing her words, Joshua did not feel guilty or pity. Instead, he felt inexplicably annoyed.
Perhaps Joshua was fed up with Lexie’s lies, so he loved her less. Deep down, he loved Anaya more.
However, Joshua patiently comforted Lexie. “I have nothing to do with her. Don’t let your imagination run wild. Focus on our wedding.”
Joshua had been so concerned about Anaya recently. How could Lexie feel at ease?
Riven Group had stopped cooperating with the Maltz Group long ago and had nothing to do with the Maltz family. Joshua didn’t have to come at all.
However, he came to the ceremony.
Joshua was only connected to Riven Group because of Anaya.
He came because Anaya would be present.
Joshua couldn’t give up on Anaya.
Although Lexie was well aware of Joshua’s thoughts, she could only pretend that she did not know.
She would marry Joshua soon. She couldn’t make a fuss at this critical moment.
Lexie forced a gentle smile and said, “Okay. Let’s go and sit down.”
After they left, Karley grabbed Aria’s hand nervously.
“Aria, I’m going to be the president today. Why doesn’t Anaya look flustered at all? Has she got something on me?”
Aria patted the back of Karley’s hand to soothe her. She said calmly, “No one supports Anaya. She doesn’t have any real power. She can’t do anything. Don’t frighten yourself.
“She was bluffing just now to disturb you. You are the brightest star today. So many people are looking at you. You can’t mess things up.”
Karley nodded awkwardly, her uneasiness building up. She couldn’t suppress her anxiety.
After twenty minutes, most of the guests arrived at the banquet hall. Karley smoothed her clothes and went up to the podium.
Looking down at the reporters from different news agencies and the big shots from different industries, Karley felt nervous at the podium, her palms sweating.
Right after she began, Karley’s voice broke because of her nervousness.
Her voice was sharp and harsh, like a piece of iron screeching across the glass.
There was low laughter from the audience.
Karley felt her face burning. She forced a smile and continued her speech.
she talked about the vision of Riven Group and the policies to motivate the employees.
The speech was well written, but Karley delivered it with a weak nervous voice. She didn‘t look like a leader.
After Karley finished her speech, she heard the people nearby whispering.
“I can‘t believe it. Is this the new president of Riven Group? She doesn‘t have an imposing presence, and nor does she have any capabilities. Can she manage Riven Group?”
“I think I heard her use the wrong specialized vocabulary. It is obvious that she has never learned business management. The future of Riven Group looks dim in her hands…”
“Riven Group managed to get better recently, and I planned to buy its shares. I‘ll drop the idea.”
Karley dug her fingernails into her palmis. On an impulse, she addressed Anaya suddenly.
“Ms. Dutt, I will be the new president of the coinpany today, and you‘ll leave the office. Do you have anything to say to the media?”
The audience was comparing Karley with Anaya. When the reports heard Karley ask Anaya to go up to the podium, they got excited.
Karley was obviously trying to embarrass Anaya by inviting her onto the podium. The reporters would take a few photos and post an article in the newspaper about the plots and schemes of the wealthy family. It would be hot news,
Anaya had just sent a message to Cindy to confirm that the latter was waiting outside. After sending the message, she heard Karley call her name. The surrounding people looked at her.
Anaya put away her phone with distant and cold eyes.
She rose among the seated guests. She stood straight and said calmly. “I do have a few words to say.”