Chapter 3 Back on the Right Track
Joshua did not move. His face darkened. “I have no time to waste.”
In the past, if Joshua showed such an expression, Anaya would not dare to make a fuss anymore.
Anaya was afraid that if she provoked Joshua, he would abandon her.
So every time they quarreled, Anaya would quit.
Every time, Anaya gave up her pride and dignity to beg for forgiveness from Joshua.
Anaya was a member of the Dutt family. She was born with a silver spoon.
After she and Joshua got married, Joshua destroyed all her dignity and pride.
Anaya used to be afraid of divorce.
Now that she was determined to leave Joshua, what was there to be afraid of?
“Mr. Maltz, have you thought it through? Waste a few hours now, and you‘ll save your time for the rest of your life.”
Anaya‘s words made Joshua uncomfortable.
Joshua sized her up for a long time, but he realized she was not lying or joking.
Anaya really wanted to divorce him.
The frustration in his heart grew.
Joshua remained silent for a long time. Anaya lost her patience and provoked him, “Mr. Maltz, say something. Why aren‘t you divorcing me? Are you in love with me?”
Joshua was proud. He thought it was a shame to fall in love with a foolish and unreasonable woman like Anaya.
Just as Anaya finished speaking, Joshua‘s face darkened.
“Anaya, stop dreaming.”
Did he like her?
Unless he was crazy!
“So, let‘s get a divorce.” Anaya changed to a comfortable position on the sofa.
Joshua tried his best to calm himself down. He did not want to argue with Anaya. “I‘m busy with work these days.”
“Let‘s go through the formalities this Friday. You have to sign the contract with the Dutt family that day. Let‘s talk about it on the way to get the divorce.”
Joshua clenched the pen in his hand tightly. “Alright, since you want a divorce so badly, you‘ll get what you want!”
“Thank you very much, Mr. Maltz. By the way, I heard that you got Lexie out of the customs blacklist?” Anaya smiled brightly.
If Anaya remembered correctly, in her previous life, Lexie returned to America at this time.
It was the start of Anaya‘s nightmare.
This time, Anaya had to leave before Joshua and Lexie tortured her.
“Why? Are you trying to frame her again?” Joshua frowned.
“Just a casual question.”
Joshua didn’t deny it. So, that was true.
Joshua and Anaya got married, but he had been secretly helping Lexie get back to the country.
What a perfect husband.
“I wish you and Lexie a happy life together,” Anaya stood up and said.
Then she turned and left without any hesitation.
Joshua continued to work. But he couldn’t focus on the documents in front of him anymore.
After leaving the Maltz Group, Anayà received a call from the hospital.
“Ms. Dutt, Mr. Dutt has a medical check–up in the afternoon. If you’re available, please come over to keep him company.”
“Alright, I’ll leave now.”
After hanging up, Anaya drove to the hospital.
She did not go to see her grandpa Adams Dutt yesterday because she was busy contacting the lawyer to deal with the divorce. Also, she did not dare to face Adams.
A year ago, when the Maltz family encountered difficulty, she begged Adams to lend two–thirds of the company’s liquidity to help the Maltz family overcome this crisis.
The 800 million dollars saved the Maltz family, but it destroyed Adams and the Dutt family.
Not long after Adams transferred that money to the Maltz family, a project of the Dutt family encountered a problem and was in urgent need of funds.
Because the Dutt family had too many debts, the bank was no longer willing to provide loans. The Maltz family could not repay the money for the time being. Anaya could only watch the Dutt family decline from prosperity.
When the Maltz family returned the money, the Dutt family declined a lot. They used the money to pay off their debts and fill in the capital loopholes of their projects.
Adams was hospitalized because of a heavy workload, so he temporarily handed over his company to Anaya’s uncle, Frank Dutt.
In Anaya’s previous life, after Adams was hospitalized, he did not come out again.
The day Adams died, she was not by his side.
Lexie lost her job that day and had a bad mood. To comfort Lexie, Joshua didn’t come home that night.
Anaya was supposed to visit Adams, but she turned back halfway and went to the bar to drown her sorrows.
When Anaya woke up the next day, she was told that Adams had passed away.
According to the doctor, Adams accidentally fell off the bed when he got up to get some water. Then he suffered from a
Because of such a fall, Adams was gone.
Anaya often wondered if Adams would die without that fall.
She couldn’t find the answer.
In the year after that, Anaya lived in regret.
Fortunately, she had a chance to start over again.
Anaya decided to make up for the mistakes she had committed and help the Dutt family regain its prosperity!
Anaya paid the fee and stood at the door of the ward. She took a deep breath and prepared herself before pushing the door open and entering.
Adams sat on the bed, staring outside the window in a daze.
When Adams saw Anaya come in, the faint melancholy between his eyebrows dissipated, and he put on a kind smile.
“Anaya, you are here.”
Her deceased grandpa appeared in front of Anaya again. It was so vivid and unreal. Anaya felt a lump in his throat. She
grunted and sat down beside the bed.
“Why are you unhappy? Did Joshua bully you again?”
Anaya had liked Joshua for ten years, and Adams knew some things about them.
Joshua did not love his precious granddaughter at all. After Anaya got married, Adams had been worried that Joshua
would bully her.
Anaya forced a smile and served Adams a bowl of chicken soup. “No, we’re good.”
Adams had been sick for a long time. Before he got better, Anaya did not intend to tell him about her divorce.
“You always say you’re good, but you are much thinner than before…”
“I tried to lose weight. Young people nowadays like to be thin. The thinner, the better.”
Adams looked at Anaya deeply and did not speak again.
Anaya quietly watched him eat. After Adams finished eating, she cleaned up the tableware and said, “Grandpa, I want to go back to work.”
“Joshua wants you to work in his company?”
“No, I want to return to Riven Group.”
“You don’t want to take over the family business, do you?” Adams was stunned.
Anaya had been smart since she was young. Adams invested a lot to educate Anaya into an excellent successor.
Anaya was indeed capable. She managed to get into one of the top schools in the country.
But she went to that school for Joshua.
In her four years in university, Anaya had not learned much, but she had learned about Joshua’s preferences.
During her senior year internship, Adams wanted Anaya to join his company. He tried to familiarize her with the business in advance. However, Anaya secretly went to work for the Maltz Group.
Anaya wanted to see Joshua every day.
She put her heart and soul into Joshua.
Adams had always doted on Anaya, so he allowed her to do as she pleased.
Even during the half year he was sick, Adams did not force Anaya to take over the company. Instead, he handed over the management rights of the company to Frank for the time being. Adams was only responsible for supervising and making decisions for major projects.
Anaya tidied up the tableware and sat down again. “I have thought it through recently. I have to shoulder my responsibility.”
Adams was silent for a long time. “I‘ll arrange for someone to teach you. If you have any questions, ask Mark”
After a pause, Adams added, “If you feel tired, don‘t force yourself. Although Riven Group is not as good as before, you can still enjoy life without working hard.”
Anaya felt touched. “Thank you.”
Adams shielded her from the wind and rain for her entire life, but when Adams died, she was not by his side.
In this life, it was her turn to be his safe haven.
Joshua went home from work and habitually walked to the small restaurant.
After a few steps, he stopped.
There was no smell of food.
Anaya must be very angry this time. She didn‘t prepare dinner.
Joshua called his butler Jack Tomson.
“Mr. Maltz, what can I do for you?” Jack asked.
“Where is she?”
Jack knew Joshua was referring to Anaya.
“Mrs. Maltz left yesterday afternoon. She said that she told you about it, so I did not disturb you.”
Only then did Joshua remember that when Anaya proposed a divorce yesterday, she said that she would move out immediately.
Joshua did not go home last night, so he did not know that Anaya had left.
At that time, Joshua only treated her words as a joke. He thought she wanted a divorce in an angry rush.
What he didn‘t expect was that Anaya really meant it.
Anaya left. She truly wanted a divorce.
In the past year, every day, Anaya would cook dinner and wait for him at home, even though he did not go home half the time.
No one was waiting for him today.
Perhaps there would be no more waiting in the future.
Joshua frowned with an unfamiliar emotion lingering in his heart.