Chapter 152 The Presents
The butler answered in affirmative and went to the room where the presents were kept.
Everyone waited in anticipation.
They knew Elisa and Linda were not only cousins but were also Gareth’s ex and current romantic partner.
Furthermore, both ladies were close to members of the Wickam family. Each had its supporters.
Julia and Jerry were on Elisa’s side, while Darren and Monica sided with Linda. Furthermore, Linda saved Gareth’s life. It seemed Linda had a vast advantage, but she said she would never marry Gareth. That turned the whole matter strange and threw both sides off course.
Thus, the crowd was waiting to see the drama unfold.
There was always some kind of drama ever since Gareth and Elisa divorced.
Meanwhile, Linda did not return to her seat but waited at the side as she would be presenting her gift soon.
Shirley’s gaze was full of confidence. She glanced at Elisa as if knowing Elisa’s present would lose.
That made Linda furious with Shirley. Is Shirley an idiot?
How can she appear confident as if she is winning?
Thus, Linda sent Shirley a look, prompting Shirley to tone down her smug expression.
Then, Linda sighed and smiled gently at Elisa. “Liz, I didn’t expect us to present our gifts to Old Madam Wickam together. But it is an honor, don’t you think?”
Linda behaved like a caring older cousin comforting someone who was about to lose. To make her less dejected, Linda said it was not a competition, but they were presenting their birthday presents together.
Elisa nodded without a fuss and said, “You’re right, Linda.”
Linda smiled. Then, she noticed the butler coming over with the gifts and said softly, “The butler’s here.”
Every present was labeled with the sender’s name. Then, the butler handed the two wrapped presents to Elisa and Linda.
Elisa accepted the present. Previously, she wanted to give it to Julia before the banquet, but Julia refused and insisted that Elisa bring the present and attend the birthday banquet.
It turned out Julia was only making an excuse to make Elisa attend. In actuality, Julia wanted to announce during the birthday banquet that Elisa was now her granddaughter. Everything Julia had done so far was for Elisa. Thus, Elisa was afraid that Julia would soon see Linda’s present.
Furthermore, Elisa had a sudden urge to snatch the present from Linda so that Julia would never see it.
Gareth looked at Elisa. They had been married for three years, so he could sense her growing panic.
What is it that makes her so nervous?
Meanwhile, Rachel smiled and came forward. “It wouldn’t be as interesting if they unwrap the presents themselves. Ms. Lowe, should we help them?”
Shirley was more than happy to do that. Thus, she replied with a smile, “Sure, I’ll help Linda.”
Rachel took the present from Elisa. At the same time, she squeezed Elisa’s hand to assure her.
Elisa pursed her lips before looking away.
Then, Rachel and Shirley began unwrapping the presents while Linda stood near Julia with a gentle smile.
Everyone watched Rachel and Shirley. They would have stood up to have a better view if not for having to maintain their image in this formal banquet.
Those who sat near the scene could see it clearly without having to stand.
Rachel and Shirley did not show hesitation as they unwrapped the presents. It seemed each of them was confident about the presents.
The other guests watched in anticipation as Rachel and Shirley undid the ribbons on the presents.
Chapter 152 The Presents