Elisa nodded. “Of course. I can’t just stand by and do nothing when the family faces trouble. But uncle, we shouldn’t do shady things just for profit.”
Norman chuckled, “Of course! Don’t worry! There’s nothing shady about the company!”
Elisa nodded. She believed him. Norman did not have the balls to do something that risky.
In the past, he had spent a stint in jail after he had gotten caught for doing this. He would not dare to do it again.
“Okay then. We’ll be waiting for you to take the lead.”
Norman felt that it was a good idea for Elisa to join the company. It made him feel that there was hope for the Benett family, as she was someone who would do anything in her power for family.
And they would have a solution for whatever problems they faced in the future!
With Iris taking the lead, no one would dare raise a lawsuit against the Benetts.
After all, they had a snowball’s chance in hell of winning!
Linda had the same thought. Even though she did not see eye to eye with Elisa, she had to admit that there were more pros than cons for the Benett family if she joined the company.
She clenched her left fist when she remembered the embarrassment Old Madam Wickam had suffered at the birthday banquet. Was she really going to suffer this in silence?!
She would not take this lying down!
“Then… How about I take you to work today, then?” Norman asked tentatively.
Elisa shook her head. “I’ll start going next week. There are still some things I need to take care of.”
Norman nodded and chuckled. “Alright then. I’ll leave you to it.”
“Uncle, I may still have things I need to do after starting at the company, but do not worry. I will not let it affect my work there. Will this be a problem?”
“That’s only natural. You may be my niece, but even if you were an ordinary employee at the company, it’s your right to apply for leave. If your work remains unaffected, it just proves that you are capable!”
Elisa nodded but didn’t say anything.
It’s a good thing she was recording this entire conversation. It’ll save her a lot of trouble if he ever does go back on his word in the future.
They continued to shoot the breeze. The conversation had nothing noteworthy.
Elisa departed after breakfast was over.
But… Instead of going to the law firm…
Elisa was holding a large bouquet of lilies when she got out of the car
She was dressed head to toe in black. She was sullen, and her shoulders were hunched over in sorrow.
Elisa was grief–stricken. She stopped at his tombstone.
A photograph of her father was engraved into the tombstone. He had a warm smile as if he had been waiting for her to come. Elisa was almost overcome by anguish.
She placed the flowers against his tombstone. She smiled wanly at his photograph. “Dad, I’m sorry it took me so long to come see you.”
She reined in her sorrow.
Her voice was shaking, and her tears would not stop falling.
Elisa sat down and leaned against his tombstone.
“Dad, forgive me for being so selfish. I was afraid to come see you. I was afraid of facing the truth. I couldn’t even bring myself to go home.”
Her tears streamed down her cheeks, but Elisa paid them no mind. She took in a deep breath. “Dad, did you know? My biggest regret in life is not knowing that you were sick. I didn’t even make it in time to see you before you left. Dad… I regret it all…” Her voice wouldn’t stop trembling.
Elisa closed her eyes slowly. Her grief seemed to seep out of her pores.
Her grief was apparent to everyone who saw her.
A man dressed in a black suit stood not far behind her. His lips were pressed in a thin line as he stared at her.