Chapter 896 A Hint Of Wariness
Slowly getting to his feet, Lucian pinned a dark look on Roxanne, who stood at the door. “I really don’t know when you learned to use your kids to set me up, Ms. Jarvis.”
Roxanne’s eyes flickered, her gaze mystified. When had I ever done such a thing?
Glimpsing the innocent expression on her face, Lucian frowned and started to head in her direction slowly.
The instant Roxanne noticed his intentions, her heartstrings drew taut, and she backed away warily. Throughout it all, she kept a distance from him.
“Why are you drawing away if you’re not feeling guilty, Ms. Jarvis?” Lucian sneered.
Upon hearing that, Roxanne hesitantly stopped retreating, her brows furrowing imperceptibly. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
His gaze gloomy, Lucian demanded lowly, “Don’t tell me it wasn’t because you were sure I wouldn’t ignore the kids’ calls that you had Archie phone me, Ms. Jarvis?”
Again, Roxanne clenched her hands by her sides and remained silent.
It’s true that I did such a thing, but… how was that considered setting him up? In fact, it was nothing compared to the methods he used against me previously!
Lucian’s eyes narrowed dangerously. “Since you knew full well that I wouldn’t deny you entry with the kids present, Ms. Jarvis, why didn’t you come with them instead?”
When he spoke of that, he swept a probing gaze over her, his voice low and terse.
Subsequently, he continued, “Or did you take advantage of the interval to handle some ‘work’ with Mr. Damaris, Ms. Jarvis?”
In a seemingly inadvertent manner, he placed extra emphasis on the word “work.”
By the time his words fell, he was already standing before Roxanne.
At his words tinged with sarcasm, Roxanne was reminded of her anxiousness that entire day and frowned deeply. A faint spark of anger started blazing in the depths of her eyes.
“I wonder what kind of important work you’ve still got with Mr. Damaris, Ms. Jarvis.”
Lucian stared down at the woman in front of him, his voice going even lower when he clocked the fury in her gaze.
Forcibly suppressing the rage within her, Roxanne dipped her eyes and masked all the emotions within them.
“Our matters have nothing to do with you, Mr. Farwell. Please help me get Archie and Benny down.”
At the bland detachment in her voice, Lucian mistakenly thought he had hit the nail on the head. Immediately, the fury within him flared into an inferno.
Roxanne waited for a while with her eyes lowered. When the man before her remained passive, she made to circle around him.
Admittedly, I was in the wrong, but I only wronged Essie. I don’t think I owe him anything.
Thanks to the hindrances from him throughout the day, she was already bone-tired from worrying about Estella.
Thus, she really hadn’t the energy to bicker with him then.
Since he’s unwilling to help me out, I’ll go upstairs by myself.
However, she had only taken a step when Lucian grabbed her wrist.
Halting in her tracks, she uttered in a cool voice, “Please let go of me, Mr. Farwell.”
Alas, the grip of the hand grasping her wrist merely tightened following her request.
Pain shot through her, and her brows gradually creased. The look in her eyes as she regarded Lucian also carried a hint of wariness.
“What are you doing?”
Lucian had anger written all over his face. “What are you being guilty about? Could it be that you were still settling so-called work matters with Jack despite claiming that you were worried about Essie?”
Left with no other choice, Roxanne turned back and met the man’s gaze with a frown.
“Since you don’t believe me, Mr. Farwell, you can ask Archie and Benny what I did in the afternoon. There’s no need for you to be so adamant about getting an answer from me.”