Chapter 1225 Sonia’s Attempt to Sound Toby Out
Sonia smiled gently at the young lady. “Of course. In fact, I will always support any one of you as long as you’re working hard for your future. Therefore, I want you to know that there is nothing you should worry about besides working toward your goal.”
Rita was touched upon hearing Sonia’s words. She then wrapped her arms around the document and nodded with a bashful smile on her face. “Loud and clear, President Reed. You’re such a kind employer.”
“Thanks for the endorsement. Is there anything else?” Sonia was happy to hear her subordinate’s compliment. “Actually… yes. The departmental managers wanted me to ask you and see if you’re done with the document they submitted earlier so they can proceed further.”
Sonia’s smile immediately stiffened when she heard Rita’s words. The next second, she quickly shifted her gaze back to the document she was reading while awkwardly glimpsing the pile of files beside her. Oh my god! This is awkward. She then looked at Rita with a brittle smile. “Nope, I’m not done here. I wasn’t in the right state of mind earlier, so I’m going to need more time. Please tell the departmental managers that I’ll have the documents sent to them in an hour.” In response, Rita smiled and nodded without asking Sonia why she was distracted before she excused herself.
As soon as Rita left, Sonia heaved a sigh of relief and leaned back on her chair, fixing her eyes on the ceiling. Now, pulling a prank on Toby is one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made today. If I hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t have been bothered by the thought that Toby might be mad. It’s taken a toll on my productivity. I guess that’s why we shouldn’t do anything against our conscience because what goes around comes around.
At the thought of that, Sonia smiled helplessly and reached for her cell phone to send Toby a text message in an attempt to sound him out and see whether he was furious. However, instead of sending him a text message, she sent him an emoji and spent the next few moments staring at her phone, her heart beating like a jackhammer.
Oh dear, will he reply? Will Toby reply? If he does reply, that means things are not as bad as I think, and all I have to do is make him happy again; but if he doesn’t, then I guess I’m screwed. That probably means he is mad.
Disturbed by the thought of the worst-case scenario, Sonia could not get over her anxiety as she kept praying for Toby to reply. Please! I hope Toby isn’t too busy at the moment. If he is, he is probably going to miss my message for a while. If that’s the case, I wouldn’t be able to know whether he is really mad or not.
While Sonia was overwhelmed by her anxiety, Toby was talking to someone else over the phone in front of the window. “Alright, I heard you…” Before he could finish his sentence, he felt the vibration from his phone and frowned. Thus, he took a look at his phone and realized it was a message from Sonia. With a pair of knitted eyebrows, he lightened up and chuckled. “Haha.” I bet she is sending this message to admit her mistake. However, the person on the other side of the phone had no idea what was going on. Thus, he couldn’t help but feel worried when he heard Toby’s chuckle.
“M-Mr. Fuller, did I say anything wrong?” the person nervously asked, wondering why Toby would suddenly chuckle. Did I say anything funny?
Meanwhile, Toby decided to check out Sonia’s message later and resumed his tele-conversation, putting his phone back to his ear. “No, it has nothing to do with what you said. It was my kitty, actually.”
“Your kitty?” The person was puzzled.
As Toby replied with an affirmative hum, the person on the other side of the phone laughed out loud in relief. “I didn’t know you had a pet cat.”
In response, Toby only chuckled without saying a single word. Yeah, she is a kitty, isn’t she? Temperamental yet clingy and playful, just like a cat. At the thought of that, he couldn’t help but feel his cheek with a pair of smiling eyes that showed on his face.
In the meantime, the person on the other side of the phone felt goosebumps running all over his skin when he heard Toby’s chuckle once again, finding it hard to believe his ears. Already surprised by the fact that Toby had a pet ‘cat’, he was even more stunned to hear his tender chuckle. After all, Toby had always seemed like an indifferent man who barely smiled, as neither of them had actually witnessed that before. Therefore, the person to whom Toby was speaking couldn’t believe that he had just heard Toby’s chuckle. Although he couldn’t see Toby’s reaction when he was chuckling, he was able to imagine it, thanks to the stimulation of what he heard. However, what surprised him the most was not Toby’s chuckle but instead the fact that he had a pet ‘cat’.
A pet cat? Only a kind-hearted man would own a pet cat, but a nonchalant man like Mr. Fuller is far from that kind of person. Where did an impatient man like him find kindness and love for small animals? Well, I’m sure Mr. Fuller has an absolute love for the cat he owns, or he wouldn’t have chuckled so obviously. No one is going to believe what I just heard anyway because no one has ever seen or heard a chuckle like that from Mr. Fuller.
At that moment, the person on the other side of the phone couldn’t help but imagine the face of a gentle giant, thinking Toby had a loving nature despite his glacial and unapproachable exterior. He then went on to justify the reason Toby’s hidden nature was not seen by himself, deeming that was because the latter didn’t want the others to find it out. Because of that, he was touched by the thought that Toby trusted him enough to reveal his hidden nature to him.
That means I hold an important place in Mr. Fuller’s heart besides Tom. I’m one of his trusted subordinates, or he wouldn’t have shown me his hidden nature. This is so touching! At the thought of that, the person’s eyes were filled with tears as he felt a lump in his throat and said, “Don’t worry, Mr. Fuller. I’m going to keep my lips sealed and let no one know about your secret.”
Upon hearing his subordinate’s words, Toby raised his eyebrows, confused about what the other person was referring to. What’s going on here? What kind of secret do I have that I can’t afford to tell people about? Nonetheless, Toby didn’t dwell on his question and walked toward his desk, saying, “Alright, I have no questions about what you just told me, so prepare a proposal and submit it to me. If nothing goes wrong, I’ll approve it soon.”
“Alright, Mr. Fuller.” The person on the other side of the phone nodded.
“Hmm. If there is nothing else, we’ll talk again soon,” Toby replied.
“Oh, sure. I’m going to leave you and your little kitty to it, Mr. Fuller.”
Toby raised his eyebrows, finding his subordinate amusing. After hanging up the call, he sat down in his chair and viewed the message that Sonia had sent him earlier. Unlike what he had expected, Sonia’s message turned out to be an emoji of a big blue cat in a GIF format instead of her apology. The blue cat was seen with its paw on top of the wall as it stuck its head out to peek before it tucked its head back as if it had just done something wrong. At the sight of the emoji, Toby curled his lips upward, seemingly understanding the meaning behind that expression.
I guess she probably knew her mistake of leaving a lipstick mark on my cheek, yet she was too afraid to ask if I was angry, so she sent me this cute emoji to sound me out. What a cheeky little girl! Toby shook his head and smiled while giving Sonia a video call.