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Chapter Five

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Chapter Five

Jade's POV

"What! She's dead?"

"Yes, she took an overdose of pain relievers last night," George, the barista, called me when I was about to leave our house to go to work the following day.

My heart was beating so fast. I felt so cold all of a sudden, and my hands were trembling.

"No. I can't believe it! She seemed so fine, yesterday. Are you sure?" I couldn't accept the fact, that Mrs. Chang was dead. No... No... not her, please.

"Yup, it was confirmed by Ricky. He called me, to inform us that the coffee shop will be temporarily closed, for about two weeks."

Ricky was single, and Mrs. Chang's only son. The rest of her children were women and already married.

"Oh, God, this is unbelievable." It still wouldn't sink in, in my mind, that she was gone. This is a nightmare!

I felt so devastated. Mrs. Chang was like a mother to me. She was a nice woman and a very good employer. She even paid me so well. I would miss her a lot.

"Yeah, this is so sudden. Anyway, Ricky will manage the coffee shop."

"Ricky! Oh, no..." I groaned out loud.

"HA! I know what you're thinking."

Why, Ricky? Why not her other children? He's a sex maniac! The last time he was in the coffee shop, he slapped my butt in front of the customers. He did much worse to Suzanne. He squeezed her breasts and attempted to kiss her. I didn't think I could ever survive having him as my boss. I had to find another job.

After an hour, I started looking for a new job. I couldn't work at the coffee shop anymore, now that Mrs. Chang was gone, and with Ricky as the new boss.

I searched on the internet for any job opening with my qualifications. I submitted my resume to various small companies, hoping and praying that I would be accepted since I really needed a job to support my family.

Finally, a bakery accepted me, but the salary was so small. So, I declined.

There were jobs, with bigger salaries, but I was not qualified, because of a lack of experience. Many companies preferred college graduates also. Unfortunately, I only graduated high school, and never ever attended college.

After one week of hunting for a job, I became so desperate. My Mom and my sister Sapphire really depended on me. I need to get a job, ASAP, to pay the house rental, the utilities, and our basic needs. Aside from that, there was my Mom's medication, for her heart disease.

I bought the Sunday newspaper, hoping that I would finally find a job. I was at the dining table, marking all prospective jobs in the classified ads section with my pink highlighter when Sapphire sat on a chair across me. She just woke up, and still on her Kigurumi anime printed pajamas. Yup, she was an anime freak and loved joining cosplays.

"Hi, Dee, can I borrow the entertainment section?"

"Sure," I replied, without looking at her.

"Too bad, he got married. I love him. Why? Oh, why? You didn't even wait for me to grow up. I hate you Behati, you stole my boyfriend."

I laughed and looked at my sister. The newspaper hid her face.

"You're really crazy, Saph." Then, my eyes focused on the newspaper she was holding. My laughter immediately died. In front of me was the business page of the newspaper, and a group picture of wealthy businessmen captured my attention. One of them was a strikingly attractive man, who looked very familiar. I stared at it, and realized, it was Romeo.

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