Rachel stared at Alicia calmly. The emotion behind her steely gaze was unfathomable. “Why are you looking at me like that?” Alicia asked in a nervous voice. “Eat. These are the specialties of this restaurant.” Rachel put on a smile, picked up her chopsticks, and reached for the edible amaranth with garlic. Meanwhile, Alicia stared at the pair of chopsticks in Rachel’s hand. She was so nervous that she tightened her grip on her own set of chopsticks. After talking with Lori, Alicia did some research regarding food that pregnant women should avoid. She found on one of the articles online that amaranths were terrible for pregnant women, as they were more likely to have a miscarriage after consuming a certain amount, especially during the early stages of pregnancy. If Rachel was truly pregnant, there was no way she would dare to touch this dish. But now, she picked some up with her chopsticks and put them into her bowl without so much as batting an eyelash. ‘Isn’t she supposed to be pregnant? This can’t be! What if she is pregnant and has no idea that these amaranths are harmful for pregnant ladies? If she really eats amaranths and something bad happens to her, how am I ever going to explain this to Victor? No, that’s impossible. If Rachel knows that she’s pregnant, she probably already knew what food she could and could not eat.’ Alicia’s mind was filled with different thoughts. It somehow felt like there were two personas arguing in her mind. Rachel noticed the struggle and confusion on Alicia’s face. Rachel’s gaze turned sharp, but her hand didn’t stop. Just when Rachel was about to stuff the amaranth into her mouth, Alicia suddenly got up and knocked away the chopsticks from her hand.
Not long after, the chopsticks fell to the ground, rolling to the feet of the stranger on the next table.
Unsure of what to say, Alicia stammered, “I, um… I saw a bug on your chopsticks just now.” “A bug, huh?” Rachel cast her sight upon the chopsticks that had fallen. Alicia averted her gaze, grabbed a tissue to wipe away her sweat, and acted naturally. “Yes, that’s right.”
“In that case, I’ll ask the waiter to get me another pair of chopsticks.” Rachel was about to ring the bell to call the waiter in, but before her hand could touch the bell, Alicia swooped in to grab it. And because of that, Rachel’s eyes turned to Alicia. Alicia caught sight of Rachel’s gaze, and her palms were sweating a lot. There was no trace of emotion in Rachel’s eyes, but it made people feel a sense of trepidation. It somehow appeared as though Rachel had seen through Alicia’s motives for quite some time now. Meanwhile, Alicia was feeling guiltier by the second, and it looked like she was out of breath. “There really was a bug on that pair of chopsticks, which means that the hygiene of this restaurant isn’t very good. You shouldn’t get a new pair, because chances are, there’s gonna be another bug on it. Or maybe bugs have crawled all over it!” Alicia stammered. She pursed her lips, and reached for her purse, and said, “We should go to another restaurant. I’m worried we might get food poisoning here or something.” Having said that, Alicia was about to leave. However, Rachel stopped her. “Alicia, hold on.” Alicia paused to look at her. “What… what’s the matter?” Rachel leaned back, wearing a faint smile. Alicia’s nervous face and unnatural expression was reflected in Rachel’s clear, dark eyes. Then, Rachel glanced at the dishes on the table and calmly said, “Amaranth, barley, king crab, soft-shelled turtle. That’s quite a lot, you know! You must’ve been planning this lunch for a long time, but now, you suddenly can’t wait to leave before I even get a bite? Do you have to be in such a hurry? Personally, I don’t think this restaurant is unclean, and I’m sure that I won’t suffer through food poisoning. There’s no need to go to another restaurant. It’s too wasteful!” After saying that, Rachel took a spoonful of barley and red bean porridge with a calm look on her face.
The moment Alicia saw that Rachel was really going to eat the porridge, she immediately grabbed the spoon from her hand, causing the food to spill all over the table; some of it even spilled on the back of Alicia’s hand. She felt the burning sensation, but she didn’t have the luxury to care about it. “Rachel, are you crazy?” she screamed. “I just told you that the food here is unclean!” Rachel chuckled at that remark. “Is it though? Or are you worried that something might happen to me after eating these dishes because I may or may not be pregnant? And in so doing, you won’t be able to explain it to Victor. Is that right?” Alicia’s eyes widened upon hearing this. After a long time, she finally found her voice. “Are you really pregnant?” Rachel’s face turned serious because of that question. The very second she saw the dishes on the table, Rachel had already figured out Alicia’s purpose of inviting her to lunch. However, she did think of two possible explanations. One was that Alicia wanted her to have a miscarriage, and the other was that Alicia wanted to confirm the truth of her pregnancy. And now, Rachel had confirmed that her second theory was right. ‘But who told Alicia that I’m pregnant?
Was it Alice?
That’s unlikely. Alice is too busy saving her own ass, and she probably has no time to collude with Alicia. Besides, Alicia was born in a scholarly, well-mannered family. She despised mistresses, so she wouldn’t be hanging out with the likes of Alice, a mistress’ daughter. That’s also why Alicia cut off contact with Victor after we got married. It’s her way of upholding her pride as the lady of the Schultz family. Maybe Victor told her? Nah, that’s impossible.’ Rachel quickly denied that possibility. If it really was Victor who told Alicia, then there was no need for this woman to test her, albeit, this method was quite idiotic. Alicia realized that Rachel had seen through her gimmick, so she decided not to pretend anymore and sat down. “So, tell me, is that child really Victor’s?” Rachel took a sip of lemonade and answered, “Answer my question first, and then I’ll tell you.”
Alicia frowned. “Why should I answer your question?” “If you don’t want to answer, it’s fine. And for that matter, we have nothing left to talk about.” Rachel didn’t seem worried. She just smiled, and pretended to leave. “If anyone asks me about what happened during this lunch, all I can tell them is the truth,” she said. ‘She’s going to tell the truth? To whom? Is she talking about Victor?’ Alicia’s mind was racing, and it was gradually agitating her. “Rachel, don’t you dare.” Rachel just glanced at her, raising her eyebrows without saying a word. Alicia glared at Rachel, gnashing her teeth to the point that they might shatter. It took her some time before she managed to contain her ire. “What do you want to know?” “Who told you that I’m pregnant?” Alicia fell silent for a moment before she replied, “I just figured it out by myself.” Alicia averted her gaze from Rachel. “What’s the matter? Do you think I’m that incapable?” Rachel smirked and said nothing. Seconds later, Alicia cleared her throat and broke the silence. “Now, it’s your turn to answer my question. Is your child…” “Since you’re so good at guessing, why not take another guess?” Rachel interrupted her casually “You!” Alicia had no rebuttal to Rachel’s remark. Her face turned livid, but she managed to regain her composure the following second. She then took a deep breath, took out a bank card from her purse, and placed it on the table while looking at Rachel. “Fine! I don’t care who the father of your baby is! There’s one hundred thousand dollars in this account. Go get an abortion!” Upon hearing that, Rachel flashed Alicia a cold smile, which sent shivers down the latter’s spine. “Uh… Why are you smiling?” “Miss Schultz, that’s quite a generous offer. One hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money to pay for an abortion,” Rachel said indifferently as she picked up the card. Alicia raised her chin proudly. “I know the situation of the Bennet family, and I’m well aware that you need the cash. After you get an abortion, I can give you another five million dollars as compensation—wait! Rachel, what the hell are you doing?!” She didn’t even get to finish her sentence when she suddenly sprang to her feet with eyes widened in disbelief. Rachel had snapped the bank card in half.
Captivation: Want Nothing But You, Chapter 106: One Hundred Thousand Dollars For An Abortion