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After the Divorce: Crushed on My Lawyer Ex-wife Chapter 54 by GloryWrites

#54 “It’s Always Been A Game of Fire with You.”

Alexander had thrown himself into work to escape the constant thoughts of Sophia that haunted him. His typically composed and collected demeanor had given way to unusual irritability, causing his usually unflappable secretary, Laura, to tread carefully around him.

As he immersed himself in his work, Alexander found solace in the fact that his company continued to thrive. Business had always been a source of pleasure for him, but now, it served as a distraction from the void that Sophia’s absence had left in his life.

Laura, aware of her boss’s mood, knocked gently on his office door before entering. She hesitated to deliver the latest news.

“Mr. Stone, Enlighten Press’ stock has plummeted,” she reported, choosing her words carefully to avoid adding to his frustrations.

“Excellent,” Alexander responded with a hint of ruthless satisfaction. “I want you to keep a close watch on Michael’s company as well. Take every project he’s interested in, no matter the terms, ” he instructed, his voice sharp and commanding.

Laura acknowledged the orders with a nod and retreated to her desk, leaving Alexander alone with his thoughts. Alexander had fixated on Michael, recognizing the persistent attention he was paying to Sophia. As long as Michael continued to hover around her, Alexander had no intention of letting him off the hook.

His determination to protect Sophia, even though she had made it clear she wanted nothing to do with him, had transformed Alexander into someone unrecognizable. He had become snarky, vindictive, and impulsive, driven by an uncontrollable force he couldn’t resist.

The secretary’s voice interrupted Alexander’s thoughts once again. “Mr. Stone, Megan Sterling, the CEO of Enlighten Press, is calling.”

Alexander glanced at the phone, and after a brief moment of hesitation, he answered the call. “Megan.”

“Alex,” Megan purred, her voice smooth and seductive. “It’s been three long years, hasn’t it? How have you been?”

Alexander’s jaw clenched at the use of his nickname and the unmistakable charm in Megan’s tone. They hadn’t seen each other since his marriage, and he had no desire to revisit that past. ” I’ve been well. Megan.”

Megan, never one to shy away from her intentions, cut right to the chase. “I heard about today’s stock drop, Alex. And I suspect that you are behind it. Was that your doing?” Alexander didn’t mince words. “Yes, it was.”

There was a momentary pause on Megan’s end, and then she sighed. “If this is about our involvement in Emily’s scheme, I apologize. But I hope we don’t have to become enemies over it. It doesn’t directly affect you though, does it?”

Alexander knew Megan well enough to recognize the undercurrents of manipulation in her words. She was trying to play a game, and he wasn’t about to let her take the lead. “Apology accepted, Megan. But let’s be clear, I won’t hesitate to protect my interests.”

Megan’s laughter filled the line. “Oh, Alex, you always were a force to be reckoned with. I thought you and Emily were allies. I never thought you would have a problem.”

“We were, but that disgusting fake news in your yellow paper has nothing to do with me,” Alexander retorted firmly. Megan chose to sidestep his insult, instead focusing on the past tense he used when mentioning their association with Emily.

“I see that apparently you and Emily are no longer ‘friends’ like before. Then what kind of interests you are protecting?” she inquired, her tone laced with mockery.

“You’re making money off of bullshit, Megan,” Alexander interrupted. Megan pondered his accusation for a moment before breaking into a wry smile. “This teatro wouldn’t be because of that lawyer Johnson, would it? You don’t look like a law-abiding person, Alex.”

Alexander was growing more and more angry by the shift in the conversation. Megan had always approached their disagreements with scorn and mockery, but this was different. It was as if she was probing for something more.

“It’s not because of the lawyer,” he replied icily. “You make your money dishonestly by spreading fake news, concocting schemes, and it’s all come under my radar.”

Megan couldn’t resist a sarcastic jab. ‘ Oh, sorry, I didn’t know you’d become a police officer, Stone,” she chuckled. Alexander’s voice grew more threatening. “You’re playing with fire, Megan.”

“You always did, Alex,” Megan teased,  a hint of their shared history in her words. “It’s always been a game of fire with you.”

“Be careful!” he cautioned. “You don’t want to provoke me further.” But Megan’s laughter echoed through the phone. “Alex, I’m just making a living the best way I know how. I apologize if it’s causing you trouble.”

Megan couldn’t shake the nagging suspicion that Sophia, the lawyer, was somehow involved in her ex- boyfriend’s recent behavior. Alexander had never caused her any trouble before.

Suddenly, he broke the alliance with Emily, with whom he had worked for years, and began attacking her for the fake scandal.

As she continued to mull over the situation, Megan decided to G****e Sophia’s name and peruse her photos online. She couldn’t deny that Sophia appeared to be an attractive woman.

The more Megan thought about it, the more she became convinced that Alexander wasn’t telling her the whole truth about Sophia. There was something amiss, and Megan didn’t like it one bit. It was as if there were layers to this situation that she had yet to uncover.

“You are not capable of causing me problems, rather you annoy me. I hope it doesn’t happen again,” Alexander’s voice growled through the receiver.

“Calm down Alex, you’re overexerting yourself.”

“Worry about yourself, not me.”

“I still don’t understand how I stepped on your tail,” Megan tried once more to provoke him into talking. “Your company is not involved.”

“I’m not going to explain myself to you Megan, take my words seriously and stop torturing your head with things you don’t understand.”

“Interesting, very interesting, Mr. Stone. Apparently, a person dear to you has fallen under the fire of a scandal, if I have gotten under your skin like that. Just wondering who it is?”

Alexander was infuriated by how guiltless Megan felt about what had happened. He was about to hang up on her. He had already warned Megan, that it was up to her to decide if he will continue to destroy her company.

He was about to press the red button when Megan’s voice stopped him. “Alex, I have a proposition for you.”

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After the Divorce: Crushed on My Lawyer Ex-wife by GloryWrites

After the Divorce: Crushed on My Lawyer Ex-wife by GloryWrites

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Status: Completed Type: Author: Native Language: English

Rumors spread about the city's wealthiest man, Alexander Stone, abandoning his wife after three years of a secret marriage to marry the daughter of a state senator for personal gain.

However, his wife surprised everyone by calmly modifying their divorce agreement to demand compensation for her husband’s failure to fulfill his duties as a husband. She is entitled to half of his company. And when the man offers a reward for her whereabouts, he puts himself in the hands of his top lawyer advisor, unknowingly she is the abandoned ex-wife who is set to take half of his company.

Chapter 1 "It Would Be On My Terms, Not Yours." "This is Mr. Stone’s divorce agreement, Mrs. Stone," Alexander Stone’s butler, Charles said as he handed a large manila envelope to Sophia. "Mrs. Stone, you have a three-day window to sign the agreement and vacate the premises." Charles watched Sophia with indifference, his demeanor calm as he spoke. Although Sophia had been anticipating this moment, her heart sank upon the mention of the divorce agreement. She glanced at Charles, accepted the envelope, and extracted the divorce agreement from within. "Ten million dollars of alimony as long as he never lays eyes on me again?" she scoffed, looking straight at Charles, whose expression remained inscrutable. "How can he possibly believe he can get away with such an absurd demand?" She continued reading, "In accordance with the terms of the divorce agreement, it is acknowledged that Sophia Stone has failed to fulfill her marital obligations for a period of three years. As a result, Alexander Stone reserves the right to initiate divorce proceedings." "This is ridiculous. How could I fulfill my duties when I couldn’t even see my so-called husband? He's never been under the same roof with me in three years." Sophia tossed the papers aside. What a mockery this made of her marriage. She felt like Alexander was shrugging her off. Like she was the water on a dog's back that he simply got rid of by shaking vigorously. She felt insulted. Three years ago, Sophia reluctantly entered a marriage arranged by her grandfather, who had laid out three tasks to her during this marriage: stay out of the public eye, assist Alexander in taking over Stone Enterprise, and be his unwavering support. Though the contractual stipulation that she remain invisible to the public eye always puzzled her, she had promised her grandfather to not disappoint him. She resigned from her powerful position at her own law firm, and tried to embrace her role as the low-profile wife of a CEO who never appeared in public. Alexander took over Stone Enterprise soon after they united, and then, he became the world champion in hide-and-seek. In the beginning, she tried to maintain a connection with her husband by preparing lunches and visiting his workplace. Yet, she soon realized that Alexander was either never at the office or too preoccupied to meet her. After six months of futile attempts, she accepted the bitter truth that fulfilling her grandfather's directives was impossible. She channeled her energy into developing her hobbies, all in her pursuit of self-improvement, persuading herself to see this period of respite as a relief from her life as a renowned lawyer and founder of the world-famous law firm. Yet, she refused to touch a single cent of the money he sent her. She had her own income, enough to lead a comfortable life until the end of her days She was certain that her marriage would eventually come to an end, but she was appalled by the way Alexander Stone twisted the narrative to paint her as the one who had failed in her marital duties. Sophia took a deep breath, resisting the urge to express her anger, and instead, she said sarcastically, “Well, where might my charming husband be today? As far as I can remember, a divorce agreement takes place between a husband and a wife, not a husband’s butler and a wife. Not to mention the fact that it’s an agreement and is thus supposed to include my terms as well, not just his.” Charles stiffened his posture and replied, "Mr. Stone is in town, most likely at his office.” "Oh? Is he alone, or was he accompanied by someone?" Sophia didn't say it directly, but her message was clear. “I cannot say for certain. All I can tell you is that he wishes for you to sign these papers, and he emphasized that he does not need to be present while you do so. That is precisely the way he prefers it." "As always, it's what Mr. Stone prefers. He didn't want to see me even at the end of our marriage, did he?" accused Sophia. Charles didn’t answer her retort, he simply bowed to her, then turned on his heels and began walking away. After the sound of his receding footsteps had vanished, Sophia picked up her phone and called Alexander's office number—the only contact information she had for him which she had never even used in their three years of marriage. She was determined to know what was going on with this agreement that treated her as if she were a doll to be manipulated. The phone kept ringing, but nobody picked up. She dialed again. Her patience and virtue had limits, and he was dancing dangerously close to those limits. On her third try, the call was finally answered. It was a young woman’s voice. "CEO's office." "Hello, I'd like to speak to Alexander." "Who’s speaking?" the woman asked abruptly. Sophia frowned when she heard the rude reply, but she kept her tone calm. "I'm his wife. You're not his secretary, are you?" The woman scoffed and didn’t even bother to answer her question. "Oh, I see. It's his ex-wife to be precise. What do you want with Alexander?" Sophia resisted the urge to get angry and said, "I have questions about the divorce terms he gave me." The dismissive voice on the other end of the line replied, "He won't answer you. His attitude is already clear in the divorce agreement. As a useless wife, he feels that he has already given you enough. What more do you want?" Sophia was especially caught by a couple of very specific words. "Useless wife? Is that what he said?" The woman continued to play on her nerves. "You shouldn't expect any more than what you’ve got. Just leave him. You didn’t deserve him anyway." As Sophia's frustration threatened to boil over, she suddenly heard the approach of a man's voice from the other end of the phone. Her heart raced in anticipation. "Emily, why are you answering my phone without permission? Stop being ridiculous!" The voice identified as Emily responded with an unsettlingly playful giggle. "Alex, your wife is calling you. She has some questions about the divorce agreement," she said, her tone dripping with sarcasm. Sophia couldn't help but let out a bitter laugh. So, this was the sordid truth behind the disintegration of their marriage – all for his mistress. Alexander hesitated, the silence stretching out agonizingly before he finally picked up the phone. His voice oozed with disdain and indifference as he coldly declared, "I no longer have the need to sustain this marriage. I have given you enough money, and there's no need for further discussion." Then, without a second thought, he hung up the phone. Sophia stayed with her phone attached to her ear for a few seconds after they had finished the conversation. Restless and agitated, Sophia paced around her living room, her frustration bubbling over. "Useless wife?" she muttered angrily. "What right does he have to call me that? He was never around as a husband, so what does he know about marriage?" The feeling of disgust and humiliation consumed her. "Is this really how he sees me? Tossed aside like an old, worn-out rag once I no longer serve his purpose?" Sophia had clung to hope in the early days of their marriage, telling herself that arranged marriages succeeded all the time. "If I shower him with love, patience, and unwavering support, hoping like an idiot he'll eventually see the powerful, intelligent, and remarkable woman I am," she murmured to herself the entire time. "And now this divorce papers," she grumbled, "With which he mocks me by throwing the blame on me, when he and only he is to blame." But she refused to be silenced, dismissed, or swayed by the lure of mere money. "If this is the callous attitude he wants to take," she vowed, "then he has another thing coming. I won't let him escape the consequences of this ill-fated marriage without a battle." After a few moments, she picked up the papers strewn across the floor. She read through them once again, her eyes narrowing with determination. "Dear, dear ex-husband," she muttered, a triumphant smile playing on her lips, "it's truly a shame you never bothered to get to know the real me. That's going to be the biggest mistake of your life." With a flourish, she tore the divorce agreement in half and tossed it into the trash can. "Ten million dollars?" she scoffed, addressing herself. "It's peanuts compared to the three years' worth of sacrifices I've put into this relationship.” "Ten million dollars as a tuition fee for the lesson I'm about to teach Alexander? Laughably inadequate," she proclaimed. "I can get this kind of money just from one case of my law firm." If we're going to get a divorce, it'll be on MY terms, not his.

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