“Angela Lombardo?” Jagoan was taken aback upon hearing that name, and he pondered, “What a coincidence… Could it be the same Angela Lombardo I know?”
Yet, he quickly dismissed the idea of encountering Angela here, as it seemed highly improbable.
Nevertheless, he proceeded to inquire, “Where can I find this Angela you mentioned?”
Maria truthfully responded, “She is from Hong Kong, and her father is Gerard Lombardo, a well-known wealthy businessman in Hong Kong.”
Hearing this, Jagoan’s breath caught in his throat.
He contemplated, “Why would Angela, a member of Hong Kong’s wealthy elite, come to Aurous Hill University as a lecturer? How did I not cross paths with her?”
Recalling Maria’s earlier revelation about meeting Angela and picking her up from Thompson First Villas, Jagoan asked again, “You mentioned earlier that you went to Thompson First Villas to pick up Angela. Does Angela live there?”
Maria confirmed, “Yes, she bought an apartment in Thompson First.”
Jagoan subconsciously massaged his temples. Considering his friendship with Angela, he couldn’t fathom how she had come to teach at the university without informing him.
More importantly, how did she become involved with Maria?
However, Jagoan’s focus was not fixated on Angela’s situation at the moment. He had already started to believe the majority of Maria’s answers. It wasn’t due to Jagoan’s gullibility, rather, Maria’s responses seemed flawless.
As Maria had explained, her connection to Larry Cole was the reason she had come to Aurous Hill. Larry had indeed been the university’s greatest benefactor for many years. Furthermore, Jagoan realized that he hadn’t left any specific information for Maria in Northern Europe. He had merely shared his name, which wasn’t enough to trace him in such a short span of time. After all, his identity remained encrypted.
Additionally, Maria’s answers aligned perfectly with the instances when the ring had jumped twice. The first time it occurred was when Jagoan and Claudia were leaving the university. Although Jagoan had noticed a car approaching from the opposite direction, he hadn’t paid attention to the occupants. In hindsight, Maria must have been in that car, likely applying for enrollment, just like Claudia had been. Moreover, there had been an incident when Jagoan had arrived at the university.
The security guards were in the midst of hanging a banner that read, “Warmly welcome Mr. and Mrs. Cole to our school.”
The fact that the university had displayed the banner long before Jagoan’s arrival confirmed that Maria had sought Larry’s assistance for her admission process before he had even come to handle Claudia’s enrollment.
Furthermore, Jagoan had entrusted Isaac to handle Claudia’s enrollment instead of personally contacting the university’s admissions office. This meant that no one knew of his impending arrival. Therefore, it was clear that Maria’s appearance at the university was not in response to his own presence.
From this, it could be inferred that Maria had already made plans to study at the university long ago, and their meeting was merely coincidental.
Regarding the second instance of the ring’s activation, it did occur in Thompson’s underground garage. If Maria’s claim was true and she was indeed heading to Larry’s house for dinner with Angela, it made perfect sense. Jagoan contemplated whether Maria had lied and whether Angela truly lived in Thompson’s.
With these thoughts swirling in his mind, Jagoan carefully reviewed Maria’s responses and found no flaws. He then considered, “Perhaps someone should check Maria’s entry records to confirm when she arrived in Aurous Hill and whether she has been truthful. If she wasn’t lying, then all of this may simply be a series of coincidences.”
At that moment, he heard footsteps and recognized the familiar voice behind him.
It was Angela, asking, “Cathy, have you settled into the dormitory?”
Jagoan immediately recognized that it was Angela’s voice!
To ensure that Angela wouldn’t notice Maria’s unusual state, Jagoan promptly erased Maria’s memory of the previous moments.
With Maria still in a dazed state, Jagoan turned to Angela in surprise and asked, “Miss Angela? What brings you here?”
Angela had just finished a teaching mobilization meeting and had heard rumors about the arrival of two stunning beauties in the Department of Archeology. She had deduced that Maria would be reporting to the university that day, considering her connection to Larry and Angela’s own position at the university.
Assuming that Maria might need assistance upon her arrival, Angela had checked Maria’s assigned dormitory room number and headed straight there. When she arrived at the door, she noticed Maria engaged in conversation with a man, but she didn’t think much of it and greeted Maria directly. Little did she anticipate that when the man turned around, it would be Jagoan, the very person she had been longing for day and night!
Originally, Angela hadn’t expected to encounter him so soon. She had planned to surprise him once the freshmen began their military training and her workload eased. But she never could have imagined that this surprise would turn into a shock at this very moment. Furthermore, she had never fathomed that her beloved would be standing in Maria’s dormitory of all places!
The startled Angela glanced at Jagoan, then at Maria, and asked hesitantly, “Wade… Mr. Wade, do you… Do you know Cathy?”
Jagoan waved his hand dismissively. “Oh no, I don’t know her. I brought my younger sister to report to the school, and it turns out she ended up in the same dormitory as this lady. I just came back to look for my car keys that I accidentally left behind.”
As he spoke, he stole a glance at Maria, who was still in a dazed state, and thought to himself, “It seems like I used a bit too much energy this time. Maria hasn’t fully recovered yet.”
Just as he was pondering, Maria vigorously rubbed her temples and then, pretending to suddenly notice Angela, she greeted her cheerfully, “Sister Angela! What brings you here?”
Angela instinctively replied, “Oh, I… I came to see you…”
Maria then turned her gaze towards Jagoan with a hint of confusion. “Are you Claudia’s brother? Weren’t you supposed to go for lunch?”
Jagoan responded casually, “Oh, I came back to find my car keys.”
With that, he pretended to search around Claudia’s bed, secretly holding the car keys in his hand.
He then shook the keys towards both of them and declared, “Found them!”
Jagoan stood beside Angela, his expression filled with surprise. “Miss Angela, what’s going on? Can you please explain why you’re here?”
Angela was caught off guard by Jagoan’s sudden inquiry, so she mustered up the courage to respond, “Um… I… I actually secured a position as a lecturer after passing the university’s interview.”
Although Jagoan had already learned about Angela’s recent situation from Maria, he continued to feign surprise and asked, “When did you start working at the university?”
With a hint of unease in her voice, Angela explained truthfully, “Well… The university has a program to attract young talents, and I applied for it. After going through the interview process, I was offered a position.”
Angela’s tone resembled that of a guilty child who had been caught red-handed by their parents.