Seeing so many people staring at him with reverence, James was overwhelmed with pride.
They were all friends that he had grown up with since childhood. Now, they basically lived a better life than James. For that reason, James had always been looked down upon by these friends, especially after Matthew got married into the Cunningham Family as requested by Sasha, becoming their adoptive son-in-law. To make matters worse, James‘ egoistic nature suffered a huge blow after he was kicked out of his family. Since then, be literally became the ultimate laughing stock among his friends.
Whenever this group of friends had a get together, James would always be their figure of fun. No matter if James was present or not, they made it very clear that they were mocking him. Therefore, due to his pent-up frustrations, James was constantly prejudiced against Matthew throughout these years.
Feeling elated, James thought to himself, ‘Now, it’s finally time for me to shine!’
James could hardly conceal the complacent smile on his face. Then, he made his way toward his group of friends and greeted them.
“Okay! Since everyone‘s here, let’s go in!” With that, James waved his hand and walked toward Lakeside Garden triumphantly.
He had met with the Lakeside Garden’s head of security this morning. Since he was granted permission by the head of security, it would not be a problem for him to bring this group of people in for a short sightseeing trip.
Everything was going so well. That was until…
The security stopped them in their tracks the moment they arrived at the entrance of Lakeside Garden.
At once, everyone directed their gazes toward James.
Bemused by the situation. Donald immediately asked, “James, could it be that… You’re just blowing your own trumpet? You asked us to bring our family over here early in the morning, but now, we can’t even get in. Are you fooling us?”
News within earshot, Yvette‘s eyes instantly brightened up. ‘Is it true? Are they really swanking? If that’s the case, I can make fun of Sasha!’
Similarly, James also found himself in an awkward position. Hence, he quickly ran into the security room and looked for the head of security.
“What‘s wrong? Didn’t we have a deal beforehand? Why are your men suddenly denying our entry?”
Feeling like giving himself a facepalm, the head of security explained, “Mister… I did say you can bring people over, but I didn’t think you would bring one large group of people! This is Lakeside Garden. It’s not a place where anyone can enter as they wish. The residents who live here are the most influential people in Eastcliff. Now, look outside… Look at the number of people you’d brought along with you. I’d say it’s at least a hundred. Do you think you’re here for a shopping spree at a market? Ruffling and tossing up the residents inside with a great deal of sound made? How should I explain to my supervisor if the residents decide to file a complaint?”
Upon hearing that, James scratched his head. He was also aware that he had invited over more heads than he could handle this time around. Frankly, he only had a dozen friends. However, these friends brought along their family members with them, insisting they wanted to widen their visions. And thus, the number of people unknowingly added up which resulted in the formation of this one large group.
“If so, how many of us are allowed to enter?” James whispered.
The head of security replied, “Ten!”
Disbelief in what he had just heard, James said anxiously, “W-What?! Only ten? This won’t work… l have more than a dozen friends here! I can‘t choose who I will bring and who I will not bring with me. Sir… C-Can’t you at least help me out? I’m sure there must be a way to allow more than ten people.”
The head of security looked outside and frowned. After thinking for a while, he said, “Fine then… Maximum twenty!”
Seeing as the head of security had made up his mind, James sighed. ‘I guess I have no other choice. Well… At least it’s better than ten.’
Urged under pressure, James walked out of the security room. However, his face immediately turned egoistical.
“Everyone, I‘m sorry. Today’s the weekend, and the residents need their rest. I think a whole bunch of us entering seems inappropriate. So, this time, only twenty of you will follow me in. I hope you all can understand…”
Everyone looked at each other in blank dismay. Then, Yvette sneered. “Mr. Cunningham… Are you for real right now? I heard that the residents of Lakeside Garden are allowed to invite and escort guests in without any restrictions. So, why can’t you? Are you meant to tell us that you actually don’t live here?”
Even though James felt his heart chilled in disappointment, he still held onto his ego. ”Who says I’m not? It’s just that… Today’s an exception! Okay, that’s enough! Let’s decide who will be the chosen twenty people that will follow me in.”
Left with no other choice, the decision came down to who would be among the twenty people.
If circumstances allowed, of course, everyone would want to enter as nobody was willing to give up on this chance. Therefore, it was definitely not an easy task for them to decide. That process alone lasted for more than half an hour. Many families quarreled and fought for the spots. Ultimately, they managed to decide on who those twenty people would be.