Rugal’s eyes instantly lit up at the sight of her. His covetous eyes were trained on her, taking in her breathtaking beauty.
Claude was relieved to see that Agatha was back. However, his gaze was tainted with a tinge of guilt. He had betrayed his daughter, and there was nothing he could do about it.
“You’re finally home, Agatha. I’ve been waiting for you for a long time.” Rugal smiled as he walked towards Agatha. His arms were outstretched so they could cling on to her waist.
Noticing his movements, there was a slight change in Agatha’s expression. She hastily moved out of the way to dodge his perverted hands. “Mr. Gonzalez, have a little more respect. It’s inappropriate to touch a woman without her consent!”
Ru gal was not infuriated by Agatha’s act of avoiding him at all. In fact, his smile grew even more malicious. He stood where Agatha was standing earlier, and inhaled a deep breath. Then, he assumed a drunken, intoxicated expression and said, “Smells so good.”
His behavior was so wretched that it made Agatha cringe. She could not suppress her disgust and repulsion.
Agatha could only pretend that she had not heard him and walked towards her family members.
“Dad, Mom, are you alright?”
Agatha’s mother clutched her hands tightly. Her eyes were reddened from all the crying she had done. She said, “My dear, our negligence has caused you immense suffering. You shouldn’t have to be burdened by this.”
Claude clenched his teeth and braced himself. His gaze was filled with shame and guilt as he apologized to Agatha, “Agatha, I’m sorry for doing this to you.”
Agatha inhaled a deep breath and said to Claude, “Dad, tell me the truth. How much money do you owe Rugal? Why did you pawn away our properties?”
Claude was especially embarrassed when he was confronted by his daughter, ashamed and guilty.
He heaved a heavy sigh and said, “I initially owed Rugal a total of 55 thousand dollars, but the interest piles on eventually, and now I owe Rugal more than a million dollars.”
“What? A million dollars!” Upon hearing that, Agatha had a huge reaction. With widened eyes, she cried, “Dad, are you demented or something? Why did you take on such a terrible loan? It’s only been a year, yet the interest has almost doubled. What kind of a loan shark is he?! It’s illegal; we can bring this to the police!”
However, Claude looked absolutely terrified upon hearing her suggestion. He hastily silenced her, “My dearest! Don’t bring up the police so casually! You can’t lodge a report! Our family will be doomed if we do!”
Meanwhile, Rugal’s spurious voice piped up. “The police? Very well! By all means, go ahead and give it a try. My uncle’s the mayor, so don’t forget that. Let’s see what’ll happen if you rat me out to the police!”
He did not bother to conceal the threatening undertone that laced his voice, which made the Rouge family members even more fearful and anxious. They hastily apologized to Rugal, hoping that Rugal would forgive them.
Agathe came to the same epiphany. Lodging a police report was not a good idea at all. Knowing that Rugal had both power and influence, it was completely out of the question.
She bit her lower lip, hard. She pleaded, “Rugal, we’re common folk, and we’ve never offended you in any way. Do you have to make things so difficult?”