Chapter 21 - The End
“I honestly cannot understand why things ended up in such a mess. I’m disappointed, Yeonwoo. I thought that you were an outstanding secretary who knew how to take perfect responsibility for his given tasks.”
“…I’m sorry,” I apologized with great difficulty.
I felt a belated tremor. I looked down and found my hands trembling. I hid my hands under the blanket and opened my parched lips to make an excuse.
“An… unforeseen event occurred. I-I should have… been more careful.”
Fuuh. Keith sighed out another long cigarette smoke.
“What in the world happened?”
He already knew about what happened front and back. And yet to ask such a question… Was he even listening to what I had to say? For the first time, I sensed thoughtfulness from him. I swallowed my tears and opened my mouth.
“All you had to do was suck on him and let him do what he wanted. Why the hell did you do that? Did you go insane for a moment?”
When his criticism followed, I froze with my mouth open. Keith continued brusquely as I sat there with my eyes wide open.
“You overreacted over nothing. Ken’s meat was already half bitten off. You almost crippled him. I was told that he would have to receive treatment for a long time. I don’t know what you were thinking.”
I couldn’t believe my own ears. What had I just heard? Was I dreaming? Was I hallucinating and hearing things?
What was Keith saying to me right now?
“He… he hit me,” I finally managed to speak. My voice was subtly shaking, but I couldn’t control it. “He hit me, and he tried to violate me. So I… He f-forced himself onto me, and I—”
“So what?” Keith sharply interjected. When I was rendered speechless once again, he continued to spit, “What’s so big about that? Omegas are always like that. Even though they pretend to hate it, they cling to pleasure the moment they get inserted into. And you? Why are you feigning innocence? I thought you were honest, but I can’t believe you disappointed me like this. I’m honestly at a loss for words.”
When I saw him shake his head, my words were taken and my brain was emptied. The surrounding area of my eyes flared up, but I bit my lip and held back my tears. My fists trembled under the blanket for a different reason from before.
“Hah,” I tilted my head back to contain the moisture down. I calmly regulated my breathing. He was always like this. There was nothing to be excited nor disappointed about. He had never told me the details of the party from the beginning, and whatever situation I had gotten myself into was my problem alone—one that I had to solve by myself.
That was what being a useful secretary meant to Keith.
Until now, I had worked hard just so that he could take it for granted—so that he would never be inconvenienced by me. I took care of everything by myself and solved everything on my own—all so that no matter what unsightly things happened to me behind the scenes, I would look fancy and put together in front of him.
And this was the result.
All of my efforts until now didn’t matter. The man before me was criticizing me for just a single mistake.
He was criticizing me for having witnessed the mess behind the scenes.
Keith inhaled his cigarette. “In any case, I will take care of the compensation for his injury. You should go to the hospital, apologize to Ken, and—”
Keith froze, just as he was lifting the cigarette up to his lips. As he shifted his gaze onto me, I opened my mouth, as formally as always.
“I apologize for ruining the party tonight. Since you offered to pay the compensation in my stead, I will leave without any concern.”
Keith stared at me in silence. I had never seen him so stupefied. If this were any other time, I would be having a hard time holding back my laughter. However, I couldn’t think about anything right now. I staggered as I pulled myself up. I managed to drag my legs off the bed and stood up.
“Thank you for everything. Goodbye, then.”
I bowed out of habit before exiting the guest suite. I only realized that I was barefoot when I stepped out into the hallway. Keith didn’t stop me. As I stumbled down the hallway, I wondered if he would still be sitting with the same dumb expression on his face. It didn’t matter anymore.