An Interview with a Playboy 16.1

Jennafei threw a deadly glare at the issue of Manila Daily Journal upon once again seeing the picture Allan had taken last night that was already published.

Dex and Hazel dancing on the dance floor.

Last night, while Jennafei was writing the article, she was so tempted to write the caption she had in mind in her irritation.

The heartless playboy and the social climbing slut shamelessly making out on the dance floor.

But since she did not want to lose her job, she was obliged to put on a decent caption for that malicious picture.

“Hey, have you seen Dex Peralta and Hazel Legaspi’s public make-out in the flesh?” Alina asked her, a co-staff writer in lifestyle section.

“Obviously,” she answer, not in her best mood.

“That woman is too much. I hate her. It’s roaming around that she’s naturally obnoxious and slutty.  I heard that she was also targeting Red Madrigal. It looks like she was planning to boat in both rivers.”

She gritted her teeth. Jennafei remembered the incident last night few hours after she and Dex danced. Jennafe and Hazel collided in her way to bathroom, the alcohol Hazel was carrying slightly spilled. The liquid did not spill onto her dress but the woman bawled out at her and even called her “bitch.”

She was in the point of bursting out. There were few people around so she avoided to make a scene. If she was not minding her image, she might have fought it all out with that woman to let out her irritation. Her night was totally destroyed by Dex and his woman. If she was not together with Jude, she might have spent the night gritting her teeth in rage.

She blew out a breath when she thought of Jude. He was too blunt in telling her he wanted to court her. He even invited her for a meal once she’s free.

“Anyway, what’s your next assignment, Jen?”

Her mood declined even more after hearing Alina’s question. Earlier in the morning, Mr. Agustin ordered her to take Dex’s interview because the guy already agreed for the interview like what the guy told her last night at the party. At that time, she was unable to pick any reason to decline her boss. She knew it was a job, which she should treat professionally and not personally.

“An interview with a heartless playboy.” Again.

But this time, she’ll make sure that he won’t be able to affect her again.

 
Jennafei finished her article early for the issue of the newspaper for the following day so that she can have dinner with her family. To her surprise, she saw a luxurious car in front of their house, that she can’t park her car inside the gate.

Ferrari?
She thought of Mr. Alejar, her father’s business partner for a big supermarket they were building. That man is a millionaire and he can get this kind of car.

After more than three years of saving money from her mother’s grocery and her father’s wages from the cruise ship, her father found a business partner to build a bigger business. Mr. Alejar who was an old friend by her father who was also an entrepreneur. Her father no longer planned to fo back to work and will just take care of the business with his business partner.

She can already hear everyone’s laughter even before getting inside the house.  They were not in the living room so she went straight to the dining area and she was surprised after seeing their guest.

“Jenna, you’re arrived. Dex is here to visit us,” her father mirthfully declared after seeing her at the entrance of the dining area.

Dex glanced at her. He was sitting at her designated seat next to Jonas. He smiled at her as if he was not aware of her displeasure of seeing him in their house again. Why did he have to go to their house? What was he really planning?

“Jenna, come here and sit, I’ll get you a plate.” Her mom called pulling the chair next to her.

Jennafei wanted to say that she already ate even if she haven’t yet. Then she will go inside her room and stay there until he went home. But she didn’t want her parents to notice her grudge towards Dex because they will wonder and ask her why.

“Jenna, come here and sit.” Her father called her again.

Against her will, Jennafei sat next to her mother after washing her hands. She noticed that Jonas who was seated in front of her was throwing her a teasing look and smile. She scowled at him. When she glanced at Dex, she caught him staring at her. She gave him a sneer.

“You don’t seem to be in the mood, Jenna,” her father had noticed. She erased the expression on her face.

“Just tired, ‘pa.” Her mother placed a plate in front of her. She started eating.

“I never thought that Dex still remembers and visit us. He even brought gifts. We were really glad to see him again. Think of it, it’s already been four years since he stayed with us here.” He faced Dex. “We were really worried about you, son. We didn’t know how you were after getting injured in the middle of the game. You were suddenly gone.”

“Yes, big brother. There were a lot of news saying you were fatally injured and got depressed. That you will no longer play basketball and come back here in the country. We were really saddened by what happened.” Said Jonas.

“I did not expect that you were worried about me,” said Dex then threw her a look. She ignored him.

“Son, you’re already like my own son,” her father said.

Her mother gave him more dishes. “There, Dex, eat a lot more. Feel at-home.”

She rolled her eyes. She wondered what had Dex feed to her family.

“By the way, I’d like to ask permission to take Jenna out tonight. She’s holding an interview for me and I’d like us to talk outside.”

She glared at the guy viciously.  She was about to protest but her father answered faster.

“Okay. After eating, you can go so you can go home earlier.”

She looked at her father. He was not aware that he was helping Dex corner her. When she looked at Dex, she read mirth in his eyes.

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An Interview with a Playboy 15.3

Double release as my gift to you all as today is my birthday. I’m so getting younger. Not something I really want to celebrate, but oh well, not like it’s stoppable. It should still be something to be thankful to God. At the end of the day, God is so wonderful and I feel so blessed. Cheers to all.


Jennafei had seen Dex for a while already.  Since he arrived at the gathering, she had been secretly following him with her gaze even while she was talking with Jude. But that was the first time she saw him looking her way.

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An Interview with a Playboy 15.1

Jennafei put on a smile before the camera held by the photographer she came in with.   After taking the picture, she asked to be excused from the well-known socialites she was talking with to mingle with another group of elite people.

During that time, she was at the second engagement party from two of both  from old rich families, Blue Madrigal and Kimberly Romero. The wedding is all set and planned but for formality sake and to erase the scandal from the first engagement party, they held another one at the Madrigal residence.

(T/N: I have the book but I did not read the book yet as I have too many books and dramas  on my plate yet to read and watch, so I don’t have a clue what that scandal was all about.)

Jennafei was chosen to attend the gathering. She first thought of declining but she knew that she didn’t have the right to decline a job due to personal reason. It’s because there was a high chance that Dex will be present because he was Kimberly’s cousin. She did not want to see him. She did not see him n person again since he graduated from college and she didn’t plan on seeing him again. She declined the assignment given by Mr. Agustin and request from Pete to try convincing the guy to guest in their show.

In their private conversation, Pete was puzzled when she pleaded him not to insist the assignment to her. She confessed that he made a big offense towards her in the past and she didn’t want to have anything to do with him. The producer understood and promised to keep the information he learned from her.

But she was there and she knew that anytime, she would see him. Before she got there, she prepared herself on what to don n case she saw him. She going to ignore and won’t even take a picture of him. She will just consider him as a complete stranger.

In  few moments, the engagement party had started. She finished taking a brief interview from the celebrants  who appeared happy with each other. She found out that they got back together in Capetown, South Africa. She noticed that Blue and Kimberly were so in love with each other. She can’t help thinking when will Red settle down like his older brother.

(T/N: Red and Blue are brothers)

“Allan, have you seen Red Madrigal? I haven’t seen him yet,” Jenna asked her photographer.

“Nope. I think he hasn’t arrived yet.”

There was news that he will stop his modeling career to will focus on the one of the company of the Madrigal Group. She wants to get an update from Red. The last time they saw each other was a month ao during a fashion show,

“Hey, beautiful. Will you not take an interview from me?”

She looked around and slowly smiled. “Red Madrigal, the international playboy,” she teased.

He moved near and hissed hem on her cheek. “Hey, that’s not true.”

Then he shook hands with Allan.

“Picture, bro?”

“Sure,” Red agreed and but his arm on around her shoulder. Allan took them a shot. Afterwards, Allan went away to take some drinks.

“How is the famous?”

“You are the famous one. Your controversies and lined up. And I’m pissed with you for not taking your first interview with us about your latest controversy.”

“Well, first come, first served.”

“So, what’s up now? Hat are you doing now before you enter the corporate world?”

Red’s face soured. Obviously, he did not really like entering the business world. He smiled right after when his eyes landed on her red pumps.

“Right now, I’m searchng for my Cinderella,” he meaningfully said.

She raised her brow. “Cinderella?” His eyes seemed to glow.

“Hey, what’s up?”

Both of them looked at the speaker.

“Hey, Jude!” Red joyfully greeted. He hugged the guy with the same height. “It’s good that you came with your parents.”

“I was not suppose to come ‘cause I know no one here my parents said that your father and brother wanted to meet me.”

“Hi, Jenna. It’s good to see you again.” Jude smilingly said.

“Jude?” Jenna can’t believe it’s him after confirming her guess who he was.

Jude nodded and kissed her on the cheek. What she knew was he did not finish studying at the university because he migrated to the States with his family.

“Did you just arrive from the States?

“Yeah. Just yesterday.”

“Jude here is a multimillionaire now,” Red said while teasing.

“Shut up, man.”

“It’s true. Their business is in the States. He became a millionaire in his own effort. In fact, he’s a future client of Blue in Linkage Telecom.”

“Wow. Congratulations, Jude,” Jennafei gladly said.

“Thanks. Congratulations to you, too. I heard that you’re already a well-known TV personality and journalist.”

“Shit!” gasped Red. He was suddenly at behind Jude like he was hiding. “What is that crazy girl doing here? Who the hell invited her?”

She followed where Red was looking at. She found a familiar beautiful woman walking by herself in the crowd. She was looking around like she was looking for someone.

“Hazel Legaspi?” She silently uttered. The woman was a model. “Is she one of your girls?” she teased.

“Hell, no. She’s Dex’s.”

Hearing the name, her smile was erased. Jenafei noticed that Jude was looking at her so she forced the smile back. She was about to ask Red why she was hiding from someone he’s not associated with in the first place when the guy spoke again.

“I have to go now. I will leave both of behind. Enjoy the party.” Red went away right after.

She shook her head. “Playboys…”

“How’s Dex?”

“Excuse me?”

“Dex. Weren’t you together? He kicked me out of the school because of you. You must be really special to him.”

Jennafei was astounded. “What? He kic…kicked to out?” So ergo, it was not true that he dropped out of school because their family migrated to the States.

“Yeah.”

“B-because of me? How did–?

“Well, it’s an old issue. I don’t want to recall. My life turned into better when I was kicked out of school. So I don’t want to recall anymore.

She stared at Jude.

An Interview with a Playboy 14.3

Finally done! Yey! The keyboard of my laptop is busted, asdgim letters are sometimes working, most of the times are not. I don’t really feel like buying a new one or just a usb keyboard since I almost never use computers anyway. But typing sentences on a laptop with inarticulate message after can be so frustrating. I finished the last chapter by typing it all on my small cellphone. Yay!

One part release a day. Hoping I get to edit each one of them before the release. My apologies for the delay of almost a year. Yikes. I hope you still get to enjoy the story despite it all. And I just realized I wasn’t able to post the last part of chapter 14. I will post it and the start of chapter 15 on the same day.


 

“I talked to Dex Peralta,” Pete discussed to Jennafei and Donald. They were in the  set and the taping of the episode will start at any time.

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