Without any overly complex procedures, the engagement ceremony ended successfully with everyone’s well-wishes.
For the party afterward, Larry and Joan toasted their friends arm-in-arm. Enveloped in a heartwarming and lively atmosphere, they started to enjoy the sumptuous meal.
Throughout the party, a sweet smile was constantly hung on Joan’s lips. From then on, she was no longer Larry’s girlfriend, but his fiancée.
She gazed at Larry lovingly, thinking that she could look at him like that for the rest of eternity.
Larry, as long as I can be with you, all suffering and hardships are worth it.
Joan smiled brightly as she thought about it.
The engagement party ended very quickly. After sending their guests away, tranquility returned to the Norton Residence.
As Finnick and Vivian kept insisting that they stay over, Joan’s parents did not return to Zaprington and stayed at the Norton Residence instead.
Mr. Watts and Finnick, who had become quick friends, went to play chess in the study while Mrs. Watts and Vivian went shopping at the mall.
Only Larry and Joan were left in the spacious living room.
“Are you happy?”
Larry hugged Joan gently, his voice filled with affection.
Joan leaned against Larry’s chest. “Today’s the happiest day in my life.”
“Since it’s such a memorable day, shouldn’t we do something meaningful?” asked Larry with a mischievous tone.
When Joan saw his naughty smirk, she understood what he was hinting at and snapped, “Why is your mind always filled with these nasty thoughts?”
“What are you thinking about? I just want to bring you out to have fun.” Larry burst out laughing.
Joan blushed. You’re bullying me again!
“Alright, jokes aside, let’s go Dear.”
Larry held Joan’s hand and walked out.
He initially planned to drive Joan around, but she said that she wanted to take a stroll.
When he heard that, he kept his car keys, and both of them walked on the bustling streets hand-in-hand.
The Norton family lived in a prime location at the city center. The streets were congested with cars and crowds.
Hence, Larry brought Joan to the Times Plaza, which he thought was quieter.
However, he forgot that the plaza had already been filled by other middle-aged women.
Looking at the women dancing on the plaza, Larry was stunned.
On the other hand, Joan was not bothered at all. She thought that watching them dance was an enjoyment.
As she watched the women’s dance moves, Joan felt eager to join in as well. Tempted, she suggested to Larry, “Larry, let’s dance too.”
Larry was so shocked that he felt his legs turn weak. Why do I have to dance with a bunch of middle-aged ladies? Isn’t it embarrassing for a guy like me to do it?
“No, I don’t want to!” Larry shook his head vigorously.
“A big, hunky man like me dancing there? No way in hell!”
Not to mention I’m such a rich, powerful and talented man! So how can I just start dancing in public? Larry lamented in his heart silently.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a guy or not. Look, there are so many youngsters there,” Joan continued persuading him.
He turned around and scrutinized the crowd. It was true that there were a few young people inside, with some guys engrossed in the dance.
“Doesn’t matter, I still won’t go.” Larry refused again.
“Joan, if you want to dance, I’ll accompany you to the dance machine at the arcade, okay?” he suggested quickly upon thinking of this better idea.
“Fine, since you don’t like this, let’s not go.”
Joan’s initial grin disappeared as a dejected look crossed her face.
Looking at Joan, Larry felt his heart ache. He planned to bring her out to have fun, but he ended up disappointing her instead.
After a slight hesitation, he said through gritted teeth, “Joan, since you’re so interested to try, I’ll dance with you.”
Thinking that it was so dark, Larry reckoned that no one would be able to recognize them. Even if someone did, no one would believe that the president of Norton Corporation would dance at a place like this.