Friday, 26 June 2020



Season 3

Episode 31

(I only belong to you)

After much pleading from Emily's part, Jacob's obstinacy diminished. He could never really turn Emily down, so after managing to stand his ground for a while he softened his tone. "... Fine. Let's leave now,"  he said.    

As soon as he agreed to her requests, he withdrew his tenderness and glanced through everybody, coldly, like a hot knife cutting through butter. "I will let you go, but only this one time,"  Jacob added.    

Since Mark was not around, nobody else dared to stand in their way. 

After the couple left hand in hand, Debby sat down on the ground all of a sudden, with her head down, lost in deep thoughts.  

Soon Abbott and Bess went inside to visit Tina, while Andrew and Debby were left outside, forbidden from entering.    

Meanwhile, Jack who happened to be in the same hospital, soon came to learn about the news. In spite of the doctor's refusal, he came over to see Emily, but she was already long gone. Broken-hearted and disappointed, Jack had to go back to his ward without success.    

Ironically, different people shared the same sentiments with Jack in the same day.  

Outside the hospital.    

Jacob walked Emily to the car with his caring arms around her shoulders. He did not ask her about anything, instead he sat her down inside and told Sam, "Go back to the Tyrone Mansion."    

"Jacob, why don't you ask me about what happened?" asked Emily, in a hoarse voice. Emily finally broke the awkward silence, and snuggled down in Jacob's arms. She looked like a lion cub cuddling up to its mother.    

Jacob patted Emily's head gently with his hands, while brushing her long and soft hair between his fingers. "I want you to tell me, but it's okay if you don't want to talk about it. I'll understand,"  he said.  

Emily's nose twitched, while drops of tears fell down her face. "I don't feel like talking about it right now. 

But I'm feeling terrible,"  she said.    The sound of Emily's trembling voice, broke Jacob's heart almost instantly. He gently raised her tear-stained face and tried to wipe it dry with his kisses. "Don't be afraid. I am here for you, always,"  he said.    

Human beings are strange creatures. No matter how tough they pretended to be in front of strangers, they could easily break down in the face of their loved ones, just by their slight tenderness.  

"Jacob... Nobody wants me..." Emily said, as she completely broke down in front of him. Emily's vulnerability showed unmistakably, on her tear soaked red eyes. "My biological parents love Tina more, while my foster parents, prefer Tina as their daughter over me. I'm tired of being unloved..." she added.    

The hateful look on their faces was something that would haunt her for the rest of her life.    

"None of them treated me fairly. None of them ever wanted me..." she said, crying with despair and self-pity.    

Emily's so-called real brother saw her as an enemy, and her so-called real parents didn't see her as their daughter. Moreover, her foster parents tried to strangle her to death, because of Tina!  

Why? What did she ever do to them?    

If not for anything else, the fact that they had lived together for more than twenty years should have stood for something. Did they not have any love for her? Perhaps they did have feelings for her, but those feelings fell short in comparison to how they felt for Tina.    

"No, you are wrong. I want you,"  Jacob said to her, as he kissed her hair and held her tighter in his arms. 

"You will always have me, no matter what,"  he assured her.  

Emily held on to Jacob's shirt firmly, like a drowning man clutching at straws. At the moment, he was her only redemption and consolation prize. "Jacob..." she murmured.    

Only by Jacob's side could she feel like her life had purposes, instead of living like an empty shell.    

"I am here, always and forever,"  Jacob whispered. Jacob was disheartened, but he didn't allow his emotions to show and bleed onto Emily. He wished that Emily could draw a clear line between her, the Tao clan and her foster parents. He wanted her to be self-dependent, so that when the time came, she wouldn't be so heartbroken.  

Jacob did not want to see her crying for anything.    

"Jacob, Jacob..." Emily kept calling his name, as if it was the only way for her to be comforted.    

Every time Jacob answered her, over and and over again, patiently, "I am here. I am right by your side, forever..."    

Before long, Emily gradually fell asleep in Jacob's arms, but even in her dreams, she didn't find peace. 

Occasionally, she'd burst out mumbling and crying in her sleep.    Jacob stroked her back gently, as if he were putting a baby to sleep. 

With him by her side, comforting her, Emily's insecurities eventually disappeared.  

Jacob lifted the hair from her face with his fingers and laid a precious kiss on her forehead. "My dear Emily..." he whispered.    

'Those jerks do not deserve to be related to you. Nevertheless, you still have me.'    

From that day on, Emily lived in Jacob's house. She stopped visiting her foster parents, but she still made sure that they had a satisfactory life. After all, she didn't have the heart to leave them high and dry.    

However, this time something in her foster parents had changed. They came to Tyrone Mansion every day requesting to visit Emily, only to be turned away by Jacob's people at his request. Although they were met with disappointment each time, it didn't stop them from trying as they continued to be persistent - rain or shine!  

However, change wasn't exclusive to Emily's foster parents only, as she also started to show signs of an alteration in her usual disposition. She no longer had the patience or interest to shower them with emotional warmth, even though she supported them.    

Time flew apace, and with the blink of an eye, a month had passed. 

 Debby and Andrew still waited at the gate of the Tyrone Mansion everyday, hoping to see their daughter again.    

The security guard had gotten used to their daily visits, just as they had gotten used to being ignored by him. Without permission from the higher ups, there was nothing he could do, as his hands were tied.    

Coincidentally, when Jacob came home after work he bumped into them at the gate. Though he had recognized them, he pretended like they weren't even there. 'Ignorance is bliss, ' Jacob mused.    

Andrew and Debby could do the same and ignore Jacob, but after a few moments of hesitation, they finally bit the bullet and stepped in Jacob's way.  

Debby implored, "Mr. Jacob, we haven't seen Emily in a very long time. Would you please let us see her? I know I was wrong. Please allow us to make amends to her..." 

Debby choked up on her own tears, as she begged to Jacob, as if she were really missing Emily.    

"Hypocrites,"  Jacob sneered. Like hardened steel, Jacob did not give into their pandering. "I really admire your perseverance. How dare you show your disgraceful faces to me? Do you want me to teach you a real lesson?" he said.  

Looking into Jacob's gloomy eyes, Debby trembled, but emboldened herself. "Mr. Gu, I... I know you wouldn't..." she said.    

"Where do you get such confidence from?" Jacob asked back.    

"Because I am... I am Emily's mother. I may not be her biological mother, but I raised her from when she was a baby. Emily and I share the kind of bond, for which even Bess, her biological mother, cannot compare to,"  said Debby with confidence, then she raised her voice a little and added, "Mr. Gu, I suppose you wouldn't want Emily to hate you?"    

Dark clouds rolled over Jacob's eyes, as an air of hatred surrounded him, causing Debby and Andrew to suffocate. He opened his cold, cruel lips and said, "Are you threatening me?"  

"No... I am not..." Debby's lips trembled like a dry leaf. Debby had been pressed by tension for so long that Jacob's mere presence frightened the hell out of her. She still remembered the day when Jacob threw her against the wall. 

The memories from that day were so fresh that she could almost still taste the blood in her mouth. Even the pain on her chest lingered long enough to horrify her.    

Jacob sneered. It wasn't his style to carry on chattering, and soon he had lost all patience. Just as he had ordered the security guards to send them on their way, Emily rang him up.  

"Jackson let them in, she said."

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