IN LOVE WITH A SOLDIER
(I would not leave mommy (1)
"Not even Daddy?" asked Joe. But he had already had an answer in his heart. How could he believe his father when his mother had been beaten by him?
Cherry then looked at her son, and seriously said, "Joe, I don't know your father anymore, and I can't promise that he won't try to hurt you."
Joe nodded sensibly to Cherry, and said, "Mommy, I understand."
In the morning, Cherry got up as usual and also waked her son. She helped him to wash and then took him downstairs holding his hand.
While they were on the first floor, Cherry looked around but didn't see Jackson, and she was a little curious about where he was. Didn't he get up yet? Sleeping in wasn't something that was in Jackson's habits.
When Lily saw Cherry downstairs, she hastily greeted her, "Good morning, Mrs. Cherry."
Cherry nodded, and said, "Good morning. Is breakfast ready?"
"Yes, madam, " replied Lily.
Cherry then said to her son, "Joe, go to the dining room and eat your breakfast, and then Bill will drive you to school."
"Okay, Mommy, " said Joe calmly. He then went to the dining room as Cherry told him to do.
After she saw her son leave, Cherry asked Lily, "Where is Jackson?"
"Mr. Jackson went out early in the morning, but I don't know where, " answered Lily.
"Well, you can get back to your own business, " said Cherry, feeling upset.
Lily nodded to her and then left.
Cherry then went to the dining room, and after she watched Joe finish his breakfast, she helped him dress neatly and watched him put his schoolbag on his back. She then walked with her son out of the villa.
Just after she opened the villa's door, Cherry was shocked by all the people in the courtyard. She looked around and saw that there were several people dressed in black quietly standing in more or less hidden place. Were they the security guards that Jackson had called for them?
Looking at the strong and tall men dressed in black suits around the courtyard, Joe couldn't help but hold his Mommy's hand tightly with a feeling of fright.
Cherry saw her son's reaction, and whispered to him, "Joe, don't be afraid, it's okay, Mommy is here with you."
"Okay, " replied Joe.
At that moment, Bill was standing beside the car and looked at Cherry and Joe, who were standing at the door. He happily said to Joe, "Mr. Joe, please get in the car. I will drive you to school."
Cherry was going to walk her son to the car after she heard Bill's words.
But, unexpectedly, as soon as she took one step out of the house, two guards rushed out and blocked her way.
Cherry was stunned and took a few steps backwards. Joe was also frightened, and again grabbed his Mommy's hand tightly.
"What are you doing?" furiously asked Cherry. Such sudden movements coming from the guards had been beyond her expectations of them.
"Mr. Jackson has given us strict orders to keep you inside the house, " said a guard.
"Can't I go to the yard to send my son to school?" said Cherry sternly.
Unexpectedly, one of the guards mercilessly said to Cherry, "No, you cannot."
In a sudden burst of anger, Joe ran to the guard and started to pound on his leg with his little fists. He said, "Why won't you let my Mommy go out? Why won't you let my Mommy go out?"
The guard knew that Joe was the young master. He had received orders from Jackson to only keep Mrs. Cherry in the villa, but nobody else had been mentioned. He had no choice but to accept the child's wild pounding.
Cherry saw that the guard remained motionless, and that her son kept beating him.
"Joe!" Cherry then suddenly pulled her son back to her, indicating that he should stay away from him.
"Mommy, they've gone too far! How could they do that to you?" furiously said Joe.
Cherry squatted down to him, and as she looked at her son, she tenderly said to him, "Joe, Mommy will now bid you farewell and you will go to school with Bill. You need to study hard at school, and Mommy will be waiting for you right here at home when you come back."
"Mommy!" Joe then burst into tears and held his mother tightly in his arms. He didn't want to go to school. Why did he have to go to school? His Mommy had been forbidden to leave the villa. How could he leave her alone in that damn house?
Cherry hugged her son for some time. Withholding the sadness in her heart, she said to her son, "Joe, you need to go now, or else you'll be late for school."
"Okay, " answered Joe as he looked at his Mommy, and then reluctantly walked towards Bill.
After she watched her son get inside the car and Bill driving it away, Cherry felt extremely sad.
She looked at the car until it disappeared in the distance. She then looked around, and when she saw that the guards dressed in black suits were all around her, an angry feeling stirred up in her heart.
She had been imprisoned by Jackson just as a criminal on house arrest.
Cherry then returned to the living room. When she saw her back, Lily respectfully said to her, "Mrs. Cherry, your breakfast is ready."
"I'm not hungry, " replied Cherry decisively, and then went back upstairs in her room.
Lily stood in the living room and briefly looked upstairs. She then heard the sound of a door slamming shut coming from the second floor.
Cherry stayed in her room for the whole morning. At noon, Lily knocked at the door to invite her to have lunch, but Cherry didn't open it.
She instead stayed silent in the room, completely ignoring Lily outside the door.
Joe was bending over his desk at school. They had an extracurricular activity in the afternoon, and the students went to the playground, all except Joe, who was sitting alone in the classroom. He was very worried about his Mommy, and he was afraid that she would get hurt at home.
"Joe, why are you alone in the classroom?"
When he heard someone calling out his name, Joe turned around and saw that it was his teacher.
He stood up at his desk, and as he looked at her, he said, "I don't want to go the playground."_____
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