IN LOVE WITH A SOLDIER
(Do not run around)
Jean stood up, crushed the cigarette in the ashtray on the table before she approached Stephen, and staring at him asked, "What?
Are you afraid that I'll hurt Cherry?"
As Jean drew closer, Stephen turned away and took seat on the couch on the other side of the room in an attempt to avoid being near her.
"Jean, if you dare hurt her, I'll kill you!" Stephen's tone was firm, making it clear he was not kidding.
Jean was fearless though and sat down opposite Stephen; she stared at him as she asked, "Stephen, do you think that I'll do something to Cherry? Well, you should know that I found another guy, someone more valuable than Cherry to attack."
Stephen didn't know what Jean was talking about. He knew how much Jean hated Cherry, and as he watched Jean, he wondered who Jean hated more than Cherry.
Jean knew Stephen would never figure out who the guy was. She felt self-important as she glared at him and said with cold disdain, "It turns out that Cherry and Jackson have a child."
Stephen's expression changed as Jean's words hit him. He jumped to his feet and roared, "Jean! What the hell do think you are going to do?"
"Oh my! Stephen, why are you getting so mad?" Jean rose slowly and took a step closer to Stephen asking, "So you knew they had a child? I didn't know you knew."
"What the hell do you think you are going to do?" Stephen glared down into Jean's eyes, wanting to choke her with his bare hands.
Jean pretended to think before telling Stephen, "Let me think. I could kidnap the kid, it would be much easier, you know, since a kid is not as cautious or clever as an adult, right?"
Stephen threatened, "Jean, I swear, I will kill you if you dare hurt that kid!"
Jean suddenly looked at Stephen with a wild look in her eyes, "Do you think I cherish my life? Let me tell you something. Five years ago, Jackson sent me to that place.
After that, I didn't care about myself. What? You want to kill me?
Fine! I'll kill the kid, and then you can kill me." Jean threw the words out. Then she thought of something and went on, "No. No, after I kill the kid, I'll die, too. Because I know Jackson, he won't let me get away with it."
Stephen didn't know how to react as he watched Jean descend into a fit, with the crazed look in her eyes.
He took a breath and in a calming tone asked Jean, "Jean, you are talking about Cherry's son, your nephew. You are his aunt. Why do you want to hurt him? Why are you so tough on Cherry? You can't no longer give birth to a kid, so why not love your sister's kid?"
Jean looked insane as she yelled at Stephen, "Stephen, shut up! I don't need a kid. I never need any kid, never!"
Stephen saw tears welling up in Jean's eyes, which she was trying to hold back. There wasn't a woman who didn't want to have her kid, but Jean would never have her kid, which left a deep hole in her heart.
Jean continued, "Let me tell you, I'll never be friends with Cherry. Never! I won't make up with her, and I will ruin everything she owns."
Stephen tried to calm down, he looked into Jean's eyes and said quietly, "Jean, you've competed with your sister for so many years. Aren't you tired?"
"How could it be? When I see her come down in the world and cry, I'll be thrilled." said Jean. She recalled what had happened, and she felt delighted when Cherry cried.
Stephen asked, "Do you feel happy? You stole John away. Are you happy when you're with him? You pushed Emily down the stairs to hurt Cherry, but what did you get from that?"
Jean stiffened and stood there silently.
Stephen didn't want to say any harsher words to her. So he took two steps backward, sat on the sofa, looked at Jean and said, "Jean you can't blame other people for your current situation. You deserve what you got."
"No, it's all Cherry's and Jackson's fault. I want to take revenge!" Jean said. She couldn't help shaking, looked at him and continued, "But Stephen, it seems that they don't know there is a child between them, right?"
Stephen stood up, rushed to Jean, held her by the neck, made her back up against the wall and pressed her hard against it by her throat. The hatred in his eyes carried to his voice, "Jean, if you dare tell any person about it, you're screwed. I will never leave you alone. Never!"
Stephen was agitated. He had always kept the information from them. If they knew that Jackson had a son, they would let go of him.
Jean looked into Stephen's eyes and was suddenly touched. She had never protected anyone; she was incapable of protecting anyone and others had never defended her. But the moment she looked in Stephen's eyes, she felt that he cared about Cherry, and he wanted to protect her.
After a while, Stephen noticed that Jean said nothing, so he released her slowly.
Jean fell to the ground when he released her.
Stephen didn't care about Jean at all. He turned his back to her and said, "Jean, you should know why he has raised you so many years with him."
Jean was silent sitting there on the floor, expressionless.
Stephen continued, "But you shouldn't forget Cherry's your sister. You grew up together! You share the same last name."
Jean didn't respond.
Stephen leered at her, "Don't run around and act like this again. If he knows, you know what he will do."
With that, Stephen strode out, leaving Jean alone with her thoughts.
At the JS Group Cherry was very busy on the first day of her new job.
She needed to be familiar with the management situation of all the departments, which meant she was on the go the whole day.
Selina stood outside Cherry's office, watching her sift through the documents on the desk. Selina was a little sad because Cherry had been promoted to such a high position, but she didn't want to see Cherry overworked.
Selina knocked Cherry's door and then she walked into the room. "Selina, there you are!" Cherry greeted Selina as she continued working.
Selina approached Cherry sitting behind the pile of work asking, "You didn't finish yet?"
Cherry replied, "No, I still need to read through some documents."