(Confess her real identity)
She was clear about the fact that if she continued to make compromises, she would be at the mercy of others for the rest of her life. Even though she realized that she may never see her grandmother anymore.
But ever since she had gotten married to Charles, she was eager to live a sweet life with him in the future, which somehow gave her hope and encouragement. She had decided not to let fate determine her life anymore. Wendy's voice was heard on the other side of the phone again. "I have discussed it with your Uncle Simon and we have decided to let Yvonne live with the Lu family for the time being, and you have to arrange this for her. Go and talk it out with Charles. Yvonne will go there tomorrow."
"You must be insane," said Autumn. Autumn had never expected Wendy to make such a request. "What do you want me to do? How can I talk about this with Charles? You'd better tell him directly that I am not Yvonne."
"No, I can't do that," Wendy said firmly to Autumn. "It is not the right time to tell him the truth. We can't risk exposing both of your identities so early. I hope that Yvonne will get to spend some more time alone with Charles. During that period, you'd better be tactful and try to create some opportunities for them to get along with each other. When they end up falling in love with each other, I will allow you to meet your grandmother."
"That is impossible!" Autumn was very irritated. She sneered and went on, "Wendy, I am not your puppet anymore."
Suddenly, Autumn felt like she was armed to the teeth. She was no longer afraid of anyone, ever since she got married to Charles.
"Autumn, how dare you?" Wendy did not expect Autumn to decline her request and was irritated by her poor attitude and disobedience. "I can tell you that the doctor called me today and told me that if your grandmother doesn't have a surgery as soon as possible, she is not going to make it. So you'd better obey me and try not to offend me next time or you will lose your beloved grandma soon. It is all up to you. I am afraid to say this, but you will have to look before you leap," Wendy said indignantly.
"Don't threaten me with my grandmother." Autumn laughed grimly as she understood that Wendy was an avaricious woman and she would never be contented. Therefore, Autumn gradually decided to decline her unreasonable requests. "Wendy, I will see my grandmother some day and as for the request you've just made......"
Autumn sneered and went on, "I am not going to do it, so you might as well forget about it."
Autumn was about to hang up after she finished speaking. Her words had somehow alarmed Wendy, who was starting to get hysterical. She repeated the words she had just said and continued to warn Autumn that Charles was supposed to be Yvonne's husband.
Wendy thought that it was Autumn who stole Charles from Yvonne.
Unfortunately for Wendy, Autumn was determined not to make another compromise again. She had always made a concession for others, but now she refused to do that again.
Charles was her husband and she certainly would not betray him for anyone.
"Mom, this is the last time I call you Mom, you hear me? You'd better try to understand that Yvonne can never be a part of the Lu family!" Autumn was so infuriated, she hung up as soon as she finished talking.
Earlier yesterday, Autumn might have given in to Wendy's threats. But, now that she has already had sexual intercourse with Charles, she decided to make a stand for herself.
When she hung up the phone, Autumn turned around and found Charles standing behind her expressionlessly, gazing at her.
"Was that your family on the phone?" He asked after for a long while.
"Yes," replied Autumn. Autumn felt hesitant, as she was not sure as to how much Charles had heard from their conversation.
Charles sighed with relief. He had just gotten out of the bathroom the moment she answered the phone. He stood behind her silently because he did not want interrupt her. He felt very happy when he found out that Autumn had declined Wendy's unreasonable request.
However, he did not expect Autumn to still keep her real identity secret from him.
He stepped forward and then held her hands. The breeze at night was somewhat cool and her hands were also quite cold. Charles shut the windows and then sat her on the bed.
After a while, Autumn's body gradually stopped trembling and calmed down. Her cold hands had slowly started to get warmer.
He forced Autumn to look into his eyes and then asked, "Autumn, do you have something you want to tell me? What did Wendy say to you?"
"I..." Autumn was hesitant. Although she was determined to stand up for herself in the face of Wendy, she still was not sure if she should just tell him the truth.
She was afraid that Charles would misunderstand her, because their marriage, after all, was just an elaborate ploy.
"Autumn, do you still remember what the old monk in the temple said?" Charles gently guided her and continued, "We are a family now and no matter what happened in the past, I will share the responsibility with you. Do you understand that?"
Autumn repressed her lips into a thin line and kept silent. She was hesitant for a long while, but she didn't want to be Wendy's puppet anymore. So with the help of Charles's encouragement and support, she finally decided to speak.
"I..." But, as soon as she was about to confess, she realized that she didn't know where to start. So she kept quiet for a long time and then said firmly as she had made up her mind, "Charles, the truth is, I...... I am not Yvonne."
As soon as she said that, Charles did not show any signs of astonishment, instead he insisted calmly, "Go on."
Now that she had already started, Autumn decided to be completely frank with him. She confessed to the whole process of her identity swap with Yvonne and why she was forced to get married to him.
As she explained all this to Charles, Autumn stared at Charles nervously and added, "Charles, I am sorry. I know I shouldn't have agreed to this and I shouldn't have kept all of this from you for so long, but I......"
Before she could finish her words, Charles held her into his arms and then said, "Autumn, I am really happy."
He had been waiting for her to come clean for a long time. He had hoped that some day Autumn would tell him everything on her own, as it would mean that she finally trusted him completely.
"In fact, I had known this for a long time now," said Charles. Autumn was stunned to hear Charles say that.
It took Autumn some time to react to what she had just heard. She thought that she was good at hiding her secret from him, but she did not expect for him to have known about it all along. What was going on? Was he playing a trick on her?
"You already knew about it?" Although Autumn's face was blank and expressionless, Charles knew that she was angry, so he took a deep breath and sighed, "I knew you would get mad at me, so I didn't expose you."
Charles held onto Autumn firmly and did not loosen his grip. "I have been waiting for this day for a long time. Autumn, I am really glad that you are willing to open up to me about this."
Autumn felt strange, but she finally asked, "You...... How did you know that I was not Yvonne?"
"My grandpa urged me to get married at that time. Although I picked the girl without much consideration, I did do some research on her. I chose Yvonne because she is shallow-brained and I figured it would be easier to divorce her in the future. But, when you got married to me, I realized that you are a totally different person from the one I had investigated before. Moreover, Wendy was always persistent on creating chances for Yvonne to get alone with me and that made me feel even more strange and uncomfortable. That is when I started to get suspicious about everything."