IN LOVE WITH A SOLDIER
(Am I the loser(2)
Jackson was jealous about the obvious affection Mond felt towards Cherry and growing enraged. He asked, "What's wrong with me slapping my woman? How is it your business?"
Jackson's questions were infuriating Mond more by the second and he stepped closer Jackson. In a deliberately low voice he threatened, "Jackson Chu, you know what, if I want something, I will have it!"
"Mond Xu, I know the Chu Family owns you, but don't you dare touch her. If you want something, just tell me and I'll get it for you." Jackson was fearful deep in his heart. How would he survive the sorrow of losing Cherry again? If Cherry left him, he would break.
"Jackson Chu, why do you take everything good? Why?" Mond demanded, the hatred in his eyes grew stronger. If Mond's birth were a mistake, what followed was a bitter joke.
Jackson didn't answer Mond because he didn't know what to say.
Mond continued, "Jackson Chu, can you guess more? If I'm interested in Cherry, will I kill her?"
"Mond Xu, I've told you, don't touch her." Jackson replied angrily, knowing deep in his heart Mond hated his guts.
Listening to Jackson, Mond suddenly smiled gently as he continued, "It appears Cherry is very important to you, Jackson Chu. Now, I believe the game is much more fun, more than I could have imagined."
"Mond Xu, I didn't force you out in the past, but that doesn't mean I won't do it now." Jackson threatened as he thought about how he hadn't hurt Mond in the past, but, he wouldn't let anyone harm Cherry, and if anyone did, it wouldn't end well.
"Then come on." Mond retorted, he wasn't afraid of Jackson at all, so he dug the proverbial hatchet up.
Mond scoffed, "Do you think I'm still that kid from the past? Jackson Chu, on the day I accepted the money Andrew offered, I swore I would kill you both, because of the insult you dealt me." "You deserved that." Jackson ground out through clenched teeth.
Mond suddenly burst out laughing with an almost crazed look in his eyes as he said, "Good, good, I deserve that, and now it's your turn for the payoff. Jackson Chu, I'll ruin you along with everyone around you."
"I don't think you are capable of that." Jackson told him. He believed in his aptitude to fight against Mond, even though he wasn't sure he could win.
"After I tackle Cherry, you can see if I have the ability." Mond challenged before he walked away, brushing by Jackson.
Jackson was more worried about Cherry, he wanted to protect her and she had no idea she was in great danger.
Jackson felt hopeless because he never intended to hurt Mond and he hadn't thought that he was the one who should take the fall caused by a mistake their parents made, and yet, he could do nothing about the fact that Mond kept hating him. However, Mond now aimed at hurting Cherry and Jackson wouldn't risk losing her, because Cherry meant everything to him. If only one of them could survive between Mond and Cherry, Jackson would choose Cherry without hesitation, but at the same time, it hadn't crossed Jackson 's mind to hurt Mond.
Cherry and Jean stood on the roof of the building. Cherry looked at Jean and asked with great concern, "Jean, how's your life been these past years? Has it been difficult?"
The chilly midnight wind blasted as Jean listened to Cherry and she felt the bitterness in her heart.
Jean shouted at Cherry, "You should ask what your husband was thinking when he sent me to that underground world, instead of asking me if my life has been difficult!"
"But Emily died." Cherry stated, she felt her heart aching as she recalled the memory. The loss of her best friend that had caused a scar that still hurt her, even after so many years had gone by.
"Cherry Shen, is Emily so important to you that you can accept that your husband sent me to the underground world?" Jean demanded bitterly, she had hated Cherry since they were young.
"No, I didn't expect him to do that. I didn't know what he had done until recently when I came back." Cherry explained to Jean.
Jean looked at Cherry and spat in a disgusted tone, "Cherry Shen, I don't believe you, no matter how pure and innocent you pretend to be."
"Jean, please, don't do this to me, okay? Our family lost their fortune and Daddy lives as any other ordinary person, let's stop fighting and live in peace and harmony, like other sisters in the world, please, can we?" Cherry pleaded, in a low voice. She hoped Jean and she could stop attacking each other. Besides, Cherry felt sorry for Jean as she stood there in front of her, and Cherry thought she owned Jean because even though Jean had found a way out, she had been sent to the underground world because of Cherry.
"Cherry Shen, you know now that our family lost all the fortune, do you? Why would that happened? Tell me! Jackson led the Shen Group into bankruptcy, why did he do that? Why? Tell me!" Jean yelled viciously as she looked at Cherry.
why did he do that? Why? Tell me!" Jean yelled viciously as she looked at Cherry.
"I had no idea the situation would get so bad. I don't know, really." Cherry admitted and she couldn't help crying because she felt hopeless. While she knew Jackson did all these awful things out of hatred; she couldn't blame or hate him, because she loved Jackson wholly, positives and negatives.
Jean didn't say anything, she turned away, avoiding eye contact with Cherry. Actually, Jean didn't hate Cherry all that much, not compared to five years ago.
Back then she hated Cherry's guts, because she believed her sister's very existence was wrong. However, Jean didn't hate Cherry so much anymore, and one of the reasons might be due to all she had experienced, or maybe since she met Joe, her little nephew; and yet the fact that Jean didn't hate Cherry didn't imply that they could live in peace or harmony.
Jean looked out over the city, shimmering in the midnight stars, and she finally confided.
Jean slowly said, "Cherry, I sometimes want to ask God, why you and I were born into the same family and I'm only a few months older than you?"
Cherry didn't respond, she just listened.
"Why you are luckier than me, all the time, at everything? In school, the teachers liked you, and so many boys were after you. On campus, John took good care of you, and I didn't even have a boyfriend, then when we were working at the Shen Group, all the colleagues enjoyed dining with you, while I had companions only because I ordered my secretary to go with me. There are many more instances like these. Why were our lives so different? That's why I hated you! It's why I hated your guts. Did you know that?" Jean felt calmer after confessing her feelings.
" "Do you know when I realized I was tired?" Asked Jean suddenly, answering her question as well, "When Jackson sent me to the underground world and those men stood in front of me. I was scared, for the first time. I thought, if I hadn't envied you, if I hadn't wanted to hurt you, Emily wouldn't have been dead, you wouldn't be so full of sorrow, Jackson wouldn't have hurt me, and John and I wouldn't have been divorced."
Jean paused for a second before she continued, "But all these are just assumptions, Cherry, I have been losing the game for the past five years. In the past, I could rob you of everything, but when you met Jackson, I lost, and when l lost, I lost completely."