Betty's lackeys rushed toward Emily as soon as they got the order. They backed Emily to a corner and surrounded her.
"Bitch! Don't you dare run away from Betty! Pin her against the wall! Let's see if she can get away this time," one of the lackeys threatened.
A rush of chill ran down Emily's spine, gripping her with fear.
Frightened, Emily staggered backwards, but she was at the end of her rope, back against the wall.
"Stay away from me!" Emily cried, helplessly.
"Hah, hah, hah!" Betty's lackey laughed wickedly, taunting her with menacing eyes.
"Bang!" A loud noise resounded in the room. Suddenly, the restroom door was kicked open by someone.
Everyone in the restroom, including Emily, froze on the spot. She squinted, unable to make out the face of the man, silhouetted against the bright light behind him, as he drew nearer towards her. As soon as she realized who the man was, she burst into tears of joy and cried out, "Jacob!"
Jacob? Suddenly, the reality of the situation hit Betty's lackeys like a freight train. Needless to say, the sight of the chief of police and a squad of policemen standing behind Jacob, scared them out of their wits.
"It's not our fault! Betty forced us to do this!" they said. Betty's 'not-so-loyal' lackeys instantly sold her out and denied any voluntary involvement in the matter, as they slowly stepped away from her.
Astounded, Betty gaped at them all, staring in stunned disbelief from one face to the next. She gritted her teeth to stop herself from cursing at them, because she didn't want to lose face in public. She sheepishly looked at Jacob and said, "I was just going to take care of her..."
But before she could weave a web of lies, she felt a fist hit connect with her jaw at so much force that blood pooled in her mouth.
Betty cried out, as pain erupted from the point of impact. Before she could even say anything, Jacob grabbed her head and brought his knee to her nose. He pushed her against the wall and ploughed into her stomach.
"Bang! Bang! Bang!" Blood leaked from her twisted nose. By the time Jacob was finished with her, she looked like she got hit by a car.
Jacob's unbridled brutality echoed throughout the room, frightening even the hardened criminals witnessing the scene.
Betty was a bloody mess on the floor. Her chest violently rising and sinking with each shallow breath she drew in. She had never known the meaning of pain until now. She couldn't even fight back.
"I was wrong. It's all my fault. Forgive me please!" Betty begged, overwhelmed with fear and gasping for air.
Jacob wasn't convinced. Blood hummed in his veins as anger took over. He just couldn't hold back his anger at the thought of Betty hurting the love of his life. Jacob continued battering her face. The pain blazed up his arm, but even that did not stop him.
Stunned, Emily was afraid that Jacob was going to kill Betty, so she rushed to him and said, "Jacob, stop! Don't hit her anymore! That's enough!"
As soon as Jacob heard Emily's voice, his vision came back. It was as if he had come back to reality.
His hands shaking, as blood dripped from his knuckles. Betty, consequently, was too weak to scream. She lay on the floor writhing like a dying fish. Jacob had deconstructed her face with his bare fists.
"Jacob..." said Emily, as she looked at Jacob pensively. She bit her lips and didn't know what to say.
Jacob looked back at her and wiped off the blood on his hands. After he wiped his hands clean, Jacob walk straight to Emily and pulled her in his arms. He whispered, "I'm here."
Emily was deeply touched just by his simple words. She groaned and buried her face in his firm chest.
Jacob raised her chin up and then picked her up in his arms before walking out, while the rest of them looked at each other blankly.
The chief of police turned to the women and said angrily, "Lock these troublemakers up!"
Finally, Emily calmed down after Jacob got her into the car. She leaned still on Jacob's chest and asked, "Have you found the murderer?"
"Yes," Jacob answered coldly, "It was Tina."
"What? Tina? Really?" she exclaimed. Shocked, Emily shuddered in disbelief, unable to form proper sentences. "How could she... How could she do such a terrible thing?" Emily asked, baffled and confused.
Although Debby and Andrew had not raised Tina, they were still her birth parents! There was no denying of the truth! Even if she didn't like them and didn't want to accept them, she didn't have to do such a terrible thing to the people who brought her into the world.
Tina was so barbaric!
Emily fell in deep sorrow as she thought back to what Debby and Andrew had done for Tina and how they had forsaken her, the daughter they had raised, for the sake of Tina, their ungrateful spawn.
'Dad, mom, that's your beloved daughter! She killed you with her own hands... I wonder whether you regret doing all the things you did to me for her.
But I do regret bringing you two here. If you had never come to this city, you would still be alive and happy as before, ' Emily thought.
Jacob's heart cried at the sight of Emily wallowing away in deep sorrow. He wiped Emily's eyes and said to her gently, "I've already informed the police. They will arrest her."
Emily sighed deeply and nodded, "I want to visit my parents. Bring me to them, please."
Jacob answered in a mild tone.
The police soon arrived at the house of the Tao family to arrest Tina. They did so not only because Jacob had found irrefutable evidence against Tina, but also because they were under the great pressure from their superiors.
The chief of police would shake with fear every time he'd look back this event and Jacob Gu. If Jacob could ally himself with his superiors to force him to arrest Tina, he could do anything. This was clear proof that Jacob's authority was not limited to the Gu family. It was fathomless. It was very likely that his knowledge of Jacob's power was just the tip of the iceberg.
In Jingshi City, everyone knew that Emily was the apple of Jacob's eyes. Unfortunately, since he had crossed Jacob, he did whatever he could to make up for his mistakes. After all, he still cherished his job and career.
Meanwhile, when the police arrested Tina, she wasn't in her house. She was in an entertainment venue, with her legs spread over a male model's body, and her hands groping his privates. She was breathing out smoke and playing wantonly.
Tina was really living the life, so to speak!
The police checked Tina up and found that she had taken copious amounts of drugs. Without hesitation, they handcuffed her and took her away.
Muddled as her brain was, she wasn't aware of what was waiting for her, so she didn't resist.
However, the Tao family were completely distraught and worried sick.
When the police came for Tina, Mark didn't know what to do as he wasn't prepared for such a surprise.
Moreover, Jacob made sure to put pressure in the right places, limiting the Tao family's powers, so when the police took Tina away, they just watched helplessly.
Soon Tina was put on trial before the judge. With sufficient evidence and a murder witness testifying against her, there was no way out for Tina this time. The witness was the servant who used to raise Tina's rabbits. She willingly testified against Tina at the trial, not only because she had witnessed the murder of the Bai couple with her own eyes, but also because she held a grudge against Tina for disfiguring her face.
Beyond reasonable doubt, Tina was convicted of murder. Jacob made sure all the media outlets published this news in the front pages of all newspapers and magazines.
Therefore, this event became a major hit with everyone in Jingshi City, who would talk about it over a meal or at tea time.
The female socialites talked about it the most, as gossiping was a specialty of theirs.
"I told you that Emily was not the murderer! She is just as innocent and softhearted as she looks. How could she do such a terrible thing!"
"Tina is not the real daughter of Mr. Tao! Emily is! Tina is finally paying for her arrogance. Perhaps Tina murdered the Bai couple because she could not bear to accept the fact that she is just a little girl from a poor family. How conceited and disdainful!"
"An animal like her deserves to be locked up in prison! I've never seen people of her social status behave so arrogantly. She was always rude! I hope that she'll be punished accordingly."
Everyone sniffed at Tina.
Meanwhile in the office, Mark was furious by the headlines, but there was nothing he could do. Fists clenched, he smashed his fist down onto the table. "Bang!"
"Censor these damn news!" he shouted angrily.
Mark's subordinates responded gingerly, "The news spread so fast. There's nothing we can do at this point. It's obvious that someone spread it intentionally. It will be hard to censor all sources in such a short time."
"Try to snuff it out as soon as you can!" Mark exclaimed. Mark knew that spreading the news all over the city was Jacob's doing. He knew well that Jacob wanted to bring ruin and everlasting disgrace upon Tina and the Tao family. But Mark had to do whatever he could to try and keep the news redacted.
"Yes, sir!" answered the subordinate.
"Then go now," Mark said sullenly. Like a storm out a sea, the anger he was brewing frightened the people around him.
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