IN LOVE WITH A SOLDIER
"That can't be the reason why she left the residential compound, because she could have been taken care of there," said Cherry, after she pondered for a while.
"If she had stayed, she would have died," answered Mond, staring at Cherry with a dead cold stare in his eyes.
Cherry was utterly shocked by his words, and she couldn't believe what he had just said. What on Earth had happened if Sally would've died because of it?
"Why? Why would she have died?" asked Cherry.
Mond didn't answer Cherry; he instead looked away, and said, "That's why Jackson, your husband, had done everything to save her, even if it had cost him destroying the entire Chu Family."
After she heard that, Cherry felt that her heart started to twitch with pain. She thought that he must have deeply loved her years ago, and that she had meant a lot to him. He was even willing to lose his entire Family for her. How deeply they loved each other, and how reckless he was! That was Jackson, doing things without ever thinking of the consequences that followed his actions!
Mond continued to say, "Do you know, Cherry, that Jackson had risked everything to protect Sally, even after Andrew threatened to disown him as his grandson and cut him out of his Family?
You know that the Chu Family could have been completely destroyed if the army ever found out about the truth.
Cherry didn't hear a word out of what Mond said because she was overwhelmed by the pain inside her heart, and because she was lost in her thoughts about the things that happened between Jackson and Sally. How could Jackson ever dare to go against his Grandpa's orders. In her eyes, Andrew was the most honorable and respected person in the Family, and from how she saw, Jackson was very polite in front of him ever since she had gotten married into the Chu family. What had made him summon all of his courage to go against his Grandpa's will? Was it because Sally was the only one that he truly loved?
Mond could clearly see the expression change on Cherry's face. He knew that she had to be thinking about what had happened between Jackson and Sally, and from what he saw, he also knew that Cherry indeed really loved Jackson.
After some time, Cherry came around with her thoughts and looked at Mond. She asked him, "They really loved each other, didn't they?"
"You tell me," said Mond. He wanted to hurt Cherry, because he couldn't bear the fact that the woman loved Jackson.
He had always been alone, and he wondered what made Jackson worthy to be loved by someone?
Cherry blankly stared at Mond and didn't say a word more.
When he saw that his words had effect on Cherry, Mond continued to trouble her even more, and said, "They were indeed deeply in love, you can be sure about it! You can go and ask Stephen about all of that, but maybe you shouldn't ask Derek, because he would surely never tell you about any of that."
He knew that Cherry would trust Stephen, because the first time when he had met her it was in Stephen's office, and if she hadn't trusted him, she wouldn't have gone to his office all by herself. Mond also wondered that if Cherry would still trust Stephen if she ever found out the true reason why he had gotten so close to her in the first place.
Cherry then gazed at Mond, and asked, "Did Jackson, Stephen, Sally and you grow up together?"
Mond's face darkened when he heard what Cherry had just asked him, and snapped, "Do you think that the military compound was a nice place to grow up in? Let me tell you something: it was a hell for kids, and there was no happiness at all!"
Mond's childhood memories suddenly flashed back, and it made him feel the pain again. He wouldn't have left the residential compound if only someone could have acknowledged and supported him when he was a child. If that would have happened, then Jackson and him wouldn't have become enemies!
Cherry fell silent and got lost in her thoughts again. Only Jackson and Derek were still in the residential compound, while Mond, Stephen and Sally had left.
She had also moved there by chance, and she had initially thought that it was a seemingly peaceful place, with all the senior people strolling around, and the children, who were just about her son's age, running around in the yard. She thought that people were happy there.
Mond then stood up from his seat and slowly stepped towards Cherry, eventually sitting down beside her.
Cherry was still unaware of him coming close to her because she was still lost in her thoughts. She could only be attracted by Jackson, just as Mond had thought.
Mond looked at her face and said, "Cherry, you don't belong in the military residential compound. Jackson doesn't want you to get involved in any of his affairs."
"But I'm his wife and I love him, and I want to be with him my whole life!"
sincerely said Cherry. She simply had to be with him, but she wondered why was it so hard for her to do that?
What Cherry said irritated Mond. He soon got enraged again, and roared at her, "Then go and suffer along with Jackson! Maybe you can relieve him of half the pain that he deserves!"
He stood up as he said that, and after he looked down at Cherry, he continued to say, "I will make the JS Group disappear from this city, and Jackson will kneel before me and beg for my mercy!"
When she saw him, Cherry started to get frantic. She also stood up, and as she looked at Mond, she asked, "Please don't hurt Selina! Let the JS Group go!"
"Why? Although Selina isn't my target, she still is the acting president of the JS Group. Now that Jackson allowed her to run the JS Group for him, she will have to suffer together with him!" diabolically replied Mond as he stared at Cherry. He would make all of them pay for what he had gone through!
Cherry then realized that Jackson was Mond's only target, and that he had mistaken Jackson for the JS Group's owner, but she couldn't tell him the real facts. She didn't know Mond at all, and she couldn't risk telling anything to him because she was afraid that something bad would happen the moment after she did that._______
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