IN LOVE WITH A SOLDIER
(What did he want to do(1)
Jackson's words irritated Cherry. She stood up, and as she looked into Jackson's eyes, she furiously said, "Yes, Mond has indeed told me something!"
She paused for a moment to think of something, and then continued to say, "Jackson, I've always been worried about you because I thought that it was dangerous to have Sally around you, but now I know that I was wrong; now I realize how much you actually loved her years ago."
Jackson also furiously stood up, and in a thundering mad rage asked Cherry, "What the hell did Mond tell you?"
Jackson hadn't expected that Mond would tell Cherry things about him and Sally. What the hell did he want to do? What was his scheme? He had thought that Mond would tell Cherry something about his past life and background, not about Sally.
"He told me some of the facts that you tried to hide from me," said Cherry. She obviously knew that Jackson was very angry, but she didn't fear him anymore.
She had been very anxious after knowing the truth and she felt that it didn't make any sense to be still afraid of him.
Jackson then suddenly came closer to Cherry and tightly gripped her arm. In an infuriated tone, he said, "Tell me, what did he say to you? Tell me now!"
Cherry wasn't scared of him anymore; she calmly looked into Jackson's eyes, and word by word uttered, "Jackson, I had never expected that you would be able to give up everything you had for Sally. It's no wonder that you left me alone at home for her sake five years ago. I always thought that you indeed loved Sally, but I had never expected that you would love her so deeply as to sacrifice all that you had!"
"Enough! Shut up!" shouted Jackson, as a hot burning fury started to blaze deep in his heart. It was true that he had once loved Sally, but that was long before he had met Cherry. He knew better than anyone that he had gone maybe a step too far with what he had done to Cherry five years ago, but he tried to think better about it, and it seemed that he had cherished her even more than before after her return. He wanted to love and care for her with all of his heart, because he had no feelings left for Sally whatsoever. How could Cherry still mention of the past when he loved her so deeply in the present moment?
"Why? Why should I shut up?" retorted Cherry. She stared at Jackson, and continued to say, "You have made so many sacrifices for Sally, your beloved and cherished woman, but tell me, Jackson, what have you done for me? I'll tell you what you've done! You ruined the Shen Group and let my father become homeless! Jackson, how dare you treat me like a mongrel, but treat your sweet Sally like a goddess? You said that you loved me, was this the way to show your love to me?"
"Shut up!" Jackson's body then started to shiver and he gripped Cherry's arm even more fiercely.
Cherry knitted her eyebrows in a frown. She felt a sharp pain in her arm because of Jackson's grip, but she still bore it nevertheless, because under no circumstance would she have begged him for mercy.
When he saw that Cherry didn't say a word, Jackson went on to say, "I admit that I indeed protected Sally like a madman in the past, but as for what I did to the Shen Group, that was my revenge for you running away from me. You are the only one to blame, because if you hadn't left me at that time, the Shen Group would've been doing pretty well today."
"How funny you are!" said Cherry. She put on a helpless bitter smile on her lips, and as she squinted at Jackson, she said in a disdainful voice, "Do you feel better when you say that? That you are completely innocent and I just ran away from you?
Don't you know why I left you? In your heart, Sally was much more important than I was! How could I still stay beside you when you cared about her so much? How could I feel safe to give birth to Joe with you and Sally around?"
"Why didn't you tell me about Joe then? If you told me that you were pregnant, I would have certainly handled all of this in a different, perfect manner," said Jackson. The scene that happened five years ago reappeared in his mind. He couldn't forget how he had felt when he couldn't find her anywhere, the feeling of going mad and losing one's mind, and even if he wanted to apologize to her, he couldn't, because she was nowhere to be found. He thought that he had lost her forever.
"How was I supposed to tell you that? Should I have told you, so that Sally would've also known about Joe's existence?" Cherry then gazed deep into Jackson's eyes and spoke the earnest feelings that she had condensed in her heart. "I was afraid that my child would be killed before he was even born."
Jackson knew very well what Cherry meant with her words. He remembered the first time Sally had met Cherry and how she had quarrelled with her, and thought that Cherry had been afraid years ago that she might have done something bad to her and her child.
Jackson would have also been worried if he had known that Sally knew about Cherry's son, because she wasn't in her right mind, and he didn't know that she was actually capable to do.
When she saw that Jackson was silent, Cherry continued to say, "Let go of me!" She didn't resist nor struggle against him, because she wanted Jackson to let go of her arm by himself.
After some time passed, Jackson gradually loosened his grip on her arm, and Cherry couldn't help but back up a few steps away from him. She wanted to keep her distance from Jackson, at least for the time being.
"From now on you won't have to go to the JS Group to work anymore; I will ask Selina to handle all the resignation formalities for you. You'll stay at home!"
commanded Jackson. He was very worried about Cherry's safety, especially now that Mond had appeared, because he was afraid that he would still look for her and hurt her. He was terrified of losing Cherry again, and he was afraid that Mond was a great danger to her, because what Mond wanted was to ruin Jackson and the Chu Family, and that included his woman too.
But Cherry refused him firmly, "No! I will not quit my job!"
Jackson frowned, and he couldn't believe his ears. Was the woman resisting his command? With his deep eyes looking at her fiercely, he roared, "Are you resisting me?"
"Yes, I am!" said Cherry without any sort of hesitation in her voice. "Even If you won't allow me to work in the JS Group anymore, I will still go and find another job! I won't stay at home every day!"
Cherry had been very satisfied with her present life, and she didn't want to destroy it. During the past years, she had been making money with her own two hands, and it had become a habit for her to be independent financially. Even if Jackson gave her an abundant amount of money and asked her to stay at home, she would still not agree with him, because it was too easy, and too boring.
After he heard her, Jackson became infuriated. Like an angry lion, he strode towards Cherry and fiercely grabbed her by the neck with all of his strength.