Jacob was walking through the door when he heard the sound. He immediately rushed to Emily and asked, "Emily, what happened?" his voice worried.
Emily's head went blank for a while. Then she slowly raised her head to look at Jacob and replied, "I'm fine. But the glass…"
"Did you hurt yourself?" Jacob asked. Emily shook her head, "No…"
"J, it was my fault. I accidentally dropped it. Miss Emily, I'm so sorry to bother you." Jennifer turned to Emily and said with a guilty face. She was really good at pretending to be innocent.
"Jennifer? What are you doing here?" Jacob asked when he realized that Jennifer was standing next to them.
"I heard that Miss Emily wasn't feeling well, so I thought I might come over and see her," Jennifer answered.
"Who told you that?" Jacob asked, slightly annoyed because he had already knew the answer.
"Your father, of course," Jennifer replied with a smile. She could already tell that Jacob wasn't very happy with her answer. "What else can I do? He told me to ruin your relationship with Miss Emily so for now, at least he's kind of satisfied with my progress. Don't worry. I am on your side."
Jennifer seemed to be telling the truth. But she was only doing this for her own sake - she wanted Jacob to believe her so that he would see that she was really just looking out for them and being a good friend as opposed to secretly lusting after him.
And Jacob seemed to believe her. Meanwhile, Emily was skeptical. She knew what Jennifer was capable of and she was starting the feel uncomfortable. She clawed the sheet beneath her out of uneasiness.
Jennifer was doing a good job of lying.
Even Emily herself almost believed her.
"I want water," Emily said suddenly. She looked at Jacob, her face pale and weak.
Jacob stood up immediately. He reached for a new glass, washed it thoroughly, filled it with warm water and handed it to Emily.
Emily just took one sip before turning away and complaining, "It's freezing cold."
Jacob threw out the water and refilled it with lukewarm water this time, "Here," as he handed it to her. He would do anything for Emily as long as she asked.
This time, Emily didn't even drink the water. She just touched the glass with her lips, frowned, and said, "Now, it's too hot."
"Emily, you're just being childish now," Jacob teasingly said. He knew he was already spoiling Emily but he couldn't help it.
"I don't want water anymore." Emily knew Jacob was right though she just buried herself into her blanket and avoided Jacob's gaze.
"Okay, what do you want now? Emily, stop doing that. You're going to suffocate yourself," Jacob scolded, amused. Emily rarely showed this mercurial side of hers to Jacob.
"It's none of your business," Emily murmured from under the blanket.
"Then whose business is it?" Jacob laughed.
"Anyone but you," Emily was still in a mood.
Jennifer just stood aside watching Jacob spoil Emily. She had to hold herself back from interrupting them. She could feel the jealousy creeping up on her; her blood was boiling and her eyes dimming.
Emily had everything that Jennifer ever wanted— Jacob's unconditional love.
She always thought Jacob as that cold, distant, and detached person. But she was wrong, because apparently Jacob could love a woman so affectionately. He was tender and caring and he was willing to offer his whole heart.
It was just that he wasn't willing to give it to Jennifer.
'Why couldn't it be me? Why Emily?'
Jennifer thought to herself. Jealousy was eating her up whole and all she wanted to do now was take away everything Emily had.
"J, take care of Emily. And don't forget to invite me to your wedding!" Jennifer said, trying to sound casual, "I'll see you soon."
She left before she could do anything she might regret.
Jacob didn't even look at her. He just kept acting as if Jennifer wasn't even there.
Jennifer forced a fake smile, said goodbye again and left.
The room fell back to silence.
Jennifer's mentioning the wedding just reminded both Jacob and Emily of the proposal that Jacob had done and Emily had rejected. Jacob did it in public and he knew that Emily only changed her mind to make him look good in front of the press.
That was indeed awkward.
After a few moments of silence, Jacob finally asked her, "Are we good now?"
Emily didn't really ask him to do anything for her at all. But Jacob just got used to getting involved in everything related to Emily.
"I am tired," Emily said, lowering down her eyes, her long eyelashes casting shadows on her cheek.
"You think I'm not tired?"
Jacob said, but only to tease Emily. "I did that on purpose. The whole water thing. I'm sorry," Emily admitted in a low voice.
'Emily believed it. She thought I really was angry with her, ' Jacob realized that he went too far. "Do you still want to sleep?" he asked, changing the subject.
Emily shook her head. So Jacob help her sit on the bed and asked again, "What happened between you and Jennifer? I know you don't like her."
"I just don't want to see her," Emily replied.
"Then I won't let her near you," Jacob said conclusively without even asking why.
Emily just nodded.
If Emily were being honest, she just didn't have the energy for Jennifer right now because all she cared about at the moment was her baby.
"What did the doctor say... about... about the baby?" Emily finally asked. She had been battling with herself if she should bother to ask in the first place.
"Emily…" Jacob's face changed.
"Please, just tell me. I want to know, no matter what the result is," Emily just grew more anxious seeing the shift in Jacob's face.
Jacob placed both his hands on her shoulders and took a deep breath. "Emily, you can't have this child. All the methods didn't and won't work. It won't be good for both of you if you insist to keep this baby," he said slowly but firmly.
"But how? How…how could this happen? Is there really no other way?" Emily's heart ached.
"Emily, I just don't want you to get hurt."
"You're lying, right? You! You and the doctors. You're all liars! I can feel him. Do you understand that? I can feel the baby kicking inside me," Emily said, her voice full of emotion. "There must be some mistake…
Jacob... please... Can I take the test again?" She placed her hand over her slightly plump belly and looked at Jacob with her eyes welling up with tears.
"There, there; it's okay," Jacob wiped her tears, "We can have as many babies as you want in the future. Just listen to me now, okay? You have to listen to me."
"Liar," Emily snapped, "You've never forgiven me. You didn't want this child from the very beginning. That's why you don't want me to keep him. So just stop lying to me or coming up with excuses or trying to cover it up by saying you're just doing it for my best and all that because I know you're just lying."
"I didn't… I'm not..." Jacob tried to cut in.
"No one wants to raise a bastard, especially you, Jacob. I know you. I don't blame you, but why are you lying? You're free to marry whomever you want, just leave me and my baby alone!" Emily shouted.
Smack! Emily was slapped across the face but she was too shocked to feel anything. Jacob had hit her. How could he...______
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