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(Startled truth)

"Are you really... speaking in Wendy's favor?" Aron was dumbfounded, as he stared at Autumn in confusion as to what had brought on such a drastic change. "I don't understand you. Wendy was so mean to you when you were a child. Now she did such horrible thing, and yet you are trying to rescue her. Autumn, have you lost you mind?"

"Like it or not, she is my birth mother. I... just want to repay her debts," Autumn responded in a composed tone but could not manage to conceal the embarrassment which was peaking through her expressions.

Autumn looked at Aron in his eyes and said in an hushed tone, "Besides, she is just a suspect. She hasn't been found guilty yet. Please let me bail her out."

"Sorry, I simply cannot allow that. This is a matter of a life," Aron refused almost immediately. Before Aron could explain his decision, Jack walked up to him and said, "The warrant has been issued now.

We are going to search her house for evidence, will you..."

"Yes, I will," Aron interrupted before Jack could finish his sentence. It was clear Aron knew what he was about to say.

"Autumn, you must be sure that Wendy could not possibly be such a horrible person. How about you join us?" he suggested, as he turned towards Autumn seeking her answer.

Upon looking at Aron's confident expression, Autumn started to doubt what Wendy had said. After much hesitation, she stood up and replied, "Okay, sure I'll come with you."

On the way to Gu family house, Aron remained silent as he maintained a stern expression. Autumn was extremely nervous, and her heart felt like it was pounding outside of her body. Doubts began to seep into her mind as she started to question whether Wendy had told her the truth or not.

They parked the car in front of the gate. Jack rang the bell, but no one answered. Even after waiting for quite a while, no one opened the door.

Jack authoritatively broke into the house without thinking once, while Autumn and Aron followed him at a distance. They walked around but failed to find Yvonne.

All of a sudden, they were alerted by a sound coming from the back yard.

It almost sounded like someone was digging a pit. All the police officers including Jack rushed towards the source of the sound. They turned on their torches, and the light landed on Yvonne.

"It wasn't me. I wasn't me. Dad, please don't be mad at me. It was all mom's idea. I don't want to do this to you.

Please don't haunt me," Yvonne screamed as she trembled with fear, seeing the flashlight she instantly dropped the spade and held her head in her hands.

"Well, there is no need for any further investigation," Jack said in a confident tone. "Please escort her back to the police station," he requested his colleagues.

After staring at the panic-stricken Yvonne, Autumn realized that Aron's accusation on Wendy was not false. 'She did kill a man," she thought to herself in shock.

Autumn was dumbfounded as she watched Yvonne being taken away by the police. 'Why did Wendy do this?

Simon was good to Wendy, provided well for their family and did almost everything she ever asked of him. Then how could she do such a horrendous thing to him?' she wondered in disbelief.

As she stood there almost paralyzed, Aron and the police officers dragged Simon's corpse from the pit. Aron clenched his fists with his eyes brimming with tears as he looked down at Simon's lifeless body.

"Did you see it? This was what Wendy did to her husband, her partner and her soulmate. Autumn, someone who could even think of doing something so horrible does not deserve your compassion and I hope you can remember that," Aron turned to Autumn as he had broken down emotionally.

"I am so sorry," Autumn apologized, as she lowed her head in shame.

'I have been here, so I understand the pain of losing a family member. Even after being acquainted with this circumstance, I tried to speak good of Wendy. I must be insane,' she blamed herself bitterly.

"I was in denial. I hoped that by saying it was not true I could believe that she was not capable of such monstrosity. I... I'm really sorry for your loss and for putting my word for such a woman," she continued. 'I shouldn't have believed Wendy's words after all that she has done and said through the years. From now on, I will never meddle in matters where she was involved.' She had made up her mind.

"You don't need to apologize to me. Simon was not the only one... Wendy murdered," Aron revealed with disappointment. He played a sound recording. Autumn chocked up as she recognized Wendy's voice coming from the tape. Once she heard Wendy mentioning Bowen, she entirely broke down.

"Where... where did you find this?" she asked, as her face turned pale and her mind started churning. "Is everything said on it... true?"

"You ought to have recognized Wendy's voice," Aron said rather coldly. "Simon called me right before he died. Wendy had admitted all that she had done in the past. Do you know how terrified I felt as I heard all of this across the phone? I drove at a dangerous speed right from one end of the town to reach before it was too late.

But despite all my attempts, I was unable to make it in time. She is such a wretched woman. Autumn, are you still trying to protect Wendy... even after learning all about what she has done?"

Autumn felt dizzy as she fell unconsciously on the ground with a thud.

She couldn't bear to accept the fact that Wendy was the cause of Bowen's untimely death. She never once thought that the murderer who ruined her life was in fact her own mother all these years.

The moment she heard the truth, she collapsed. Her entire life seemed like a betrayal.

Aron drove Autumn to the hospital immediately, and then called up Charles.

At that time, Charles was busy in a meeting. Soon after he answered the phone and learned of what had happened, he demanded the meeting be suspended.

When he heard that Autumn was admitted in the hospital, Charles rushed out of meeting, leaving his potential cooperative partners behind.

Leila followed Charles almost instinctively and asked with confusion, "Mr. Lu, where are you going in such a hurry? The collaboratorS are waiting inside after they have come a long way to discuss business with you!"

"Please help me and handle the situation. Autumn has fallen sick suddenly, and I urgently need to head to the hospital," Charles requested Leila while waiting for the elevator. Soon he stormed inside the lift anxiously.

Leila gnashed her teeth, staring at Charles' back. 'Autumn, Autumn, it's always about her,' she thought with hate and disgust.

She too had learned about Autumn's real identity. 'She is a lucky woman. She first married Charles, and now she has been acknowledged to be a part of a rich and respected family. How could I possibly compete with that?

Now the most pressing thing is to appease those partners' discontent,' she thought. Upon returning to the conference room, she explained the situation to the dignitaries inside. At first some of them were disappointed with Charles' abrupt behavior. But soon their anger subsided at the thoughts that Charles had left them because of his wife's untimely sickness.

Most importantly, Leila provided a good service to them in an attempt to compensate for the sudden loss. She spent the entire night entertaining the partners. During this period, she drank with them, sang songs and by it all amused them. Although many partners tried to take advantages of her, she endured their cheap behaviors and maintained a warm smile for them.

Leila didn't return home to take some rest at daybreak until she took the last partner to his hotel.

Charles and the Zhao family were by Autumn's side the entire night. "Aren't you a doctor? What is wrong with Autumn? Why hasn't she waken up yet?"

Amy asked Arthur nervously, as she grabbed his hand for some assurance.

"Didn't I just tell you? She has just sustained an emotional blow. She will gain consciousness soon after she has received adequate rest," Arthur explained patiently. Arthur looked at Autumn with concern. 'Even though she is in a coma, her forehead is wrinkled with worry and anxiety.

What happened to her? What made her break down like this?' he wondered.

"Sustained a blow? What's going on?"

Amy murmured, as her eyes were filled with tears. "Did Autumn and you have a fight?" she turned to Charles with this natural doubt.

"No, I did not, grandma, " Charles replied in assurance. "Please don't think too much. We will know what is going on once Autumn wakes up."


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