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(Who can force him)

Emily cared less about every other thing now. Nothing else mattered to her except for Jacob. Her mind was filled with worry for him. She shouted his name repeatedly, hoping to get his response.

"Jacob! Jacob! Where are you? Please answer me! Jacob!" She shrieked and wildly looked around.

As much as she strained her ear to hear a response, she did not get any. She anxiously waited, but all that bounced back to her was an echo of her own voice.

This made no sense! Where was Jacob? Why wasn't he answering her call?

What was going on? Where was he? Fear slowly crept through as the realization that Sean must have fooled her hit her.

The thought that Jacob may be in danger made Emily agitated. She frantically searched every corner of the room, hoping to find Jacob.

Amidst her ruckus, she distinctly heard the sound of footsteps behind her. Someone was approaching her.

With a sigh of relief, Emily quickly turned around hoping to finally see Jacob. Before she could see his face, the man suddenly hugged her tightly. A strong whiff of alcohol enveloped Emily together with the man's arms. With a scrunched nose, she was positive this man was not her Jacob.

"You are not Jacob. Who are you?" Emily felt bothered.

She struggled to break free, but the man's grasp on her firmly held. He pressed Emily closer the more she fought him. Emily was alarmed by how tight this man was holding on to her.

"Of course, I'm not Jacob," the man murmured. Emily felt his breath on the top of her head. "How could I be him? I am your brother," he added.

Emily grunted out her frustration and squirmed to get away. She faced him and pointed her finger. "You're not drunk?" Emily asked, annoyed.

Sean focused his look on Emily. His eyes were in and out of focus, "No! I am definitely not drunk. I only had a few drinks and those are not enough to get me drunk. I wanted to see you and find out what you're doing here. So what are you looking for?" Sean swayed as he slurred his words out.

Exasperated, Emily threw her hands up and did not even bother to explain. She knew that would be useless given Sean's situation. She fixed her steady gaze at him and coldly asked, "Where is Jacob? Where did you hide him? And what did you do to him?"

"Well, he left. He left on his own." Sean answered slowly and nonchalantly. "I did nothing to harm him. I just did as you asked and helped him bring back his old memories. I did what you asked me to do."

"I don't believe you! Jacob would never leave without telling me. Whether he has already regained his memory or not, he will not do that to me," Emily shouted in disbelief.

"Oh my silly girl! Do you really think I would hide him? Why don't you trust me?" Sean said.

He loosened his grip on Emily and shrugged. "Whatever. I know you don't believe me. Okay, then. Go ahead and look for him. I won't stop you."

"Look for him?? You can stop pretending now. I know you're hiding him. I will never forgive you if something bad happens to him. Do you hear me? Never!" Emily warned.

"Emily, do you realize how cruel you are to me? I knew you would say that, but it makes me sad to actually hear it from you. How could you?" Sean said bitterly.

Emily bit her lips and gazed at Sean silently. She could tell from Sean's expression that he didn't care about her warning at all. She decided to change her way of talking as it was no use to force him to tell the truth. "Sean, please. I beg you to release him and send him back to me. You promised me before that you would treat him nice for my sake. Please, don't hurt him!" Emily implored.

Sean reached out and stroked her cheek gently. With eyes full of tenderness, he replied, "And I did, I kept my word. I didn't do anything to Jacob. I have helped him regain his memory. Why don't you believe me, Emily?"

"So where is he? Why can't I find him?" Emily murmured as she turned her face away to avoid his hand.

"He left," Sean said and took back his hand.

"Left? What do you mean he left? Where did he go?" Emily exclaimed.

"He returned to Z country," Sean replied slowly. He turned away from her.

"You've got to be kidding me! I don't believe you!" Emily kept shaking her head.

She did not believe that Jacob left her. She knew Jacob would not do that. He would never just leave her and their daughter behind to go back to Z country.
Jacob wouldn't do such thing. He would never do that to her.

"I'm not what you think I am. You think so badly of me," Sean coughed and took his phone from his pocket. "But luckily, I kept the the evidence for myself. Here is the video of Jacob. It can prove I am innocent."

Emily locked her eyes on the phone screen. She saw Jacob's face, cold and calm as usual.

"I have regained my memory. Thank you, Mr. Lu, for your treatment. But I am ready to leave and go back to Z country," Jacob said calmly in the video.

Then the video was over.

Emily couldn't believe what she saw. She was quite sure it was Jacob, she knew that face. It was also his voice, she was positive. But his words, why would he say those things? Why would he choose to leave?

Try as she might, she could not figure out what happened to Jacob. What was he thinking? Why would he leave her alone?

"I don't believe it! It must be you. You must have arranged all this!" Emily cried. Sean knew she did not believe him. He also did not know how to make her believe. He curled his lips and said, "What can I do to make you believe it? I swear what I said is completely true. You just don't want to accept the truth."

Emily forced herself to calm down. After taking a long breath, she asked, "Then tell me, when did he leave?"

"A few days ago," Sean answered. "Why didn't you tell me then?" Emily questioned.

"Because he didn't want you to know," Sean hesitated.

"Sean!" Emily was on the verge of breaking down, "Why won't you tell me the truth? Why are you lying to me? I don't believe every word you're saying. You are a liar!"

Sean sighed. He looked at Emily patiently, "I'm not lying to you, Emily. You have seen the video. You know Jacob well. Do you really think he will be forced to do that and say all those things? I didn't force him at all. No one can force him. He did it of his own accord," he explained.

It was true. No one could force Jacob, not if it was against his own will.

Emily's mind was a total blank. She could not figure out why Jacob did that to her. Jacob loved her; she knew he did. He would never do this to her. What happened to him?

Sean knew what was going on in Emily's mind. He asked warmly, "Do you want to know why Jacob did that?"

"Why? Tell me," Emily sobbed.

"Because I had a deal with him," Sean cleared his throat.

"What deal?" Emily asked.

"A deal about you and Beryl. But I won't tell you the details. All you should know is that he returned you and Beryl to me and left to Z country alone," Sean said firmly.

"Nonsense! What are you talking about?" Emily shouted at Sean with eyes wide open, "Sean, don't you know how ridiculous you are? You have to be kidding! I can't believe you! It's impossible!"

Sean patted Emily's shoulder and said, "Whatever, I have already told you the truth. Whether you believe me or not, it's up to you."

Emily shook off his hand angrily and was about to walk out of the room.

But Sean stopped her immediately, and said with concern, "It's too late now. Where will you go?"

"I am going to find him. I will ask him myself! Stop pretending to be a good person. I want to hear the truth from Jacob," Emily said as she struggled to get away from Sean.

"I won't allow you to go," Sean raised his voice.

"You have no right to interfere with my life. It's none of your business!" Emily said angrily, "Aha! I know it. You're afraid! You're afraid your lies would be exposed once I find Jacob!"

"I have no reason to be afraid." Sean replied as he hugged Emily firmly in his arms. The delight and content clearly shown on his face. "What I am really afraid is that you will feel desperate when you see him. I don't want you to feel sad. Believe me. The truth will let you down," he added.

"Leave me alone, Sean! Let me go! You're the one who made this happen. This is all because of you! You're a monster!

Why are you doing this to us?" Emily cried. She was eager to see Jacob and figure out what had happened to him.

Everything would be fine if she didn't bring Jacob to D country. Emily bitterly regretted it. All these bad experiences wouldn't have happened to Jacob if he didn't come here. And now she even lost him!


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