(Don't jump on me)
When Emily heard this sound, her brain "buzzed" for a moment, as if it had been crushed. It took several seconds for her to recover enough to react. Then she raised her head.
The man looked down at her. His tall body was outlined against the light from the passage behind him. He trapped her with his penetrating stare, and like a bird in a small cage, she could not escape.
"Are you an idiot?"
He wanted to say something to completely break her. He desired to give her a thorough tongue-lashing. However, as he looked into her glittering eyes and saw her tear-stained cheeks, he felt the violent urge vanish. He was suddenly unable to speak harshly to her.
She looked at him in surprise. "You were not inside?" She realized that he had come from the passageway and not the study.
He was struck by her fragility in that moment, and he felt that she was like a lost puppy, and equally cute. Unable to restrain himself he bent down and held her, his hand gently stroking her hair.
'This must be another one of her tricks. I should not be fooled again, ' he thought.
"Why should I be inside?"
Still confused, she shook her head to try and clear her thoughts. She suddenly stood up and asked, "Then who is the man inside..."
It was all happening so fast. Although her mind had recovered from the initial shock, her body had apparently not kept up with it and was still weak.
Jumping to her feet proved too much, and unsteady, she started falling to the ground. The world was spinning around her.
Without thinking, Jacob reached out and caught her, cradling her in his arms. It seemed to be an infallible instinct of his to keep her from harm.
Her face resting against his solid chest, she heard his heart thumping. Her ear was filled with the powerful sound, "doef-doef".
Every time his heart beat, it seemed to resonate with her own.
She felt extremely comfortable and safe when she nestled against his chest. Good, very good.
He had not been inside the study with Bonnie.
Their love had not been betrayed.
Jacob held Emily's soft body, not willing to let her go. As he looked down at her, his memories suddenly launched an attack again. Bitterly, he forced himself to push her away from him.
"Stand up. Don't jump on me."
"No way." She clung to him, holding on tightly. Her tone was teasing, and even a little flirtatious. "I shall never let you go."
At this moment, she was like a lazy child, greedy for his warmth.
Jacob was utterly confused by his feelings. He ached for her, but his heart also shuddered away from her. There was nothing he could do to stop it.
In fact, he hadn't wanted to embrace her. She had embraced him first.
He tried again to push her off, but failed. She was like a sticky candy, sweet and impossible to get rid of. 'Fine, ' he decided. 'next time, I shall not give her such a chance again.'
His mind made up, he continued acting aloof and reluctant to her touch, but he did not push her away.
On the other side of the door, Bonnie continued moaning loudly while reorganizing the desk drawers.
"Ah... Um..." She sat on the desk, screaming herself hoarse, hoping that Emily would have heard her. 'Had she left or not?'
Heading to the study, she had noticed that Emily was following her. Since Jacob was not there, she used the opportunity to further torture her by deliberately making such passionate sounds.
Bonnie did not know why Jacob had asked her to come here or why he was not here.
Considering what to do next, she heard a knock at the door.
She was delighted and believed that it might be Jacob, coming for a tryst with her. On reflection though, she realized that if it was him, he would not knock, but enter his study unannounced.
So it must be Emily who stood outside of the door.
She didn't want to open the door at first, but since the sound of the knocking was becoming louder and louder, she had to comply.
Afraid that when he came here later Jacob would meet Emily, Bonnie unlocked the door. She did not want to give them a chance together then.
Quickly messing up her clothes and hair, she created an ambiguous illusion.
"Who dares to disturb me and Mr. Jacob..."
But when she opened the door and saw who it was that had been knocking so insistently, she was utterly shocked, and couldn't utter any word.
Jacob regarded her skimpy dress and disheveled state as if looking at a bug infestation, "Apart from me, do you see another Mr. Jacob here?"
Her jaw opened and closed several times like a fish desperate for air, then she finally responded, "I... am not... Mr. Jacob, please listen to my explanation!"
"Explanation for what? For your masturbation in my study?"
"No, I did not..... Mr. Jacob, it's you who asked me to come to the study!"
He did not deny her words, and his indifferent look made Emily uncomfortable. She wanted an explanation from him, but did not know how to ask him for one.
"So what?" He was keenly aware of Emily's gaze being on him, but he pretended not to see it. He snapped his fingers sharply instead.
Suddenly several black-suited bodyguards emerged in the corridor and rushed directly into the study. They caught Bonnie and pressed her down on the floor.
"Mr. Jacob! Mr. Jacob, why are you doing this to me? What on earth is wrong with you?"
"What's wrong with me? Do I really need to tell you?" Jacob strode into the study and began rummaging through the drawers and cabinets. Even if it had been reorganized, traces of a foreign presence could still be found. Always meticulous, he had a specific way in which documents were stored, and it was clear that someone had messed with his system.
When Bonnie saw his actions, she panicked immediately. "Sir, in fact, I am here to help you!"
"Help me?" Finding what he was looking for, he turned and sneered at her coldly.
She swallowed nervously, knowing that the cat was now indeed out of the bag.
Calming down she said, "Yes, I am here to help you. Mr. Gu asked me to take the secret file, but I did not give it to him. I returned it! Because I like you, I didn't want to betray you."
"Is that so?" He laughed, as if sharing a great joke. "You are so stupid."
"Jacob, I really do like you! I'm willing to betray Mr. Gu, for you!" Moved by her own plea, she continued begging, "I just want to stay by your side. I don't need you to marry me. I just want to look at you from a distance, even if there is only one look..."
However, he wasn't in the mood for her theatrics and nodded his head curtly at the bodyguards. "Take her out of my sight. Interrogate her further. Find out if there is anyone else involved, or if anyone else is working with her. I would never allow someone to live with me, while they were betraying me by helping someone else."
"Yes, sir." The bodyguards responded respectfully.
"Don't touch me! Let me go!" When Bonnie realized the cruelty in his words, she struggled desperately and shouted, "Mr. Jacob, don't you like me even a little bit? I sacrificed so much for you..."
He was running out of patience and said, "You are too noisy."
Anticipating his instruction, one of the bodyguards immediately stopped her from talking by clamping his hand over her mouth tightly. Silence again ruled the world.
Still standing outside the study, Emily looked at Jacob quietly before asking, "So did you allow Bonnie to come and go from your office regularly, or was that just for the matter at hand?"