(He stole the heart of my love)
"Is that the reason why you're asking me to have all these examinations today?" Emily murmured and looked at Jacob in disbelief.
The look of shock in Emily's eyes with which she was staring at him made Jacob feel uneasy. He didn't mean to insult her by imply she was cheating on him behind his back. He just cared about her health and wanted her to finish the examination.
Unfortunately, things didn't go according to his plans and he ended up hurting Emily's feelings. What kind of a person did he think she was? A common whore? This time Jacob had gone too far.
Just from the look in Jacob's eyes, Emily could imagine how much he detested her. In truth, however, Emily could sense Jacob's growing feelings for her even he did lose his memory. However, his failure to communicate adequately made his expression of his love as resentment. As a result he always ended up overreacting to everything she said or did.
'Does he think I'm some kind of indecent woman? Why does he treat me with so much disrespect?' Emily wondered.
Having noticed Emily's disheartened face, Jacob came to the realization that he had blown things out of proportion. Just as he was about to make amends, he was interrupted before he could even open his mouth.
"Sure. I will take that medical test, since you don't believe me," Emily said slowly, as if she had squeezed the words from her teeth.
Jacob's heart ached to see her so dismayed by his words. He immediately regretted his words, born out of his childish impulsion.
He was on the verge of conceding defeat to Emily as he felt overwhelmed by his urge to hold her tightly in his arms and beg for her forgiveness, but he controlled his emotions.
Jacob knew it was not about trust. Emily said she didn't have much time left. What could she mean? Whether she was really ill or not could only be proven by the test result. The paranoia had bested him and he was desperate for the truth. Sadly, the only thing that could set his heart at ease was the result of the medical test.
His mind would remain restless and he would lose sleep over it if he didn't uncover the truth. This lack of clarity could only stir up more doubts, fears and even anger in the future.
Jacob hated all these negative emotions and he didn't allow any of them to occupy his heart any more.
Emily left the room to get the medical test, swamped with negative emotion. One by one she went through all the procedures like a mindless robot, complying with the doctor's orders.
After all the medical tests, Emily and Jacob waited outside for the result. They sat on the bench as far as possible from each other, like two strangers.
When the results came in, they found that Emily had no abnormalities apart from the fact that she was prone to anemia and anxiety disorder. The doctor suggested that Emily should have more rest and avoid stressful events as much as possible.
"Have you been suffering from anxiety lately? Why?" Jacob looked puzzled.
"What do you care? You don't expect me to believe that you are concerned about me, do you?" Emily glared at him with black, emotionless eyes.
Jacob felt offended by Emily's indifference as he leaned in closer and forced her to face him. "I am ordering you to answer me!" He looked like he wasn't going to take no for an answer.
Emily looked up at him and asked, "Well, can you fall in love with me again in one month?"
"What? Are you out of your mind?" Jacob sneered, "Emily, wake up from your daydream."
"Yes, perhaps I'm just dreaming. Just forget what I've said," Emily said under her breath.
Jacob suddenly pulled her close and pressed his lips to hers. He forced his tongue a little further into her mouth until the tip of his tongue touched hers. Emily closed her eyes and didn't protest.
"There's no need to be anxious. It's only going to make it harder for you." Jacob gasped for air in between kisses.
"Maybe," Emily said breathlessly as she closed her eyes, "but I don't care."
He kissed her with increasing pressure, as though he hadn't kissed her in a long time. It felt like he was tasting, feeling and seeing every colour of the rainbow in their own sensual way.
Emily couldn't tell how long it had been before they pulled apart from each other.
After a few seconds, one of Jacob's men came over to him and whispered into his ear, "Mr. Jacob. We've received a call from the hospital. It's about..."
Jacob already knew that it must have been about Jack even before the man finished talking. "You know how to deal with it, don't you?" Jacob said slowly, directing a meaningful look at him.
Like music to Jacob's ears, the man answered obediently, "Yes, Mr. Jacob. I will handle it properly."
He was stopped by Jacob as he turned around. "Wait a minute! I've changed my mind. Give me the phone. I would like to know what that bastard has to say," Jacob said coldly.
"Yes, Mr. Jacob," the man replied quickly and then handed the phone to Jacob.
Jacob picked up the phone and called Jack back. Emily didn't realize that Jacob was calling Jack until she recognized the phone number displayed on the the screen. She had no idea why Jacob was calling Jack.
"Here you go. I am quite curious to hear what he has to say to you," Jacob sneered as he put the phone in Emily's hand.
The line was connected within a few seconds.
The sound of Jack's voice soon came out of the phone. "Emily? Are you listening to me? Hello? I know you are listening. I can hear your breath. I just want to say a few words and I know Jacob must be listening to this conversation, but it doesn't matter."
Jacob was in fact sitting next to Emily with his ears open. He clenched his fists to restrain his anger when Jack spoke to Emily.
Did Jack want to prove him wrong and challenge his patience on purpose?
'What an arrogant person! Jack, don't bite off more than you can chew, otherwise you will come to regret it. You can't win this fight against me, ' Jacob thought to himself.
Jack was in no way capable of going up against Jacob.
Jacob, on the other hand, grew sicker of Jack each day. He was the thorn in Jacob's side, responsible for incurring numerous distressful situations to him. And he was at it again!
Jacob patiently sat there in silence, controlling his anger. He watched Emily closely, focusing on even the slightest change in her facial expression.
There was a surprised look on Emily's face at first and then she looked a little annoyed after hearing Jack's voice. Judging by Emily's face, Jacob guessed that Emily shared the same sense of resentment towards Jack, which made him happy.
Without receiving any response from the other side of the phone, Jack continued, "Emily, I know that I am just a useless piece of shit in your eyes and I don't have the right to ask for your love. I have made many mistakes and I'm brought you nothing but pain. I screwed everything up! I am sorry for that. If I had realized my love for you earlier, maybe we would have never ended up like this.
I was too young to know how to cherish the love between us. If we hadn't broken up, Jacob would have never had the chance to step into your life when you were vulnerable. He stole the heart of my love. That petty thief!" Jack poured out all his resentment.
Emily was fed up with Jack's spouting and was about to cut him shot when Jacob snatched the phone from her hand. "Jack, shut up! What the the fuck are you talking about?" Jacob yelled to the phone.
Jack ignored Jacob and kept on talking on the other side of the phone. "Emily? Where are you? I know you are listening.
I want you to know that falling in love with you and getting to know you was the best thing that had happened to me in my entire life. Did you love me, even just a little? I..." Jack said and choked with sobs.
"Bang!" With one fell swoop Jacob threw the phone to the ground and smashed it under his shoe, as Jack's voice faded soon after.
Emily got a frightened by the loud noise and hid behind Jacob instinctively. She clung to Jacob's clothes firmly and looked at the smashed phone in astonishment. Jacob's shoulders rose and fell with heavy breaths. After a few seconds, he turned around to her. To Emily's surprise, instead of the receiving his comfort, all she got was a cold shoulder. Jacob shook her by the shoulder violently and shouted, "Are you happy now? Hearing your old lover expressing his endless love to you, are you touched? I think you must be eager to go to back to his side. Answer me!"
Emily looked into his eyes silently while he was speaking. She had mixed feelings, ranging from astonishment, frustration and then returning to calm again. She said nothing but shook his hands off from her shoulder.
Without any response from Emily, Jacob got even more furious. He grabbed her hand compulsively and continued to questioned her, "Tell me! Am I right? But listen to me carefully! I will never allow you to go away with that useless piece of shit! Oh and by the way, will he be able to satisfy you in bed if I let you go, now that he is a cripple?
You are such a shameless whore! How dare you have someone else in your heart when you have a family and child with me! You're never going to get away with this! Even if I am fed up with you, I won't allow you to betray me!"
There was a striking contrast between his irritation and Emily's calmness.
"You are hurting me, Jacob. Please let go of my hand!" Emily said as she struggled to get rid of Jacob's hand.
After seeing the red welts his grip had left on Emily's hand, Jacob realized that he was too being hard on Emily and he quickly let her go.
"Aha! You're finally speaking!" Jacob sneered. "You are a jealous man-child!
Your unjustified anger to me is purely out of envy," Emily said slowly as she was rubbing her sore hand, "Jacob, you should know better than anyone that I haven't been talking to Jack. You're the one who decided to call Jack back.
You're the one throwing tantrums over him. And you're the one smashed the phone!"