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 Season 6

Episode 96

(Nothing in the world can save her)

Jacob finally let go of Emily after all pictures were burnt to ashes and the fire had died out. All that remained was a faint glow of embers.    

The well of Emily's tears had run dry but the silence of her cry was far worse than a tantrum or a scream. She gathered the ashes of whatever she could salvage.   

 Jacob watched her from a close distance, feeling extremely annoyed by her melodramatic display and said, "What's the point of collecting ashes? Look at your dirty hands!"    

"Who cares? I am already a dirty woman in your eyes,"  Emily murmured as she picked up all the ashes from the floor. 

   Jacob's eyes became dark with disappointment and he said, "You're right. Not many women could hide another man in their room and get away with it like you did."  

Emily cast a scornful glimpse at Jacob, masking her shock with anger. "I don't know what you are talking about."    

"Well, then I suggest you ask your lover how he felt after watching our show just now." Jacob grinned arrogantly.    

"You did that on purpose?" Emily's mouth was like a cave as she stood dumbfounded.    

Emily bit her lip tight as she finally understood why Jacob had been behaving like that just now.   

 'Jacob, is this your new-found way of humiliating me and dragging me to the mud in front of people?' she sighed in disappointment.    

Emily bit down so hard she left teeth marks on her lips. Jacob felt angrier because Emily tried to lie to him so he said, "So what if I did that on purpose? 

As long as you stay in this villa, you must follow each and every single one of my rules. You must do as I say!"  

Jacob was certain that Emily would never leave so he had her trapped in his webs.    

No matter what he did, or what he would do, Emily would never leave him.  

  If there was anything Jacob was certain of in his entire life it was this fact, even though he did not know why. Jacob felt as though Emily was just a stone in his hand. As long as he did not throw it away, the stone wasn't going to go anywhere.   

 "Fine. Got it,"  she said. Emily clenched the ashes in her hand and lowered her head to hide the sorrow in her eyes. "So may I go to sleep now, Mr. Jacob?"    

Jacob's eyes widened and he yelled at her, "Throw away those ashes and get your hands cleaned, now!"   

 Emily clenched her teeth and eventually threw the ashes into the trash bin.  

"Are you satisfied now, Mr. Jacob?"   

 "I am very satisfied. Now get out my sight,"  he said contemptuously. Jacob wore a sardonic smile on his face but his eyes were devoid of warmth.   

 'What's wrong with me? I don't feel happy when Emily disobeys me and I don't feel any different when she follows my orders either.'   

 Jacob was perplexed by his paradoxical feelings towards Emily.   

 It felt as though there was a voice at the back of his head telling him how deplorable his actions were.   

 Suffice it to say, Jacob was deeply troubled.  

  Emily felt exhausted. It had been a long dreadful night, even more so for her.    

Meanwhile, the clock was ticking away, and Emily hadn't managed to find a way to make Jacob fall in love with her. The dreaded final date was fast approaching.  

Emily felt as if she were a patient with terminal illness, growing closer to death, one day at a time.    

Nothing in the world could save her.    

She had to come to terms with the fact that there was nothing she could do but watch helplessly as their love withered away and vanished forever.   

 At this moment, Emily finally understood the full extent of Sean's cruelty.   

 In the following days, Emily kept mostly to her self and lived the life of a recluse. Gripped by a mixture of anticipation and dread, she marked the days on the calendar every day apart from spending time with Beryl.    

One day, Jacob decided to bring Emily to a private party.    

Emily put on a simple dress, classy and chic. She just let one of the make-up artists style her hair and do her make up. In the end, she looked like a completely different person.  

Awed at the beautiful woman in the mirror, Emily felt strange, thinking of how long it had been since the last time she made so much effort in dressing up.   

 Jacob walked into Emily's room through the door without so much as a knock. His jaw dropped to the floor with surprise, the moment Emily's beauty graced his eyes.    

Jacob could not deny the fact that Emily looked far more beautiful now than she did in the past few days.    

Like a pure water lily, there was a shyness to her and a hesitation in her body movements. However, the woman standing in front of Jacob now shared a closer resemblance to a bold and vibrant red rose.    

People said that beauty was in the eye of the beholder, but for Emily that was true of everyone she met.  

Emily's new make-over showed her understated beauty, forming a stark contrast to her usual fragile self.    

Jacob, all the while, did not dare to hold her too tightly because he didn't want to risk hurting the delicate doll, despite the fact that Emily looked much more healthier now.    

"You disgust me." Jacob passed a derogatory comment, deliberately, against his conscience to see how Emily would react.   

 To Jacob's surprise, Emily did not respond to his insult with anger. Instead, she apologized on her own, "I'm very sorry."  

  Jacob felt smothered by her display of weakness, as he struggled to squeeze out a few words from his mouth. He swallowed his words and took Emily out of the villa.  

Emily staggered on high heels, trying her best to follow Jacob without falling to the ground. Although, she looked healthy from the outside, she was actually still very weak on the inside. As a result, she began to gasp for air after a while. 

   "So useless!" Finally, Jacob slowed down to allow Emily to catch up.    

"Thanks." Emily expressed gratitude politely but her eyes were still devoid of light.   

 The more polite Emily was, the more she irritated Jacob. Displeased, he sneered jealously and kept his mouth shut.    

Before long, they were on their way, and neither of them spoke to each other inside the car.    

At the party, Emily recognized a familiar face at first glance. It was Jennifer. 

'What is she doing here?' Emily wondered.    

Meanwhile, Jennifer, who also noticed Emily, swayed her glass of wine and confidently strutted towards Emily with a sarcastic smile on her face.  

"Long time no see, Miss Emily? Or is it Miss Cloris? Which one should I call you now?" Jennifer looked at her with arrogance.   

 "Whichever you prefer,"  Emily said indifferently.    

Emily's lack of interest and nonchalant attitude were what Jennifer despised the most.    

"We really have not seen each other for a long time. I've heard rumours that the once independent and self-reliant Miss Cloris has been hiding in Mr. Jacob's villa now? I guess the Lu family must have shown you the door the moment they discovered your real identity, right?" 

Jennifer raised her head provocatively.    Emily, on the other hand, seemed undaunted by Jennifer's words. She treated Jennifer as though she was nothing. No one could really hurt Emily except Jacob now.  

"Fine, if you say so. I don't really care what you think about me." Emily spoked with a straight face.    

"You..." Jennifer stuttered angrily.    

"Shut up, Jennifer." Jacob's cold voice caught her attention.    

Fear came over Jennifer, as she felt paralyzed by the look of intimidation in Jacob's cold eyes. She wasn't quite finished with her words, but she decided to keep them bottled down.    

Jennifer did not want to quarrel with them in public so she sneered distastefully and turned around to walk away in her high heels.    

Emily's observant eyes caught sight of Jennifer's slightly rounded belly. 

'Jennifer, you are really pregnant, ' Emily wondered. Looking pensive, her eyebrows creased, but when she saw Jennifer wearing high heels, she assumed that Jennifer was not particularly fond of the baby she was carrying in her womb.  

'Anyway, it's none of my business, ' Emily dismissed her thoughts.    

Jacob had no valid reasons for bringing Emily to the party, but he decided against letting the thought linger in his mind.   

 Jacob seemed happy to walk hand in hand with Emily as he greeted the other guests in the party. He felt a deep sense of satisfaction when everyone praised Emily's beauty.    

But soon Jacob became annoyed as many people would stare at Emily, smiling at her indecently. 

   'How dare they stare at my Emily like that! Damn them all!'    

Jacob held back as long as he could, but his face quickly darkened and his eyes were cold as ice, which frightened the people around him.  

Everyone smiled at Jacob and treated him with extra caution. People found his temperamental disposition to be ticking time bomb that could go off any moment.  

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