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 Season 6

Episode 97

(Courtesy demands reciprocity)

Turning around, Jacob saw Emily's oblivious countenance. Annoyance flashed in his eyes, and he instructed her,"You go sit over there."   

 Tired of standing, she found a empty seat nearby and obliged him. Her eyes were vague and indifferent, as if the world around her held no interest to her at all.    

While Jacob was talking to the others, he glanced at her from time to time. But she didn't seem to notice that. Instead Emily only stared at the delicate dessert on her plate.   

 This woman didn't take him seriously.    Was the dessert so good looking?  

  Why was she so interested in that stupid dessert like she had never eaten or even seen it before?  

The CEO, who was talking with Jacob, noticed his distraction, and unconsciously followed his sight. He was shocked to behold the quiet beauty that held Jacob's attentions. Emily was clearly a woman of refinement.    

A second later, the CEO felt sharp eyes resting on him and he stiffened. A terrible cold feeling spread along his back and he smiled carefully before flattering Jacob.   

 "Mr. Jacob's girlfriend is so beautiful. I am wondering, when can we attend your wedding feast?"   

 "Wedding feast?" Upon hearing these two words, Jacob was momentarily startled. He puzzled for an instant over the strange feeling in his heart. It felt as if a tiny sparrow was jumping up and down in his chest.    

He unwittingly looked at Emily again. She had cast her eyes downward, in silent contemplation of some unknown topic. He didn't like not knowing her mind, because it left him greatly frustrated.  

"Never talk about our wedding feast. She is just an ordinary woman."   

 His statement drew a couple of surprised gasps, quickly stifled by the gathering who feared his wrath. There was no uproar, but many people suppressed their turbulent reactions to his poor choice of words.    

Didn't Mr. Jacob love Miss Cloris most? Now that didn't seem to be the case.    

Was his implied meaning that she was not qualified to marry him? That he only treated her as his mistress?   

 The single female celebrities present became quite excited. They felt that opportunity was looming.    

Jennifer stood on the other side, and she was also shocked by his words.    

As to how much he liked Emily, no one here knew better than her. She even considered briefly whether he had been substituted for a doppelganger.  

How could the real Jacob say these words?    

But Jeniffer also clearly understood that no one could pretend to be Jacob. Was he really tired of Emily? Had he changed his mind?    

Jennifer was not sure why, but she intended to adapt herself to circumstances. Secretly, she felt delighted in her heart.    

For now even Emily had suffered the experience of being publicly humiliated by him!    

Despite the harsh words Jacob had spoken, Emily sat alone, with a face as tranquil as the lotus blossom. It was as if she had not heard the conversation at all.    

Emily had heard worse before. What he had said was nothing serious.  

Compared with the injuries the man had previously inflicted on her, this verbal barrage was trivial.  

  Jacob stared at Emily's face, studying her every micro expression, yet her face remained as still as water.    

The CEO laughed embarrassedly and was about to say something to smooth things over, but a paunchy boss pushed him away.  

  Obviously, the boss was overly inebriated, for he showed little fear of Jacob. Unexpectedly, he fraternized with him and said,"Jacob, your little lover is really good looking. What about lending her to me? I have recruited a new batch of young models recently. We can exchange."   

 The words were barely spoken when there were several sharp gasps around them.    

Was this fat man crazy? How could he speak such words on such an occasion? Even worse, he was coveting Jacob's woman in front of him! He must be suicidal to play with such fire!  

Everyone looked at the boss with a mixture of disdain, sympathy and schadenfreude. They were curious about Jacob's response.   

 Unexpectedly, he did not get angry. Instead he revealed a gentle smile to the boss and said,"Do you really think she is good-looking?"   

 Of course "she" referred to Emily.    

The spectators to the little drama felt at once terrified at the chilling smile on his face.    

But the silly boss continued brazenly,"Yes! She is so beautiful. Rest assured. I will be very gentle with her."    "Okay. She'll belong to you tonight." 

Jacob smiled expansively, but the curve of his lips didn't reach the muscles around his eyes. There was a dark rage there, rolling about his black eyes, like race horses rearing before the gunshot. It didn't bode well for the reckless boss. 

 The people around them felt terrified, and they silently prayed for the boss as they inched away from the two, expecting violence.    

The boss did not detect danger but added,"Okay. I'll take her away after the party. Jacob, you are my true brother afterwards."    

With these words, he couldn't help but cast a wicked glance at Emily.    

Jacob was almost ready to gouge out his eyes on the spot.    

He controlled himself however, because of Emily's fragile mental state. He didn't want to frighten her, for fear of finally sending her over the edge and completely driving her crazy.    

He wouldn't let his treasured daughter have a crazy mother.  

All of these words fell on Emily's ears. She paid them little heed, but suffered for them none the less.  

  She tried to keep calm, but her quivering eyelashes and constricted pupils revealed her heartbreak.   

Everybody now knew she was merely a disposable plaything to Jacob, including Jennifer. Her love rival was elated at the prospect of him seemingly being back on the market.    

How ridiculous! How pathetic!    

Emily had believed that her numb heart was impervious to pain, yet now she was again experiencing agony.    

Jennifer's meaningful eyes dwelt on Emily, and her red hooked lips displayed her joy clearly.    

A few minutes later, Jennifer signaled her men, whispered instructions to them, and then her eyes smiled with a strange satisfaction.  

During the party, Emily got up and left for the bathroom.   

 Her face was lovely in the mirror, but her eyes were dull and vacantly staring back at her in the mirror. There wasn't any spirit left in them. Almost unable to recognize herself in the mirror Emily felt a surreal out-of-body sensation.    

Before long, the time she agreed with Sean would come. If she really gave herself to him, would she completely forget herself?    

She stared mutely at her reflection for a long while, then washed her hands and left the bathroom.    

As Emily stepped from the bathroom, a strange man obstructed the way ahead of her. Before she could even look at his face, a hand was clamped over her mouth. It was wet and smelled foul.  

  The pungent and unpleasant odor invaded her nasal cavities and lungs. 

Dizzy suddenly, her vision blurred as she faded from consciousness.  

She collapsed into the man's arms and she could vaguely hear him speak to someone else.   

 "Mr. Jacob is so generous. Has he really agreed to give this woman away as a gift for our boss? Fucking unbelievable!"    

"He's a man anyway. Our boss has also prepared many young models for him. One good turn deserves another. This is reciprocity."    

Mr. Jacob and the boss...  

Emily's heart sanh into fathomless depthss then. Within a second, her world turned completely dark and she knew no more pain then.

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