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 Season 7

Episode 42

(Meeting again)

"All right." Emily was convinced by Sean's words. In Emily opinion, Sean was her brother. There was no need for him to deceive her at all. She thought that all his actions originated from a desire for her own good.    

Meanwhile Sean's eyes, unnoticed by her, shone with cunning.  

  Jacob was seriously injured, almost dying. Just when he had thought that he was about to die, a man had suddenly appeared and saved him.    

The man was Vedder.    

"Mr. Jacob, how come you cut such a sorry figure? You look so miserable." 

Vedder couldn't bear to look straight at Jacob. His substantial injuries made for a gory picture and Vedder was quite squeamish. Looking away he said, "So you couldn't beat Sean either?"  

Jacob did not even have the strength to speak. His face was ghastly pale from blood loss. It had taken all his strength to escape and elude Sean's men.  

  It wasn't that he couldn't beat Sean. On the contrary, Jacob couldn't do anything with Sean now because he had some queries which had needed answering, hence the elaborate plot to find answers from Sean.    

Now he had finally confirmed the identity of the girl. Jacob did not regret his dangerous actions. He would never have let himself die easily. He needed to see Emily! His Emily!    

"You must stay alive. The rewards you promised me have not yet been paid to me." Vedder looked sad, touched by Jacob's commitment. Before Sean's underlings had come searching for Jacob, he had quickly secreted him away in his car. "Mr. Jacob, hold on! You'll be fine."   

 He thought, 'If Jacob really dies here, his supporters in Z Country will not spare me. And if I offend Sean, then I will be in trouble here.  

Now it is truly a tricky and dangerous task to save Jacob's life first.'    

Sean searched almost the whole city, but couldn't find any sign of Jacob. He seemed to have vanished without a trace.    

Although Sean suspected the cunning Vedder, unfortunately he couldn't find any proof or incriminating evidence against him.   

 Worrying in his black heart Sean thought, 'Where on earth did you go, Jacob?   

 Are you dead?    

You were so badly injured that you should have died already if no one has aided you.' But he could not rest assured for Jacob's body had not been found.  

  Emily's health suffered recently, probably because of the polluted air of the city. Sean set time aside to care for her, fearing that she would take ill and jeopardize her new body.  

After all, he had given her so many drugs that her body systems were already fragile. Although none of the drugs seemed to have any side effects, he still could not help worrying. One day there might be a bodily reckoning. He could not stand it if she came to harm.    

Previously, they had lived in a huge villa almost as grand as a castle deep in the forest and were closer to nature. The air quality was naturally the best there.    

After much consideration, Sean returned to the castle with Emily. He bought all the land surrounding the castle, in a disguised attempt to drive Vedder away and to create a safety bubble to isolate Emily in.    

He always had a hunch that Vedder would one day intrude upon their presently peaceful life.    

Fortunately, Vedder cooperated quite well this time. After accepting the payoff from Sean, he flew out of the country immediately and stopped being their annoying neighbor.  

Sean was quite satisfied with Vedder's departure. He felt relieved to have Emily live in the castle, because it was his property and had maximum security. 

Then he left to continue the search for Jacob.   

 Emily lived in the castle and began to recover. She became really bored, and didn't know what to do, especially when Sean was away.    

At the maid's suggestion, she took a walk outside the castle to relax.    

Spring was coming. The sun was shining; the flowers and trees were flourishing, and there was thriving life all around her as Emily strolled in the castle's park-like gardens.    

She was in a good mood as she chatted with the maid next to her. Suddenly, she heard a strange noise, much like the sound of an animal scurrying through the grass.  

Her first reaction was to think that there was a rabbit. She made a gesture to silence the crowd of servants and bodyguards that followed her. Then she slowly and gently approached the source of the sound. Curiosity fully captivated her attentions.    

The bodyguards did not stop her. They had hired hunters to remove any predators which might attack her from the grounds. Only smaller animals were left to entertain Emily and relieve her boredom. There was no danger.    

Besides, no big animals could hide in the low grass. It could only be a small deer or perhaps rabbits.   

 Fearing that the other people would frighten away the small animal in the grass, she waved and asked them to step further away. She went up to catch what she thought was a rabbit.  

The bodyguards stopped a suitable distance away from her, confident that there was no danger. They were always on guard against accidents though.   

 Emily didn't even lift her skirt or care about spoiling her pristine dress as she went into the thick grass. Suddenly, she smelled something strange.   

 The smell of blood was strong, and left a feint metallic taste on her tongue.    

'Was it a small animal that was injured?'   
 At the thought of this, she could not help but pull away the grass.    

However, there were no small animals wounded in the grass. Instead, there lay a man who had been seriously injured. 

   "Oh, my God!" she exclaimed, and subconsciously stepped back.    

The bodyguards rushed up to protect her. When they saw Jacob in the grass, they were confused, 'How could there be a man here? And why had he suffered such serious injuries?' they thought.  

"Get out of the way. I know him,"  Emily suddenly said. Then she pushed aside the bodyguard in front of her, and her eyes fell on Jacob's bloody face. A sense of familiarity sprang up in her heart.    

'This man seems to be the strange waiter who provoked me and Sean at the banquet the other day...    

But what is he doing here?' she thought in puzzlement.    

"Save him immediately." she ordered. There was something familiar about the man, as if she had seen him somewhere other than the banquet before.  

  The bodyguards hesitated to step away. Angry at not being obeyed, Emily spoke coldly, "Whose bodyguards are you? And whose orders do you follow? Didn't you hear what I said?"    

"Yes. Of course we listen to you,"  they chorused. They quickly picked Jacob up and carried him off to have his injuries treated.  

Following the unconscious man, she suddenly remembered something as inspiration flashed.    

"Oh, I see..." she suddenly exclaimed.    The maid next to her asked curiously, "What's wrong, Miss Cloris?"   

 "I..." Emily almost blurted out. 

Fortunately, she minced her words in time and said, "I won't tell you."   

 The maid laughed and said, "Miss Cloris, you are so naughty."    

Emily hummed, ignoring the maid's words.    

She finally knew why she thought the man was familiar to her. She thought, 'We had seen him after the banquet. The man came to my house later. He's the man in the silver mask!  

I see! No wonder I thought he was so familiar! But why did he apply to be my bodyguard? Later he had left because his wife had a baby...'  

Thinking of him with a family, somehow left her feeling suffocated and uncomfortable.    

She felt as if she had been betrayed. This sensation made no sense though. 

Staring at his bruised and bloodied face she pondered this strange turn of events.   

 'I don't know this man. How can I feel so strange?' she wondered.  

  'I must figure out what this is all about! 

   Now the urgent matter is to cure his injuries.    

He has suffered so seriously. Can he even be saved?' Emily couldn't help worrying about his condition.  

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