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Season 8

Episode 11

(His mental condition is getting more worst)

Jacob met with Emily's quick glance and exchanged information quietly. In that split second, her eyes formed a picture which Jacob saw in an instant and understood with full depth. That was how well they knew each other.

There was no need for more evidence to back up the fact that Ancho was a drama queen, but she was also someone who had earned Beryl's trust. Taking Beryl's feelings into consideration, her parents decided it wouldn't be in their daughter's best interest to fire the nanny in front of her.

Feigning ignorance, Emily turned to Ancho and said, "Thank you so much for taking care of Beryl while I wasn't here.

We really appreciate what you've done for our daughter, so please continue caring for her in the future as well.

Jacob, I think it's time to give Ancho a raise, right?"

Jacob concurred affably, puckering his lips in thought and said, "Yes, you are right."

Ancho found it strange that Emily was treating her so well despite the dubious act she pulled on her earlier, but she did not refuse her generosity. "Thank you very much, sir... And ma'am."

Beryl, all the while, didn't know what was going on but watching her parents treat Ancho with so much kindness made her happy.

So far it would seem as though things were off to a good start today.

However, back at the house, Beryl still harboured a sense of puzzlement and incredulity, as she sat propped up in bed, lost in deep contemplation.

'Could that young lady really be my mother?

The striking resemble is hard to shake off, even her voice sounds exactly like my mother's and she seems to know a great deal about me... I wonder if everything she said to me was true?' Beryl thought in mind.

When Ancho caught Beryl in a pensive mood, she understood the wavering mind and skepticism of the little girl.

She quickly shut the door behind her and rushed towards Beryl. Kneeling down on her knees to look at Beryl in the eye, she said, "Miss Beryl, please listen to me."

"Ancho..." Beryl's puzzled expression quickly turned into concern.

Ancho urged her gently, "Tell me what she has told you today so that I can help you, okay?" Of course, by 'she', Ancho was referring to Emily.

Beryl was hesitant at first, but eventually she told Ancho about everything that had happened today hoping to hear her thoughts that could perhaps shed light on her doubts.

"Ancho, do you believe that she is my mother? I know it doesn't make sense but I can feel a sense of familiarity when I am around her," Beryl spoke in a low voice.

"Of course not!" Ancho cut her short, crying out suddenly without hesitation which exposed her agitation towards Emily.

'Beryl is the only one in this house who trusts me. If I lose her support, I will lose the game, without a doubt! That wicked wench has already seduced Mr. Jacob and trapped him in her web, so he was no longer going to be capable of making sensible decisions.

But some day, Mr. Jacob will finally come to see just how much I love him!' Ancho's resolve strengthened.

"Ancho, why are you getting so worked up about this?" Beryl found Ancho's overzealous reaction a bit unnecessary.

"I... I am just worried about you. I'm afraid that you're going to end up getting hurt," Ancho tactfully formed an excuse.
"Getting hurt?" Beryl felt even more puzzled and she sat there thinking, eyes focused on nothing in particular.

'By who? That woman? How could that woman hurt me? She doesn't seem to be that bad... Despite all the signs, I find myself wanting to believe her words. Is it because I miss my mommy a lot?' The thought filled her with more concern.

"Beryl, do not believe anything that woman says! She is lying to you! Can't you see that she is just brainwashing you into believing that she is your mother?

You know what? Step mothers are the worst kind of people in the world! On the surface, she will pretend to treat you kindly just so she can gain your father's trust but when your father's not around she will reveal her true face to you, you'll see!" Ancho was determined to keep Beryl on her side.

"But she doesn't seem like the kind of person who would do that..." Beryl spoke in a low voice.

"It's easy to see people's faces, but not their hearts! You will come to see what I mean in the future when she finally shows her real face, but for your sake, I hope it doesn't come to that." Ancho fed Beryl's ears with more lies and made up stories about evil step-mothers to spook her.

In the end, Beryl was almost on the verge of tears as she clenched Ancho's hand tight as if she were her only hope.

"Ancho, what should I do now?"

"Don't be afraid. I'm here with you, Beryl." Ancho gave her a hug and continued, "Now, the first thing we need to do is to expose her fake identity! She told you that she was your mother, right? Then let's expose her lies now!"

Whether it was Ancho's own agenda or her actual lack of trust in Emily, she wasn't willing to accept that Emily was Beryl's mother. However, the only way she could succeed in her plans was to have Beryl on her side.

Therefore, Ancho gave Beryl an idea...

The next day, Rita and David came to visit the Gus with their son, Dylan.

"Jacob, why didn't tell me that you guys were already back? We have been planning to throw you a dinner party to celebrate your return. I hear that you've also brought someone with you, is that true? We were hoping you'd introduce her to us."

Rita wasn't one for small talk, so as soon as she stepped into Jacob's villa she brought up the mysterious girl Jacob had brought back with him, even though David constantly reminded her to take it easy.

"I'm sorry Rita. We just got back and we didn't get the chance to tell you yet."

Jacob had a warm smile on his face, far from his usual gloomy mien. He looked like he had been born again.

Suffice it to say, both Rita and David were surprised to see this version of Jacob.

Jacob, however, downplayed the significance of his change and continued, "Please, come and have a seat. Emily is still resting so I'll check if she's awake later."

"So, she is also called Emily?" Rita asked in disbelief.

"She is Emily," Jacob answered, as if it was meant to be obvious.

Rita cast a short glimpse at David. "I thought he was doing better, but now it seems that his mental condition is getting much worse," she said under her breath.

"Poor Jacob's been through a lot in recent years," David sighed.

Having been friends with Jacob for a long time, David and Rita knew about all the hardships Jacob had suffered through over the years. Unfortunately, they couldn't do much to help Jacob's aching heart apart from watching from the sidelines as his condition slowly got worse.

One could only seek his salve where he got his sore.

Although Jacob was still alive and breathing, a significant part of his heart died with Emily...

In truth, Rita and David wouldn't have known about Jacob's return as he made sure to keep things on the down low. It was Beryl who had secretly told them about her father's return and filled them in on the mysterious woman he had brought back with him.

As soon as Rita heard of the news, she came in to protect Beryl from being mistreated by an outsider. She needed to see for herself who this 'Emily' was with her own eyes. Moreover, judging by Jacob's words, Rita and David could clearly see that he had already been brainwashed by the woman who was claiming to be Emily!

They knew that Jacob could be easily fooled due to this vulnerable state, so they wanted to come here and help their friend from getting hurt. After all, it had been so long since Emily had passed away.

The only thing they wanted to make sure of was that whoever Jacob's new love interest was, she must treat Beryl with utmost love and respect.

Dylan left the elders to play with Beryl so the only people in the room were Rita, David and Jacob, catching up over tea.

Jacob sat facing the space between the couple, pouring tea for them and said, "I'm so glad that you've come. Emily has been wanting to see you since we came back. She will be very happy to see you."

David coughed and cleared his throat before he carefully said, "Jacob, are you really sure that she is Emily Bai?"

"Of course! Why would you think otherwise?" Jacob said firmly.

"But Emily is already..."

"Well, it was a misunderstanding. It turned out that she didn't die and I found her in D Country," Jacob cut David short, having guessed what he meant.

Jacob gave them a brief summary of their experience in D Country, in an easy tone, so they wouldn't get worked up. Yet, Rita and David couldn't help feeling sorry for them. David blamed himself for not being there when his best friend needed him the most.

"Anyway, to make a long story short, we have overcome great obstacles to be where we are right now. I can assure you that we are incredibly happy to be together again." Just when Jacob finished his words, Emily came downstairs.

The moment he laid eyes on Emily, the corners of his eyes lit up, leaving a sense of warmth on his face.




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