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Season 8

Episode 27

(How calculating she is)

Jacob's face instantly darkened. "Beryl, why do you have to be so stubborn? Doesn't it matter at all what I say?"    

Beryl looked at him undauntedly, and then she said, "There's no way that Ancho would do that!"    

"I didn't kick her out before for your sake, but this time, I won't let her continue staying in our home! And she'll pay for what she has done!"    

Jacob's icy words sent a chill down Ancho's spine, and it didn't require much effort for her to force a few tears. 

Swallowing down her fear, she managed to look sorrowful. "Ooh..."    

She sobbed as if she was being wronged. 

   Beryl didn't want to believe the truth, and she was determined to stand up against Jacob. "Dad! I won't let you hurt Ancho! If you intend to send her away, I'll go with her!"  

Jacob stared at his daughter with his deep and dark eyes utterly expressionless, making it hard for her to decipher his feelings.   

 He had decided to teach his daughter a lesson. Unlike his wife Emily, he would show no mercy to the woman named Ancho, since Beryl had been deeply influenced by her corruption. If he didn't correct his daughter in time, she would grow up like a crooked tree and might suffer because of this for the rest of her life.    

He had to kick this malicious woman out, even though Beryl might hate him for it.   

 The moment Beryl finished speaking, she waited expectantly for Jacob to lose his temper. However, a few seconds later, she was puzzled when he still remained quiet.    

Looking up, Beryl found that Jacob showed no sign of anger; instead he was very calm, too calm almost.  

"Beryl, I'm really disappointed by what you just said. In your heart, do you really care about Ancho more than anything else, including me and your mom?"    

"No..." Beryl wanted to say more and explain, but at the sight of the severe disappointment which dulled his eyes, the words failed her and her heart ached.    

Just then Ancho found an opening and somehow she managed to shake off the restraining grip of Jacob's men. Ripping off the tape from her mouth, she began to talk.    

"Sir, I know why you look so indifferent. Because you don't really care for Beryl anymore. It doesn't matter. I'll take her away, because I like her very much, and I want her to be happy..."    

Her words insinuated that Beryl was no longer important to him, since he had a wife with a new baby on the way. She seemed to be defending Beryl, but was actually hurting her feelings.  

Beryl choked, "You've changed, Dad."    

"Beryl, you're the one who's changed." Jacob restrained himself from hugging his beloved daughter. Instead he looked cold and indifferent. "If you insist on her innocence, then there's nothing more that I can do, you understand?"  

  "I see." Beryl held back her tears bitterly and straightened her back. "I'll move out with Ancho!"    

With his hands convulsively clenching and then loosening, he said in a low and ominous voice, "Have you really thought that through?"    


Jacob looked deeply at her without a word then.  

  Beryl pushed away all the men that had seized Ancho, saying somberly, "My dad doesn't believe us, Ancho. Let's move out!"  

Things had gone rather beyond Ancho's plans, but she figured out another plan. 

Pretending to be afraid of Jacob, she said, "Beryl, if you don't mind staying with me, I'm totally okay with it... It's just...Mr. Jacob won't agree..."   

 "We don't need his approval!"    

Beryl had been observing Jacob furtively, and finding him both speechless and emotionless, she was saddened and angry at this cruel twist of fate.    

Sure enough, her father didn't make a move to stop her at all, even as she was about to leave the room! Clearly her father didn't indulge or value her as before! 'Then what's the point of me staying here?' she wondered sadly.    

"Come on, let's go!" Beryl pulled Ancho along upstairs to go pack, but still Jacob made no move to stop her. Even after they had finished packing, he still showed no intention to hold her back.  

Hence the two of them walked directly to the gate. Nonetheless, Ancho stopped and hesitated.   

 "Beryl, is it alright to leave like this?"    

Ancho hated to part with such a large and beautiful house. If she really decided to leave, she would have to kiss the villa goodbye.    

Beryl glanced at her. "Of course. They all tried to lay the blame on you. I don't want this to happen again, and I don't want to live here anymore!"    

Beryl's words reminded Ancho yet again that everyone in that house didn't trust her, except for the gullible and innocent girl beside her. And Jacob had already known that it was her who had caused Emily to slip and fall down. He would certainly throw her out if she stayed.    

He might even punish her one day, thus it was the right choice to leave under Beryl's protection.  

Beryl was her trump card, and with this card in her pocket, she could revisit her plans and come up with new strategies to get what she wanted, sooner or later.  

  The two of them left, but what they didn't know was that Jacob stood observing them from behind the heavy curtains of the study window. His eyes were dark pools of gloomy suffering and his lips drew into a grim line.    

Truly he felt extremely unsettled to let Beryl go with Ancho, so he had secretly dispatched several of his men to protect her.    

Beryl's changed behavior could be blamed squarely on Ancho. She was the reason for all the conflict. If he wanted to solve this problem permanently, he had to deal with this vicious woman thoroughly. If Beryl was silly enough to trust such an evil woman, he would have to reveal the truth and expose the dark side of that woman to her!  

However, he had no intention of telling Emily about this for her own good.   

 In the afternoon, Emily suddenly woke up. She was sweating and even panting lightly.    

Jacob was instantly at her side. Seeing her distress when she awoke, he quickly supported her in his arms while he wiped her brow with a towel. "What's wrong? Did you have a nightmare?" he asked in concern.   

 "Yeah,"  Emily said with a pale face. "I dreamed Beryl ran away. I wanted to catch up with her, but I couldn't no matter how hard I tried. In my dream, Beryl said she no longer wanted me as her mother..."   

 Jacob's heart throbbed restlessly at hearing this, but he concealed it quickly. He softly consoled her, "Don't worry. Give her some time. I know she's still accepting you. Just relax."  

He poured her a glass of warm water and thoughtfully brought her a more comfortable garment to wear.   

 Emily felt refreshed and more comfortable, but she was still worried, "Where's Beryl? Did she go to school today? I'd like to see her."    

"Emily,"  Jacob paused for a moment, and then continued, "There's something I have to tell you first."   

 "What's going on?"  

  "Remember the day you slipped on the oil? You didn't fall by accident, but by design. And the one who has been trying to hurt you is Ancho."    

Hearing this, Emily didn't seem to be shocked. She felt that her speculations were confirmed instead. "I know she doesn't like me, but it's such an awful thing to do, even for her. How dare she do that!"   

 Then Jacob told her about how Ancho had bribed the servants. "I've already punished those servants. But Ancho has Beryl on her side..."  

Emily couldn't help but frown as Beryl clearly had so much faith in Ancho. Sadly Beryl didn't know how calculating she was.   

 "I kicked Ancho out, but Beryl was angry and upset. She said that she didn't want to see me. So she's gone to live with David and Rita." Jacob dared not tell Emily the truth. He chose to tell her a white lie instead. "So, let's leave her alone to calm down for a while."  

Although Emily felt downcast by this news, she finally nodded.

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