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 Season 8

Episode 34

(No evil deed can go unpunished)

Ancho ran towards the little girl she saw from afar and grabbed hold of her as she yelled in frustration. "Where on earth did you go?   Don't you know that I was worried sick about you?"   

 "Clap!" Ancho was so angry that she slapped the girl's face against the flat of her palm. "How dare you run off like that without telling me? Promise me that you will follow everything I say from now on!"   

 The little girl's face was red and wet with tears, terror in her eyes. Watching the helpless child cry herself into oblivion made Ancho feel much better and she decided to bring her back.   

 Meanwhile, the child's scream of pain put into the air, writ large for anyone who cared to help end it and before long it drew attention from the passersby. 

Ancho began to yell at them angrily. "What are you all looking at? Haven't you ever seen anyone discipline their kids before?  

 Stop looking at us and mind your own business!" Ancho was infuriated.    

All of a sudden, someone rushed towards Ancho and delivered a loud, sharp smack to her cheek, sending her staggering backwards with her hand clutching her face. "Clap!"    

Dizzied, when the black dots quit covering her vision, Ancho shook her head to clear the fuzzy, heavy feeling. 

"You bitch! How dare you? Do you have any idea who I am?"   

 "How dare you slap my daughter? I don't care who you are! I've never even met you. Why did you slap my girl for no reason! Are you crazy?"    

The mother pulled her daughter back, waving her fist and yelling at Ancho. 

Shocked, Ancho tried to grab the girl and said, "What are you talking about, you stupid bitch? This is my child!"  

"Help! Help! Help me please! This woman is trying to take my daughter away from me! She must be a human trafficker! If I had come back a little later, she would have kidnapped my daughter!"

The woman cried out for help, acting out of desperation.    

If there was anything people hated more than human traffickers, it was child traffickers. When the people around saw the hysterical mother crying for help they started to gather around. 

 That was when Ancho finally realized that something was not right and she lowered her head to look at the little girl's face. Lo and behold, the girl wasn't Beryl! 

It was just some other child who looked like Beryl.    

"I...I just mistook the girl... Hey! What are you trying to do? Stay back! Don't come any closer..."   

 At this moment, anything Ancho tried to say was chalked up to meaningless excuses as the people unleashed hell's fury upon her. By the time they were finished delivering justice, Ancho was a grotesque mess on the floor. She was now as revolting as she deserved to be and finally the outside reflected the woman within. Ancho couldn't recall how long the beating had gone on for, only the final kick and the sound of the iron bar falling to the concrete.  

"Damn child traffickers! We should call the police to arrest her! I hope she gets to rot in a prison cell for the rest of her god-forsaken life! We have to make sure that she will never be able to separate another child from its parents!" One of the bystanders suggested.   

"No! Please don't call the police! Don't call the police!" Ancho begged, blood spilling out from the corners of her mouth.   

 "That's exactly what a child trafficker on the run from the police would say!" A woman from the crowds added.  

While they all discussed amongst themselves about what to do with Ancho, someone called the police and soon after they arrived, they slapped a pair of handcuffs on her and took her away.    

While Ancho was being dragged into the police car, she struggled violently and even bit a policeman. "Get your hands off of me! How dare you? Do you know who I am? Do you know the relationship between me and the Gu family?!" Ancho yelled.    

All the policemen were startled when they heard her mention 'the Gu family'.  

  They all knew who Ancho was referring to.    

Before long, the police called the Gu family for verification.    

"Ancho? We don't know anyone named Ancho. Perhaps she was a maid in my villa but she must have gotten fired,"  Jacob answered without flinching.  

The chief of police said politely, "Oh, that's it. Mr. Jacob, I'm so sorry to bother you for such a little thing."    

"It's okay. It's my duty as a citizen to cooperate with the police." Jacob responded cordially and his smile could be felt from the other end of the phone.

    The chief of police wiped the sweat off of his forehead, 'Are you kidding me? 

Who would dare to ask Mr. Jacob Gu to cooperate?' He stammered, repeatedly thanked Jacob for some time and then hung up the phone.    

After Jacob hung up the phone he found Beryl emerge from the corner, looking at him with anxious eyes. "What are you doing here? Is there something you want to know?" he asked.   

 "I want to know everything,"  Beryl stared at Jacob with big expectant eyes.   

 "Well, how should I put this? Ancho is a prime suspect for child abuse and child trafficking. She was arrested from the streets and taken to the police station. Do you want to help her?" asked Jacob. 

 Beryl shook her head quickly and said, "No, I don't. But I find it strange that she got caught in public like that. She's usually very smart about these things. I wonder what happened?"    

Jacob chuckled at the irony of Ancho's dire straits and explained, "Apparently she was mistakenly abusing a little girl that looked like you on the streets. When she tried to take that girls away, the people around them stopped her and taught her a lesson."    

Beryl gasped, shocked by what she had just heard. 'The little girl looked like me? 

That means Ancho actually wanted to hit me?   

 I would have never thought she could be so evil and heartless. I guess fell for her act... I must be very lucky. If I hadn't overheard Ancho's plans, I would have been locked up in some shady warehouse by now, ' Beryl felt relieved.  

She felt betrayed and stupid for blindly believing Ancho over her family. Her heart broke as she thought about the traitorous friend she once considered to be close enough to be her sister, and she wanted to slap herself!   

 "No evil deed can go unpunished. Any evil done by man to man will be redressed, if not now then certainly later…for the victory of evil over good can only be ephemeral,"  Jacob said in a cold voice.    

Meanwhile, at the police station.    

Ancho thought about the ever obedient, Beryl, her trump card, and she become more arrogant and contemptuous even though they still had her on handcuffs. 

  "You people are making a big mistake. You'd better set me free as soon as possible! Otherwise, I swear to make you pay ten times more! Don't you know the relationship between me and the daughter of Gu family?" 

 Ancho threatened the police, enthralling them with her conceit. "I am the future Mrs. Gu!"    

"Mrs. Gu? Are you kidding me?" The chief of police found her claims amusing at best.   

He slammed his fist on the table and rolled his eyes at his subordinates, "How dare you make me bother Mr. Gu with such a measly little thing. I don't like to entertain criminals; don't you know that?"   

 The policemen were afraid of displeasing the rich people in Jingshi City because they had the power and influence over everything and everyone in the city!   

 "This woman claimed that she had a relationship with the Gu family..." one policeman answered in a low voice.   

 "She was just a maid. They fired her. There's nothing for you to be scared!" 
said the chief of police. "She is nothing but a shameless woman nobody cares about! You can go anything you want with her!"  

"Maid? How dare you say that!"   

Ancho was furious at the chief of police for speaking the harsh truth as she continued, "I need to call the Gu family myself! I need to call the daughter of the Gu family! She will not leave me to die alone! I swear I am going to take all your jobs. By the time I'm done you will be cleaning public toilets!"   

 "Well, well, well, enough with the tough talk! Let me see how tough you are now!"   

The chief of police walked out after finishing his words as he knew what his subordinates would do to her.    

The policemen, Ancho bit and hurled obscenities at, all smiled grimly after finding out who she was.  

  "Miss Ancho, you'd better obey and accept the judgement of law. But there are a series of procedures waiting for you before that."  

Ancho's face turned pale all of a sudden.    
After having spent one month behind bars, Ancho lost a lot of weight, face haggard with exhaustion. In just one month she seemed to have aged a decade.  

In the end, Ancho's parents paid for her conditional bail with all of their savings to get her out of jail.

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