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 Season 8

Episode 70

(A Difficult Choice)

Emily did not expect that she would become the "target" of the people around her. For the entirety of her stay at the hospital, she had been lying in bed because her feet had been hurting. Since it was difficult for her to move around, Jacob constantly volunteered to do stuff for her, like feeding her meals, and didn't allow her to get out of bed.    

It was time for Emily to eat again. Every day, Jacob prepared a different meal for her, and insisted that he would feed her every bite.    

He gently blew the food on the spoon to make it cooler, and then directed it towards Emily's mouth. In truth, Emily couldn't stand the way Jacob treated her. It made her feel like a child who had no ability to take care of herself.  

 "Jacob, my hands are working just fine. I can eat on my own. Can you just stop feeding and treat me like a baby?"  

Emily said sternly with a pout. She had requested to eat on her own numerous times already, put Jacob just kept on ignoring her.    

"Nope! You haven't fully recovered yet!" stated Jacob, refusing her request without hesitation as he sent another spoonful into Emily's mouth. "Honey, be a good girl. Eat it. It's very delicious!" Jacob said patiently.   

 "Jacob! Did you hear me? I can do it myself. I am not a baby, okay?" Emily retorted. A this point, she thought Jacob fussing too much about her injury and decided to finally put a stop to it.    

But as soon as she finished talking, Jacob had already inserted the spoonful of food in her mouth.    

"How can you..." Emily babbled as her mouth was stuffed with food. She glared at Jacob, eager to express her protest.   

 Her cheek was bulging and moving quickly as she chewed, which made her look so cute. Jacob looked at her with a warm smile and comforted her, "Don't speak now. Finish the food first and you can eat by yourself tomorrow. Okay?"  

'Did he finally agree with me?' Emily's eyes lightened, and started to chew on the food happily.   

 "Good! It's a promise. I will remember what you said just now and won't allow you to go back on your words. Otherwise, just wait and see what will become of you,"  Emily triumphantly.    

With that, Jacob sighed. He really couldn't do anything with her insistence.    
The next day, Jacob went to the company to deal with something emergent and didn't show up at lunchtime for the first time. But he sent Sam to bring the lunch to Emily.    

It was the first time that Jacob didn't stay with Emily ever since she was hospitalized. At first, she was relieved, and even felt happy when Sam told her that Jacob wouldn't come. However, the happiness didn't last long. An aching void struck her suddenly. She found that she had already got used to Jacob's accompany.  

Emily lost her appetite for lunch and stared at the food blankly. Just then, a familiar voice rang in her ears.   

 "Director Emily! I miss you so much!" Joyce greeted to Emily. A bunch of flowers was in her arms.   

 "Joyce! What a surprise! Glad to see you! I am just thinking about you,"  exclaimed Emily happily. She asked Joyce to sit beside her with enthusiasm.

 "What brings you here? Tell me, how is the company going?" she asked eagerly.   
 Joyce put the flowers in a vase first and then went back to Emily. "Everything's going well, Director Emily. Rest assured that there's nothing to worry about. All you need to do is get better. I hope you can recover as soon as possible. Don't worry about work, alright?" Joyce said with a smile.   

 In truth, Joyce's real intentions of this visit was far from pure.   

 "Joyce, you know me. I am not a woman who enjoys ease. Staying here is quite boring,"  Emily complained.  

After the greetings and chitchat, Joyce got down to business. "Director Emily, I bring you exciting news! Director Vivian was fired from our company and is in jail now! Are you excited?" Joyce said proudly. She couldn't wait to share the good news with Emily.    

Vivian was arrested as soon as the police received the letter of accusation accompanied with video data and other proof.   

 "Oh! Really?" Emily asked in surprise.   

 She didn't feel happy about it really, but rather felt pity for Vivian's end. Although Vivian did something harmful to her, Emily thought the punishment was too heavy on her.    

At the sight of Emily's disappointment, Joyce suddenly started to feel the same way as well.  "To be honest, Director Vivian is quite a capable woman. But she used her abilities in the wrong place. 

Now she has to pay for her foolish behavior. What a pity!" Joyce sighed.  

Vivian was a well-known hard working woman in the company. It took Vivian five years to finally land the position of Design Director. With her persistence and perseverance, she won her boss's attention and the respect of her staff.  

But because of envy, she made a wrong decisions, which eventually led her in the wrong direction. As a result, all her achievements were ruined and she forfeited her career.   

 All her colleagues in SL Jewelry shared the same sentiments for her. But they also thought she deserved it. If she hadn't done bad things to Emily out of envy, all her efforts wouldn't have gone down the drain.   

 "Well, let's change the subject and talk about something positive. Umm... How's the progress of our project team?" Emily asked. She wanted to get rid of the unpleasant atmosphere.    

"We've done a follow up the cooperation with Sky Entertainment Group Limited. The result generally seems good and is within our expectation. But we've encountered some problems with Dina. We have difficulties in communicating with her studio,"  Joyce reported. This was one of the main reasons why she came to visit Emily.  

Dina had signed a contract with SL Jewelry recently, but her studio insisted that Emily should be her exclusive designer. The fact was that Emily couldn't get back to work now because of her current condition.  

  "I knew Dina was hard to deal with,"  sighed Emily, her brows knitting. "Tell me more about that." She frowned, and was already raking her mind to find out ways to solve the problem.    

For countless times, Emily tried to win the cooperation with Dina, but never succeeded. Then one day she suddenly received a call from Dina's agent who told her that Dina agreed to cooperate with her. Emily felt there must be an agenda in this sudden change.    

Emily speculated that perhaps Dina learned that she had been already married and was in no position to threaten her relationship with Ray. So Dina changed her attitude and agreed to cooperate with Emily as Emily was one of the top designers in fashion.  

Or, maybe it was the decision of her company and she had no choice but to cooperate with Emily. To show her discontent, Dina decided to find fault intentionally with Emily.   

 As Joyce explained, it seemed to Emily that Dina's reasoning was the latter. Dina was finding a way to destroy Emily's reputation on purpose.  

  "Director Emily, I learned that Dina was going to attend an international awards ceremony. And she insisted that you were going to be her designer,"  Joyce explained.    

"In fact, I have already asked another designer in our company to replace you temporarily. We provided the design templates for Dina. But that picky woman didn't accept it and said she could recognize that it was not your design,"  Joyce added. She shook her head as she lowered her gaze, feeling utterly disappointed.   

 Dina complained to manager Dave that Joyce cheated her and she even threatened to break the contract with SL Jewelry. As a result, Joyce was reprimanded by manager Dave. She didn't expect that Dina was so picky and vicious.  

"I feel so sorry for you. I know it hasn't been easy for you at the company these past few days. Dina is picky and hard to deal with indeed. Judging from my former experience with her, I am not surprised that she treated you like this. But don't be sad, we will find a way out, okay?" Emily comforted her.    

All Emily's designs clearly had their own distinct style, so it was quite easy for anyone to recognize the difference between her designs and designs of other designers, let alone a person who was pressed to ruin her career.    

Although Emily didn't blame Joyce, she still felt guilty. "I am also responsible for this. I didn't want to disturb you, so I gave Dina a drawing designed by another designer without telling you beforehand,"  she said regretfully.    

If Joyce didn't make the decision alone and reported this matter to Emily, the situation would be different and she would not be insulted by Joyce like this.   
 "It's all right, Joyce. You don't need to put the blame on yourself. I will fix it as soon as possible. Can you tell me Dina's requirements for this design? I will draw up a first draft that will fit her requirements. I am quite bored here. It's good for me to do some work,"  Emily said with a smile.  

Pausing to think, Joyce tried to recall what Dina's specifications were. "Her sole requirement is that the design must bring out her beauty. That's all she needs,"  replied Joyce.   

 Beauty was a subject hard to define as everyone has his or her own understanding of beauty. So Dina's request was not easy to satisfy, even though it seemed quite simple.    

That obviously proved that Dina didn't want to make things too easy for Emily, and left a enough room for herself to pick flaws when the design was completed.   

 "Well, I understand. I will think about it,"  Emily said slowly. She frowned as she raked her mind for possible designs.   

 "Oh, I almost forgot! Here's another thing! I went to Ray's studio for business communication a few days ago. Ray inquired about your recent condition and asked me to send a message to you,"  Joyce said.    

Why did Ray leave a message for Emily? Emily paused and then asked with surprise, "What message did he leave for me?"  

"He wanted to ask you whether you still remembered that you owe him a favor or not,"  Joyce answered carefully.    

That reminded Emily that she did owe Ray a favor. When she asked Ray to persuade Dina to cooperate with her before, Ray proposed a condition in return and she accepted.    

Emily nodded and said, "Yes, of course I remember. Does he want me to fulfill the promise now?"    

Ray did give Emily a big favor at that time, so Emily couldn't help but keep her word.    

"Ray said that you needed to contact him if that favor still counts,"  replied Joyce.  

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