Three hours of train ride was neither a long nor short journey. The moment the train stopped, Arianne immediately stood up with her backpack, feeling eager to get off. Tiffany followed closely behind her. “Hey, slow down! You still have a little one in your tummy!”It was almost noon when they reached a small, dilapidated town based on the address. This was where the letter was sent. The entire town was lifeless. Aside from a few elderly people tottering along the streets, they didn’t really see any energetic young people around.The economy of the town was bad so the young people were mostly working in the surrounding cities, leaving only the elderly behind.After making several enquiries, they finally arrived at ‘Mr. Sloane’s house’. A two-story house that was so run down that it looked inhabitable greeted their sights. The front door with overgrown weed was left ajar. It seemed like no one had lived here for a long time.Arianne couldn’t shake off the bad feelings in her heart.
She refused to believe that Mr. Sloane was dead. How could a dead person send a letter?“Stop thinking about it for now, Ari. Let’s take this matter slowly. I’ll help you analyze it too. I passed this letter to you shortly after I received it. Given the distance from here to the capital, it wouldn’t take a long time for the letter to be received. The sender must be alive, or at least, when he sent the letter. He might have used an invalid address to send the letter because he didn’t want you to find out where he lives now. Hmm, I’m not quite sure what’s going on here, but Mr. Sloane is definitely not dead. Don’t be discouraged. Since he sent the first letter, he will send another one for sure. We’ll just have to wait! He may not want us to track him down, but he can’t just leave us hanging like that, right?” Tiffany tried her best to comfort Arianne.“Don’t worry, I’m fine, Tiffie. I’ve waited for so many years, I can continue waiting… I’m fine really…” Arianne put the photo away and
“Understood.” Brian noticed Mark’s bad mood and cautiously drove back to Tremont Estate.When they passed by a drugstore, Mark suddenly spoke up. “Stop the car.”Brian quickly stepped on the brakes. Mark got out of the car and went into the drugstore. “Bring me some medicines for stomach problems,” he told the staff.“Is it a gastric or something else? What are the symptoms? Is it for an adult or child?” the staff asked.Mark frowned slightly. He thought for a moment then replied, “Irregular appetite… Chronic nausea and pale complexion. For an adult.”Once he was done purchasing the medicine, he went back to the car with a sullen face. Brian didn’t dare to ask any questions. He just stepped on the gas and brought him back to Tremont Estate.Mark went straight to the bedroom with the medicine. Without looking at the person lying on the bed, he tossed the medicine on the bedside table. “Take the medicine.”Arianne sat up from the bed, not understanding what trouble Mark was trying
Mark paused in his footsteps but didn’t stop. “Can’t she say what’s on her mind by herself? Does she need someone else to say it for her?”Mary shut her mouth resentfully. Seeing that Mark was going out again, Brian was about to quickly get the car out of the garage when Mark’s deep voice stopped him. “I’ll be driving myself.”Brian hummed in response. Sweat had broken out in his palms. The words ‘don’t mess with me’ were written all over Mark’s face right now. Whoever dared to go up to him now was courting death itself!“Brian, take Arianne to the hospital tomorrow morning. Have a thorough physical examination performed on her and bring me the report.” After giving this order, Mark’s car quickly disappeared into the night.Hearing the sound of the car leaving Tremont Estate, Arianne got out of bed and stood in front of the window. She felt a little upset. After all, Mark had purposely bought her medicine, and she didn’t expect things to turn so sour...She pulled out her phone an
Mark nodded then frowned. She had only just healed a while ago, how could she have suffered from such severe anemia all of a sudden?He made a call back to Tremont Estate. Butler Henry answered the call. “Tell the kitchens to buy more blood nourishing vegetables.”Henry acknowledged the order and ended the call. Mark’s gaze returned to his work documents.“I’ll be on my way then,” said Brian in a low voice.Mark nodded. A knock was suddenly heard on his office door. Brain opened it. When he saw Aery, he frowned but didn’t say a word. Instead, he left immediately.Aery walked into the office. Her heels made a lofty noise as she moved. Mark frowned. “What are you doing here?”Aery pouted pitifully. “Mark, darling. I know that you’ve been busy, so I haven’t had the nerve to disturb you. But I miss you… I was passing by your office and thought I’d come and see you. I won’t disturb you. Continue your work. I’ll leave in a bit…”Mark shot her an indifferent look. “If you have somethin
Despite everything, Helen couldn’t bear seeing the Kinsey family fall. There was no other hope for her, except Ari now……Arianne walked out of the shopping mall, carrying a variety of bags, waiting for her car in the afternoon. She couldn’t help shivering from the continuous gusts of cold air.She had primarily bought underwear because she suddenly realized that her old underwear had gotten a little too tight for her, and that she couldn’t put them on. She wouldn’t be able to put on her old underwear in the future anyway, so she took advantage of her free day and bought a few.Suddenly, a red car stopped in front of her. The window winded down to reveal Helen’s smiling face. Her mood immediately plummeted into the lowest recesses of her heart. She pulled a sullen face and turned around to leave without any hesitation.“Ari! I have something to discuss with you. Can I have a few minutes of your time?” Helen ran after her, pleading with her.“Mrs. Kinsey, if you have anything to s
”I’m curious,” Arianne said mockingly, “You’re pinning your hopes on me instead of Aery?” She certainly remembered how her wonderful mother had allowed Aery to remain as Mark’s lover, despite knowing that he was her husband. She even tried to persuade her to leave him. How disgusting!Helen felt embarrassed. “Ari, I know that you hate me. I had no idea that you and Mark were married when Aery was with Mark. I may have brought up an inadvisable request to you, but I’ve stopped Aery from any further intimate communications with Mark. They haven’t been contacting each other too often lately. You’ve probably realized this, right? Help me, just this once and I guarantee that Aery will never mess up your lives again. I can also guarantee… that I won’t appear in front of you again!”Arianne laughed in spite of her rage. “Are you negotiating with me? As long as I help you, you’ll help me get rid of my husband’s lover and you’ll never show your face in front of me again? Have you ever gone to
Arianne stood in front of the French windows in her bedroom, looking out into the night. Her heart was in disarray. At some point, it started drizzling. When she saw the bright car lights from a distance, she tugged her lapels with her long, slender fingers, turned around, and walked downstairs.A few minutes later, Mark walked in, slightly wet. She grabbed a towel and approached him. “It’s chilly and raining. Don’t get sick, hurry and get in the shower.”Mark didn’t take the towel. He didn’t even look at her. Instead, he walked straight upstairs.She wasn’t embarrassed by this either. She sat down and hung the towel on the sofa. Shortly after, Mark arrived downstairs again, freshly showered. His jet-black hair was shimmering with crystal-like water droplets. As he walked past the sofa, he picked up the towel and dried his hair. This small action from him gave Arianne the courage to approach him.“Why did you reject the collaboration with the Kinseys?” she asked bluntly.“Beca