“It’s fine.” Deirdre immediately rejected Charlene’s offer. “You will only need to tell me what else I can do to seek your forgiveness, Miss McKinney.”Charlene looked at the servant holding a bowl of stew mixed with horseradish, mustard, and chili and smiled in satisfaction. “You don’t need to do anything else, but I’ll forgive you if you can finish the bowl of stew in Greenlee’s hands.”A look of astonishment flashed past Deirdre’s eyes. “That’s all?”“Yes, that’s all.”Deirdre could smell the pungent horseradish smell from a distance. However, she perked up at the thought that everything would come to an end if she could finish the bowl of stew. “Alright, please hand it to me.”She stretched out her arms to receive the bowl, but the servant avoided her hands and placed the bowl on the floor. Charlene said proudly, “However, there’s no extra seat and cutlery for you at the table, Miss McKinnon. You’re going to have to lie on the ground and eat it with your mouth bit by bit!
“Charlene! You deserve to die!”Charlene chuckled. The curse was so gentle that she could not be bothered about it. “Deirdre, you’re very naive. How will I forgive you so easily when I hate you so much? You’re the person who robbed me of my life!”‘Rob her of her life?’Deirdre clenched her teeth tightly. She was the one who had saved Brendan, and Charlene went under her name and took her place by undergoing plastic surgery to look like her. Now, Charlene had actually accused her openly that she robbed Charlene of her life?“Tell me, who robbed whose life off?” Deirdre spoke through her gritted teeth.Charlene’s beautiful eyes darkened abruptly. She took a step forward and glared at Deirdre ferociously. “Shut up! If I say that you robbed me of my life, that is the truth, then! If you have the courage to declare otherwise in Brendan’s presence, I will assure you that you won’t end up well!”Charlene grew tired when she had her fill of complacency. She yawned gracefully and said, “
At that moment, Brendan felt his heart wrench in pain violently for no apparent reason.He felt an ineffable anger surge into his head and could not help holding Deirdre’s wrist. “Deirdre? Why are you here?” he asked in rage.Deirdre opened her eyelids ever so slightly and jerked back from unconsciousness to reality by the pain in her wrist. She listened to Brendan’s query and found his remark taunting. Her lips moved when she said, “Where else can I be if not here? Didn’t you make me come here?”The woman’s wrist felt ice cold, and the coldness seeped into Brendan’s palm like an invisible hand. His face turned green with anger. ‘Yes, it was me who made Deirdre come here. Yet, I assumed that Charlene would not make things difficult for Deirdre because she is such a kind woman. Still, she actually punished Deirdre to stand in the cold yard when the temperature is dropping from the impending winter?’Brendan felt his chest hurting and darted a look at the bloody, mushy laceration w
She was under the assumption that her well-coordinated lie would be flawless. Brendan’s expression turned cold, and his dark eyes were rippling with evilness as he stared closely at the speaking servant. “So, you let her punish herself by standing outside just because she said so? You feel no sympathy at all. If she were to tell you that she wanted to commit suicide, would you give her a knife too?”The servant’s face turned ghastly pale in an instant. She hastily defended herself by saying, “No… I wouldn’t… Mr. Brighthall, we’ve already advised Miss McKinnon against doing it, but Miss McKinnon insisted on…”Blood drained from Charlene’s face similarly. She did not expect that Brendan would be so concerned about Deirdre that he would lecture her servants. “Brendan, it’s my fault. I was too tired, so I went upstairs to rest after chatting with Miss McKinnon for a while, and that is why I didn’t notice that she punished herself by standing outside at once.” Charlene expressed her g
Charlene smiled bitterly while the servant cried. “Miss McKinney, your body is so weak, and you haven’t taken a bite of food for the whole night. How can you possibly be by Miss McKinnon’s side at all times?“Mr. Brighthall, this matter is completely unrelated to Miss McKinney. If you wish to put the blame on someone for not stopping Miss McKinnon, blame me!”Both of them chimed in with each other in perfect harmony and put on a perfect act.Brendan relented in the end and suppressed his anger. However, he sounded extremely rigid when he said, “It’s too cold. You should go back into the house first, Charlene. I’ll drop by tomorrow to see you.”“Alright…”Brendan still felt like his head was splitting when he got into the car. His mind was a chaotic mess after standing in the cold wind for a few short minutes. He could not withstand the cold, so he could not imagine how a woman who had just recovered from a severe illness like Deirdre could stand in the cold for so long.‘Did sh
“Yes.”“I wanted to inform you the other day that the homeless man is dead.”Deirdre was incredulous. “He’s dead? How did he die out of nowhere?”Sam’s eyes turned gloomy. “I’m not too sure, but I heard that he died from food poisoning. However, I believe that the matter is certainly not as simple as it seems. I believe that Miss McKinney tried to destroy all the evidence in an attempt to hide her tracks after executing her plan.”Upon hearing that, Deirdre shivered despite not feeling cold and felt a shiver down her spine.‘How can Charlene be so sinister? She took a man’s life!‘On the other hand, Brendan is ridiculous. How will he feel when he finds out one day that the woman he trusts and loves is actually a devil?’She bantered herself in her head and said to Sam, “So, does that mean that dead men tell no tales?”“I thought so too initially.” Sam smirked. “For that, I looked into the homeless man and found nothing useful other than that he had a homeless friend when he was
Brendan felt his rage growing because her smile vanished as well. Sam’s expression was rigid. He greeted his employer before he left respectfully. Brendan shut the door and approached Deirdre step by step before grabbing her lower jaw in a brute manner. The woman could not conceal her panic, and the sight of her hurt Brendan inside. He spoke in a solemn tone. “Smile.”“What?” Deirdre was confused. Brendan exerted more strength in his hand and said, “Don’t you understand? I’m asking you to smile. Why? You can smile so joyously in Sam’s presence, but you pull a long face when I’m around as if you’re mourning the death of a family member?”Deirdre felt her heart racing from the coldness emanating from the man’s body. She clutched the blanket and forced a smile, yet she was caught off guard when Brendan flung her away. “Your smile looks disgusting.”‘Why is her smile in Sam’s presence relaxed and carefree, but her smile is so troubled and agonized when she is with me?’Deirdre
Brendan left the office, but his tightly-furrowed eyebrows had yet to relax. He was worried that Deirdre had been rendered infertile for the rest of her life after the miscarriage of her first child. As for the reason he was worried, the only thing he could think of was that he needed a child.‘Deirdre is the most suitable candidate to provide me with a child now.’He arrived at Deirdre’s room to find Sam guarding the door outside. At the thought of how Deirdre could possibly still be sitting on the toilet bowl and not be properly dressed, his gaze turned colder as he looked toward Sam. “You haven’t gone in the room, right?”Sam kept his head lowered. “No.”Brendan felt relieved. He warned Sam with a cold voice before he entered the room. “Don’t get fancy ideas, and remember your place. Don’t forget what you promised me.”After entering the room, he found Deirdre already shaking in pain on the toilet bowl. He wrapped her in his arms and fed her warm water before calling the doctor