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Chapter 7

  • Chapter - 07
  • "Wh..." Thea was left shell-shocked.
  • The middle-aged man, without saying as much as a single word to anyone slapped Alfred. And he hit Alfred hard in front of everyone.
  • "What are you doing?" Thea could not help but ask. Even if it might end up being a misunderstanding, Alfred had been very good to her all along. So instinctively, Thea stood between Alfred and the man. She was afraid he might want to hit Alfred again.
  • But much to Thea's surprise, none of the men and women around them took a stand for Alfred. Instead, all of them stood rooted in their spot, with their head hung low. As if, they had already anticipated it.
  • Meanwhile, the middle-aged man ignored Thea altogether, "Look at her," the man pointed at Thea, "Look at her clothes. Does she look like the young miss of this house to you?" The man's voice continued to rise.
  • “No, my lord…”Even after getting slapped by the man, Alfred respectfully replied.
  • "And what is this? How did she get injured?" The man roared, looking at the bloody leg of Thea's. He was so angry that he raised his hand to hit Alfred again, but Thea hurriedly stood between them.
  • "It was my fault," Thea said.
  • "How can this be your fault?" The man looked tenderly at Thea, "You can never be at fault."
  • "Why can't I be at fault? I fell by accident and hurt myself. It was Alfred who tended my wound," Thea took a stand for Alfred when no one did, "You should have asked me first."
  • Even though Thea was in a way, reprimanding the man, as he listened to Thea, the man did not interrupt her. Instead, he had a smile plastered on his face.
  • "You are finally here," the man suddenly had tears in his eyes, "My dau… daughter."
  • "Huh...?"
  • "Your what?" Thea suddenly took a step back, "I am your daughter?"
  • "Yes..." The man nodded.
  • "Sir, hold on a second. Huh… I think this has gone too far," Thea was left bewildered by the man's words.
  • "... There is clearly a misunderstanding somewhere. I know my parents, and they are very much alive..." But before Thea could complete her words, the man pulled Thea into a tight hug.
  • "It's alright... I know you have a lot of things on your mind. Slowly, I will explain everything to you," the man said.
  • "But..." Thea tried to break away from the hug.
  • "But… First, we need to tend to your injuries," the man said and pulled away from Thea. He then snapped his fingers, and the woman standing behind him bowed slightly, before she pulled out her phone. With her hands covering her mouth, the lady talked to someone over the phone, and soon a few men dressed in white robes came running towards them. They looked like doctors.
  • "Sir..." The doctor in the front greeted the man.
  • "She is injured," the man pointed at Thea, "I want you to treat her... And bear in mind, treat her well." It was almost a threat to the doctors.
  • "Yes, sir..." the doctor humbly nodded and eyed a couple of young doctors behind him. Getting the cue, the doctors responded pretty fast and rolled a wheelchair in front of Thea.
  • "Young miss..." Before Thea could understand, the two young doctors helped Thea sit in the wheelchair and pushed her into the house. Though they were respectful, they were a bit forceful at the same time.
  • "This..." Thea wanted to protest, but Thea suddenly found herself dumbfounded by the magnificence of the house in front of her. She did not pay much attention earlier, but it was not just a regular house or a mansion. It was a freaking palace.
  • She slept all her way down here, so she had no idea where in the world they were. But to have such a big mansion, the owner must be pretty loaded.
  • 'But wait a minute. Aren't I the young miss? So does this mean all of this,' Thea thought as she looked around the house. But she quickly shook her head, ’Get your head straight. It is all a misunderstanding.’
  • As she entered the big hall, the floor beneath her was all stone, unlike her house, which had a wooden floor creaking all the time. The ceiling was also very high, with a large, bright chandelier hanging magnificently. But that hardly caught her attention when the paintings along the walls were so beautiful to look away from.
  • Everything that Thea laid her eyes on was a piece of fortune. If she could just take one thing from here, she was sure that all her problems could be solved.
  • 'Aahh... No matter what, I can't get that out of my head...'
  • Just as she thought about the trouble she was in, everyone stopped by the stairs. Two sets of stairs went up from the left and the right, only to merge on the floor above.
  • And right there, just above the stairs, was this large portrait of a woman. The woman had this serene look on her face, but somehow that made her look even more beautiful and elegant.
  • Just as Thea laid her eyes on her, she felt a connection to the lady. A feeling of longing bloomed in her heart.
  • Thea wanted to ask who the lady was, but before she could, the elevator door opened between the stairs, and they moved forward.
  • Soon Thea was taken into a room. The room was again similar to the hall. As soon as she entered the room, she was greeted by the large king-sized bed in the middle. Past the bed was a large mirror wall. Thea could guess what was behind the wall. On the right were a tree-designed wall and usual paintings and artefacts all over the room.
  • 'The owner,' Thea looked up to the man claiming to be her father, 'He must really love paintings.'
  • The doctors then helped Thea onto the bed. They then cut the previous dressing done by Alfred over her wound. While the doctor did their job, Thea's so-called also father left the room. But while the father walked out of the room, a couple of ladies dressed in black suits, possibly the attendants of the house brought her juice and snacks.
  • "It should be okay now, young miss. Alfred did a good job, so there was not much bleeding. For now, try not to wet the dressing, and we will check up on you soon." The doctor in the lead said and stepped back to the side.
  • “Thank you…” Thea hesitatingly thanked them. She thought they would leave after that, but they stood in the corner, “Do they want me to pay?” Thea thought. Well, she had no problem paying for treating her, but right now, she had no money. In all the ruckus because of Barry and Amanda, she left her bag at the restaurant.
  • “What should I do now?” Thea tried to think, “It was not like I wanted them to treat the wound. They almost forced me. Do I still need to pay?” Thea had the thought. But though it sounded right logically, she felt it was morally bankrupt.
  • "You can all leave," but thankfully, the man, calling himself Thea's father, walked into the room and ordered the doctors to leave.
  • "My daughter… I would like to ask you something."
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