Shirley had then dug herself into Mrs. Zheng’s lap and sobbed loudly.
He anxiously approached Shirley’s bedside, and noticed Joanne curled up into a ball and was trembling in a corner. His eyebrows knitted into a frown, “Why are you here?!”
He thought he wouldn’t see her again after last night. However she appeared before him once again, and at such bad timing…
Joanne turned her back towards him, she didn’t want him to remember this ugly sight. She glanced at her mother and it was like an ice pick perforated her heart…
Nonetheless, her mother would have at least a million dollar insurance compensation after she was gone. Consider that a debt paid.
“Ma, take care…”
She lowered her head and walked out the door. However, Lee furiously pounced at her and dragged her back!
“Martin, I beg for your forgiveness! It was all my fault that this cursed child did so many hurtful things to Shirley. I should’ve cut her off much earlier!”
Hot tears burst forth like water from a dam, spilling down Lee’s face.
“This daughter of mine was always jealous and begrudging towards Shirley. I tried my best to discipline her but she never changed! She even went as far as to trick you into marrying her. So much envy and she just wanted to steal everything from Shirley and ruin her life!”
Martin averted his eyes towards Joanne, his fists crackled after being gripped too tightly.
“Ho… so that was it?!”
Lee’s words were like a saw and they completely, utterly bled out Joanne’s heart.
“Ma… do you know what you are saying now?” She cried in disbelief.
Instantly, Lee hurled her hands towards Joanne, “Are you trying to trick us now?! Shirley was like an angel, so kind and innocent, how many times had she put up with your wicked act? Her family had shown us great grace, how can I harden my heart and lie for your sake?! I would surely be punished by the gods!”
Joanne felt that even her spirit died.
A ghastly smirk surfaced on her face, “Ma, go on… Why not you tell them more?”
Lee wiped her tears and took a step towards Martin, “Today this evil child went too far, she even came to sneer at Shirley, saying that... that the two of you had been intimate and you would never divorce her! Shirley’s body was frail, moreover, she loved you so dearly and how could she handle this shock!? She even tried to take her own life! I was overcame by rage and called her over, thinking to get her to kneel down and apologize. Who would’ve known she’d even try to hurt Shirley again… How could I even have such a wicked daughter!?”
Martin hissed a deep breath.
Whatever happened last night was between the two of them, none of them could’ve known.
The fact that he turned down the divorce proposal was also unknown to others.
And there he was, perplexed at why Shirley would try to take her own life…
So that’s it... Anyone else could’ve lied, but the words of her own mother…
This woman was much, much more horrid than he ever knew!
He was guilt-ridden, his indecisiveness had ended up hurting Shirley…
What unbelievable jest that he had fallen for this vile human!
Looking as how Martin’s face turned into a thunder, Shirley was brimming with joy, but she sobbed even louder.
She was the one that put those words in Lee’s mouth.
This low-born had always listened to every word she said. Maybe that’s how common peasants behave towards their master. Shirley had tried every trick up her sleeves for a whole three years, even becoming his childhood lover and benefactress, Martin did not ditch Joanne and the divorce still didn’t happen!
Ergo, she decided to install a stealth cam in his office with a plot in mind…
Who would’ve known one thing led to another and she actually caught the two getting intimate inside! And once they indulged in the pleasure of the flesh, she reckoned that it would be even more difficult for a divorce…
But that’s okay~
If he didn’t want to be divorce, being widowed can be arranged too!
It would be easy as pie to dispose of a lowly daughter of her servant.
Shirley raised her head and looked into Martin’s eyes. Her poisonous scheme was well hidden and her eyes were serene and misty.