Chapter 44 - Everything Was a Mess
“I have nothing to say to you, Carol, so please leave my study.”
“You might not, but I do. That’s why I need that child to leave. I want to talk about the problems in our relationship.”
“Our relationship?” David’s lips quirked into a smirk. Throughout their three years of marriage, a crack had formed and slowly began to grow between them, dividing them. “Hah,” he scoffed. “I never thought I would hear anything like this come from your mouth. What was the catalyst that inspired your change of heart?”
His mocking tone made Carol stiffen and purse her lips. “I’ll tell you everything. I’ll tell you the whole truth. I’m just asking you to give me the chance,” she said.
It was the first time Anna had ever seen Master David treat anyone with such harsh indelicacy, but it was also the first time she had ever seen Carol carry such determination in her voice. What was clear, at least, was that there was some kind of transformation taking place between them. Anna wouldn’t even dare to think about interfering.
David continued, calm. “You’re selfish to the end. I’ve tried for three years. For the last three years, I’ve continually requested conversations so we could solve the problem between us. Yet, what did you do?” He glared at her coldly, making Carol’s eyelashes tremble. “You lied and deceived me.”
He strode past her and violently swung open the door. Outside the study stood a wide-eyed nurse waiting for Carol, startled by the door’s sudden movement.
“Leave,” he commanded.
Carol’s eyes were littered with teardrops. She bit down hard on her lower lip. With shivering hands, she took hold of her dress and slowly exited the room. However, either because her foot snagged on the door’s threshold, or because she stepped on her dress, she immediately fell to the floor.
Oh no. After seeing Carol trip, Anna readied herself to go and help her up, but at that moment, another person unexpectedly arrived and helped Carol instead.
It was Dylan.
“Carol!” he cried. He began to defend her, standing up to David. “Why are you doing this to her, Brother?”
“This isn’t something you should involve yourself in,” David replied.
As he spoke, Dylan spotted Anna still present within David’s study and his expression grew hard. His gaze returned to his older brother, who wore a cold-hearted countenance.
“I know that. That’s why I haven’t done anything besides watch the situation unfold. I’m sure I’m not the only one this applies to; everyone else in the household is much the same,” Dylan began. As long as Anna was inside that room, he couldn’t keep turning a blind eye. “However, how much longer does our family have to keep tiptoeing around you two whenever you and Carol fight? Just for how long do our servants need to watch as you insult Carol right in front of them?!”
“Every single person in this household is keeping their eye on the both of you. Why don’t you understand that you two are harming others with your neverending psychological warfare?!” Dylan yelled.
David, becoming increasingly agitated, took a deep breath. “The person you’re so worried about right now… Do you consider her your sister-in-law…” His shivering hands were balled into a fist. Thin air escaped him as he spoke. “Or the woman you love?”
Anna felt all the blood drain from her body. Dylan, Carol, David, and Anna. None of them dared to open their mouths in reply.
Dylan froze like ice, while Carol kept her gaze directed to the ground, speechless. David’s forehead creased with a frown, while Anna looked pale enough to faint.
Anna sat hunched over with her arms wrapped around her body as she shivered. Earlier, following David’s revelation, Dylan had grabbed her, and she frantically shook him off before running away. She hid where others’ gazes would not reach, sitting at the corner of the stairs with betrayal and humiliation crawling deep within her.
“I feel like vomiting,” she muttered between tightly pressed lips.
The reason he was so desperate to kick her out of the household, why he claimed that the novel ‘Yayok’ was so similar to her, why he always seemed suspicious of her relationship with Master David, why he…
“If you ever hurt that person’s feelings, I will pay back their pain tenfold. I’ll make you experience more pain than their heart could ever feel by ripping yours out of your chest. Behave while you still have the chance.”
She covered her mouth with her hand, stifling her sobs. All the sweet words he said and all the things he did for her were calculated. It felt like her world was crumbling apart.
Dylan desperately called for her from afar. Anna cupped her ears with her hands.
Unfortunately, a moment later a pair of black dress shoes came into view, stopping right in front of her. Anna immediately moved to get up and escape, but Dylan locked eyes with her and began to beg, taking hold of her.
“Please. Please let me talk to you for a moment,” he pleaded, but he knew that it was already too late. He had already forsaken his chances to explain himself back when he kept despairing over trying to find the right words to say to her. An overwhelming sense of regret sat upon his shoulders.
“I no longer have anything to say to you, Master.”
“I still have a lot of things I need to say to you, though, so that’s why—”
“Just what do you have to say? That nothing went as you expected it to? I ignored your warning, and as a result, my heart’s been ripped to pieces just as you claimed it would be. Back then, I couldn’t understand what you said to me, but now… I’m amazed at how clear things have become. I understand why you hated me so much this entire time.”