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“Jeremy, why do you have this in your pocket?”
Madeline brought the earring in front of Jeremy. Of course, she was not suspicious nor was she questioning him. She just felt that this was a little strange.
When Jeremy saw the earring, his mind went straight to Shirley.
He figured that it had fallen into his pocket when he brought Shirley into the car.
Jeremy did not know how he should dodge the question. He figured Madeline would not believe any excuses as to why he had a piece of woman’s jewelry in his pocket.
Upon seeing Jeremy hesitating as though he did not know how to answer her, Madeline felt a little worried. “Jeremy, what’s the matter with you? Who does this earring belong to?”
Jeremy knew he could not hide this anymore, and he really did not want to lie to Madeline either.
“It probably belongs to Shirley.” Jeremy did not hide it anymore.
“Why is Shirley’s earring in your pocket? Did you go to find her?” Madeline’s expression became anxious as her heart started beating frantically. “Jeremy, d-did you do something to her?”
Jermy felt remorseful when he saw Madeline’s worried expression.
He held Madeline’s shoulders and when he was about to tell her what was going on, someone pushed the room door open all of a sudden.
Lillian was sleeping but when she heard the noise, she woke up abruptly.
Jeremy looked at the man who barged through the door in displeasure. “Why are you here? Don’t disturb my daughter’s rest. Get out.”
Madeline looked at Carter in dissatisfaction and quickly walked to Lillian to comfort her.
However, Cater did not leave. Instead, he strode over.
His expression was cold as he questioned in an icy tone.
“Jeremy, where did you hide Shirley?” Carter asked, going straight to the topic.
Madeline detected something fishy when she heard this. “Carter, why are you asking this?”
“Why don’t you ask your husband what he did?” Carter asked with eyes filled with hostility.
Jeremy went over and protectively pulled Madeline behind him. “Carter, don’t you think that you’re being pathetic by asking this? What did I do? Have you asked yourself what you’ve done? What kind of shameful things have you asked Shirley to do?”
After Jeremy asked that, Carter seemed to fall into momentary silence.
It seemed that he did not have anything to refute.
Jeremy walked over to him, and their two pairs of eyes that were beautiful in their own way met. Their hostile gazes crashed into each other savagely mid-air.
“Carter, I did to Shirley what you asked her to do to my wife. What she’s enduring now is nothing compared to what my wife and I had to endure.”
When Carter heard Jeremy’s answer, there was a look of anxiety in Carter’s eyes.
“What the hell did you do to her?”
“Why? Are you worried? Are you worried that something will happen to the chess piece you’re manipulating?”
“I won’t tell you where she is, just like how she refuses to hand over the anti-toxoid test reagent to me.”
Jeremy’s tone was decisive. The aura emanating from his cold eyes completely overpowered Carter at this moment.
Carter saw the overwhelmingly strong aura in Jeremy’s eyes and felt his determination to save Madeline with the anti-toxoid test reagent.
“Jeremy, if you want the anti-toxoid test reagent, you should let Shirley go. Without her, you won’t be able to get the anti-toxoid test reagent!” Carter said in a warning tone while looking a little impatient.
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However, this time, Jeremy remained very calm. He chuckled softly and carefreely, saying, “Shirley has already told me that the anti-toxoid test reagent hasn’t been made. So even if she’s standing here, it won’t be of use.”
“So you won’t let her go, huh?” Carter was slowly losing his patience.
“You can go now. Don’t disturb my daughter’s rest.” Jeremy chased Carter away coldly.
Carter pressed his lips together tightly. He looked at Lillian who was blinking her clear wide eyes and then looked at Madeline while saying, “Jeremy, don’t regret this.”
“The thing I regret the most is that I only waited till now to teach that vile woman a lesson.”
Those two words pierced Carter’s eardrums. He felt that they sounded abnormally ear-piercing.
Carter did not continue questioning Jeremy and turned around to leave with a cold expression on his face.
After Carter left, Madeline immediately comforted the little princess and put her back to sleep. After Lillian was asleep, she looked at Jeremy before the two of them walked out of the room.
“Jeremy, is that true? Did you kidnap Shirley?” Madeline asked directly.
To be honest, she wanted to hear him denying this but she only saw him nodding.
“That’s right, I kidnapped her and locked her up.”
“Jeremy…” Madeline felt a twinge in her heart and she wanted to ask Jeremy to let Shirley go. After all, this was not something just and honorable.
However, before she could continue, Jeremy interrupted her.
“Linnie, I can’t take this anymore.” Jeremy held Madeline’s hand tightly in his palms.
She could feel Jeremy’s anxiety and uneasiness from the way he was holding her so tightly.
“Jeremy, are you worried about me? Are you worried that the poison will torment me a lot when it reaches the final stage so that’s why you kidnapped Shirley to force her to give you the anti-toxoid test reagent?”
After she said that, Jeremy lowered his eyelids silently.
Madeline felt her heart aching, but at the same time, she felt loved and pampered.
“Jeremy, let her go. I don’t want you to do something so unreasonable because of me.”
“Linnie, I’m clear-headed and I know what I’m doing.” Jeremy’s gaze looked firm. “I’m just doing to her what she did to you. I can’t let them always have the upper hand over us. Linnie, we can’t be so passive anymore.”
Madeline saw Jeremy’s unwavering decisiveness. After pondering, she figured that she could not change his mind anymore.
Plus, it was true that Shirley had done all kinds of evil.
“Jeremy, where did you imprison Shirley? I want to go see her,” Madeline suggested, but Jeremy rejected without hesitation.
“I won’t let you see her. This is my own doing so I won’t drag you into this.”
“I’m already in this now, aren’t I?” Madeline emphasized and looked straight into Jeremy’s eyes. “Jeremy, I’m your wife. I won’t run away if you’re in trouble, do you understand?”
When Jeremy heard this, he suddenly felt remorseful. He regretted kidnapping Shirley now.
However, now that things had already arrived at this point, he could only continue with it.
The next morning, Jeremy called Karen to come to take care of Lillian in the hospital. After that, he took Madeline to the place where he was imprisoning Shirley.
On the way, Jeremy sensed that someone was following them. As such, he deliberately took a very roundabout way. After making sure that he had lost the person behind him, he eventually drove to the destination.
Madeline was surprised when the car stopped and she saw the building in front of her.
‘It’s this place.’
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Madeline got out of the car. She had never thought that she would come back to this villa again.
After all, this place was filled with a lot of unhappy memories.
Jeremy carefully observed Madeline’s expression. He knew this place had given her too much pain. To be honest, he was genuinely reluctant to bring her back here.
“She’s in the basement.” Jeremy broke the silence and went over to open the iron gates.
Madeline followed after him. When she stepped into the premises, she felt a strong uneasiness rising in her chest.
Perhaps it was because the weather was cold today, so whenever the wind blew, the coldness would penetrate her skin like thorns.
Madeline could not endure this discomfort so she followed Jeremy to the basement.
When the door of the basement was opened and the light streamed inside, Madeline could see a person lying on the cold and damp floor.
Madeline quickly walked to Shirley and grabbed her arm.
She could feel that Shirley’s entire body was hot, even her breath. It seemed that she was having a fever.
At this moment, she looked battered and exhausted. She had lost her bright and beautiful appearance as well as her arrogant attitude whenever she was in front of people.
“Shirley,” Madeline called out to her.
Jeremy watched them coldly at one side. “Linnie, she won’t die. You don’t have to worry about people like her.”
Madeline understood how much Jeremy despised Shirley. However, if something happened to Shirley and she died here, Jeremy’s future would be destroyed.
“Jeremy, get her out of here. Ask Carter to come to get her.”
“No way.” Jeremy rejected decisively. “Even if she dies, it’ll be an appropriate punishment for her crimes. Linnie, why are you worried about people like her?”
“The person I’m worried about is you, Jeremy Whitman,” Madeline emphasized with a stern tone.
Suddenly, Jeremy was dazed. He felt as if his judgment had been affected by his anger because what Madeline said hit him hard now.
She was worried about him. How could she be worried about Shirley?
Jeremy squatted down and stroked Madeline’s cheek.
“I’m sorry, Linnie.”
“There’s no sorry between us,” Madeline said. She used all her might to pull Shirley who was drifting in and out of consciousness. At the same time, her heavy gaze was glued to the man who was furrowing his eyebrows.
“Jeremy, I know you hate Shirley, but this is not right. Even though they’ve done such things, it doesn’t mean we can. I know you’re doing this for me and you’re unconvinced, but you can’t use their methods.”
After Madeline said that, she used all her might to drag Shirley outside.
Before she could take two steps, Jeremy hurried over and yanked Shirley away from Madeline.
However, after he did that, Shirley started to slowly regain consciousness.
“Jeremy, let me go…”
Shirley said weakly and sluggishly.
Jeremy lowered his eyes to look at her coldly. “Are you feeling the pain and discomfort now? Shirley, this is what you deserve.”
He said and dragged Shirley forcefully toward the entrance.
Madeline thought Jeremy was going to let Shirley go, but she did not expect him to drag Shirley into the guest room.
He then pushed Shirley onto the bed without pity.
Shirley let out a muffled sound of pain and shifted slightly on the bed. She had no energy left in her body.
Sunlight poured into the room from the French window, shining on Shirley’s face and body that was covered with dirt. At this moment, she looked especially sloppy and battered.
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Perhaps Shirley had never imagined that this would happen to her one day.
When Madeline saw Shirley in this state, she fell silent.
“Jeremy, are you really not going to let her go?”
“Letting her stay here is already my absolute limit.” As Jeremy said that, he grabbed Madeline’s hand to walk out of the door. At the same time, he locked the door of the guest room.
He turned around and held Madeline’s shoulders. Then, he said earnestly, “Linnie, don’t worry about me and don’t feel sorry for this woman. She’s the one who poisoned you and it’s because of her that we have to suffer the pain of getting tormented by the poison again. If we can’t get better, then she also should not think about getting better.”
After hearing what Jeremy said, Madeline suddenly felt relieved.
She smiled gently. Her warm palm was caressing the side of Jeremy’s cheek softly. “Jeremy, I completely understand what you mean. We’ll go according to your plan and keep Shirley here for the time being. If she can come to her senses and give us the anti-toxoid reagent, it would be the best. However, if she doesn’t, I also hope that you can try your best to handle this rationally.”
After Madeline said this, she lifted Jeremy’s face when she saw that he was silent. Her beautiful eyes were looking straight into his eyes.
“Jeremy, look at me and promise me this.”
Jeremy looked into Madeline’s eyes, nodding seriously and gravely.
“I promise you, Linnie. I won’t do anything irrational.”
“Okay.” Madeline smiled in satisfaction. “Give me the key to this room.”
Jeremy did not hesitate before handing the key to Madeline.
Madeline opened the door and when she entered the room, she saw that Shirley had already gotten out of bed.
She looked battered and exhausted, but it was not as bad as before.
When Shirley saw Madeline, Shirley stopped in her tracks. When she wanted to say something, she saw Jeremy coming in after Madeline and she backed away subconsciously.
“Jeremy, Eveline, don’t think that you’ll get the anti-toxoid reagent by locking me here. You will never get the anti-toxoid reagent by doing this!”
Jeremy chuckled in a low voice, filled with disdain. “If we can’t get it, neither can you. You’ve also been injected with the same poison as Linnie. You’ll go through whatever Linnie goes through soon enough.”
“…” Shirley bit her dry lip and there was a look of panic in her alluring eyes.
She was panicking. Of course, she was panicking.
She had always watched other people suffer in pain after she developed the poison.
She had never been tormented by the poison she developed before, but she knew it must be a horrible experience.
Even though she had not reached the first stage of the poison, the pain when Jeremy injected her with it was enough for her to feel it deeply.
Madeline caught the uneasiness on Shirley’s face and she turned around to look into Jeremy’s eyes.
“Jeremy, you should go out and wait for me. Let me talk to her for a bit.”
“Linnie, you have to be careful. She’s not like you. You have a cautious heart but she has a heart that only knows how to hurt people.”
“…” When Shirley heard this, she had nothing to say as well.
“I’ll be careful. Don’t worry.” Madeline gave Jeremy a reassuring answer.
Jeremy did not say anything anymore. He turned around to walk to the door before closing it.
He did not walk away and just stayed at the door.
If Shirley really wanted to do something reckless, he would be able to rush in there and protect Madeline immediately.
Meanwhile, inside the room, after Shirley saw that Jeremy had left, she sat down on the bed while letting out a sigh of relief.
She leaned against the side of the bed, seemingly exhausted. She was looking at Madeline insipidly as she said, “Mrs. Whitman, what do you want to talk to me about?”
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Madeline did not answer Shirley. She walked to the closet and took out a clean set of clothes from inside.
“I think it must be hard for you to stand the state you’re in right now. You can go and take a shower.”
Madeline placed the clothes at the end of the bed gently.
“You have a slight fever. Here’s a first aid kit. I think you should know better than anyone what you should take to make your fever go down.”
Shirley was puzzled after she heard what Madeline said. She looked at Madeline with suspicion.
“Eveline, what are you trying to do? Are you requiting evil with good?”
Madeline smiled indifferently. “I’m not that great nor am I sanctimonious. However, we’re on the same boat now. After all, I still have to depend on you to recover, right?”
After Madeline said that, Shirley looked at the woman who was smiling slightly and fell into silence.
She was locked up here now, so she could not develop the anti-toxoid reagent. Hence, Madeline would never be able to get treated and it would be impossible for her to be completely recovered as well.
“Shirley, I don’t know what you’re thinking about, but don’t worry. My husband is right, we’re not the same. You want to hurt people but I won’t. So you can take a shower with no worries and take a comfortable nap.”
After Shirley heard this, she kept feeling as if something was amiss. She looked at herself from top to bottom and touched her face. Then, she decided to do just as Madeline said.
“Alright, I’ll listen to you, Mrs. Whitman. I’m going to take a shower and go to sleep after that.” Shirley got up and grabbed the clothes at the end of the bed. Then, she turned around and walked into the bathroom that was attached to the room.
Madeline looked in the direction of the bathroom for a few seconds before opening the door of the room.
When Jeremy saw Madeline walking out, he looked into the room and did not see Shirley. However, he heard the sound of running water coming from the bathroom.
“Linnie, what did you talk about? Is she taking a shower?”
“Yeah, she’s taking a shower now.”
“Jeremy, I know what I’m doing. Don’t worry.” Madeline looked at Jeremy profoundly and smiled.
Jeremy saw the confidence in her beautiful eyes. He wanted to ask more questions, but suddenly, he felt as if he understood what she meant.
“Jeremy, you should go back and take care of Lily. I’ll stay here for a bit.”
“Alright, I’ll listen to my wife.” Jeremy agreed. At the same time, he exhorted in concern, “You have to be careful.”
Madeline answered seriously, letting Jeremy leave with ease.
Shirley was showering in the bathroom. She was still feeling dizzy, her brain turbid. She felt that there must be something amiss with Madeline’s behavior. However, she could not wrap her head around why Madeline wanted to do this.
Shirley felt weak, and she also knew that she had a fever. It was such a cold winter day and Jeremy had splashed so much cold water on her. Plus, she spent the entire night in that basement so it was impossible for her not to have caught a cold.
She finished showering while enduring her discomfort. After that, she put on the clothes Madeline gave her. The moment she stepped out of the bathroom, she smelled food.
Shirley stopped in her tracks and saw steaming hot food on the table. There was also a cup of hot water on the side and next to it was a white-colored antipyretic.
Shirley was dazed. When she was wondering if she was dreaming, the door opened once again.
Madeline walked in with a set of clean four-piece bedsheets.
“You were starved for one whole day. Eat something first.” Madeline walked to the side of the bed as she said that and started to change the bedsheets.
Since Shirley had been in bed just now, the sheets were now dirty and messy.
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While this further increased Shirley’s suspicion, she certainly was hungry.
She did not think that Madeline would do anything to the food, so she started eating without worries.
When she finished, Madeline had already changed the bedsheets.
“You ought to stay here for the time being.” Madeline walked up to Shirley. “I know you like Carter, but that doesn’t mean that you should follow that person blindly.”
“Heh. Eveline, are you teaching me how to conduct myself?” Shirley chuckled and asked. “Don’t you recall that you too had done a lot of stupid things for Jeremy back then?”
Madeline calmly smiled at that. “Back then, I loved him so much that I had lost myself, but I never did anything that goes against my conscience or harms others, not even for him.”
Shirley, silent upon hearing that, momentarily did not know how to refute Madeline.
Unconvinced, she bit her lip, and her eyes were hostile and doubtful. “Eveline, what on earth do you and your husband intend to do?”
Madeline curled her beautiful lips slowly. “You should be grateful that you have a good brother.”
“Just think about it.”
After Madeline said that, she turned and walked out the door.
Shirley saw that Madeline was about to leave. Although Shirley had regained a fair bit of her energy after bathing and eating, she thought about being locked up here for who knew how long. Seeing Madeline’s back, she suddenly charged toward Madeline.
‘Eveline, thank you for your hospitality, but at the end of the day, I am not a good person, so I won’t fall for this!’
Shirley silently thought as she suddenly reached out with her hands and tried to pull Madeline back in to borrow her momentum to run out.
However, Madeline quickly turned her head.
Shirley was shocked. Before she could react, Madeline grabbed Shirley’s wrist, restraining her.
“It’s not time for you to leave yet, so be obedient and stay here.”
Madeline released Shirley’s hand as she spoke.
Shirley, still physically weak, stumbled backward and bumped into the bedside.
Madeline glanced at Shirley, then firmly walked out of the door and locked the door from the other side.
As she was about to head downstairs, Madeline’s footsteps gradually came to a halt.
She looked at her previous master bedroom, then suddenly turned and walked toward the room.
The door was ajar. After taking a step inside, Madeline felt an intense discomfort washing over her.
Scenes seemed to play in her eyes. Scenes of the time when she had been wronged and hurt in this very room.
The scenes in which Jeremy had ignored her, neglected her, and treated her brutally played in her mind like a movie, appearing one after another in her eyes.
She had already let go of all these, but these scenes now flooded her mind, bringing her pain.
Madeline quickly turned to leave the bedroom, nearly running down the stairs as she left.
When she was outside the villa, she felt that her heart was beating abnormally fast, and it seemed to have gotten more difficult to breathe. Those fragments of memories also persisted in her mind.
Madeline staggered, suddenly recalling Shirley’s words from before…
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Shirley had said, “Eveline, let me ask you a question. What’s the most terrifying and mortifying experience that you’re most reluctant to relive in your life?”
Madeline knew better than anyone the experience she was most reluctant to recall. It was the time when she had been in so much pain that she had wanted to die. To her, it had been a time of misery. A living hell.
Madeline then suddenly realized what might happen when the poison reached the final stage that Shirley mentioned.
‘Don’t jump to conclusions.’
Madeline’s mind wondered, then she gently shook her head, collecting her thoughts.
Her heart was racing. Once her breathing difficulties had alleviated, she hailed a car by the roadside, considering returning to the hospital.
After getting into the car, however, Madeline’s imagination ran wild against her volition again.
Initially, she had been unafraid of the physical pain and torment. She had thought she could endure them because the pain she had experienced previously was far worse than it was now.
She had made it through those experiences, so why should she fear?
However, Madeline had a feeling that the final stage Shirley mentioned would not torment Madeline physically, but rather destroy her mentally.
The car braked suddenly as Madeline was still deep in thought.
Her body reflexively launched forward, quickly grabbing onto the handle.
Curious, Madeline lifted her gaze and looked.
Without waiting for the driver’s answer, Madeline immediately understood what had happened.
She saw that Carter and his car were in front of the taxi; it was clear that Carter had forced the taxi to stop.
“I’m sorry, that’s my friend. I’ll get out now.” Madeline immediately paid the driver and got out.
Upon seeing this, the driver knew something was amiss, so he reversed the car and left.
White snow gusted furtively into the air as biting squalls passed by on this winter day.
Madeline calmly looked at Carter who wore a black coat. His mannerism did not seem to be that of the cultured and refined noble that he had before. Now, his presence seemed to radiate a dark and chilling aura as dangerous as the piercing cold wind.
“I don’t want to cause you trouble,” Carter said, breaking the silence.
Madeline listened as the cold wind whistled past her ear. She lifted her hand to wrap her scarf around her neck.
“Why did you stop me then, Mr. Gray?” Madeline asked calmly.
Carter walked in front of Madeline. “Where’s Shirley?”
Madeline could not help but feel that something was odd upon hearing this.
She had thought that Carter intercepted her here because he had been tailing her, but that did not seem to be the case. He might have merely been waiting for an opportunity on this road.
“Are you concerned about her, or are you worried that your plan would be affected if something happens to your pawn?” Madeline asked and chuckled softly.
Carter seemed to frown, then opened his mouth to speak in a cold, but not quite angry, tone. “Eveline, I’m quite fond of you, truly. I think you’re very special, but I hope that you won’t use it in a different place.”
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Upon hearing Carter’s words, Madeline smiled softly. “Thank you for your compliments, Mr. Carter, but I don’t need them. I don’t need you to think I’m special, and I certainly don’t need your admiration. On the contrary, you repulse me.”
Carter’s lips seemingly curled. “Is that so? Is that why you won’t tell me where Shirley is?”
“That’s right, I won’t.” Madeline maintained her cool as she looked into Carter’s inscrutable eyes. “However, if you intend to abduct me now to exchange for her, go ahead. I can’t compete with a man’s strength anyway.”
Carter had initially considered this. If Madeline would not speak, he would similarly use this method, abducting her so that Jeremy would exchange Shirley for Madeline.
However, he had not expected Madeline to have already seen through his thoughts and intentions.
Admiration flashed across Carter’s eyes. “Eveline, you’re indeed extraordinary, but I won’t abduct you.”
He walked toward the door to the passenger’s seat and said, “Mrs. Whitman, please join me for a cup of tea at my place.”
Madeline knew that she did not have a choice. As she got into the car, she swiftly sent a text to Jeremy when Carter was not looking.
Carter did notice Madeline’s action. He figured that Madeline was texting Jeremy, but he pretended not to have noticed it.
His initial goal of whisking off Madeline was to let Jeremy know that Madeline was with him. Since Madeline had already informed Jeremy, she saved Carter some time.
Half an hour later, Madeline returned to the villa once again.
Upon getting out of the car, Madeline noticed that the snow had gotten heavier. The wet and cold ground was covered with a thin layer of snow.
Madeline pulled her coat tighter as she gradually made her way over the snow and into the entryway.
It was warm inside the house. Carter instructed a servant to brew some black tea and bring over some snacks.
He seemed unhurried as he turned and sat on the sofa before slowly speaking.
“It wasn’t truly my intention to cause so many of these incidents. At first, I’d just wanted to discuss business with Jeremy. After realizing that the chance of us reaching an agreement was close to none, I went with the most direct approach, which was you.”
Madeline calmly listened to Carter, then dryly asked, “What business did you and my husband talk about?”
Carter gazed into Madeline’s beautiful eyes for a few seconds, then the corner of his lips lifted into a mysterious smile.
“The plan was already scrapped, so there’s no point talking about it again. However, I won’t be stopping the current plan.”
“Your current plan is to use me to keep my husband in check to obtain your deep secret, is that right?”
Carter repeated those two words, then elegantly lifted his black tea and took a sip.
“Indeed. As you’ve said, it is indeed a deep secret.”
Upon hearing that, Madeline fell silent for a few seconds then resumed her questions. “What exactly is the relationship between you and Shirley? Why does she listen to every word you say?”
“What’s our relationship?” It seemed that Carter was lost in thought, and there was a slight change in his expression as well. Carter seemed to only return to his senses a while later. “An insignificant pawn.”
“If she’s insignificant, then why are you so worried about this pawn to the point of searching everywhere for her, Mr. Gray?”
“Because…” Carter quickly stopped himself after uttering a single word. His sharp eyebrows and dazzling eyes rose as his handsome face smiled in intrigue.
“It seems that you’ve mistaken who’s in charge here, Mrs. Whitman. I brought you here, so I should be the one directing this game instead of you questioning me incessantly like you’re interrogating a criminal.”
Madeline pretended to only realize this after hearing it. “Oh, I’m sorry. I’ve truly mistaken who’s in charge. Since that’s the case, please go ahead and ‘interrogate’ me, Mr. Gray.”
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Madeline’s calmness impressed Carter yet again.
Perhaps it was this calmness of her that had made him feel that she was special back then.
Carter placed the cup in his hands steadily. “I don’t have anything to ask you.”
He checked the time on his watch. “Your husband should be here soon.”
Just as Carter had spoken, Madeline could hear the familiar car engine sound coming from the outside of the villa entrance.
That was Jeremy’s car.
Carter glimpsed at the French window through the corner of his eyes. “That was certainly fast. You’re someone he cares about indeed.”
“You’re so good at cracking jokes, Mr. Gray. I’m his wife, could he not care about me?” Madeline asked and chuckled lightly. “Some people are quite pitiful, however. They obviously care about someone, yet they don’t know how to care for them. Don’t you think so?”
Carter’s smile froze.
He could tell what Madeline was sneering at him, he did not know what Madeline had meant exactly.
Thud thud thud thud.
The familiar sound of footsteps came closer, and Madeline immediately rose from the sofa.
“Jeremy, I’m here.”
Madeline looked toward the man who was walking over. The sight of Jeremy’s hurried and frantic look made her sincerely feel sorry for him.
If it were not for her wanting to be alone with Shirley and asking Jeremy to leave, this would not have happened.
At least now that they had reunited, Jeremy would protect her, even if Carter had shown up.
“Mr. Whitman, you’ve arrived very quickly.” Carter was the first to speak.
Jeremy’s cold gaze swept past Carter’s face, then walked straight to Madeline and grabbed her hand.
“Don’t you want to sit down for a chat, Mr. Whitman?” Carter asked as he took a new teacup and poured another cup of black tea.
“It’s snowing so heavily out there. Why don’t you sit down, enjoy some tea and chat for a bit?
Jeremy looked at the leisure and carefree Carter, then lowered his eyes, meeting Madeline’s eyes, and sat on the sofa facing Carter while holding Madeline’s hands.
“You want to chat, huh? Alright, I’ll chat with you. What’s the purpose of you doing all these? What on earth are you trying to do by asking Shirley to develop this kind of poison to manipulate others?”
Carter silently listened to Jeremy’s questions, then calmly said, “Specifically, I intend to manipulate you, but you should’ve already known that a long time ago.”
He briefly paused as he spoke, and the smile his gaze deepened as he peered into Jeremy’s sharp and charming eyes.
“For you, Mr. Whitman, the physical pain and mental torture had been but a brief suffering, at most. However, it won’t be the same for your wife. She’s your weak spot.”
Carter certainly saw through this.
However, the anger in Jeremy’s heart was surging.
He felt as though he and Madeline were just like experiment subjects for Carter to examine in detail.
Regardless of what Carter knew, he certainly could not know everything about them.
“Carter, you’ve got one thing right. My wife is indeed my weak spot, but she’s also my armor. I’d advise you to stop provoking us. Otherwise, you’ll find it far more difficult to achieve your goals, and I’ll do everything in my power to stop you.”
“Heh.” Carter chuckled softly. “Mr. Whitman, I don’t think you can threaten me anymore,” he said, standing up. “If the poison remains in the body of the love of your life, you will always have to worry. You might have also forgotten about one thing, so let me remind you.”
Carter deliberately paused as he spoke, the corner of his lips curled upward as he looked at Jeremy’s light flax-colored hair and amber eyes.
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“It seems that you’ve forgotten that the poison in your body is not completely cleared as well.”
Carter spoke confidently.
Jeremy’s expression remained static despite this reminder.
“What about it? You seem to be quite confident. Was it just because of this?”
“No, I am completely confident.” There was an assured look on Carter’s face. “Jeremy, since you’re here and we’re done talking, let me bring you guys somewhere.”
Without speaking, Jeremy and Madeline shared a look.
“What is it? Are you guys scared?” Carter asked provocatively. “If you’re scared, you’re free to not follow.”
Carter then turned and walked toward the basement.
Madeline remembered this place. Carter had hypnotized her here back then. Unbeknownst to Madeline, a completely different world was hidden in the basement.
Through the side door, there was a large-scale laboratory.
The laboratory was equipped with state-of-the-art instruments.
Madeline saw that the test tube racks were neatly arranged with vials of various colors and sizes. This scene gave Madeline an extreme chill.
These vials of anti-toxoid test reagents, likely developed by Shirley, had a variety of effects.
“Can you guess whether the anti-toxoid test reagent you’re looking for is here?” Carter asked with a proud smile on his face.
Perhaps he was proud of the fact that he owned so many mysterious anti-toxoid test reagents.
“Eveline, do you know what will happen during your next flare-up?”
Carter kept them on tenterhooks. He observed Jeremy’s reaction before speaking.
“You will recall the worst and the most painful experience in your life.”
Madeline was unsurprised by Carter’s answer. On the contrary, she had already expected this.
However, Jeremy immediately froze when he heard this answer.
Carter was visibly very satisfied by Jeremy’s reaction.
“What about it? I’ve already figured out what you’re referring to. Did you think I would be frightened by this, then submit to you, listen to you, and return Shirley to you?”
Jeremy was now shocked by Madeline’s calmness and questions.
‘How did she know?’
“What is it? Are you disappointed that the thing you’d thought could threaten me doesn’t affect me in the slightest?”
Carter looked at the smiling Madeline and suddenly felt slightly defeated. “Eveline, you truly are a special woman. Unfortunately, no matter how special you are, you will submit when the time comes.”
“We shall see.”
Upon hearing the conversation between Madeline and Carter, Jeremy felt his temples throbbing furiously.
He faced Madeline. The sight of her calm and serene mannerism left an excruciating ache in his heart.
‘It seemed that Linnie had already known about the pain and torment she’ll be going through in the final stage, yet she never said a single word.
‘Does she intend to suffer this alone?’
Jeremy dared not imagine that Madeline would again suffer the horrendous experiences of the past.
He could not let her relive those horrible experiences.
“Carter, tell us your final terms. I’ll agree to anything as long as you have the anti-toxoid test reagent.”