Isabella"s face was so swollen that she could scarcely be recognized in her current state.
"Are you okay?" Holding her arm, Nina wiped the dirty, foul-smelling water on Isabella"s face with her sleeve. All the while, she had been pretending to be concerned for Isabella.
"How can you say I"m okay? I am calling the police. I will catch each and every one of them! I"m going to kill them all!" Isabella was gnashing her teeth arduously and was trembling all over with anger.
But Nina grabbed her phone and persuaded her in a soft voice, "Isabella, don"t. You can"t call the police at a time like this. What if news spreads out that a lady like you has been beaten up by several hooligans? I"m afraid that it will only cause a big scandal and it will be a disgrace to your family."
"So you want me to just give up and let them go?" Isabella gnashed her teeth with contempt and stamped her feet like a brat. It seemed that that she was about to fall apart.
"My body is so painful all over. Even my face must be swollen and bleeding." Never before had she been treated like this. She had been constantly pampered since childhood. The pain she felt all over her body made her feel even more aggrieved and pitiful.
But the ironic point was that she couldn"t even call the police to lodge a complaint.
If this matter were to really spread out, how would she be able to face people and live in the future?
Isabella could do nothing but stare at the end of the alley indignantly with hatred blazing out of her eyes. What made it more depressing was that she couldn"t do anything but keep her silence.
"Ouch, it"s really painful. I can"t stand it anymore, I"m going to the hospital."
"Okay, let"s go. I"ll bring you there,"
Nina said as she held Isabella"s arm and walked to the intersection. When she was about to hail a taxi, she heard a harsh whistle and looked around casually.
It was really him. Why is he here?" Nina wondered.
A taxi stopped right in front of her. Without giving it much thought, Nina pushed Isabella into the car. When she was about to get in, she suddenly thought of something.
"Well, since he"s here, I have to talk to him."
"Isabella, I can"t go with you now. I have to attend to something. Please bring her to central hospital," Nina instructed the driver. Then, she slammed the car door with anticipation.
Thinking of their agreement, Nina smiled from ear to ear.
"Good afternoon, Uncle," Nina flashed him a sweet smile.
All the while, John had been staring at her from a short distance. He had not expected her to react so quickly, so he looked straight at her and began the countdown with her. "This is the first time we met after we made the deal."
"Yes, it is," she replied eagerly. But why did it seem like he was excited by their chance meeting?
It was so strange.
"Thank you, Uncle. We shall meet again soon. Bye!" Nina still had to go to the hospital to take care of Isabella. After all, she should play-act in accordance with her pretense to the end.
More importantly, she wanted to know the reason why Isabella had betrayed her.
"What?" John felt a little annoyed. "You want to leave now?"
However, Nina was no longer able to hear his last sentence.
Henry nodded in confirmation, "Yes, she has left."
It could be said that a friendly warning was always hard to accept. John gloomily stared at the direction where Nina had disappeared, deep in impish thought.
Actually, he had come here on purpose so that the two of them could meet each other.
However, she had left immediately after saying "Hi" without any hesitation. This made him angry.
"Stop!" With a cold overbearing face, John shouted at Nina who hadn"t run far yet. His stern voice made Henry tremble with fear.
Nina stopped in her tracks. Why did this man always like to order her around?
"It must be because his parents used to be very strict with him when he was a child, " she thought.
Nina was not stupid and had no intentions of talking with him any longer than necessary, so she just continued to run away. Suddenly, she heard a cold, threatening voice behind her, "You will regret this!"
Regret? That was not in her vocabulary.
She didn"t even regret it at all when she sneaked out of her home, although the consequence was she might be locked up in a small, dark, secluded room once she got caught.
The car behind her revved up to catch up with her, and deliberately drove slowly when it passed by her. The devilish handsome man flashed her a smug, complacent smile.
And then, he stretched out his hand outside the window with the phone held between his two fingers. He waved his phone triumphantly, as if in provocation, or giving a hidden warning.
She took a closer look at it and saw that it was a video recording.
Although the car was moving, she could clearly see that the person in the video was none other than h
Nina was petrified and felt a sudden chill.
Why did this man like to record videos so much? Was it his hobby?
Nina was outraged and full of anger and regret. She clenched her fists and thumped them heavily in the air towards the car.
When she had calmed down, the Maybach had already disappeared from sight.
Meanwhile, John was holding the mobile phone in his hand, staring at Nina on the screen. In the video, she was hiding in the corner while looking at the commotion. His expression softened at the sight of her and asked, "Who was the girl being hit just now?"
"Ah, she"s Isabella from the Zhang family," Henry readily replied. Fortunately, he made a lot of preparation in his daily life and had taken note of all the important and influential people in Lexingport City.
"The Zhang family has developed progressively well in the recent years. Since I just came back, I should pay my respect and give them a nice present." "Nina, this is a gift especially for you.
You are ever so disobedient and hard-headed.
And you look funny when you are angry, " John mused.
"A gift?" Confused, Henry took a fleeting glance at the rear view mirror of the car and saw John intently staring at his phone with an evil sneer.
Henry was shocked when he thought of the content of the video that John had recorded.
"So, what"s his plan?" Henry mused in disbelief.
"Make a copy of the video and send it to the Zhang family." "I said I would make Nina regret leaving earlier, "
John thought. "Mr. Shi, are you sure?" Stupefied, Henry thought, "Just think twice about it! She is your legally-wedded wife! You should be nice to her instead of setting up a trap for her."
Henry was in a dilemma. He really wanted to divulge Nina"s identity to John. However, John hated being deceived the most, although their relationship couldn"t be classified as a scheme. Presently, John thought Nina was an interesting girl. Had he known her true identity, he would definitely divorce her.
In the face of being deceived, this little bit of funny could be deemed worthless.
What should I do now to rectify the situation?" Henry thought.
"What?" John raised his head in annoyance and stared at Henry with his cold piercing eyes.
Henry shut up right away. He felt like weeping, but had no tears to shed. All he could do was silently curse, "Mr. Shi, I"m afraid you"ll regret what you are doing in the end."
In the central hospital, the Zhang family soon got wind of what happened to Isabella and rushed to the hospital to take care of her.
When Nina saw that she was well taken care of and her play-acting was not needed anymore, she decided to leave to take care of other things.
On the top of her list was the campus forum.
As soon as the parents finished comforting their sobbing daughter, Isabella"s mother, Amelia Fang, received a call from her assistant.
"Ms. Fang, something bad has happened. Someone has posted the photos of Miss Isabella Zhang being hit on the campus forum, and the comments are full of lewd curses. It has only been a few minutes since it has been posted, but it is already one of the hottest topics,"
said the assistant.
"What?" Amelia Fang felt her temples throbbing painfully, and her head seemed as if it was about to explode. She still had a lot of matters to attend to at the company, and now this. Everyone was now aware that her beloved daughter was in the hospital because she had been beaten.
It was an embarrassment for both the Fang family and the Zhang family.
"You are good-for-nothing! What are you waiting for? Find someone to delete the post at once!"
"Ms. Fang, we can"t find any information about the person who posted it, and we can"t delete the post either. We discussed closing the forum with the university leaders, but closing it is not possible either."
The trembling voice of her assistant on the line made Amelia Fang even more furious. "You are all a bunch of good-for-nothing employees! You are all useless when faced with a critical situation. If you cannot do it, then go find someone who can do it. It doesn"t matter how expensive it will be."
As long as the post could be deleted, she was willing to pay a large sum of money.
At the side, Isabella was stunned by her mother"s outrage. She sobbed and inquired in panic, "Mom, tell me, what"s wrong?"
She was worried there might be something wrong with the company.
"It"s none of your business. Don"t use your phone in the next two days. Your father will take care of you. I have something urgent to deal with," Amelia Fang stated, then walked away after giving a warning to her husband.
"Okay, I won"t," Isabella obliged reluctantly. She was confused and decided to ignore her mother"s words. Right after Amelia Fang left, she took out her phone hastily.
Someone had sent her a reminder to check out the trending post on the school forum.
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