Kent shrugged helplessly. He knew that once his mother made her mind, there was nothing in the world that could change her decision. Or perhaps, Kent was hiding behind his mother's determination, as his heart yearned for Melinda to accept the jade bracelet.
"Don't you like us?" Janet asked nervously.
Although their family was making financial progress because of Kent, Janet knew that some girls were demanding. They looked for financial security before taking any big decision.
Janet could understand Melinda's concern. If she was bothered by their social status, there wasn't much Janet could do. She knew that Melinda deserved the best and would only wallow about her loss.
Janet looked dejected but tried her best not to show it out. Melinda's cheeks turned red and she didn't know how to explain to Janet that she wasn't in love with her son.
"I didn't mean that. I..." Melinda slumped her shoulders and blew out a loud breath. She was at a loss of words. She knew that Janet wouldn't understand no matter how much she explained.
"Well, if you didn't mean that, why don't you accept it?" Janet asked curiously.
Melinda decided to accept the bracelet to make her happy. She could later give it back to Kent after his parents left. She finally nodded and accepted the bracelet. Janet's face beamed with happiness.
She was happy that Melinda had spent the whole day with them. She and Charles felt that Melinda was the right match for Kent. "Kent, it's up to you now. Don't do anything stupid and drive her away," Janet threatened.
She had fulfilled her responsibility as a mother-in-law by passing on the heirloom to Melinda. It was now Kent's job to impress Melinda and get her married to him as soon as possible.
Kent smiled awkwardly. He knew that things weren't as rosy as they seemed to be. His parents were blissfully unaware of Melinda's complicated mind and he didn't have the heart to break their happy bubble.
Charles and Janet were happy. They had planned to go out and spend time with Kent and Melinda.
A City was a commercial city bustling with people. There were many touristic spots and the most famous of them all was the amusement park.
But Charles and Janet were too old to indulge in fun activities. Therefore, Kent and Melinda decided to go to the museum. They could go mountain climbing in the countryside as well.
Melinda was traumatized to plan outdoor activities. She seldom went out to have fun when she was married to Jonas. Even if she did, she would fall prey to Yulia's wicked plans. So, Kent planned everything without bothering Melinda.
He knew what she had gone through.
Melinda didn't understand her true strength until she met Jonas. She loved him with all her heart. She was fearless and ready to do anything to win his heart. Unfortunately, their story ended even before it started.
Janet was happy that Melinda was willing to spend time with them. But she didn't want to disturb the "couple", so she quickly made an excuse to leave.
Kent took them to the shopping mall and bought a lot of things for them. Charles and Janet were fussing over Melinda and she was overwhelmed by their love.
Melinda breathed a sigh of relief when she saw them leave. She couldn't be herself around them. The guilt was consuming her. They had accepted her as their daughter-in-law and were showering her with love.
But she didn't deserve any of it, for she and Kent weren't in love.
Janet were out of sight, Melinda removed the jade bracelet and gave it to Kent. The bracelet carried the heaviness of guilt and deceit. Kent's heart sank but he
smiled apologetically. But he was secretly
okay. Your mom
Although Janet was caring and sweet,
helplessness was evident in her eyes but he never talked about it because he knew that Melinda would find an
we go to the riverside for
"Okay," Melinda agreed.
well. The fresh air would take her mind off the things that had been
She didn't want to fall sick again. The wind was strong by the riverside. It was playing with Melinda's hair and her heart instantly felt light. The sound of water and
and flustered cheeks due to the cold made her look prettier. He loved spending every minute with
me! He has taken
towards them. Kent immediately pulled Melinda
as he pulled out a knife from
the robber could use her to distract Kent, so she snuck to
Kent looked like a puny nerd, he was adept at
robber, the people who were hesitant in the beginning came forward to help. A group of people managed to hold
No one was hurt but Kent's forearm was bleeding. The knife had pierced his skin
"Kent, are you okay?"
left with the police as she needed to file a
a scarf and drove him to the hospital. It had been a long time since she had taken the car and was
Melinda," Kent said
was with him the whole time, trying to make him feel better. She knew that Kent couldn't manage things on his own and decided
doctor had prescribed some medicines and Melinda was constantly checking the dosage. Kent's house was a bit messy because Charles and
though Kent was exhausted, he didn't want to rest. He watched Melinda look after him with a small smile on his face. He
late. You need
heavy dosage of medicines. Melinda was worried that he was still sitting on
can stay here for the night
in the house. His parents had
right, I can manage. But I might have to borrow your
felt insecure about it. She had spent sleepless nights at the Gu's mansion for several
home. I can't drive now, so
that Kent had inherited the