Chapter 8
Rosalie stood looking into the room from the open door.

Avery was curled up in a ball with her arms around her knees as she leaned against the wall.

Her hair was down, and it was a mess.

She looked up in a daze when she heard the commotion at the door.

“Avery! What happened to you?” Rosalie exclaimed. When she saw Avery’s face, which was white as a sheet of paper, her blood pressure instantly shot up.

“How did you become like this? Was it… Was it Elliot? Is he abusing you?”

At this point, there was a slight tremble in Rosalie’s voice.

Avery had lost a lot of weight.

Her face was void of any color, and there were faint cracks on her dry lips.

Her chest rose and fell unsteadily. She wanted to speak, but she could not find her voice.

Mrs. Cooper walked over with a glass of warm milk and passed it to Avery.

“Have a glass of milk first, Madam. Don’t be afraid. Now that Madam Rosalie is here, you can eat.”

Rosalie’s brows furrowed furiously as she said, “What’s that? Elliot isn’t letting Avery eat? How did she get so skinny? Is he trying to starve her to death?”

The incident shocked Rosalie to the core.

She stormed over to the living room and stood before her son.

“Elliot, Avery is the wife that I arranged for you. What would you have me think if you tormented her this way?”

“She should be punished for her mistakes. If it weren’t for your sake, do you think I would have allowed her to stay until now?” Elliot said in a cold, nonchalant voice.

The way he saw it, starving her for two days was a lot more merciful than breaking her arm.

She touched something she was not supposed to. She crossed his line. How could he easily forgive her?

“Mistake? What did Avery do?” asked Rosalie.

In her eyes, Avery was a sensible, well-behaved, and observant girl. She would never be stupid enough to deliberately anger Elliot.

and did not

to get married and have children,” said Rosalie. “Elliot, it’s because I know too well exactly what you’re thinking that I can’t allow you to do this. Avery is a good girl. It’s fine if you don’t love her. You

eyes welled up with tears

more she

retaliate when he noticed his mother’s condition. He signaled to his bodyguard

sure, you can’t chase Avery out! Divorce isn’t out of the question… You just have to find a girl you like. I will not allow you to spend the rest of your life alone!” Rosalie said

feel herself running out of breath as she said

tilted and she fell

who justhad just been discharged that morning, was then

mother to be so stubborn. He also did

matter with Avery could be settled quickly, but it seemed

did not only hate Avery, but he also

would find another woman for the sake of divorcing


Avery sipped on the glass

was happening outside

much, but he still managed to provoke his mother to the point

a bowl of oatmeal. She then picked up a brush

As long as Madam Rosalie is

two days. She was tired and out of energy, but there was one thing she

in a husky voice, but each of her words was clear. “Whether he wants to or not, I will

not want to linger in this hell for another

never wanted to see that

said awkwardly. “Have some oatmeal. I’ll go

the bodyguard pushing Elliot over in

but his eyes were

moved aside, the bodyguard pushed Elliot to the room’s

head shot up suddenly, and her

if there was the

get a divorce, Elliot!” Avery said as she

luggage and walked over to

two nights ago and was prepared to leave the place at

someone you actually like!” she

as he said, “You hate me that much. Do

my punishment, so we should be even. Do you have the divorce papers with you? If not, I can go get them made right

distance herself from him, Elliot drawled, “Did I say that your

It was as if she

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