“What’s wrong, Viola? Have you forgotten about me because you haven’t seen me for a long time?” Rachel asked.
Viola Lyons swallowed hard nervously. For some reason, her feet felt cold.
“Mi-Miss Rachel, you’re back,” she stammered.
Rachel took a step forward. “That’s right. I’m back, and I’m staying this time. Viola, go clean up my bedroom.”
Viola lowered her gaze and pursed her lips, unable to respond. ‘Her bedroom?’ Rachel didn’t have a bedroom in this house anymore. Alice had already occupied her old bedroom.
However, Viola didn’t want to say that out loud. If this had happened in the past, she wouldn’t have hesitated to say it. However, it looked like Rachel had changed so much. She had become a terrifying woman, and Viola was so scared of her that it felt difficult to breathe.
“Who’s home right now?” Rachel looked around and saw that the garden’s layout hadn’t changed in the past two years. Everything was the same as before.
“Your father, his wife, and Miss Alice are all here,” Viola replied.
“Great! That saves me the effort of looking for them,” Rachel said as she walked through the front yard and entered the house.
Inside the living room.
“Mom, which one looks better on me? This one or the previous one?” Alice asked, fiddling with the diamond necklace around her neck.
“Silly girl, the other one is more expensive. You’re going to attend Mr. Sullivan’s banquet, so you should wear something more expensive.” The middle-aged woman grabbed the necklace on the table. It was embedded with a sapphire, and it looked more expensive and exquisite. Gently, she put it around Alice’s neck.
Alice looked at the sapphire necklace and touched the gleaming gem. She couldn’t resist the urge to smile at how beautiful it looked.
She put down her hand, walking to the other end of the sofa, sat down next to a middle-aged man, and held his arm.
“Dad, look at it! It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” Alice asked, blinking her beautiful eyes.
Jack Jenkins looked at his daughter, caressing her head. “My daughter is the most beautiful woman in the world. No matter what you wear, you’ll look divine!”
Hearing that put a smile on Alice’s face. “Dad, if mom hears you say that I’m the most beautiful in the world, she’ll get jealous.”
Caroline Jenkins chimed in, “Why would I be jealous? You silly little girl. You enjoy making fun of me, don’t you?”
Amused, Jack held Caroline’s hand and chuckled. “To me, you and your mother are the most beautiful women in existence.”
Alice leaned against his shoulder and smiled, while Caroline lowered her head because she felt a little shy to hear that.
All of a sudden, they heard someone clapping.
The happiness dissipated from their faces when they saw who was at the door.
Rachel tilted her head and put down her hands. “What a happy family you all are. I am so moved by this scene. What about you, Mr. Torres?”
On their way to this villa, Andy learned that Rachel had been suffering these past few years. Initially, he believed that even after Elisa’s death, Rachel would live a comfortable life because she was the lady of a rich family, and she later married to Victor, a business tycoon.
Andy was filled with rage when he saw how happy Jack and his new family were. He just stood there, looking at them with anger.
“Rachel! What are you doing here?” Alice was the first to react.
Rachel scoffed at her, walked to the sofa, and sat down.
Meanwhile, Andy happened to hear Alice’s question. He followed Rachel and stood behind her.
“Miss Jenkins, this is Miss Bennet’s house. If she wants to come back, she’s permitted to do so whenever she wants.”
“Who do you think you are? Was I even talking to you?” Alice scolded Andy, and glared at hi
Courteously, he replied, “I am her personal lawyer.”
Alice snorted with disdain. “Everyone is claiming to be a lawyer these days. Rachel, Victor has thrown you out of his house, and you have nowhere else to go. Do you think you can come back and live here just because you hired a lawyer? No way! Get the **** out of here! You’re not welcome in this household!”
After saying that, Alice strode forward and tried to grab Rachel’s arm, intending to drag her outside.
But to her surprise, Rachel managed to dodge her. Seconds later, Alice felt a stinging sensation in her neck, causing her to groan in pain and cover her neck.
Rachel, on the other hand, stood calmly as she held the necklace that Alice was wearing just now, albeit it had been stained with blood now.
“How dare you?” Alice lost her temper. She immediately tried to hit Rachel, but there was an imperceptible smile on Rachel’s face. Just before Alice’s hand could reach her face, Rachel grabbed Alice’s wrist, and then she kicked her knee. And then she let go of her.
Alice cried out in pain.
She dropped to her knees, falling to the ground.
“Alice!” Caroline quickly went to her daughter’s side to help her up. She never imagined that this *****, Rachel, would dare to hit her daughter.
Rachel looked at the necklace in her hand. “If I remember correctly, this necklace is supposed to be mine, right?”
With a pale face, Alice gritted her teeth, trying to take back the necklace. “That’s mine!”
However, Rachel withdrew her hand, and sat back on the sofa. “This necklace is worth at least millions of dollars. Alice, didn’t you tell me that you had no money to buy a dress worth only ten thousand dollars? You even manipulated me into buying it for you, remember? When did you become so rich to have a necklace like this?”
That statement made Alice’s face turn ghastly pale. “That’s none of your business! The necklace is mine! Give it back, or I’m calling the police to arrest you for robbery!”
Rachel crossed her legs, leaned back against the sofa, and didn’t say anything for a moment. She just looked at the three of them in silence.
Alice was scared by the way she was looking at them. She suddenly remembered what Rachel had told her three days ago. ‘I will make you suffer for what you’ve done to me today!’
“You see, sapphires are rare. That’s why every sapphire is engraved with a special serial number with a laser. Alice, you said that this necklace is yours, so you must know what that serial number is, right?” Rachel said with derision.
Alice was dumbfounded. The serial number? Did sapphires have numbers? How was she supposed to know that? She just took this necklace from Rachel’s jewelry box that she left at home.
Looking a bit guilty, Alice retorted, “Who will pay special attention to a stupid serial number when they buy a necklace? The number is too long to remember!”
“Oh, you don’t remember, do you?” Rachel didn’t seem to care what Alice had said. She just put on a sardonic smile to mock her.
“It’s okay. Since you bought this necklace, you should have an appraisal certificate. The serial number is written on it too. Once the police come, just take out the certificate and show it to them.”
Alice began to panic. Hesitantly, she stammered, “I- I…”
“What? Are you going to tell me that you lost the appraisal certificate?” Rachel saw through Alice’s farce, so she interrupted her and continued, “It’s not a big deal if you lost the certificate. The police will look into it.”
Alice’s face darkened.
At this moment, Rachel paused when she noticed that Alice fell silent. Seconds later, she asked, “What’s the matter? Didn’t you want to call the police to arrest me for robbery? Go ahead, call them.”