Chapter 21: True Love
“Anthony, you…”My mother was too angry to speak.
“Mom, don’t worry.I’ll go and look for her myself,”I assured her.
I had to admit that I also felt bad.
An inexplicable panic gripped me, making it hard for me to calm down.
It was the first time that I had felt such a feeling.
Accompanied by a group of attendants, I went into the jungle to look for Jennifer.
We searched every possible place, but found no sign of her.
Without giving up, we went to the innermost part of the jungle.
I knew that a woman as strong as Jennifer might have reached the depths of the jungle.
But as time went by, my mind was in a mess.
My movements became more and more frantic as I passed through the messy vines, not even caring if the thorns scratched my arms.
Blood seeped from them.Soon, it was almost dawn.
A whole night had passed, but I hadn’t found Jennifer yet.
“Mr.Jones, let’s go back.Miss Jennifer may no longer be on this island.”
An attendant tried to persuade me.
But just then, my senses turned to high alert.
As her mate, I knew her scent, and I could faintly smell it at the moment.
At first, I thought it was just the traces of Jennifer’s scent lingering behind after she passed through this part of the jungle, but as I walked around, the smell grew stronger and stronger.
“Zane, do you smell anything?”I asked my wolf.
Wolves were undoubtedly more sensitive to smells.
“Yes, I think Jennifer is nearby.”
“Look nearby.Don’t leave an inch unsearched,”I ordered.
Not long after, my attendants came to report to me that they had found a pit.
I quickly strode over to the pit, which was hidden by weeds.
I shoved the weeds aside and found that the pit was very deep.
I couldn’t see what was inside, but the strong smell of blood entered my nostrils.
It was the smell of Jennifer’s blood, and it was so strong that it made me feel dizzy.
I knew for sure that Jennifer was in the pit.
But what would be her condition now? Just when I was about to jump down, an attendant stopped me and said, “Mr.Jones, I’ll go down first.”
“No, I’ll go down myself.”
I jumped down the pit on my own regardless of my attendant’s dissuasion, even though I knew it might be dangerous in the pit.
Obviously, I was being impulsive, but I didn’t care.
Sure enough, when I was about to land, I sensed many sharp wooden sticks poking out of the bottom of the pit.
Fortunately, I was prepared.
I stretched out my arms to grip the walls of the pit, and carefully slid to the bottom.
Although I was mentally prepared for whatever sight would greet me, my heart still twitched badly when I saw Jennifer covered with blood.
She was unconscious, and seemed to be barely able to breathe.
The ground of the pit was painted scarlet in her blood, making my flesh crawl.
Calling her name loudly, I tried to pull out the sticks that had nailed her.
My hands were shaking uncontrollably, and my palms were stained with a large amount of her blood.
A shocking amount of blood was gurgling down her body.
Perhaps it was because she heard my voice, or perhaps it was because of the pain caused by the sticks being removed, but Jennifer opened her eyes a little before closing them again.
That small movement was enough to give me a glimmer of hope.
I picked her up and carried her out of the pit.
Then, carrying her in my arms, I ran wildly to the hospital.
She was in so much pain that she kept twitching, and her lips turned blue.
Her whole body was ice-cold, and blood kept gushing out of her wounds.
At the hospital, I watched as the nurses pushed Jennifer into the emergency room.
Standing there in the corridor, I found my clothes were all stained with her blood.
I couldn’t even dare to imagine how much blood she had lost.
She had spent all night in the dark forest on her own.
What kind of torture had she suffered? The doctors began treating Jennifer in the emergency room.
An hour passed, and then two hours, three hours…
Waiting outside the emergency room, I couldn’t tear my eyes off of the door.
With every passing second, I was becoming more and more flustered.
The windows outside the corridor were wide open.
A gust of cold wind blew in, chilling my bones.A whole day passed with me waiting outside the emergency room for Jennifer.
As time went by, my heart sank.I had never been so scared before.
“Every time you pass by, you bring medicine with you.Mr.Jones, you’re really different from others.”
Jennifer’s playful remark from the other day flashed through my mind.
Did I really treat her that differently? “Of course,” Zane chimed in.
“You have fallen in love with her.I’ve told you that many times, but you refuse to believe me.”
This time, I didn’t ask Zane to shut up, but I didn’t argue with him about it either.At that moment, there was nothing I wanted more than for Jennifer to come out alive.
Her survival mattered more than anything else.Yes, I just wanted Jennifer to live.
How could a strong woman like her be knocked down so easily? She was young, and still had a long way to go.
She would definitely stand in front of me safe and sound.
Suddenly, the door of the emergency room was swung open.
I anxiously looked over and saw the medical staff pushing Jennifer, who was lying on a sickbed, out of the emergency room.
“Doctor, how is she?”I hurried over and spoke in a voice so hoarse that it left me stunned.
“The patient had multiple fractures all over her body.Her internal organs were broken, and she lost too much blood.But fortunately, she has a strong will to live.She is out of fatal danger now.She will wake up soon.”
The leading doctor gave me a comforting smile.
“Mr.Jones, would you like to go back and have a rest? Miss Jennifer will be fine,” An attendant tried to persuade me.
“Get a few werewolves to guard her ward.I’ll go back for a while,”I said, deeply perturbed.
After that, I ran out of the hospital as fast as I could, as if I was fleeing.The truth was, I didn’t dare to see Jennifer now.
I couldn’t deceive myself anymore.
All along, I had insisted that I only treated Jennifer as a partner, but my wolf was right.
I had fallen in love with her a long time ago, though I had never admitted it.
Nevertheless, I knew I couldn’t let my affection grow.
I still had something important to do, and it was an extremely dangerous mission.
It was true that Jennifer was rapidly growing stronger day by day, but her strength was still far from enough to face the worst.
If I got her involved in this mess, I didn’t know if she would be able to protect herself in case of danger.
And as long as she was with me, she would always be in risk of danger.
I couldn’t be selfish enough to put Jennifer in a dangerous spot just because of my feelings for her.
I couldn’t see her lying in the emergency room again.
I didn’t deserve love, at least not before I finished getting my revenge.
I couldn’t have a relationship.
“How’s it going? Is Jennifer all right?”
As soon as I returned to my residence, my mother came up to me with concern written all over her face.
If it weren’t for her poor health, she would have insisted on waiting in the hospital with me until Jennifer was out of danger.
It was only after a lot of persuasion on my part that she had left early.
“She is out of fatal danger now,” I told her, relaying the doctor’s words.
“Then why didn’t you stay with her? Why did you come back?”
“Mom, I have business to attend to.”
From the beginning, my mother always tried every trick up her sleeve to make me and Jennifer spend time together.
I had always responded to these attempts of hers with a certain helplessness.But today, I was trying to avoid it for a different reason.
“Humph! Go ahead with that important business of yours.I won’t bother you anymore.”
When I saw my mother storming off after speaking in such a harsh tone, I asked anxiously, “Mom, where are you going?”
There was disappointment in her eyes as she turned to face me.
“I’m going to see Jennifer.”