In love, never say never chapter 1011
I narrowed my gaze and scanned the room carefully. There were around five to six men in their forties accompanied by at least a dozen hostesses.
Ann stood out among the girls. It wasn’t because she was pretty. She had lived in the village until a while ago, so her skin was slightly tanned. Her head was lowered as she studied her surroundings anxiously.
Today, she was dressed in a sexy and revealing outfit that seemed too large to be hers. She kept covering her chest and tugging at the short hem of the minidress.
The contrast between Ann’s snowy white chest and her tanned neck was too obvious. She was also quite busty. After putting makeup on, she was both innocent and attractive.
“Are you crazy? What are you doing here? Scram!” A man grabbed my arm to tug me out forcefully.
I stood up and grumbled in response. Upon meeting my gaze, Ann’s pupils constricted in disbelief. She hurriedly regained her composure and looked down.
I allowed the man to drag me out of the room and slumped down on the ground. The men couldn’t be bothered and left me alone. After they closed the door behind them, I took out my phone to call Joseph. I explained everything and sent him the address.
The clients in the nightclub enjoyed thrilling stuff. I stood at the door and watched as a few men brought an enormous fish tank around a meter long into the room. Immediately, my heart sank.
I leaned on the door, but I couldn’t hear anything. As the attendants came out, I stopped them and grabbed one of the attendant’s arm. “Hello, may I know why you brought the fish tank into the room? It sounds fun. How exactly does that work? My husband enjoys thrilling stuff, too. We are here tonight to have some fun, but couldn’t make up our minds. Why don’t you give us some recommendations?”
The attendant I stopped was stunned, while the others laughed out loud. “Madam, you’re here with your husband? How unusual.”
I flashed a shy smile. “Ah, married life is too boring. We’re here to spice things up.”
The attendants thought I was a loose woman. “The clients inside are wealthy men from A City. They like to play games to abuse people. Madam, this isn’t for you. Mr. Hanks likes to see people on the verge of dying. He will ask someone to enter the fish tank. We don’t recommend that as it’s too dangerous.”
Their explanation caught me off guard. Why would someone like to see someone struggling on the brink of death? What kind of fetish is that?
I was still in a daze when the attendants walked away. At once, I pushed the door open and stalked in. The men were standing around the fish tank curiously, so no one noticed my arrival.
A middle-aged man standing beside the fish tank placed a stack of bills on the table. “This is fun. Ladies, will you play a game with me? As long as you please me, you can have one hundred grand.”
The girls fell silent as they knew what Dillan was like. The man grew impatient and frowned. “No one? Why are you standing here, then? Imbeciles!”
I knitted my brows at how rude the man was.
Everyone in the private room dared not say a word. Dillan scanned the crowd and noticed Ann, who was cowering behind a few girls. “You! Come here!” he ordered.
At once, everyone stared at Ann. She trembled in fear and went to Dillan meekly.
“Go in there for a while, and the money will be yours. Entertain us while we’re in a jovial mood.” Dillan placed the money in front of her.
Ann hung her head low. I was standing quite a distance away from her, so I couldn’t see her expression though she was obviously shaking. I thought she would cry and asked the man to let her off.
Suddenly, she spoke. “Two hundred thousand!”
“What?” the man responded in shock. Everyone else was also baffled at her reaction.
Ann repeated. “Two hundred thousand. I’ll go in if you agree.”
After a brief silence, Dillan broke out into laughter. “Interesting. Sure, two hundred thousand. You shall spend five minutes in the tank. Don’t worry. If you die, I will give you double the money to pay for your lowly life. That shall be enough.”
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With that, he took out another stack of bills from his bag.
Ann took one last glance at the money and climbed into the fish tank. The minute she entered the tank, the men shut the lid.
Dillan flopped on the couch and lit a cigarette to enjoy Ann’s performance.
The fish tank was only one meter long, so it wasn’t that big. Ann cowered and held her breath while someone else started the countdown.
Someone started singing to liven things up. The other ladies came to Dillan and entertained him.
Among them, I was especially conspicuous. Someone spotted me and asked, “When did you come in again? Who are you? Why are you here?”
I grinned and replied, “I’m enjoying myself. This is too exciting not to watch!”
“Please leave!” Dillan uttered icily.
I scurried to him and said, “You must be Dillan, right? I’m so lucky to have run into you. Come, let’s drink.”
With that, I poured myself a glass and finished it in one gulp.
Initially, the man was confused, but he gradually relaxed. “Oh? You know who I am?”
I nodded profusely. “Of course. You’re famous in A City, Dillan. Everyone knows who you are!”
As he was no longer suspicious, I glanced at Ann who was holding her breath in the fish tank. “Dillan, you’re so adventurous, huh? I don’t think that woman is good at holding her breath. It’s too dangerous for her to hold her breath for five whole minutes.”
“Ha!” the man scoffed. “I’m not afraid. I’ve already paid for her life.”
Ann was at her limit. Bubbles appeared in the tank as she struggled before opening her lips to breathe in. Alas, she only gulped the water down.
“Pfft, less than two minutes. That’s no fun at all,” the man uttered disinterestedly. He glanced at Ann and forgot about me.
Seeing how Ann was struggling, I panicked instantly. However, I couldn’t find a way to save her. I was pregnant, and any mistake would cause our lives.
If I insisted on saving her alone, I would be dragged into this mess as well.
At that thought, I held my phone tightly and prayed that Joseph would arrive soon.
“I don’t think she knows how to swim,” a woman sitting beside Dillan spoke worriedly.
Dillan gazed at a struggling Ann, his eyes shining with excitement. He ignored everyone else beside him.
Ann was about to drown, so I couldn’t wait any longer. “Dillan, she’s about to drown. Should we ask someone to release her?”
Dillan merely glowered at me. “Scram!”
At once, two men grabbed my arms and led me toward the door. I immediately yelled, “Get your hands off me? I called the cops before I came in. They will be here soon!”
Dillan glared at me menacingly. “You called the cops?”
I nodded as I watched Ann gradually going limp in the tank. “You’d better release her now. Otherwise, you’ll go to jail!”
The man found my words hilarious and burst out laughing. “Did she say I’ll go to jail? Ha! No one has ever warned me that I’ll go to jail!”
The rest laughed along as I pursed my lips in confusion.
“Drag the girl in the tank out, then throw this lady into the tank. If the cops come, tell them I’m here. If they refuse to comply, tell them to talk to Derek Watson in the police station.”
When Ann was brought out, she was already unconscious. I dashed over to see how she was doing, but the men took the opportunity to push me into the tank. I immediately choked, but before I could scream for help, they pushed my head into the water.
After swallowing the icy water, my throat was hurting. I had to swallow the water if I wanted to breathe. “H-Help…”
I tried to scream for help, but the burly man holding me captive refused to budge. Soon, my body went limp as my stomach began throbbing dully. My eyes widened at the thought of my child.
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“There’s blood! She’s bleeding!” An ear-piercing scream sounded from a side while my head was pounding. My baby…
A man laughed. “How thrilling! I never thought I’ll get to toy with a pregnant woman. This is so exciting!”
The excruciating pain inflicted upon my body made me feel suffocated and I passed out, feeling weak.
Death would always come unannounced. In midst of my coma, I dreamt of a lot of things and met many people. The darkness was endless and I couldn’t find my path. All I could hear were people’s voices around me, but I couldn’t escape from the world I was trapped in.
Finally, I regained my consciousness. Opening my eyes, my vision was blurry as my surroundings were bright. I blinked my eyes and figured out I was in the hospital later on. I tried to glance around, but as soon as I moved, immense pain crept up my body and it felt like my body had fallen apart.
Hiss. I couldn’t hold back my squeals, as it was too painful.
Immediately after, I heard rushed footsteps approaching, while someone was shouting, “She’s awake! Quick! Call the doctor.” The voice was from a stranger.
After getting used to the surroundings, I snapped out of my daze and finally recognized the girl who walked into the room. She was Ann.
When the girl saw me, her eyes were red. “You’re finally awake… Finally.”
I opened my mouth to express my thoughts, but I only felt pain in my throat. Soon after, a group of people came in. They were Cameron, Zachary, and Joseph. I heaved a sigh of relief when I noticed Ashton wasn’t there. Hearing what Ann said, I initially thought I had been in a coma for long.
Cameron’s eyes were swollen from crying, and she wore a pain-etched expression looking at me. I reached out to tug on the hem of her shirt and shook my head, assuring her.
Realization dawned on me suddenly, and I thought of my baby. I touched my lower abdomen gently and felt pain spiraling from within. Unsure of what happened to my baby, I looked at the people standing beside me, and asked, “Is my baby… okay?”
Everyone had different reactions, but none of them looked at me in the eyes. Cameron started crying with muffled sobs. Zachary sighed. Ann lowered her head and stayed silent while guilt and sorry were written all over Joseph’s face. I was stunned for a moment, but I knew what they meant. My baby’s gone.
As the bitter truth sank in, pain washed over my heart like waves of a tsunami. My body started trembling as I felt suffocated. I pursed my lips and tried to hold back my screams, but it only made me look contorted.
Tears rolled down Cameron’s cheeks vigorously as she hurriedly took my hands in hers. “She heaved a sigh and pleaded, “My dear, don’t be like this, please. Your body hasn’t recovered yet, so don’t do this to yourself. You’ll get better. Please, I beg you. Don’t hurt yourself.”
My body reacted to the sorrow on its own, so I couldn’t control it. I clenched my fists tightly, and my head was throbbing in pain as if it was about to explode.
Overwhelmed by grief, I heard someone screaming, “She’s biting her tongue. Quick! Stop her!”
I didn’t even notice I was biting my tongue. I couldn’t even feel my body. It was just pain all over.
Joseph called the doctor immediately, and a few doctors rushed into the room. When they saw the situation, they panicked. “Hurry! Give her some tranquilizer.”
Right when the doctors were busy injecting the tranquilizer, a loud bang could be heard from the entrance and the door was swept open. A figure dashed to me, pushing Cameron and Zachary aside before taking me into his arms. His voice sounded hoarse and low. “Don’t be afraid. I’m here. I’m with you.”
It was Ashton. The pain in my head started dissipating as I gazed at him in a daze. It seemed he had a lot of work in Moranta, given how he seemed to have lost weight.
Perhaps it was because of the tranquilizer that I was getting tired. I wanted to look at the man I had longed for, so I tried to keep my eyes open, but I fell asleep.
The days I was consumed by grief felt like forever to me, but I made peace with it and days went by quickly. It was during this period of recovering from sorrow that I realized nothing lasted forever, and we would lose the things we held dear no matter what. There was an old saying that went, if we could bear losing everything, we wouldn’t have any regrets in this life.
The saying was true. After being discharged from the hospital, I looked at the bright sun in A City and started accepting everything calmly.
Ashton parked the car and looked at me. “What would you like to eat? Let’s eat something before going back.”
I nodded and thought for a while before answering, “Seafood!”
The man furrowed his brows slightly, but nodded soon after.
In the seafood restaurant, I went pale as I stared at the water tanks. Ashton looked at me in concern and asked, “Should we eat something else?”
I shook my head and insisted, “No need. It’s great here.” Staring at the sea creatures swimming and crawling in the tanks, I turned to Ashton and asked, “Do they serve live food?”
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Ashton frowned at my question before giving in and nodded. He led me to a table and ordered some live food.
When the food was served, I looked at the fish and crabs on the table and turned to the waiter. “Can you get me a sharp knife and a spoon?”
The waiter looked at me with an odd expression and nodded before giving me what I wanted. I made sure the crab stayed in place before tearing off its legs and shell. Using the knife and spoon, I dug out the flesh bit by bit. The flesh of hairy crabs wasn’t that delicious, but it tasted alright.
To enjoy dissecting living creatures was rather extreme. However, Ashton didn’t stop me from torturing the sea creatures. Instead, he just watched as I continued eating my meal.
After a while, I grew tired and placed my cutlery down. I looked at Ashton and said, “Back then, I’ve always thought of sending the people I hate to prison to make them suffer for their sins. Now that I think about it, sending them to prison isn’t enough.”
Ashton looked at me and asked after a while. “What do you want to do?”
I pursed my lips. “Do you still have him locked up?”
“Yes.” The man nodded, and I was truly delighted when I heard his answer.
Smiling faintly, I said, “Ashton, you’ll let me do as I please, right?”
He pursed his lips and kept quiet while I smiled and didn’t ask him again.
Then, he got up and said, “Come. Let’s meet that person.”
Ashton drove me back to the villa in the suburbs. After he stopped the car, Joseph came out from the villa and looked at me with guilt written over his face. “Mrs. Fuller, how are you feeling?”
I smiled faintly and nodded. “I’m feeling great. Is he inside?”
Joseph hummed a reply before leading me and Ashton into the villa.
Dillan wasn’t a big shot. He only got rich because of his family assets as his family ran coal mines. Later on, his sister married a civil servant. That person was Derek. All these years, he used money to gain his status and power, and since things like this weren’t uncommon, so everyone got used to it.
Derek invested a sizable amount of money into building his status, so he got promoted and had a rather high income. While Dillan, a good-for-nothing, could only rely on Derek to live a high life in A City. Just because the man had money, he could carry out his absurd hobby and humiliated many girls.
The man was tied to a chair with his head hung low and his face was beaten to a pulp as blood dripped onto the floor. I clicked my tongue and looked at him. “Dillan, what a coincidence!”
He lifted his head and looked at me. Squinting his eyes, he tried to focus his vision and saw that it was me. Immediately after, he widened his eyes in surprise and pleaded, “I’m sorry. I didn’t know you’re Mr. Fuller’s wife. I’m really sorry. Please spare me, I didn’t do it on purpose. If you let me go, I’ll give you any amount you want. Please, I beg you.”
I scoffed at his disgusting behavior. Looking at the grey sky outside, I smirked and looked at Joseph. “Mr. Campbell, is there an open swimming pool here?”
The man nodded and glanced at Ashton’s sullen face. “There is. It’s at the rear house.”
“That’s great!” I spoke as I watched Dillan. “Since we don’t see each other that often, let’s play together.”
With that, I headed toward the rear house. Ashton glanced at me as if he knew what I was going to do. “Keep him alive.”
I raised a brow at him and headed toward the swimming pool. I found myself a comfortable place beside the pool to sit and watched as Dillan was dragged toward me. “Dillan, you must like to play with water. How about having fun in the pool now?”
Dillan looked at me in wariness. “What are you planning to do?”
I shrugged. “What can I do? I’m just a woman.” With that, I glanced at the two men behind him. They received the signal and dragged him toward the pool before pushing him into the water.
Watching him letting out muffled screams in the water, I was emotionless. He was tied up, so he couldn’t save himself from drowning. At some point of seeing him struggling in the water helplessly, I started laughing when I saw his pathetic face.
After a while of struggling in the water, Dillan started sinking to the bottom. Upon seeing this, Joseph advised, “Mrs. Fuller, he’s going to die.”
I smirked and folded my arms as I looked down at the man in the water. “Yeah, take him out of the water and get a doctor here. After he’s awake, throw him into the water again. Make sure he remembers the scent of fluorine and the feeling of being suffocated.”
Joseph nodded and gestured for the men to pull him out of the water.
After watching the show, I lost all interest to continue. When I got up, Ashton came to me and blocked my path. “Where are you going?”
I was rather exhausted. “I’ll rest here for a bit. Dillan will be awake after a while, so I’m planning to toy with him later.”
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Ashton frowned slightly, but he didn’t say anything.
Ann showing up here was rather a surprise to me. I didn’t plan to meet her, but since she came to me, I had no choice but to let her in.
I was slightly taken aback at meeting her this time. She had been visiting me at the hospital, but I didn’t really pay attention to her. Now that she was here in front of me, I collected my thoughts and looked at her closely.
How should I phrase this?
She was rather different from the first time I saw her in the cattle sheds. At that time, her eyes were filled with timidness and she looked dazed. However, this time, it seemed her timidness was replaced by determination.
I looked at her and stayed silent for a while before asking, “What’s the matter?”
She lifted her gaze at Ashton, and her eyes flickered. I was all too familiar with her gaze. The girl must be stunned to see the handsome man. I knew how attractive Ashton was, so I didn’t bother to stop her.
Ann turned to me and pondered for a while. “Ms. Stovall, thank you for saving my life. I’ll remember what you did for me, and I’ll repay your kindness.”
I pursed my lips and waited for her to continue.
As expected, she fell silent for a while before continuing, “Ms. Stovall, I’m grateful to you. I know your daughter is waiting for surgery, and I heard you adopted my sister. I hope you can treat her well and hopefully she can help your daughter.”
I frowned as she was beating around the bush. Pursing my lips, I urged, “Stop wasting time and get to the point.”
She froze and took a deep breath before kneeling down on the floor. “Ms. Stovall, I know I shouldn’t look for you, but I don’t have a choice. I don’t know who I should find except you.”
I furrowed my brows. “Get up. I cannot accept your kneel.” To be honest, most people disliked people kneeling down in front of them and begged them for something. I was not one of those lunatics who enjoyed being worshiped by others.
She got up from the floor and said, “Ever since Mr. Fuller cleared the Imperial Hotel, my friend was taken away. I figured he might be sold off, so I went to the police, but they couldn’t do anything about it. He had been in the Imperial Hotel for many years, so there’s no way they can’t find him.”
Listening to her vague words, I furrowed my brows slightly in bewilderment. “Aren’t you always living in a village? How do you get yourself a friend here so quickly? Didn’t you kill Fritz? I think you misunderstood what I meant. Back then, I saved you because I have some questions to ask you. Fritz’s body is still in the Wolfsen residence, so your sister could still be tortured. Ann, I don’t think I’ll help a murderer like you for a second time.”
The girl was stunned and was at a loss as she looked at me.
Looking at her, I said, “Tell me. How did you kill Fritz and escape? Plus, how did you go to work at the Imperial Hotel?”
I wasn’t that kind-hearted as she thought I was. Back then, I saved her because I had some questions to ask her. Seeing how she was humiliated by Dillan, I couldn’t help but pity her. However, I paid the price of losing my baby. I could only blame myself for being foolish.
Ann pressed her lips and told me everything that happened these few days. She was taken away from Ronald’s house to the Wolfsen residence and was forced to marry Fritz. She was reluctant, so she tried to commit suicide, but failed.
Then, she was sent to an old doctor’s house in the village for treatment. She thought of ways to run away during the treatment period. However, she bumped into Fritz when she was about to escape from the village. He grabbed her while she struggled to break free. In midst of pushing and pulling, she accidentally pushed him down from the second floor. The man fell down in a head-to-ground position and died.
Ann knew she had to run away. Or else she would be dead. Hiding in the mountains for a few days, she took the offerings from the graves to curb her hunger. Later on, Kurt couldn’t find her, so he went to Ronald’s house looking for trouble.
Seizing the chance, she escaped from the village. Hidden away in the shadows, she saw everything unfold in front of her eyes. Alma was taken away by Kurt.
I pondered for a while before looking at her. “So, you’re in the white van that followed us that day?”
She nodded and explained, “I stole some money from the Wolfsen residence and hired someone to follow you guys. I just wanted to know where Amy was. If I become successful in the future, I can reunite with her.”