Sue frowned in displeasure. This mute simply won’t back down! she thought to herself. “The servants around have seen you pushing Amber into the pond. Do you still want to make excuses for yourself?”
These people were far away in the front hall when Amber fell into the pond. Do they have clairvoyance? She didn’t even bother to tell a more convincing lie, Rachel thought to herself. Her jaw was set. Evidently, she didn’t believe such a ridiculous excuse.
The atmosphere was tense for a moment; the Burton Family purposely said that the surveillance camera was broken, yet Rachel couldn’t forcibly have the surveillance videos checked. Just then, a familiar and gentle voice spoke from behind them. “I can prove that she didn’t push the other woman.”
Rachel was stunned when she saw who the visitor was. Isn’t he… Dr. Peters?
The slender young man walked toward them and came to Sue’s side. He said, “I’m back, Mom.”
Sue beamed with delight at once as she affectionately held her son’s arm. “Weren’t you supposed to come back this afternoon, Julian? Why did you come back in advance?”
Julian answered with a smile, “Actually, I came back half a month ago—it’s just that I interned at the hospital for some time. I came back today to give you a surprise at first, but I didn’t expect to see such a scene.” As he spoke of this, his eyes fell on Amber, and his smile faded somewhat. “I clearly saw you falling into the pond yourself. Why did you accuse Miss Hudson of pushing you into the pond?”
Everyone was stunned upon hearing his words. In particular, Amber had a slight change in countenance, and she bit her lip. “I… I… I felt like Rachel pushed me. P-Perhaps… I was wrong.”
Mrs. Duncan was about to say something, but Sue instantly silenced her with a glance. After all, she knew how stubborn her son was. Now that he had seen it, the tension would only rise if others continued to mislead him. At the thought of this, she turned to look at Rachel in a disapproving attitude. “You and Amber are sisters. She isn’t an outsider, so a little misunderstanding isn’t a big deal.”
Amber nodded vigorously as she took the opportunity Sue had given her to get herself out of the awkward situation. “That’s right, Rachel. I must’ve mistaken someone else for you, and I’m sorry about that. Don’t take it to heart.”
However, Rachel didn’t want to accept Amber’s perfunctory apology, so she didn’t give the latter even a look in response. Instead, she fixed her eyes on Julian. This man has helped me once again, she thought to herself. As she was really grateful, she thanked him with a gesture.
Since he understood what her gesture meant, Julian nodded at Rachel. In reality, he was also surprised at first. He didn’t expect the lady whom he had met once at the hospital and felt well-disposed to would be his cousin-in-law. For some reason, he had a strange feeling; it was as though he found this regrettable. However, he didn’t give it much thought as he could only turn his eyes back to Sue. “Let’s drop the matter here, Mom.”
Sue understood that Julian didn’t want them to go on. That’s the kind of person he is. He always steps in whenever he encounters an injustice because of his particularly strong sense of right and wrong, she thought to herself. Since she didn’t want to upset her son over such a trivial matter, she nodded with a smile and replied, “Let’s go. I haven’t seen you for so many years, so let’s have a nice chat.”
The crowd then left slowly, leaving only Rachel and Amber at the scene. Amber got up from the ground and stared at Rachel with a slightly peculiar look in her eyes. “Do you know Julian in person?”
Rachel ignored her, though.
Amber quipped, “Rachel… As expected, you and your mother are people of the same sort.” She then left, leaving a cold-looking Rachel behind.
Ever since Rachel went to live with the Hudson Family more than ten years ago, Amber had been accusing her of being the daughter of a homewrecker, insinuating that her mother had given birth to her by seducing Jefferey. When Rachel was little, she wished she could tell them that her mother wasn’t that kind of person. Her mother was not only of gentle disposition but also talented and well-versed in literature; she was the best mother in the world! However, it wasn’t until she had grown up that she found how foolish she had been. Why would a bunch of bloodsuckers who couldn’t tell right from wrong care about the truth?