‘Holy smokes, how exciting this is! That’s Mr. Burton’s wife! What a cheater!’
‘Speaking of which, why would Mr. Burton marry someone who’s mute? It makes no sense whatsoever.’
‘The lady’s quite the looker herself. Just how specific are her tastes for her to go after a bald teacher like him? That’s just so gross!’
Instantly, Justin read a series of stinging comments. He stood up with a whoosh before picking up his jacket and leaving the office.
Meanwhile, Frankie hastily followed him.
Oh dear, Mrs. Burton is going to be in trouble.
Justin soon drove home in his Maybach, and he immediately flung his phone at Rachel the moment he stepped inside the house.
Rachel was taking an afternoon nap when he did so, her eyes suddenly fluttering open from his actions. Her eyes were still hazy with sleep when she quickly sat up and picked up his phone. She looked at it in confusion for a few moments before opening up the link displayed on the screen. As she scrolled further down, her expression sank.
Who was the one who posted all of that online?
Many people knew about what had happened back during her high school days, but she had lived a peaceful life for so many years since then. Why was it resurfacing now?
A frosty and low voice rang out above her. “What is going on here?”
Rachel pressed her lips together tightly, and her expression could not get any more tense. She quickly scribbled out her answer on a piece of paper. ‘I don’t know what’s going on either.’
Everything was pure fiction, be it the bald teacher’s claims, the lies that she had seduced a teacher, or the other slanderous stories!
Justin still didn’t make a sound. All of a sudden, Sue came into the room with Amber in tow. She charged over furiously and pointed at Rachel’s head while tearing into her by saying, “You shameless woman! You’ve completely ruined the Burtons’ name! All those ugly past deeds of yours are plastered over the internet right now!”
Amber stood behind Sue, and a look of schadenfreude flashed across her eyes when she caught sight of Rachel’s pale face. She then feigned worry as she spoke to her. “What’s going on, Rachel? Wasn’t he your PE teacher back in high school? Why would he say such scandalous things? Is he getting revenge on you because you broke up with him years ago?”
Amber had especially emphasized those triggering words such as ‘PE teacher back in high school’ and ‘broke up’. As such, Sue immediately blew her top upon hearing that. “Even Amber knows all about it! How are you going to explain yourself now?”
Rachel turned her head to look at Amber before writing down her response. ‘You’re lying. You said that I broke up with the PE teacher. Do you swear on your conscience that you’re not lying?’
Deep down, Amber wasn’t afraid of all those lies and blind beliefs. She feigned a hurt look on her face and said, “Why are you talking to me in such a way? I’m just worried about you.”
I guess Amber is just too into her role. It’ll be a pity if she doesn’t go on to become an actress, Rachel thought to herself.
Hence, she turned around to look at Justin. When she saw how his brows were furrowed into a tight frown as he stared at her with a probing gaze, Rachel gave the situation some thought again. She then wrote on her paper, ‘I’ve never done any of this. Please believe me.’
Sue pointed a finger at Rachel’s nose. “All right, you mute—you clearly ended up like this because you gave into temptation willingly and have no respect for yourself, and you’re here playing the victim? I’m going to kick you out of the Burton Family today. We do not want women who aren’t mindful of their conduct!”
Rachel thought that she had explained everything that she needed to. It didn’t matter whether Sue believed her or not, for the important thing was that Justin believed her.
After all, only Justin had the power to help her prove her innocence!
As such, she kept her eyes on his expression.
Sue nearly keeled over from anger when she saw how Rachel ignored her, and her words turned even more caustic. “Why didn’t he name anyone else in the video? Why was it only you? Your behavior is the problem! I’d advise you not to argue anymore; this matter has already caused a huge stir, and everyone out there knows about it. Don’t blame me for being cruel either—we, the Burtons, cannot allow you to stay any longer!”
All of a sudden, she shoved Rachel forcefully.
The latter stumbled from the force of the push, and she steadied herself with much difficulty. She reflexively looked at Justin, only to see that the man’s eyes were filled with bottomless cold apathy—there was no sign of concern at all.
Rachel’s heart immediately sank into the abyss.