“Zack, chill out, let me explain things first.” Cornelia knew that once they found out she was back with Jeremy, they’d be pissed. She had planned to shoot them a text explaining everything, but then Hannah came by and she completely forgot about it.
Zack said, “Go ahead. I’d love to see how you’re gonna defend that jerk.”
Cornelia said, “Jeremy never betrayed me. The reason he acted that way was because he was seriously ill, he thought he was dying and that’s why he staged that drama with Tahlia, to push me away.”
Zack said, “So he thinks he’s dying and that gives him the right to hurt you? Doesn’t he know how important he is to you? Doesn’t he know what matters to you the most?”
Cornelia said, “What he did was wrong, but his intention was to protect me.”
Zack retorted, “He claims to be protecting you, but all he’s really doing is hurting you. He’s only treating you this way because he knows you’re into him.” Zack, a big guy standing six feet tall, suddenly broke into tears.
He wiped away his tears and said, “Cornelia, listen, no matter what his reasons were for hurting you, you can’t just forgive him easily, or he’ll do it again.”
Abigail walked over with Hope in her arms, saw Zack crying, and couldn’t help but laugh, “Cornelia, grab your phone and take a video. We should capture this hilarious moment so we can tease him later.”
Zack wiped away his tears and glared at Abigail, “Abigail, do you have no conscience?”
Abigail said. “I’ve just never seen you cry. If we don’t record this precious moment, I’ll definitely regret it later.”
Zack was speechless.
Cornelia also laughed at their antics and said, “Both of you, sit down and let me explain properly.”
After venting out all his frustration, Zack felt much better. He and Abigail sat down beside Cornelia’s bed, “Alright, shoot.”
Cornelia told them everything she knew.
After hearing it all, Zack said, “I want to have a word with Jeremy alone, is that okay?”
Cornelia said, “His health isn’t great. You can’t bully him.”
Zack said, “Are you kidding me? Even if he’s sick, he’s still Marcus. How could I bully him?”
Cornelia said, “Anyway, be gentle when you talk to him. If he doesn’t want to talk about something, don’t push. In general, take care of him.”
Zack was almost driven mad by Cornelia, “All you do is protect him.”
Cornelia said, “He’s the father of my baby. If I don’t protect him, who will?”
Zack said, “Fine, protect him all you want. If he makes you sad again, I’m not helping you anymore.”
Even though he said that, Zack would never leave Cornelia hanging if she needed him.
After getting Cornelia’s permission, Zack met Jeremy. Originally, he had prepared a whole bunch of criticisms for Jeremy, planning to give him a good lesson for Cornelia’s sake. But when he faced Jeremy, even though the guy didn’t do anything, Zack instantly felt defeated.
Jeremy asked someone to pour him a glass of water and politely said, “Mr. Ruck, if you have something to say, just say it.”
Zack noticed his left hand hanging in the air, and couldn’t help but ask with concern, “How’s your health?”
Jeremy answered, “Thanks for your concern. I’m not in any serious condition now.”
Seeing that he didn’t want to elaborate, Zack didn’t push further. He paused for a moment, then said, “Nelly told me, you didn’t betray her.”
Jeremy answered, “Hmm.”
Zack continued, “I told you before, Nelly is a sweet, innocent girl. When she married you, she chose you, and no matter if the road ahead is stormy or sunny, she’s willing to go through it with you. You shouldn’t think that pushing her away when you’re in trouble is the best way to protect her.”
Jeremy answered, “I’ll remember that.”