Chapter 208 Neither Can I Afford It, nor Do I Care
the begining Simone didn’t feel jealous or resentful when she observed the Gray family Jodie After all, strong affection would develop when one raised something for over yeare it a dog or a person
Upon returning to the Gray Family, Simone received a warm welcome. Steven immediately gave luer a bank card and told her to spend it as she pleased. If she ran out of money, she could ask Salma or him for more.
Sahna held her hand and tearfully expressed her relief about Simone finally returning home after suffering outside all these years.
Although the Gray brothers weren’t particularly warm, they didn’t have any ill intentions toward her at first. Even the coldest one, Andrew, would greet her and exchange a few words.
However, it didn’t take long for Jodie to start coming up with petty little tricks. She insinuated to the Gray Family that Simone wanted to take everything away from her, including her status as the Gray Family’s adoptive daughter.
Initially, they reprimanded Simone due to Jodie’s accusations. Simone explained herself, but they didn’t believe her. As the accusations continued, she grew tired of explaining because she realized it was pointless at all. Either way, because she constantly defended herself against their accusations of the things she didn’t do out of their trust for Jodie, the Gray Family began to think that Simone liked to cause trouble. They were biased, only believing in their adoptive daughter, whom they had raised for over ten years, instead of their biological daughter, who had been wandering outside for over ten years.
Simone felt saddened and disappointed by their unconditional favoritism toward Jodie and the differential treatment. Actually, if they had taken the time to investigate Jodie’s instigations and insinuations, they would see who was lying. But they didn’t.
For that reason, their so–called concern and care were just a joke for Simone. That was why she wanted to leave the Gray Family before she was kidnapped in her previous life. She completely lost hope in them when they chose to save Jodie first.
Salma didn’t expect Simone to not only refute her but also say such hurtful words. Indeed, Simone had treated us well and cared about us. But we’re family, aren’t we? Shouldn’t we be supposed to care about each other? Besides, we were blinded before, which led to misunderstandings.
Why must Simone keep holding onto this and not let go?
Even though Salma was angered by how Simone mocked her for being shameless, she managed to hold back her anger and said, “The past is in the past. We know we have misunderstood you.” Looking sincere, she continued, “That’s why we want to bring you back home. From now on, we will make it up to you and genuinely treat you well.”
** long? Her eyes were full of indifference and detachment. Save you and compensation for Jodie to enjoy. Neither can I afford it, nor do I care.
ced at her watch. I didn’t expect that these are the things that you want to say therwise, I wouldn’t have wasted nearly ten minutes here. I’m going back to my Fool to rest. Mrs. Gray, feel free to stay in this lobby as long as you want!” Indeed, she didn’t expect Salina to come and make amends with her.
So they start discovering Jodie’s true colors, realizing they had misunderstood me in the past, and remember my good qualities, huh? Who do they think they are for controlling me as they please?
Simone finished speaking and left without waiting for Salma to say anything.
Salma was dumbfounded. When she turned around to look at Simone’s figure, she disappeared from her sight.
It was as if something precious had truly been lost.
An indescribable anger and disappointment lingered in her heart.
She couldn’t believe that Simone would be so indifferent toward her. After all, they were blood–related! She had now realized that her adoptive daughter wasn’t as innocent as she seemed and that her implications of claiming Simone bullied her were greatly exaggerated.
Furthermore, she even came to make amends with Simone in person, attempting to clear up the misunderstanding and bring her back home.
She had already humbled herself and taken the initiative, but Simone turned her down.
This was a bit of a blow to Salma.
As for Steven’s assistant, he had been following Salma and overheard their conversation.
He was surprised by Simone’s resolute attitude.
At the same time, he also realized that Simone really didn’t want to return to the Gray Family or acknowledge anyone from the family.
He glanced at the somewhat lost and disappointed Salma and thought, They shouldn’t have been heartless toward Simone in the first place. Since blood ties are so important to me, why did they force their biological daughter out due to their favoritism toward their adoptive daughter?
Now that they have discovered issues with their adoptive daughter, they came seeking out biological daughter. Isn’t this just asking for trouble?
Besides, it’s not like Simone is forever indebted to them.
Mr. Gray, are you going back to your room to rest? Or are you g
aner Selma’s expression was ghastly I’m not hungry anymore I’m full of anger.
her biological daughter’s indifferent demeanor pissed her off.
freated me more like an enemy rather than her biological daughter.
was also born into a prestigious family. Whether it’s my maiden family or the Gray Family I married into, none has ever treated me like this before..
This is the first time someone has mocked me so openly, not to mention that someone is my biological daughter
A wave of frustration and anger built up inside her, but she couldn’t let it out.
She had no appetite for dinner.
Suppressing her anger, she said to her husband’s assistant. Im going back to my room to rest. You can go about your own business. I’ll contact you if I need anything.”
The assistant nodded. “Alright!” After Salma returned to her room, the more she thought. about the incident in the lobby, the more upset and furious she became.
So, she called Steven.
After hearing her recount the conversation with Simone. Steven couldn’t help but be speechless.
“Why did you go to find her now?” he asked. Isn’t that just messing things up?
Salma explained with a grievance, “I know I misunderstood her before. I wanted to mend our relationship and meet her, so I figured this was a perfect opportunity for me to do so. Little did I know that she didn’t show me any sign of respect. What do you suggest we should do? By the looks of things, I think she’s not just playing around this time. She really doesn’t want to acknowledge us.”
“You’ve just realized that?” Steven became even more speechless.
Simone wouldn’t have taught her brothers a lesson if she genuinely wanted to acknowledge us.
She even declined with an indifferent demeanor when I called her and asked her to help a friend with
Today, Salma took the initiative to go to her. Sure enough, her attitude, once again, made it clear that she was serious about cutting off ties.
st, I thought we could look for Simone together and explain everythin
Todie’s quation Then, we’ll find another opportunity to mend our rel Het back home. This way, it would demonstrate more sincerity.
healing hon taken such an action, it is completely counterproductive
ennot let Jodie remain a major issue if we want to bring Simone back home. After all, I have no intention of creating another conflict between them. Moreover, Simone won’t get over her grudge with saj we don’t personally address the problem with Jodie.
Salma was taken aback and slightly discouraged. “I–I had no knowledge of all these twists and turns. You never informed me before.”
At once, Steven facepalmed himself. “I never expected you to go find Simone. Forget it. What’s done is done. We can also let her know that we never intended to choose Jodie over her. We are a family.”
He emphasized, “For now, refrain from seeking her out again. Let’s resolve our issues with Jodie first. Then, we can find her together.”
Upon hearing that, Salma nodded. “Okay. I will follow your lead. How should I treat Jodie, then? I really can’t pretend to love her as I did before.”
Her distaste toward Jodie intensified even more, especially after being rejected and ridiculed by Simone. Deep down, she felt that it was all because of Jodic.
“You don’t have to pretend anymore. Just do whatever you want,” Steven said.
Salma asked, “After I bring her back, can I hire someone to teach her some manners? Is that acceptable?” With that, Steven replied, “No problem. In fact, that’s a good idea. Try to keep her confined at home and prevent her from going out.”
I still haven’t found what I need to investigate, so I fear sending Jodie away will alert the enemy and cause a major problem.
So, it will be safer to keep a close watch on her for now.
Salma understood. “Okay, I got it!” Things will be easier if we confine Jodie at home, for I have plenty of ways to deal with her.
Jodie, who was still in the hospital, sneezed repeatedly.
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