Chapter 37 No Harm Without Contrast
The next day, Simone prepared congee and burritos for breakfast.
Meanwhile, Jodie accidentally overslept and didn’t have time to make breakfast for her group. They decided to have breakfast at the family’s house where they were working-
After receiving an intravenous drip the previous night, Aaron’s vomiting and diarrhea had subsided. However, he still felt weak and his legs felt shaky. Leon suggested that he rest in the yard.
As Aaron struggled to get up, he saw Simone and her teammates enjoying their breakfast of congee and burritos. On the other hand, Zar and the others were also happily eating their breakfast. The delicious aroma made Aaron suddenly feel hungry, but Simone didn’t even acknowledge him or invite him to join them. This made him feel even worse, and he realized that Jodie and the others were having breakfast at a villager’s house. He felt dejected and abandoned.
Simone inwardly thought, “It serves him right.” She understood that Jodie was used to being taken care of by her family and had never been in a position to take care of others. She probably didn’t even consider making breakfast for Aaron. While Jodie and the others could go out for breakfast, Aaron had no choice but to go hungry. Simone decided not to worry about him.
Zac noticed Aaron’s expression and asked, “Aaron, didn’t your sister make breakfast for you? You were sick all night and even had to go to the village clinic for treatment. Didn’t she make you some congee? She didn’t even stay with you while you were getting the drip, did she?”
Aaron glanced at him and replied, “I just don’t have an appetite.” He thought to himself, “This guy is really getting on my nerves.”
Zac continued, “Even if you don’t have an appetite, you should eat some congee to settle your stomach. You got sick because of your sister, but she left you behind. It seems like you two aren’t as close as you claim to be. Aaron’s expression froze at his words, He couldn’t help but wonder why Jodie hadn’t made him any congee. In the past, Simone would go out of her way make him congee when he had.
stomachaches. He decided to stop comparing and glared at Zac before leaving the yard and returning
to his room.
Aaron’s fans were heartbroken to see him looking pale and unwell.
Meanwhile, Jodie, Leyla, and Leon went to help a family pack vegetables. When they arrived, they offered to buy breakfast, but the family insisted on cooking noodles for them for free.
As they enjoyed the steaming and delicious noodles, Leyla felt a sense of relief. In the past, she would have been disgusted by such food and event, but now she appreciated having something normal to eat. She was still wary of Jodie. She looked at the camera and said, “Now that we’re here, I wonder what Aaron is having for breakfast in the yard. Should we ask the family to make a bowl of noodles and bring it to him?”
Jodie suddenly realized that she had forgotten to make breakfast for her brother. At home, there were always servants to take care of such matters, and she had overslept due to exhaustion. She had been so focused on performing well during their work that she neglected her brother. She inwardly cursed Leyla for meddling, but outwardly she acknowledged her suggestion. She explained. “My brother usually doesn’t eat anything in the morning after he has been sick. Whatever he eats, he will just vomit it out. There’s no need to bring him noodles. I’ll ask the family to make some congee around noon and
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Chapter 37 No Harm Without Contrast
bring it to him.”
Leyla didn’t fully believe her explanation, but she didn’t dwell on it. “Okay,” she replied.
Meanwhile, in the yard….
Simone and her teammates had arranged to learn how to extract camellia oil using the traditional method from a villager. After breakfast and getting ready, they prepared to leave.
As they were preparing to leave, Simone suggested to Jonah, “Aaron shouldn’t go without eating in his condition. Can you guys make some congee for him so that he can at least have something to eat?” It wasn’t that she was concerned about Aaron, but rather that she wanted to highlight the contrast between herself and Jodie. Knowing Jodie’s personality, if anyone mentioned breakfast, she would surely come up with an excuse, claiming that Aaron would vomit if he ate. In that case, her lie would be exposed.
Jonah didn’t want to take any risks with Aaron, who was a well–known celebrity. “Okay,” he replied before instructing his assistant to prepare the congee.
Once the congee was ready, Jonah’s assistant delivered it to Aaron’s room.
At that moment, Aaron was feeling both uncomfortable and hungry. As soon as he saw the congee, he eagerly took it and started eating. Surprisingly, he managed to have two bowls of it without experiencing any further vomiting or diarrhea.
When the assistant mentioned that it was Simone’s idea to make congee for him before she left, Aaron felt a mix of emotions. Even in times of discomfort, he still longed for someone to care for him. He couldn’t help but feel a glimmer of hope. Does her suggestion for the production team to make conger for me mean she still cares about me as her brother?
After finishing the congee, Aaron took his medicine and drifted off to sleep without experiencing any more vomiting or diarrhea.
This incident further tarnished Jodie’s image among the viewers of the livestream. She had previously neglected to make congee for her brother and show concern for his well–being. To cover up her mistake, she even rejected Leyla’s suggestion to bring him noodles, despite him spoiling her so much. It was clear that Aaron was hungry, otherwise he wouldn’t have eaten two bowls of congee. Moreover, he didn’t experience any negative reactions after eating it. On the contrary, he only took his medicine after eating the congee to alleviate his hunger.
Aaron’s fans quickly lost their affection for Jodie, whose actions left a negative impression. She didn’t care about her brother as much as Simone, despite their differences. As the saying goes, there is no contrast without harm.
It wasn’t just Aaron’s fans who grew more displeased with Jodie and expressed their dissatisfaction in the comments. Even Salma, who was watching the livestream, felt a rare sense of displeasure towards Jodie, especially after reading the comments in the live chat comparing her to Simone. She couldn’t help but wonder if this was the difference between a biological sister and an adopted sister.