Rou'er's innocent smile soon aroused the children's indignation.
"Princess Rou'er will never steal your thing! You are lying. You are the real thief!"
Defenseless, she could only watch her mother's keepsake fall into the wrong hands.
Compared to the sweet-looking Rou'er, she was akin to Cinderella. No one believed her or was willing to take her side.
Since then, as if she were the devil's incarnate, the children treated her with much hatred.
Some time passed, and one afternoon, Rou'er was called to the room by a teacher, never to return.
Talks of her getting adopted by a wealthy family circulated among the children. Apparently, this affluent family even gave a handsome reward to the director, which facilitated the expansion of the welfare center.
There was even mention of that rich family specifically coming to the welfare center to find their lost relation. They took Rou'er when they found the jade on her.
She was gone from then on.
The children were envious. Being adopted into a decent family was already a dream come true to them.
Yun Shishi returned to the present abruptly. Jerking her head to Mu Wanrou, her eyes rimmed with anger and gloom.
The dark memories broke through her subconsciousness and vividly appeared in her mind!
She is that girl!
She stole my jade and then accused me of thievery!
It was her who had caused me to be bullied and be ostracized by the rest of those kids!
She loomed a step closer to Mu Wanrou. Extending her hand out, she said in a cool and firm tone, "Return my jade to me!"
With a start, Mu Wanrou stared at her in disbelief; her face rapidly drained of colors.
Did she… recognize me?
How is that possible?!
She looked so different from her younger self. How did she pinpoint her?
"You are Rou'er, right?" With her lips pulling taut and her eyes becoming bloodshot in gloom, she opened her palm right before the woman's face.
"I don't know what you are talking about!"
Mu Wanrou tried to defend herself, her face looking ashen. She stumbled backward as she tried to avoid her stare.
"How long more are you going to pretend?!" Her big sullen eyes stared darkly at her. Rippling wetness could be seen at the lower rims of her lids as she shook with emotion. "Return my piece of jade to me! That's my mother's memento; please return it to me!"
"I don't know what you are talking about!" Cornered, Mu Wanrou let out a howl. Her face had completely lost all its color by now.
Aaron anxiously held her shoulders. His eyes looked warily at the approaching Yun Shishi. "What are you doing? Have you gone mad?"
Yun Shishi clenched her teeth hard. Tears poured down uncontrollably from her eyes as she held her fists tightly.
Those dark memories, which had gotten dislodged from the deepest recesses of her mind, was now running amok, and she was unable to chase them away no matter how hard she tried!
Every little thing that had happened at the orphanage and all the suffering she had borne left an indelible mark in her mind just like a branding from a hot iron.
"Do you know how much hardship I have endured in the orphanage because of you?! A decade and a half; isn't that enough?! It's time you stop! What did I do for you to treat me in this way?!"